James Grippando

The first thing you need to know about James Grippando is that he is no longer clueless. This transformation occurred on June 14, 2005, when "A James Grippando Novel" was the clue to number 38 Across in the New York Times crossword puzzle. (The correct answer: UNDER COVER OF DARKNESS.)

Here are some other interesting things about James, most of which happened while, sadly, he was still clueless…

James Grippando is the national bestselling author of the acclaimed series featuring Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck. He is also the author of LEAPHOLES --- a book written for young adults, which was a finalist for the Benjamin Franklin Award.

James’s first job out of law school plunged him headlong into death penalty cases. That experience was an inspiration for his debut novel, THE PARDON, a legal thriller that critics heralded as a “bona fide blockbuster.” Before THE PARDON, James was a successful trial lawyer in Miami, and he is now Counsel to the law firm of Boies, Schiller & Flexner, LLP.  

As a lawyer, James was a frequent volunteer in the Miami-Dade County guardian ad litem program, where he represented neglected children in custody proceedings. As a writer, James lectures frequently to schoolchildren about his book LEAPHOLES and about writing in general. He is an active participant in the “Kids Love a Mystery Program” sponsored by the Mystery Writers of America, and he was the 2005 recipient of the Distinguished Author Award from the University of Scranton. He serves on the Board of Trustees at St. Thomas Episcopal Parish Elementary School, where he takes aspiring young writers with him on research trips to fun places like crime labs. He is also coach of the soccer team.

James lives in south Florida, where he writes beneath a big shade umbrella on his deck, right next to the hot tub and swimming pool. He is married to Tiffany, who holds a degree in English Literature major. They have three children and three cats, and they are looking for a dog.

James Grippando

Books by James Grippando

by James Grippando - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller


A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe Beckham is called upon to monitor the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun. But when the feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after his first wife’s death, and when his current wife goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself under fire.

by James Grippando - Fiction, Legal Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

Three summers after the Deepwater Horizon catastrophe, oil is again spewing into the ocean --- from a drilling explosion in Cuban waters 60 miles off the Florida Keys. Representing an American woman whose Cuban husband was killed on the rig, criminal defense attorney Jack Swyteck discovers that his incendiary case may be lethally connected to his new wife Andi's undercover assignment for the FBI.

by James Grippando - Fiction, Legal Thriller, Suspense, Thriller

When a jury finds Sydney Bennett not guilty of killing her two-year-old daughter, the public is shocked. A mob gathers outside of the jail on the night of Sydney's release, and an innocent young woman resembling Sydney ends up in a coma. The victim's parents ask defense attorney Jack Swyteck for help because they are sure the attack was not an accident. In searching for the truth, Jack makes a frightening discovery.

by James Grippando - Fiction, Suspense, Thriller

When big-city life threatens the safety of one of their children, Brad and Darlene Henderson move with their three teenagers from Houston to the tiny town of Round Top, Texas, where adjusting is difficult for the entire family.  Darlene takes a job outside the home for the first time in their marriage, and when the widowed father of one of Darlene's students starts paying more attention to her than is appropriate, Darlene needs God more than ever.

by James Grippando - Fiction, Thriller

Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is shocked to discover that the client he’s been assigned to defend, a young man facing the death penalty for terrorist activities, is already wanted for the murder of his girlfriend and the permanent blinding of a police officer.