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Harper Collins, August 2004, 23.95, 320 pp.
ISBN 0060564571

Miami Defense attorney Jack Swyteck listens to Lindsey that as she tries to get him to become her attorney. She believes she will be charged with the death of her husband Oscar while they were living in Guantameno Bay, Cuba. Jack isn't convinced his client is leveling with him and he tells her he isn't sure he can represent her. She tells him her adopted son Brian is also his child, the one his girlfriend gave away for adoption.
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Deciding to take the case, Jack with Co-counsel Sofia fly to Cuba to interview potential witnesses. It seems strange to the lawyers that anyone involved with the homicide has been transferred except for Lieutenant Dumont Johnson who says Jack's client is a nutcase and is certainty capable of murder. The Cuban government produces a witness who says that after Lindsey left for work another man entered the house. That man is Johnson but Jack can't find him to serve with a subpoena so they have to go into court without a believable witness.

As legal thrillers go, HEAR NO EVIL is one of the best because duing the trial one piece of shocking evidence after another comes out. Readers will not know to the very end if Lindsey, her son, or her lover is the killer. James Grippando's protagonist is a man with a conscience, a good lawyer who does his best for his clients. The audience will have trouble empathizing with the defendant who changes her story from one moment to the next. This is an enthralling work that will keep readers turning the pages until they figure out the pieces to this complex puzzler.

Harriet Klausner

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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 40%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 40%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Southeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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