When Darkness Falls - Book Review

I love to snap up free ebooks if they look like they are something I will enjoy (especially murder mysteries).

So one day I saw this offer of an ebook in three parts and I downloaded it.

I only got round to reading it over Easter while I was travelling  because I had not got the Agatha Christie mystery that was next on my reading list already on my kindle.

The book is

       When Darkness Falls  

by  James Grippando

About the Author
JAMES GRIPPANDO is a best selling author of several books and lives in Florida, where he was a trial lawyer for 12 years.

Synopsis  from  Amazon.co.uk
In this novel from this bestselling author, lawyer Jack Swyteck tackles a case in which the life of his best friend hangs in the balance - and in which nothing is as it seems. A Miami criminal defense attorney, Swyteck isn't looking for a new client, at least not one who is homeless and in jail for threatening to jump off a bridge. But from the moment Jack is called to defend the man, who goes by the name Falcon, something is amiss. For one thing, Falcon comes up with the $10,000 bail - in cash. Then the body of a brutally murdered woman is found in the trunk of the abandoned car in which he is living. Panicked and on the run, Falcon takes Jack's best friend, Theo, hostage. They end up barricaded in a motel room, and Theo isn't the only one at Falcon's mercy. Jack must work with the cops and their crackerjack negotiator to free Theo and the other captives before Falcon decides he has nothing to lose by killing them all. What Jack doesn't know is that Falcon has a much bigger agenda, and that there are people behind the scenes who will stop at nothing to keep their dangerous secrets. Thus unfolds a riveting, lightning-paced story, as only James Grippando can tell it.

Publisher:  Harper Collins
Date Published:  Feb 2007
Series:  A Jack Swyteck novel

My Opinion

We are teased by attempted suicide, murder, a hostage situation and also trips back in time to another mystery.  A lawyer mixed up with a Homeless man, a man released from Death Row, a blind policeman, disappearing money and the daughter of a mayor definitely would seem to indicate a unique story and James Grippando has delivered a unique mystery here.

The action is quite fast paced in parts and well detailed but also slower when dealing with the individual characters who are important to the overall essence of the story.

Unfortunately I did feel that the male characters were better rounded than the female ones but I enjoyed the fact that there were some out of the ordinary characters.  I was able to deduce most of the mystery and would have been disappointed had I been able to deduce it all.  

This appears to be the 6th book based around the character of the Miami based lawyer and would definitely interest me in delving into another of the series if only to find out whether or not his best friend is also a leading character there.

If you have read any more of the Jack Swyteck books perhaps you would like to recommend another for me? 


  1. Thanks for sharing on Whatever Wednesday on Thank You Honey!

  2. stopping by from the reading list blog, this sounds like a good book, will have to look into the series

    1. Hi Karen, yes do and if you read a different one from the series let me know what you think of it.

  3. Looks like a great book, I will tell my husband so he can download it on his kindle. Thank you for sharing it on our Four Seasons Blog Hop

  4. I do love a good book bargain, great way of getting you to read authors books that you wouldn't normally. thanks for linking up with #readwithme I have tweeted this post x

  5. Thanks for the recommend. I'm always on the lookout for new authors!

  6. I love to read too, more romance than mystery. Thanks for sharing. :)

  7. haven't read any of these; I'm not that much of a mystery reader, though I love English detective television shows. One day, I'll get to mystery books... {:-D

  8. I'm working on "The Testament", another lawyer written book, and am about 1/2 way through.

  9. These are the kinds of books my husband reads.

    I was just reading a John Grisham book and I was dismayed through the whole volume how he nailed the male dialogue and the female banter seemed to be 'off'.

    Thanks for a delightful review of this book anyway!

    Happy New Year!

    And A+