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A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel

From the winner of the Harper Lee Prize for legal fiction comes a powerful and timely story of race, politics, injustice and murder as shocking and incendiary as today’s headlines

When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida’s flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm that threatens to rage out of control when a fellow student, Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime.

Contending with rising political tensions, racial unrest and a sensational media, Townson’s defense attorney, Jack Swyteck, knows that the stakes could not be higher --- inside or outside the old Suwanee County Couthouse. The evidence against his client seems overwhelming. Then Jack gets a break that could turn the case. Jamal’s gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental?

Traversing time, from the days of strict segregation to the present, Jack will use every resource to find the truth --- no matter what the cost --- and bring much-needed justice to Suwanee County.

A Death in Live Oak: A Jack Swyteck Novel
by James Grippando

  • Publication Date: September 25, 2018
  • Genres: Fiction, Suspense, Thriller
  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Harper
  • ISBN-10: 006265781X
  • ISBN-13: 9780062657817