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The Resource The girl in the glass box, James Grippando

The girl in the glass box, James Grippando

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The girl in the glass box
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The girl in the glass box
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James Grippando
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eng
Summary
  • "James Grippando's crusader Jack Swyteck is back in his sixteenth adventure, a timely and pulse-pounding thriller"--
  • Julia Rodriguez and her teenage daughter Beatriz escaped bloodthirsty gangs, random violence and Julia's abusive husband back in El Salvador. Arriving in Miami, mother and daughter struggled to carve their own piece of the American dream. While life in the States is hard, it is safer, until Julia's rejects her boss's unwanted sexual advances. Suddenly -- thanks to an "anonymous" tip to U. S. immigration authorities -- she is arrested, locked in detention with criminals, and slated for deportation. Jack's only viable legal move to save her is asylum -- a long shot that's become nearly impossible in today's charged political climate. When Julia and Beatriz made the perilous trek north to freedom, they thought they'd left the danger behind them. But now, even Miami isn't safe. A ruthless enemy may have tracked them to south Florida and is biding time, patiently waiting to strike. In a case where the stakes have never been higher, Jack Sywteck may not be able to save his client -- even if he wins
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  • Julia Rodriguez, an undocumented immigrant from El Salvador, works as a barista in a Miami café, in bestseller Grippando’s timely 16th Jack Swyteck novel (after 2018’s A Death in Live Oaks). When she refuses the sexual advances of her boss, he reports her to ICE, and she’s soon arrested by ICE agents, but her daughter, Beatriz, a ninth grader, avoids capture. Attorney Swyteck takes on the challenging task of securing Julia’s release from detention and reuniting her with Beatriz. Julia had fled to America to escape her abusive, gang-member husband, Jorge, but he soon followed her to Miami and will stop at nothing to get her back. Grippando keeps the narrative moving forward at a steady clip, expertly interweaving each character’s point of view into the plot. He brings to life the fear undocumented immigrants face every day, as well as the complicated legalities they confront when arrested. Still, he never forgets that this is a thriller, and Jorge’s ruthless momentum keeps the tension building to a heart-racing climax. Agent: Richard Pine, Inkwell Management. (Feb.) --Staff (Reviewed 12/24/2018) (Publishers Weekly, vol 265, issue 52, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ In Grippando's latest "Jack Swyteck" thriller (after A Death in Live Oak), the Miami attorney is asked by his beloved abuela to defend Julia Rodriguez, a less-than-forthcoming immigrant from El Salvador who's facing deportation after she entered the United States illegally to escape an abusive husband. The case is complicated by a hardline U.S. attorney, Rodriguez's troubled teenage daughter and unsympathetic sister, and several murders that implicate them all. Grippando weaves immigration law and policy, domestic abuse, and other current social issues into a story that will quickly capture and keep the attention of readers who may be compelled to read this plot-driven legal thriller in one sitting. VERDICT A solid addition for fans of Swyteck that works well as a stand-alone for those unfamiliar with the series. It will also appeal to admirers of Phillip Margolin, Alafair Burke, and William Bernhardt. [See Prepub Alert, 8/10/18.] --George Lichman (Reviewed 02/01/2019) (Library Journal, vol 144, issue 1, p64)
  • Miami attorney Jack Swyteck battles to save an undocumented Salvadorian immigrant caught between the abusive husband she fled and the majesty of the U.S. government. Barista Julia Rodriguez's job at Café de Caribe ends the moment she emphatically rejects the advances of cafe manager Duncan McBride, who promptly dimes her out to Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Only Julia's heroism and quick thinking prevent her 14-year-old daughter, Beatriz, from being swept up along with her. Brought to Jack's attention by her aunt, Cecelia Varga, and Jack's grandmother, Beatriz only wants to be reunited with her mother. But that's one tall order, as Jack (A Death in Live Oak, 2018, etc.) quickly learns. Julia's not eligible for asylum because she was charged with a felony back in El Salvador: aborting the baby who was the product of one of the many rapes she suffered at the hands of her husband, brutal gangster Jorge Rodriguez. Flexing his muscles in court, Jack gets Julia released from detention just in time for her to discover Duncan McBride's corpse in her bathtub. Small wonder that Beatriz, faced with her mother's reimprisonment, withdraws into a life-threatening case of resignation syndrome, leading to an ugly paradox: an immigration judge orders Julia released until Beatriz's health improves, but as soon as it does, Julia's detained again even though the price will be Beatriz's relapse. Working with his old buddy Theo Knight, Jack makes two trips to El Salvador, but what he learns there just deepens his client's peril, which turns on another paradox. There's every indication that Jorge Rodriguez has followed Julia to the U.S., but his presence there, if he really is there, undermines her case for asylum, which depends on the argument that she'd face imminent danger back in El Salvador, even as it puts her in clear and present danger here and now. Grippando is equally skillful at ratcheting up the tension and plucking at your heartstrings. Only the ending, which acknowledges just how intractable the plight of undocumented immigrants has become, is a letdown. (Kirkus Reviews, November 15, 2018)
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10750117
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DLC
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1958-
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Grippando, James
Index
no index present
Literary form
novels
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True
Series statement
A Jack Swyteck novel
Series volume
0015
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  • Refugees
  • Attorney and client
  • Illegal aliens
  • Salvadorans
  • Lawyers
  • Swyteck, Jack (Fictitious character)
  • Emigration and immigration
  • Sexual harassment
  • Miami (Fla.)
Target audience
adult
Label
The girl in the glass box, James Grippando
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Publication
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Sequel to: A death in Live Oak
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volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062280980
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
347 pages
Isbn
9780062657831
Lccn
2018022312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1035771693
Label
The girl in the glass box, James Grippando
Publication
Note
Sequel to: A death in Live Oak
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
000062280980
Dimensions
24 cm.
Edition
First edition.
Extent
347 pages
Isbn
9780062657831
Lccn
2018022312
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Specific material designation
regular print
System control number
(OCoLC)1035771693

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