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Sashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits JackSashi Burgette vanished three years ago on her way to school. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. An article of Sashi’s clothing was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. Now, just days from Kyle’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.”The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. The governor has already signed the death warrant. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi.A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But the deeper he digs the more he discovers that nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grief ruptured their marriage, each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter.As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl . . . The truth....

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Gone Again Reviews

  • Pouting Always
    2018-07-22 03:45

    I didn't really expect much from this because usually when I read mystery or thriller books they tend to be of average quality but this one was actually pretty good. It's about a lawyer who goes back to work at the Freedom Institute for a while to help them out financially and gets involved in a case where the inmate is on death row for raping and killing a girl yet the girl's mother thinks that the inmate is actually interesting. The writing was pretty good, above average, and the plot was engaging enough that it didn't feel like I had to force myself to finish the book, I genuinely wanted to know what would happen.

  • Diane S ☔
    2018-07-19 04:57

    3.5 Jack Swyteck is a good guy, he is a good lawyer and a good man. For many years he worked for the Freedom Institute, getting inmates off death row, before branching off on his own. Now successful in his own practice, he returns to the Institute, not to work for them again, but to rent a space to provide the Institute with some much needed money. At least that's the plan, but he is barely in the door when he becomes part of a case involving a missing seventeen year old adopted girl. A solid series, the author was a trial lawyer for many years and this case has so many twists one turns. Learned things I had never heard of such as a psychological condition called RAD and rehomimg. Who knew? Neither one sounds like something one would want to deal with. Scary stuff there. Anyway this can be read alone, their is some personal stuff going on but it is mostly about this twisted, crazy case where it seems no one is telling all they know.

  • Carole (Carole's Random Life in Books)
    2018-07-25 05:58

    This review can also be found at Carole's Random Life.I absolutely loved this book! I first stumbled upon this author about 10 years ago and have yet to be let down by one of his books. I am pretty sure that there may be a book or two of his that I have missed along the way but I have read the bulk of his work. The Jack Swyteck series is smartly written. I love how much this character has developed over the course of the series. I really like that each new book in the series can still be easily read as a stand alone so new readers can feel comfortable jumping in at any point. Jack Swyteck is back at the Freedom Institute and working on a death row case. He doesn't really plan to get involved in the cases there but he doesn't need a lot of convincing to jump into this particular case after a visit from the victim's mother. Dylan Reeves is due to face execution very soon for the rape and murder of Sashi Burgette. Sashi's body was never recovered and her mother is convinced that she is still alive. Jack is soon leading the fight to win Dylan a little bit of time so that they can figure out what really happened. The quest to find out what actually happened to Sashi takes more than a few twists and turns as the story moves forward. I was never quite sure who was being honest and who should be trusted. I liked all of the courtroom scenes and the legal maneuvering that was part of the story. Jack and the rest of the crew spend more than a few late nights trying to get everything done in time. I enjoyed the writing style immensely. The legal process was nicely balanced with the fact-finding detective work. The inclusion of some less than trust worthy characters really kept me wondering what was going on. I really had no idea where the book would end up or how it would get there. I simply couldn't not put this one down and read the book from cover to cover in less than 24 hours. The story really does pull you in right away and doesn't let go until the very end. I would highly recommend this book to fans of mystery thrillers. James Grippando is an author that never disappoints and has created an incredibly intelligent and smart character in Jack Swyteck. I can't wait to get my hands on the next book by this very talented author.I received an advance reader edition of this book from HarperCollins Publishers - Harper via Edelweiss for the purpose of providing an honest review.Initial ThoughtsI loved this book! I honestly don't think that I have ever been disappointed by anything written by James Grippando. Jack Swyteck is an awesome character and the case that he was working on in this novel kept me guessing until the end.

  • Sandy *The world could end while I was reading and I would never notice*
    2018-08-15 08:10

    Gone Again had all the ingredients to be a good read, but for me, it missed the mark. It was okay, nothing more, nothing less.

  • Todd Simpson
    2018-08-02 07:48

    Simply Superb James Grippando is a master when it comes to writing thrillers. I've read and enjoyed every book he's written. This story has plenty of twists and turns, and certainly kept me guessing right to the very end. It's definitely one of those books where you find yourself reading faster and faster to find out what happens. Hands down a very worthwhile book to read.

  • Amy
    2018-08-12 09:14

    Readers can pick up with this series with this book, which I appreciate. Strong characters, witty and smart dialogue. For many years now, I have been over the legal thrillers. They tend to bog me down, with the exception of David Rosenfelt's Andy Carpenter. However, I did enjoy this book. With adoptions from war torn countries on the rise, this book provided an interesting look at RAD and the impact on a family. (while I have always liked Grippando, any author who mentions his Golden retriever in his bio is top notch with me). (library)

  • Olivia
    2018-07-22 07:53

    Another legal system thriller with suspense minus gore or unnecessarily abusive or offensive language.** Certainly NOT the bottom of the barrel when it comes to 'filler' reading. The Jack Swyteck series is cleanly written with plenty of along-the-way researched information on the US legal and penal system.Pleasant to read. Interesting personal dilemmas for all characters. Nicely toned.The key figure is a well-educated, quick-thinking lawyer with an FBI wife and a father once a leading Judge. Depending where you join the series the Judge is either still living or not. Either way he is a major presence in the social, cultural and educational thinking of the community.Swyteck the younger has a knack for Death Code legal defence, despite his uncertainty that some of the criminals will deserve the chance offered them for 'appeal' through the legal system. It would be simpler to just earn a good living with regular, middle of the road law.But no, he is constantly drawn to ensure the legal system stands by its intentions to serve the cause of justice. Smart, informative, friendly reading.Nothing too startling really. However, whilst being read the books do offer crisp insights into personal dilemmas of law-breakers and upholders and their families.

  • Mark
    2018-08-03 03:51

    Swyteck, on the verge of becoming a father as his FBI wife's troubled pregnancy becomes embroiled in another "death row" this one the mother of the victim convinces him that the convicted murderer is innocent & Jack, Theo & his cadre from the Freedom Institute rise to the occasion

  • JoAnne Pulcino
    2018-07-27 10:48

    GONE AGAINJames GrippandoMr. Grippando has a talent for legal and personal fiction that is quite impressive. I can’t call it a thriller as it’s be touted as it is more a human story of compassion, justice, love of the law and one man’s inability to turn away.Jack Swyteck is a man of principle and a firm believer in justice and so when Dylan Reeves is on death row for the murder of a young girl, and the girl’s mother astonishes everyone when she says her daughter called her it turns the case upside down.Jack thinks they may have the wrong man and he takes on a new investigation even though nothing is as it appears to be.The conflicting versions of the testimony in the Miami court prove that the events are even more difficult than a missing girl.A good read.

  • Marcia
    2018-07-24 07:53

    This was my first Jack Swyteck novel, and for a character that has been around for over 20 books, I was impressed that this was fresh, interesting, and kept my interest. Also, I didn't figure out who'd "done it" too early in the tale! I will want to read more if this author when I want a mystery that involves a lawyer as the main protagonist!

  • Connie
    2018-07-25 09:00

    This was a pretty good book that is well written, it flowed well. The story has lots of twists and turns in it that keeps you reading. Not bad.

  • Darlene Quinn
    2018-07-31 07:05

    It has been a while since I read a Grippando novel. Forgot how much I liked his great characters and plot movement. Have already download another.

  • ChapterOne
    2018-08-12 05:02

    I had to struggle to finish this one for some reason.

  • Kjsbreda
    2018-08-13 09:48

    James Grippando recently won the 2017 Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for this book. The other two finalists for the award were Graham Moore's The Last Days of Night and Jodi Picoult's Small Great Things, both of which are very fine novels inspired by actual legal cases, so this year's competition for the award was impressive. In my opinion, Grippando's book was indeed the most deserving of the award. Gone Again realistically and sensitively depicts the complicated interactions between an attorney and his client, the witnesses and the opposing counsel and also shows how legal battles can impact family members. The courtroom and deposition dialogues in this book were very believable. But, what truly distinguishes Grippando's book from the other finalists' in the competition, is Grippando's deep understanding of an attorney's professional responsibilities and ethical obligations and restrictions. Grippando's fictional lawyer, Jack Swyteck, is scrupulously ethical while wholeheartedly and zealously representing a client who isn't at all sympathetic (and who isn't telling a straight story). He applies the same scrupulous ethics and self-control while dealing with witnesses who constantly lie to him, manipulate him, threaten him and otherwise wear him out. This attention to the code of ethics is what was missing in the other two finalist's books, albeit both were very well-written and told wonderful stories.Briefly, the novel concerns Swyteck's fight to stay the execution of Reeves, who was convicted of raping and murdering a troubled 17 year-old girl. The girl's body was never found, but Reeves, an ex-con, was picked up for a traffic violation shortly after the girl's disappearance and was found with the girl's underwear in his car. On the same day that the governor signs the death warrant for Reeves, the girl's mother meets with Swyteck to let him know that she knows Reeves is actually innocent. The woman had been receiving untraceable silent telephone calls from a disposable cell phone on the girl's birthday every year since her disappearance and she is convinced that the calls are from her daughter. Swyteck files a habeus corpus action which sets in motion several weeks of hearings which quickly uncover that the prosecutor was aware that the girl had been having online communications with unsavory men, that one of the men was convicted of human trafficking, and that the parents of the girl had had several interactions with the human trafficker. Was the girl a victim of human trafficking and is she still alive? How did Reeves end up with the girl's underwear?Who is making the birthday phone calls? Each time a witness takes the stand, there is a new twist, a new theory and the need to call more witnesses. To make matters worse, the parents' marriage broke down as a direct result of the girl's disappearance, and their marital war plays out in the courtroom and outside the courtroom. I mentioned that the girl was troubled -- that's an understatement -- the girl had reactive attachment disorder. Her behavioral disorder was destroying the family and continues to overshadow the two other children in the family, both of whom are good kids who have silently and not-so-silently suffered while the parents were absorbed in first, their troubled child, then the aftermath of her disappearance, and finally their divorce. This is an emotionally-engaging, in-depth look at what can happen following a murder conviction. It is an excellent portrayal of an attorney's role in society.

  • Aristotle
    2018-07-21 11:15

    A Beautiful 17yr Old Adopted Girl disappears on her way to school. No surprise as to who did it but not for the reasons you think.The more i read the less sympathy i had for Sashi. I understand Sashi had a difficult childhood but so did the children of war torn Syria, Iraq, and Afghanistan.As for the parents, Debra was in a very difficult position, loved her 3 children very much and wanted nothing but the best for them and Gavin well buddy life isn't all raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens.A good read my second Grippando novel but my one complaint, just like the first book, is that the chapters are too short. The dialogue gets into a nice rhythm then it ends and jumps to the next scene,"Do you have any idea what's it like to have a kid like Sashi? A daughter who destroys your wife, your marriage, your other children?" -Gavin Burgette

  • Lorraine Petkus
    2018-08-17 02:56

    Reading this book was a long journey going down multiple roads and ending up at the wrong destination.

  • Laurie
    2018-08-04 05:13

    Only my second James Grippando thriller but my first Jack Swyteck novel. I thoroughly enjoyed meeting Jack and will definitely read the other books in this series.

  • Neil
    2018-08-11 07:14

    This is the first time I've read Grippando, but this is excellent, a mix of legal thriller, mystery, and family drama that works throughout.Attorney Jack Swyteck has returned to the building of the group he used to work for, which defends death row inmates. He is not in their employ, but paying rent as a way to try to help them out. He's the only one in the office when Debra Burgette comes in, looking for an attorney to take on the case of Dylan Reeves, the man who supposedly killed her adopted daughter. Debra is convinced that Sashi is still alive. As the story unravels we discover how difficult Sashi was to raise, with a self-destructive streak that put her in the path of many bad people and behavior that leaves the reader wondering if either of her estranged parents could have tried to end the adoption. Swyteck is in all kinds of binds. He's trying to watch out for his very pregnant wife, but he has to be very careful not to expose either of them to conflict of interest accusations because she is an FBI agent working on related cases from the other side. He wants to find out the truth about Sashi, but his first priority has to be defending Reeves, a man who he suspects is guilty of many things, but may not be guilty of the crime for which he is sentenced to be executed. And as he works more with Debra and her ex-husband, he becomes less and less sure of them.Well, enough plot, the twists keep coming and the pacing is steadily interesting throughout. The finish, while not completely surprising for an experienced thriller reader, is still satisfying. I'll have to pay more attention to Grippando from now on.

  • Lectus
    2018-08-07 08:56

    I had no idea that this book is part of a series; and book number #12 for that! I grabbed the book at the library, and you know how publishers are: they refuse to include that the book is part of a series on the cover. However, this one reads as a stand-alone. I didn't need any previous knowledge to get into this one. And I like it so much that I'm going to go back and read the first one. Yes sir!What I liked is all that death row/who did/I'm innocent thing. But I especially liked that most of the story took place in court. I am a sucker for that "overruled/sustained" thing.Story: Sashi is an adopted teen from Russia but she has a condition called RAD. Something like she can't get physically and emotionally close to anyone. Sashi is also a compulsive liar and trouble maker.Now, this wealthy American couple who already have a teen decide to adopt Sashi and her brother. Well, Sashi made their lives a living hell.One day Sashi vanishes, a man is found guilty, sentenced to death and that is where Jack comes in: trying to prove that the man is innocent and doesn't deserve to die.So go ahead, skip all 11 previous books about Jack and just read this one. It is worth it.

  • ashley c
    2018-08-14 07:07

    3.5 stars. I read this in the span of 6 hours at work because today was a slow day. A page turner, definitely, with a few twists and turns to keep the reader guessing. I enjoyed the court scenes, the family dynamics, and how the story explored adopting children from less-privileged backgrounds, specifically children that has been through trauma. Would have liked a more in-depth explanation of the murderer's intention and psychological reasoning when they murdered Sashi; I felt like the reveal was a bit rushed, making it feel shallow. This makes a good airplane read, definitely!

  • Marla Madison
    2018-07-28 06:52

    Gone Again is an excellent legal thriller. Grippano manages to take a very over used topic--corporal punishment--and create an exciting plot with a very creative angle. Believable character and intense legal drama make the book a tough one to put down. I did not care for the ending, found it rather anti-climatic after a few hints that something big was yet to be revealed, but it did not detract from my overall enjoyment.

  • Stacy Bearse
    2018-07-21 08:12

    Another fine legal thriller by Grippando, a master storyteller who creates imaginative scenarios set against the colorful background of south Florida. Here, a highly dysfunctional family becomes entangled in the legal system when a daughter runs away and is believed murdered. The man convicted of her killing is headed for the death chamber, when new questions arise regarding the crime. A contorted plot that twists and turns, flips and flops keeps your attention right to the final page.

  • Todd Wilkinson
    2018-07-28 04:02

    This was better than a few of the more recent books, but not up to some of his best. I enjoy the interactions with Theo, but he's not in this book very much. The story was interesting, and seeing Jack back on the case for a death row inmate was refreshing - a returning to roots story, but the characters he was dealing with were flat, dull, and truly uninteresting.

  • Susan H
    2018-08-08 07:10

    3 1/2

  • Jamie Weyermuller
    2018-08-08 05:46

    This was my first Jack Swyteck book. I enjoyed it but was ready for it to be over. A little too long for me.

  • Falisha
    2018-07-28 08:56

    Its a thriller but just not a fan of this writer.

  • John Marsh
    2018-07-24 03:54

    Library audible (A brief reminder of the story for myself) Actual story as it turns out is simple and quite common in that the essentially the internal turmoil of the family is at the bottom of the final revealed outcome of Sashi Burgette. She vanished three years ago on her way to school after hoping out of the car after another argument and running away yet again. The night after the teenager’s disappearance, ex-con Dylan Reeves was stopped for drunk driving. Sashi’s panties with Dylan's semen was found in his truck, and a police videotape of his drunken explanation under interrogation sealed his fate at trial. The taped confession is highlighted as more contriced by the antics of the interogators than a substantiated confession. And the kicker there was no body. Now, just days from Dylan Reeves’s execution, Sashi’s mother visits Jack Swyteck, doing pro bono work at the Freedom Institute, and delivers shocking news: “Sashi called me.” But Sashi did not speak. Jack in the course of doing his follow up work discovers an acquaintance of convicted human trafficer Mendez who grassed Mendez in a plea bargin deal and in retribution had his penis cut off and throat slashed. The acquaintance was making the calls. He was also stalking Sashi's mother.The police dismiss the call as a cruel hoax, which turned out to be correct. The State Attorney refuses to consider the new evidence, insisting the case is closed. The governor has already signed the death warrant. An innocent man may be executed and time is running out—unless his lawyers can locate Sashi. In fact Dylan Reeves’s was no where an innocent man as he most likely raped Sashi though he claimed that she got away which is possible as the actual rape was possible. Interestly, Dylan claimed to have masturbated onto the retained panties (Always possible and an interesting highlighted example where the DNA connection is correct but the final conclusion of proof of rape and murder is not correct, thus a body and physical signs of rape should also be established). Dylan was only innocent of kidnaping and murder in this case. He definitely was not a good guy and the electric chair would have suited him fine that is how I felt about him but the story line highlights that if the wrong person is convicted in this case right and wrong. Right on the rape (at the leat least attempted) wrong onthe murder means that the real killer would get clear away and not looked for. These series of books really highlight many overlooked issues that the function of the US justice system fails in often.A man of principle who believes in justice, Jack jumps into the investigation. But the deeper he digs the more he discovers that nothing is what it appears to be. Not the victim. Not her alleged killer. And definitely not Sashi’s parents, whose grief ruptured their marriage, each openly blaming the other for what happened to their daughter. So all involved are misleading or telling blatant lies. That included the prosecution in the present proceedings and previous in misleading and the police failing to do their job fully. Juries are make up of normal people so do not have the established character and knowledge to do their job nor are they challenged to provide the reasons on how they reached their verdict.As their gut-wrenching and hopelessly conflicting version of events unfolds in a Miami courtroom, it becomes clear there is something even more difficult to find than a long-missing girl . . .The truth. The truth is that Sashi was adopted and had not adjusted well due to previous experiences thus had driven her adoptive family and herself over the edge. The other older daughter threw sleeping tablets at Sashi when she said she wanted to commit suicide and she did take the tablets. Her father comes home and is informed and even though Sashi was not dead and not likely to be so by sleeping tablets he finished her off and dumped her body in the everglades in Florida. he controlled the daughter not to say anything and used her guilt to keep her quiet.

  • Eustacia Tan
    2018-07-21 04:57

    I saw this book on PD Workman's Teaser Tuesday and thought it was interesting. Then I realised this was the same book that Lectus reviewed it and went back to search for it. The first time I looked, the NLB didn't have it but the second time was a success! And when I went to Goodreads (because the author's name sounded familiar), I found out that this was recommended to me before! I totally understood why it was recommended so many times because I found it so addictive that I was willing to sacrifice sleep for it. Jack Swyteck is now happily married to Andie and they're expecting their first child! Not all is going well, and well, Swyteck ends up taking a case where his client is scheduled to be executed the same week his baby is supposed to be born. Why would a man do such a thing? Well, the mother of the supposed victim is convinced that her daughter is alive, and if she is, then his client is not a murderer.What complicates matters is the fact that Sashi, the girl who disappeared and is supposed to have been murdered, suffers from RAD - Reactive Attachment Disorder, which means that she doesn't behave in like a typical victim. And with everyone in the case pursuing their own agenda, Jack has a lot of lies to cut through before he can find the truth.It's probably a testament to how addictive the book is despite the fact that almost all the supporting cast is unlikable. I liked Jack, Andie and his team, and I liked the two children in the case, but everyone else? Not so much. Even poor Debra, who might be as much as a victim as much as Sashi, made me feel uncomfortable. But, their flaws were what made the twists believable, which means the author did a fantastic job balancing plot, character, and readability.There really is an adversarial system here (the prosecutor got on my nerves too) and every time that Jack had to appear in court, there was drama to be found. I kind of wish that more of this was explored (so did the prosecutor make a deal with the other guy for testimony?) but I can also see how that would spoil the pacing, so I guess it means I should read more of this series to find out.I'm not going to spoil the plot of the book by continuing to talk, but if you want to read a compelling courtroom drama, you definitely have to pick this up. It doesn't have the most likable cast of characters, but the flawed characters are what give the plot the twists that it has.This review was first posted at Inside the mind of a Bibliophile

  • Kerstin
    2018-08-08 09:12

    "Vor der Wahrheit" befasst sich mit einem komplexen Fall, bei dem man bis zuletzt nicht sicher sein kann, was genau passiert ist. Sashi Burgette, damals siebzehn Jahre alt, verschwand vor drei Jahren spurlos und obwohl bereits ein Mann für den Mord an ihr verurteilt wurde, ist ihre Mutter sich vollkommen sicher, dass sie noch lebt. Sie will nun, dass Jack Swyteck vor Gericht beweist, dass der vermeintliche Mörder keiner ist. Die Zeit dafür ist sehr knapp und der Fall unglaublich verworren - jeder erzählt Lügen, die Geschehnisse sind undurchsichtig, es gibt kaum brauchbare Beweise und die Staatsanwaltschaft ist der Überzeugung, dass Debra Burgette sich falsche Hoffnungen macht und Sashi tot ist. Doch wer hat recht? Durch die vielen widersprüchlichen Aussagen und die Wendungen, die die Geschichte regelmäßig nimmt, ist das Buch trotz des etwas zähen Mittelteils durchgängig packend und man ist gespannt auf die Auflösung des ganzen. Das Ende hat dann auch nicht enttäuscht.Jack, seine Kollegen und auch seine Frau waren mir sympathisch, aber mit den anderen Charakteren hatte ich ein paar Probleme. Sie sind gut ausgearbeitet, allerdings alle (gerade das Opfer) auf ihre Weise anstrengend und obwohl die Hintergründe interessant und die Entwicklungen tragisch sind, fiel es mir schwer, Mitgefühl mit den Figuren zu empfinden. Nicht einmal Sashis Schicksal konnte mich wirklich berühren, ich war eigentlich nur neugierig darauf, was passiert ist, ohne emotional involviert zu sein. Das fand ich schade und deshalb habe ich von meiner Bewertung auch einen halben Stern abgezogen. Davon abgesehen hat mir die Geschichte jedoch gut gefallen und ich werde bestimmt noch weitere Bände der Reihe lesen.3,5/5 Sternen_________________Herzlichen Dank an den Verlag, der mir das Buch über Netgalley zur Verfügung gestellt hat.

  • Jovdb
    2018-08-17 07:02

    I haven’t read any other Jack Swyteck books so I maybe at a disadvantage here. Also, this was an audio book which made it difficult to follow the back and forth aspect of the story.Sashi is an adopted teen. Her younger brother was also adopted. It was his adoption that led the family to take in Sashi; the adoptive mother, Debbie, didn’t want to split them up. Sashi was troubled when they adopted her and didn’t seem to get any better.As she often ran away from home, when she went missing some years ago, her parents were too concerned, thinking she would return, as usual. However she didn’t and a man was convicted of raping and murdering her.Now, as this man is on death row, soon to be executed, Debbie reaches out to Jack. She doesn’t believe Sashi is dead. After some investigation, Jack agrees that the inmate doesn’t appear to have been involved in Sashi’s murder, but he knows something about her disappearance.The story evolves and we learn about RAD, about rehoming adopted children (basically passing them onto another home!).I may try another book in this series to see if it is any better when not in audiobook format.