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Black Horizon (Swyteck No. 11)

Black Horizon (Swyteck No. 11)

“Bestseller Grippando draws inspiration from the 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil spill for his fantastic 11th Jack Swyteck novel … Finely crafted dialogue and a realistic yet nuanced hero make this thriller a standout.”

- Publishers’ Weekly (starred review)

Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck is back in an uphill legal battle and a looming geopolitical crisis.  Just three years after the Deepwater Horizon disaster, once again millions of gallons of oil are spewing from a hole in the ocean floor after a deadly explosion aboard a massive rig. Only this time, the circumstances are even more nightmarish.  The rig was in Cuban waters, just sixty miles from Key West, and the biggest manmade environmental catastrophe in history is headed not toward Havana, but straight for the U.S. coastline.  The Cuban navy threatens to fire upon American cleanup equipment as “hostile invaders,” a threat that is backed by the Chinese, Russian and Venezuelan consortium that may have caused the disaster. Jack wants only justice for his client, a young Cuban widow whose husband was killed in the explosion, but his search for the real cause of the explosion puts him and his client at unfathomable risk with global repercussions.

Has the battle between Big Oil and environmental extremists reached a catastrophic fever pitch?  Has the Cuban regime finally found the ultimate leverage against its capitalist neighbor?  Is this an even broader political showdown on the world stage in which America’s most powerful adversaries—China and Russia—intend to bring the White House to its knees?   Jack is caught in the crosshairs of ruthless adversaries with a high-stakes agenda, pressured even by his own government to drop the case for the sake of national security. Fighting for much more than his client’s rights in a Key West courtroom, Jack plunges through a maze of international intrigue to find that the “accident” was indeed no accident—and that the force behind this raging disaster is an act of desperation more shocking than anyone could have imagined.


"Revisits the Deepwater Horizon oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010 and then does it one better ... Grippando's fun legal thriller offers a breezy tour of the policies that shape life in South Florida and its Caribbean neighbors."

                                                                                  - ABC News

“A fun read [that] plunges head on into a web of international intrigue … one of Grippando's most timely books. … Grippando has fashioned a tight plot and lets it play out in places such as the Bahamas, Havana and the Florida Keys. Under the hot summer sun tempers flare and diabolical plots are hatched, and that's the way we like them.                                                           

                                                                              - Huffington Post

"Perhaps the most successful of Jack's 11 cases ... fast moving ... irresistible ... readers will be immersed in the rewardingly complex tangle of legal/political problems."

               - Kirkus Reviews

"Intriguing … Grippando has become a master at taking "ripped from the headlines" events, in this case the 2010 Deepwater Horizon spill, and turning them into involving thrillers that, somehow, do not succumb to sensationalism. Grippando achieves this by continuing to focus on characters, especially showing new sides of Jack.  Crisp dialogue and an insider's view of Florida elevate "Black Horizon," as do the evocative scenes set in Cuba."

                                                                                     - Miami Herald

"Black ­Horizon is timely, relentlessly paced and a thrill ride of the first order."                                                                 

                                                                               - BookPage


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