I admit it. I’m a serial reader. I love books that bring you back again and again to your favorite people. Being one of those readers who loses herself in a book and becomes ‘friends’ with the characters I’m spending my time with, I always find it hard to let go of a story and say goodbye when the book is finished. I have at times delayed the finish of a really good book so I could avoid doing that.
Then I discovered I don’t always have to.
I can read John Lescroart (Dismas Hardy) or James Patterson (Alex Cross) and even Stephen White (Alan Gregory). I love them all and in pure voyeuristic fashion, I pick up the latest book to see what they’re up to now. And I don’t even watch soaps - imagine that.
So, this brings me to my latest read, James Grippando's Got The Look, which presents the latest episode in the life of hot shot Miami criminal defense lawyer Jack Swyteck. In Got The Look, Swyteck falls in love with the woman of his dreams: a gorgeous and obviously wealthy lady named Mia Salazar. Not all is perfect in paradise as he quickly discovers Mia is married to someone else.
Being the class act that he is, assurances of the marriage being loveless and evidence of abuse notwithstanding, he terminates the relationship. But when Mia is kidnapped a few weeks later, however, Swyteck is abruptly and reluctantly drawn back into her life and into the investigation by Mia's husband and, more significantly, by FBI agent Andie Henning.
The kidnapper's modus operandi is to take someone and then send a note to the spouse stating "Pay me what she's worth." If the husband gets the dollar amount right, then his wife is released unharmed; but get it wrong and she is killed.