James Grippando has another work in his defense attorney Jack Swyteck series, "Afraid of the Dark." (HarperCollins, 408 pages)
Swyteck is called to defend a suspected terrorist who is charged with murdering a young girl and blinding a police officer.
The young man's alibi seems far fetched - that at the time of these horrible crimes he was being held in a secret detention site in the Czech Republic.
Swyteck's girlfriend, FBI agent Andie Henning, warns him against getting involved in this case. But when his client and associate are murdered, Swyteck vows to find out the real killer and is soon involved in an international ring of pornographers and terrorists while he pursues a twisted killer known as "The Dark."
In a touching ending, Swyteck discovers his family's tragic history as victims of Nazi aggression in Czechoslovakia.
Set against the backdrop of the government's war on terror and secret interrogation sites, James Grippando has written a very good legal thriller.