James Grippando’s ‘The Girl in the Glass Box’ Annouced; Due out February 2019

Miami attorney Jack Swyteck returns to take on an all-new case in The Girl in the Glass Box, the latest legal thriller from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando. 

Following A Death in Live Oak (2018), which saw Swyteck defend a white college student charged in Florida’s first racial terror lynching in more than a half century, Jack is now front and center on the immigration debate after agreeing to represent an immigrant who entered the United States illegally in an attempt to escape trouble and protect her daughter.


The Girl in the Glass BoxMiami attorney Jack Swyteck lands in the heart of the contentious immigration debate when he takes on the heart-wrenching case of an undocumented immigrant who fled to America to protect her daughter and save herself, in this timely and pulse-pounding thriller that explores the stories behind the headlines from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, winner of the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction.

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.



Using his experience as a trial lawyer and as counsel at the prestigious law firm Boies Schiller Flexner LLP, Grippando, along with John Grisham, is one of only two practicing attorneys to have ever won the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction for his 2016 novel, Gone Again. The Girl in the Glass Box comes out on February 5, 2019, and is currently available for pre-order anywhere books are sold.



Praised as “one of today’s finest book reviewers” by New York Times bestselling author Gayle Lynds, Ryan Steck (“The Godfather of the thriller genre” — Ben Coes) has “quickly established himself as the authority on mysteries and thrillers” (Author A.J. Tata). He currently lives in Southwest Michigan with his wife and their six children.

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