Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Review: Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Cane and Abe
by James Grippando

Publisher: Harper
Pages: 368
Format: ARC
Buy the Book: Amazon

Goodreads:  Unbelievable was the word for her. Samantha Vine was unbelievably beautiful. It was unbelievable that she’d married me. Even more unbelievable that she was gone . . . 

Samantha died too soon. Abe Beckham’s new wife, Angelina, feels like Samantha never left. Through it all, Abe has managed to remain a star prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office. But his personal life is a mess, and it’s about to get worse. 

When a woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, Abe is called upon to stay on top of the investigation. The FBI is tracking a killer in South Florida they call “Cutter” because his brutal methods harken back to Florida’s dark past, when machete-wielding men cut sugarcane by hand in the blazing sun.

But when the feds discover that Abe had a brief encounter with the victim after Samantha’s death, and when Angelina goes missing, the respected attorney finds himself in the hot seat. Suspicion surrounds him. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues, and the media no longer trust his motives. Was Angelina right? Was their marriage failing because he loved Samantha too much? Or was there another woman, and did Abe have a dark side that simply wanted his new but very unhappy wife gone?

Kritters Thoughts:  In the Everglades of Florida bodies of women are showing up and a prosecutor from the state attorney's office gets mixed up in the middle of the investigation and the crime.  Abe lost his first wife to cancer, but he hasn't left the family of his late wife behind and his current wife may not be ok with his connection to them.  At the same time, his friends in law enforcement are searching for a serial killer that gets close to home for him.

I read this book in one day - two sittings!  I was completely riveted from the beginning.  Abe was a great character and I loved that I started out completely on his side but started to waver and question him - I didn't mind losing faith in him during my reading.  

I also loved how Abe was tied to the serial killer - no spoilers!  The twists and turns weren't huge, but subtle and perfectly timed.  Can you tell that I loved it!

A book that mixes mystery, thriller, race, history and a few law enforcement folks hit it out of the ballpark for me.  This is one book that I will be talking about for awhile!  Has anyone read any of James Grippando previous books?

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.


  1. YAY! Someone who liked this book as much as I did! I think the non-thriller readers on this tour have not done this book justice! YAY us!

  2. Yes, I am such a fan! I can't wait for this author to put out more!

  3. Two sitting?! Sounds like this is one of those un-put-downable reads!

    Thanks for being a part of the tour.


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