With election fatigue finished - and before the new president's inauguration - author James Grippando gives a taste of White House politics in his 15th novel.
While crime thrillers wrapped around the presidency are a common gimmick, Grippando's innovative spin puts "Born to Run" in its own category. The author combines a political novel with an unusual threat to the presidency and a personal thriller wrapped around a father and son caught up in government intrigue.
That threat is a shocker, and the novel hinges on this revelation that Grippando wisely keeps secret until the finale. As the political machinations unfold, the relationship of Miami attorney Jack Swyteck and his father, Harry, form the heart of the riveting "Born to Run."
Grippando skillfully shows how to shape a plot for maximum suspense. While hostage scenes have almost become de rigueur for thrillers, Grippando avoids cliches as he ramps up the tension.
"Born to Run" shows why Grippando's novels continue to be bestsellers.
When the vice president dies during an excursion in the Everglades, Harry, a former Florida governor, is being tapped to be his replacement, and he wants Jack to be his attorney. Father and son have had a rocky time in the past, but are now close.
But being his father's attorney isn't an easy job for Jack, especially when a savvy reporter, an out-of-control former intern and the vice president's widow point to a cover-up that echoes back to a 50-year-old crime.