A Death in Live Oak

A Death in Live Oak

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When the body of Jamal Cousin, president of the pre-eminent black fraternity at the Florida's flagship university, is discovered hogtied in the Stygian water swamps of the Suwanee River Valley, the death sets off a firestorm. When Mark Towson, the president of a prominent white fraternity, is accused of the crime, defense attorney Jack Swyteck knows that the stakes could not be higher. Jamal's gruesome murder bears disturbing similarities to another lynching that occurred back in the Jim Crow days of 1944. Are the chilling parallels purely coincidental?
Publisher: New York, NY : Harper, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2018]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2018
ISBN: 9780062657800
Characteristics: 371 pages ; 24 cm
Call Number: GRIPPANDO, J


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Mar 09, 2019

Grippando is an excellent writer - if you're into murder mysteries. A Death in Live Oak pretty accurately exposes, through fiction, the relationship between black and white fraternities at University of Florida and Florida State. While the stench of racism has diminished over the last 100 years there remains deep-seated prejudice among whites and blacks. But the college kids are out of their element when skinheads make their move to try to reinforce white privilege - and a throwback to Jim Crow.
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Dec 19, 2018

Grippando has been one of my favorite authors for some time. This newest is no exception. Jack defends Mark, a white frat president against the crime of murdering a black frat president, Jamal, from another fraternity. The circumstances surrounding the murder of 5-year old Willie James in 1944 during Jim Crow days, becomes an integral part of Jamal's defense. A must-read.

Oct 31, 2018

Great read. I couldn’t put it down. The story deals with racism and the lawyer is Jack Swyteck defending the accused. I discovered James Grippando about two years ago and have been reading his books ever since.


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