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A Review of Cane and Abe by James Grippando

Cane and Abe

by James Grippando

This was a strange book. It was well written, and the characters were believable and well-developed. I just didn’t really like any of them. I didn’t connect, nor feel any empathy with them. I didn’t really care what happened to most of them. There was a mystery and some plot twists, but that didn’t really draw me in either. I kept reading because I hoped that something would develop to make it all worth while. After I finished the book, I thought “Well that ended with quite a twist”, but it wasn’t until I reflected upon the ending that I decided that it ended perfectly. Everybody gets theirs.

I know that this review doesn’t really give you much, but I can’t reveal the ending, and that is the whole point of the book. Cane and Abe nearly feels like an extended short story. The twist at the end justifies the whole thing.

Most people will probably like the story more than I did. It isn’t like these people in the book are disgusting perverts, or ruthless gangsters, or anything like that. I just didn’t connect, so the story didn’t connect. But I did love the ending.

I give Cane and Abe 3 1/2 Stars out of 5.

I received a Digital Review Copy from the publisher.

Book Description

Cane and Abe 2A spellbinding novel of suspense from New York Times bestselling author James Grippando, in which Miami’s top prosecutor becomes a prime suspect in his wife’s disappearance, which may have a chilling connection to the woman he can’t forget.

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 has helped him through the loss, but some say it was a step back to marry Angelina, a love from Abe’s past. Abe doesn’t want to hear it, and through the ups and downs, he’s even managed to remain a star prosecutor at the Miami State Attorney’s Office.

Then everything goes wrong.  A woman’s body is discovered dumped in the Everglades, and Abe is called upon to monitor 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 under fire. Suspicion surrounds him. His closest friends, family, professional colleagues, and the media no longer trust his motives. Was Angelina right? Was their marriage not what they’d hoped for because he loved Samantha too much? Or was there another woman . . . and a husband with a dark side who simply wanted his new wife gone?

Book Details

Hardcover: 368 pages
Publisher: Harper (January 20, 2015)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 006229539X
ISBN-13: 978-0062295392
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.2 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 1.2 pounds

About the Author

James Grippando is a New York Times bestselling author of suspense. Cane and Abe is his twenty-second novel. Grippando was a trial lawyer for twelve years before his 1994 debut novel, The Pardon, and he now serves as counsel to Boies, Schiller & Flexner LLP. He lives in South Florida with his wife, three children, two cats, and a golden retriever named Max who has no idea that he’s a dog.

The book description and details are from Amazon. Cane and Abe