This is the ninth in Grippando’s very popular Jack Swyteck series, but can easily stand alone. It moves quickly from the courtroom to a secret detention facility in Prague, from political terrorism to porno videos and from revenge to more revenge. It’s filled with twists and turns and edge-of-the-seat tension.

Sgt. Vince Paulo’s partner’s dying daughter named her ex-boyfriend, Jamal, as her killer just before the house they were in exploded. Vince has always believed Jamal was guilty not just of stabbing her but of the explosion that took his own sight. Miami defense attorney Swyteck is defending Jamal from the death penalty for terrorist activity. As the bodies start to pile up, Jack and Vince follow clues leading to illegal Internet sites, scenes of torture and a man called only the Dark. (HARPER, Mar., 416 pp., $25.99)
Reviewed by: 
Page Traynor