The Big Lie: A Jack Swyteck Novel by James Grippando


Reviewed by Jud Hanson

It’s time for another Presidential election. A widely-supported, if controversial, incumbent is facing off against a younger, more liberal opponent. As has happened before too many times, the popular vote winner appears to be on the losing end. The final result won’t be known until the Electoral College meets. However, the votes of the electors are governed by a myriad of laws, allowing for the possibility of “faithless” electors. One such elector has just surfaced in Florida and hires Jack Swytek to defend her right to vote her conscience and her fitness to serve , as well as against murder charges. There is a lot more to this case than meets the eye and Swytek will have to pull out all the stops to succeed for his client.

The Big Lie by James Grippando is one of the best novels of the year, drawing from real-life events in a way that few authors could. While it is quite obvious who the incumbent is supposed to represent, what is not so clear is who inspired the character of the challenger. That is left up to the reader to decide. The biggest question I see is if our current president would engage in some of the tactics that the incumbent in this novel uses, something I will withhold commenting on. In any case, regardless of where one falls politically, this is a novel worth taking the time to read. I strongly recommend this novel and give it 4/5 stars.

* A print copy of this book is the only compensation received in exchange for this review. *