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Intent to Kill

A book by James Grippando

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"A truth that's told with bad intent beats all the lies that you can invent." William Blake

  • Nov 16, 2010
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In this stand alone thriller, star minor league baseball player, Ryan James, is informed that his wife, Chelsea, and daughter, Ainsley, have been taken to the hospital after an auto accident.  Ryan rushes to the hospital, only to be crushed by the news that Chelsea has died on the operating table.

The setting is Pawtuket, Rhode Island and Boston. With the action, we are given a glimpse of minor league baseball life and the players' dream of reaching the big leagues.

Three years pass. Ryan's depression and insomnia have led to his release from baseball. He is raising six-year-old Ainsley on his own and works as a radio host on a sports show. His earlier days of hope and happiness are replaced by sorrow and guilt, since Chelsea was on the way to one of  his games when the accident occurred.

Emma Carlyle is a prosecuting attorney in Providence. She had worked on Chelsea's case. On the third anniversary of the accident, Emma finds a note on her car. There is a newspaper article about the accident and with it, the sender states, "I know who did it."

We learn more about Chelsea's younger brother, Babes. He's a childlike person suffering from Asperger's Syndrome. He has trouble relating to people due to his affliction.

Complications occur when Babes goes missing. Emma believes that he is the source of the note left on her car and a later email. Then, Babes calls into Ryan's show and makes a statement  on the air about Chelsea's death.

The characters of Babes, Ryan and Emma are compelling. It is their story that makes us want to learn what really happened and how it will affect them.  In addition, the pacing is done to perfection. Just when the reader feels that they know the direction of the story, things change into an entirely new and interesting manner.

I think that readers will enjoy the story and the theme of having a dream in life, seeing that dream crushed but then come true.

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November 16, 2010
One more thriller to add to the ever expanding reading list. Great review, Michael.
 
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review by . May 28, 2010
Grippando tells the tale of an up-in-coming minor league baseball player, Ryan, who is assured that he will move into the major leagues, but quits playing and falls apart when his wife is killed by a hit and run driver. On the third anniversary of her death, he finds a letter at her grave saying, "It was no accident." The assistant prosecutor who has been investigating the case also receives a letter, "I know who did it." Ryan, the prosecutor, and others now wonder whether Ryan's wife was murdered …
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Michael A.Draper is a financial planner with Mass Mutual in North Haven, CT.   Married to Diana for 47 years, one son and daughter-in-law and two lovely granddaughters.      … more
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ISBN-10: 0739492179
ISBN-13: 978-0739492178
Author: James Grippando
Publisher: Madison Park Press

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