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Ryan James once had it all. He was a minor league baseball star poised for the major leagues with a beautiful wife and baby. But all his dreams ended the night of the hit-and-run death of his beloved wife, Chelsea.
Years later, Ryan is a popular sports "shock jock" at a Boston radio station, raising his six-year-old daughter on his own. His life seems to be finally settling down when he is contacted by prosecuting attorney Emma Carlisle about an anonymous note sent to her on this third anniversary of Chelsea′s death. The note claims that the mysterious hit-and-run driver, who was never found, intended to kill Chelsea. Ryan can′t help but wonder if Babes, Chelsea′s brother who has Asperger′s Syndrome, knows more than he lets on.
After Emma is contacted again, Babes suddenly goes missing. Now the police are hunting down Babes, unaware that a well-paid gun is determined to find him first. And Ryan and Emma are racing against the clock to not only find Babes before he can hurt himself, but to uncover the real killer, who′s made it clear that nothing, not even life, is worth more than his reputation.
“Grippando’s thrillers marry well-drawn characters and realistic action. . . . The story strongly fits into the family thriller genre, epitomized by Harlan Coben.”
“Intent to Kill is [Grippando’s] best. . . . It’s crisp and fresh and full of action from beginning to end.”
-The Globe and Mail
“In this stand-alone thriller . . . the well-constructed, suspenseful plot is layered with many ‘What?!’ and ‘Oh my God’ moments. With the reader well and truly hooked, all one can do is hang on until the final reveal.”
“An excellent thriller . . . Ryan James is a strong, sympathetic lead, and the supporting cast . . . is uniformly excellent. . . . This guy is really good.”
“Intent to Kill’s unique double play of baseball and the unpredictable Babes make Grippando’s newest thriller a hit for the bleachers.”
-Madison County Herald
“A fast-paced, nifty crime novel with many surprising plot twists.”
-Lansing Journal (MI)
“[A] tight, twisty thriller . . . Hums along like a sizzling fastball thrown straight and sure.”
“This book has it all: sports, crime, money and romance. . . . It’s a delight.”
-Charleston Post & Courier