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Book review: Fraternity lynching at center of 'A Death in Live Oak'

Book review: Fraternity lynching at center of 'A Death in Live Oak'

‘A Death in Live Oak’ By James Grippando. Harper, 384 pages, $27.99

James Grippando delivers his usual mix of strong fiction based on fact in the engrossing — and unflinching — “A Death in Live Oak,” his 14th novel about Miami lawyer Jack Swyteck.

Grippando has never taken it easy on Jack, who has specialized in proving the innocence of his clients, even those who have been previously convicted. But this case gives Jack pause.

His father, Harry, asks him to help Mark Towson, the president of a University of Florida fraternity. Mark has been accused of lynching Jamal Cousins, the president of a black fraternity....

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