December 14, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

In James Grippando’s Last Call, defense lawyer Jack Swyteck’s best friend, Theo, has a problem: One of his boys from the old hood has escaped from prison and is demanding cash. In return, he might reveal who brutally murdered Theo’s mom almost 20 years ago.

Grisliest Death
A hooker is found on the street with her throat slit.

Bottom Line
The seventh Swyteck book is a nail-biter that draws a harrowing picture of the paranoia of both prison and the ghetto. B+

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