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FLESH & BONES (Jake Lassiter Book 7) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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"I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun."

The next thing Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool.

Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, has a new client.

She's stunning model Chrissy Bernhardt, and the dead man is her wealthy father. The defense? Chrissy claims that she's recently recovered repressed memories of having been sexually abused by her father. Jake wants to believe her but suspects that the memories were either implanted by a shady psychiatrist or fabricated by Chrissy herself. Complicating the situation, Jake falls for his client, clouding his judgment. Is she an anguished victim or a cold-blooded killer? And what about her brother, who stands to inherit a fortune if Chrissy goes to prison? Jake wades into a quagmire of dirty water deals, big money, and family corruption, all leading to an explosive finale.

To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Lassiter (September 2011)


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Editorial Reviews

From Booklist

Pro football player turned lawyer Jake Lassiter is savoring a drink at a South Beach bar when a beautiful young woman shoots the man on the next bar stool and faints in Lassiter's arms. It's one way to get clients, he figures. The woman, Chrissy Bernhardt, is charged with the first-degree murder of her father, whom Chrissy believes abused her as a child. Lassiter takes the case, which is complicated by the fact that Chrissy's repressed memories of her father's abuse have been "unlocked" with the help of a therapist who turns out to be her late mother's former lover. The seventh Lassiter novel continues the series' steady improvement. Lassiter is smart, tough, funny, and very human. He's coming on fast as one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction. Wes Lukowsky

From Kirkus Reviews

Not even a lawyer as light on his feet as Jake Lassiter can find much wiggle room when he himself was one of the dozens of witnesses who watched his client, model Chrissy Bernhardt, walk up to her father in a crowded bar and shoot him three times, sending him spiraling into a fatal heart attack. And things just get worse when Chrissy's psychiatrist, obliging Dr. Lawrence Schein, hands Jake solid-gold evidence of Chrissy's childhood abuse by Harry Bernhardt--something Schein claims is a perfect defense, though it's nothing more or less, to Jake's disillusioned eyes, than the perfect motive for premeditated murder. With no hope of winning acquittal for a client who tells him she wanted to hurt the old man as badly as he'd hurt her and who cheerfully disclaims the slightest sign of remorse, Jake's only prayer is to go for manslaughter. But armed with all those tapes of Dr. Schein's (including the prizewinner, in which Chrissy tells him she's just bought the gun she's going to shoot her father with), who could doubt the premeditation the prosecution alleges--unless of course it's Jake himself, who's broken his usual rule against sleeping with his clients in favor of the deeper rule that draws him to every guilty-looking dame in Miami? Jake just never learns about women--luckily for his fans, who'll find this impossible case, his seventh (Fool Me Twice, 1995, etc.), more tightly wound than any since his debut in To Speak for the Dead (1990). -- Copyright ©1996, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 1651 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
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  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.; 2 edition (June 2, 2014)
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  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W4ML7K
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cheekbones and Chic Bones July 27, 2005
By Konrei
FLESH AND BONES is the latest and the best of the seven Jake Lassiter novels. In FLESH AND BONES Paul Levine introduces us to, what is for him, a rare bird---a vulnerable, victimized woman. The only problem is that the woman, supermodel Chrissy Bernhardt, is accused of the murder of her own father, shot to death in front of a club full of eyewitnesses.

Levine has written a taut, intelligent, entertaining, and wryly humorous psychothriller. Despite the overwhelming evidence of Chrissy's guilt, Jake takes the case and dedicates himself to finding a way out for his client.

What transpires is a tale of sordid manipulation, exploitation, lies and incest which is engrossing from the outset and never flags.

With FLESH AND BONES not only has Jake Lassiter inherited the mantle of Travis McGee---Paul Levine has joined Scott Turow and John Grisham as one of the best 'legal thriller' authors working today.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A New Paul Levine Fan May 26, 2003
I read this book an became an instant Paul Levine fan. Since then I've ordered more of his books. Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter series is witty and extremely entertaining. Couldn't put this book down, and giggled all the while. Loved it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Levine's books are all excellent August 7, 1999
witty, funny, sarcastic, ironic and always a pick me up-Mr. Levine's writing is a sight for sore eyes.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not my favorite August 19, 2011
By jlee745
Format:Kindle Edition
This legal thriller grabbed my interest from the start. The beginning had romance and mystery and I did not want to put it down. Somewhere in the middle of the book I felt like I was reading the same the over and over again. I felt like I was missing something when he was with the family like I had walked in on the middle of story.(I found out after finishing that it was not the first in the series). If I did not hate quiting things this book would have been deleted. I am glad I stuck it through to the end. The end of the book grabbed my interest again mainly because the story line acutally changed up a little. The ending was so good that I am considering reading the second one to see
if Jake and Chrissy continue with their relationship. I also was not a fan of the constant movie trivia and references.
I gave it 3 stars based on the beginning and ending.
I received acomplimentary copy of the book in exchange for my review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Too funny! July 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
I received this book to read and review.
Never having read a Paul Levine book I was in for a wonderful surprise. He is funny , sarcastic and very sharp. He grabs you from the beginning with a killing and through twists and turns we get to the end of the book and ....another turn. The characters are well developed , the plot is ingenious and all this with touches of humor. I will now go and read his other books as I am addicted. This is a great book for any time but beware you can not put it down.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Mandy
Format:Kindle Edition

A picture of a skinny blond chic holding a gun ... I'd say it's a pretty literal depiction of the character Chrissy Bernhardt.


The story has several twists and turns. Just when I thought I had it figured out another twist would happen. Nobody, except maybe Jake and his family, is who they appear to be. I don't know that this will keep you guessing to the end, but it will definitely keep you interested until the story is over.

Main Characters

Jake - A former linebacker, who is not fond of quarterbacks (for several reasons) - He is now a lawyer living in south Florida. I got the impression that Jake is ultimately a good guy. He appreciates honesty from his clients and from himself. If he has all the facts, good or bad, then he knows how he needs to handle a situation ... more people should be this way.

Chrissy - A model - She seems to fall in love too easily. She is prone to fainting spells and is a little spoiled.

Guy - Chrissy's half-brother - Since his father's death, he controls all of the business dealings. Seemingly a nice guy, he agrees to pay for Chrissy's legal defense in the murder of their father.


As a mystery-lover, I enjoyed this book. There were several humorous parts in this story, which I appreciated. I believe all mystery-lovers would appreciate this novel ... you should check it out. =)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Story August 12, 2011
I went into this story not entirely knowing what to expect. I was hoping for a good crime novel with some twists and I was not disappointed. Paul Levine is a really good writer that knows how to weave a story.

The first half of the book is mostly spent introducing you to the characters and settings. While at times this seemed to drag a bit. All the info given was useful and contributed to the story.

There are two main characters - Jake, the former football player turned lawyer and Chrissy, the model who he is defending for killing her father. But they are surrounded by a cast of great and interesting characters. From her shrink and her step-brother to his Granny and his nephew (Kip). The shrink and step-brother are more on the serious end of the story. While Granny and Kip are characters you love from the moment you meet them. They are entertaining and fun and really help liven up the story.

By far the best part of the book though is the courtroom scenes. Here is where the author's writing really shows its skill. During this part you have Jake weaving his questions to get reactions and eventually the truth as to what has really happened. Until the end you really don't know if she was abused or even if she really killed her father. But it all comes out skillfully during the trial in scenes that would make an amazing movie scene.

If you are looking for a good crime fiction novel with a great court scene. Don't pass this one by.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read - always funny, insightful and enjoyable
Published 21 days ago by tomsgram
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a typical who done it
Storyline is novel and easy to follow. Characters are well developed and blend with the story. At times the author tends to overly pontificate in description of then scenery or... Read more
Published 27 days ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Bones
Paul Levine did an excellent job in developing the story. I enjoyed his ability to analyze the evidence, and then use it to the benefit of his client. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bbyami
5.0 out of 5 stars another winner
Having read Paul Levine's books in chronological order of publication, this is my favorite so far. I find unpredictable outcomes positive reading experience.
Published 2 months ago by llindalu
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
good read
Published 3 months ago by Ellen Huberman
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
way too much fluff!
Published 4 months ago by rich
5.0 out of 5 stars Love the series & each book stands alone
another hit, Mr. Levine! Love the series & each book stands alone. ;)
Published 4 months ago by sherry
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book. I liked it a lot
Great book. I liked it a lot, obviously. He had a tough job to clear his client who was self destroying herself. Read more
Published 4 months ago by james t holtzinger
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
maybe the judicial system got me a bit.
Published 4 months ago by jan nijland
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
good read.
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PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Obviously, he cannot hold a job. Paul claims that writing fiction comes naturally: he told whoppers for many years in his legal briefs. His books have been translated into 23 languages, none of which he can read.

He has won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award, a Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize. More info at

What's new? "State vs. Lassiter," "Lassiter" and "Last Chance Lassiter" are Paul's latest entries on Kindle and in NEW paperback editions. "To Speak for the Dead" continues its bestseller status 24 years after its hardcover publication.

Writing in USA TODAY, Larry King called the Lassiter series, "Mystery writing at its very, very best."

To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Last Chance Lassiter
State vs. Lassiter (nominated for 2014 Shamus Award)

A Miami Dolphins linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer, Lassiter has been described by Booklist as "one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction" and by The Miami Herald as having "a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did."

Paul's other work includes the "Solomon and Lord" series, featuring mismatched Miami lawyers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord:

Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
Habeas Porpoise

The Chicago Sun-Times praised "Solomon vs. Lord" in these terms: "Remarkably fresh and original with characters you can't help loving and sparkling dialogue that echoes the Hepburn-Tracy screwball comedies. A hilarious, touching and entertaining twist on the legal thriller."

And this from Publishers Weekly: "Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry will enjoy this humorous Florida crime romp."

Also now available: "Illegal," a highly-praised thriller set in the world of human trafficking and sex slavery; "Impact," a legal thriller set at the Supreme Court; "Ballistic," in which a homegrown terrorist group takes over a missile silo in Wyoming; "Paydirt," in which a down-and-out bookie attempts to fix the Super Bowl; and FREE on Kindle, "The Road to Hell," four original short stories.

Paul wrote 20 episodes of the TV series JAG, which gave him an opportunity to steer a nuclear submarine and land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, all without endangering national security. He is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in journalism and the University of Miami Law School where he majored in the swimming pool. He passed the Florida Bar exam in his first try in what he suspects was a computer glitch.

He was a trial lawyer with the mammoth international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he did not even pretend to know all his partners' names. He specialized in "complex litigation," cases so abstruse that even lawyers charging 500 bucks an hour didn't fully understand them. He tried hundreds of cases and handled appeals at every level, including the Supreme Court. Along the way, he filed expense accounts nearly as creative as his legal briefs.

Paul says he enjoys writing more than lawyering because he no longer keeps time sheets and gets to work in his underwear. He formerly lived in the hills of Southern California, which he claims are populated by rattlesnakes and coyotes, and those are just the Hollywood agents. Paul recently moved back to Miami, a place Joan Didion once called "a rich and wicked pastel boomtown." But to Paul, it's just "home sweet home."

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