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

Paul Levine
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Book Description


"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 a stunning South Beach model; the dead man is her wealthy father; and the murder case is a slam dunk for the prosecution. Or is it?

"I'm a huge fan of John Grisham, Patricia Cornwell and James Patterson, and now I'm able to add Paul Levine to that list. I honestly couldn't put the book down." - Amazon 5-star review

Editorial Reviews



"Lassiter is smart, tough, funny, and very of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction." - Booklist

"The author keeps the suspense high with innovative twists...and touches of humor that spice up the courtroom scenes." - Chicago Tribune

"This guy is seriously funny. I like a certain kind of humor and Paul has it!  Once you go Paul Levine, you don't go back." - Amazon 5-star review

"The most dangerous liaison since Sam Spade and Brigid O'Shaughnessy tangoed in 'The Maltese Falcon.'"-  Charlotte News & Observer

"Not only has Jake Lassiter inherited the mantle of Travis McGee, Paul Levine has joined Scott Turow and John Grisham as the best legal thriller authors working today." - Amazon 5-star review

"Levine's prose gets leaner, meaner, better with every book...And Jake Lassiter has a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did." - Miami Herald

"Another enjoyable, breathless thriller."- South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"Filled with smart writing and smart remarks."- Dallas Morning News

"Enough courtroom shenanigans to please even the most stalwart John Grisham fan."- Lansing (MI) State Journal

"'Flesh & Bones' is proof that the John D. MacDonald award [for Paul Levine] was well deserved."- Detroit Free Press

"Witty, funny, sarcastic, ironic and always a pick-me-up.  Levine's writing is a sight for sore eyes." - Amazon 5-star review

"A wry line of patter...a drop-dead gorgeous blonde...and lots of trouble add up to another winner in the refreshingly unpretentious Jake Lassiter series" - Publishers Weekly

From the Author

It doesn't matter! All the Lassiter books are "stand-alones" and may be read in any order.

Coming July 1, 2015 in print, e-book and audio editions: Bum Rap. Why would Steve Solomon kill a South Beach club owner? Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter tries to beat the murder rap...and resist his growing feelings for Victoria Lord. (You can pre-order on Amazon).

Product Details

  • File Size: 1653 KB
  • Print Length: 337 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (June 2, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004W4ML7K
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,655 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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23 of 26 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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17 of 19 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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14 of 16 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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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hello Jake! July 10, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This was my introduction to Jake Lassiter and I hope it will be a long relationship. Since I am not a fan of football I was afraid there would be a lot of references to the game that I would not understand. There were some references, but all of them helped to move the story forward.
I enjoy the setting of the story having vacationed in Miami and the Keys. Family and food seem to be important parts of Jake's life. My mouth was watering a couple of times over the descriptions of Jake's granny's cooking.
The story was predictable, but still a fun read and enough mystery held back until the end to keep me going. I will be back to visit Jake Lassiter again. I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it. Thank you it was a great gift.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Jake Lassiter July 7, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
Flesh & Bones is the first Paul Levine novel I have read, It is the 7th in the Jake Lassiter series. I really enjoyed this mystery novel, and don't feel it was necessary to read previous books in the series.

Jack Lassiter, a football player turned Lawyer, is a character you care about. I enjoyed the inner workings of Lassiter's mind as he struggles to defend his client who was seen shooting her father.

Levine kept the interest with humor, plot twists and details of court room strategy,water rights and research into 'recovered memories'

I received a complimentary copy of Flesh & Bones in exchange for a review.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Summer Read August 6, 2011
By Linder
Format:Kindle Edition
Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine is a suspense novel with more than a few twists and turns. If you're a reader who likes to be kept on edge and delights in surprises, I would recommend this book to you. This is the first of Mr. Levine's Jake Lassiter books that I'd read so I had no idea of what I was about to dive into. I understand the author worked on the TV show JAG and there was a bit of familiarity with some of the courtroom drama and believe me when I say that's a good thing. I zipped through the book in just a couple of sessions since I wanted to know how it would resolve.

As to the central character, Jake Lassiter is a former pro football player who, while not overflowing with talent, has determination and honesty in his heart. I can appreciate a character that doesn't pretend to be all things to all people. This is someone I can root for in the courtroom and in life. Jake's the type of person I'd like to have in my corner if I was in trouble.

The book centers around a murder case that Jake actually witnesses but yet he defends the person he saw shoot the victim. Seems like a recipe for failure but yet he tenaciously works through a defense. There's so much I could say about this book but I don't want to risk giving anything away. I highly recommend the book. Take a chance on Jake. I think you'll be delighted.

Note: I received a complimentary copy of this book in order to review it.
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6 of 7 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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars ... character seems to make an unending string of obviously bad...
With the exception that Paul Levine's Lassiter character seems to make an unending string of obviously bad decisions, the Lassiter series is entertaining and a recommended read. Read more
Published 2 days ago by MAS
5.0 out of 5 stars Flesh and Bones
When I first start reading one of Paul Levines books I question my sanity. When I finish reading one of his books I am still questioning my sanity but I also feel satisfied. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Jean
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
to un believable.
Published 15 days ago by Doug moore
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't lay this book down.
Once I started I couldn't stop reading..
Published 23 days ago by James W. Nicholson
5.0 out of 5 stars flesh and bones
As usual Paul Levine is the master of legal suspense.

A drugged out model kills her father in cold blood after her therapist convinces her that he raped her as a child. Read more
Published 1 month ago by I Tell It Like I See It
5.0 out of 5 stars Great
I love these books, light and funny with a good mixture of suspense. The wry sense of humor has me laughing out loud, and getting strange looks from people by me.
Published 2 months ago by KATRINA
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read - always funny, insightful and enjoyable
Published 4 months 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 4 months 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 6 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 6 months ago by llindalu
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More About the Author

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, the Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Shamus Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize.

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." Writing in USA Today, Larry King called the series of legal thrillers, "Mystery writing at its very, very best."

What's new? "State vs. Lassiter," "Lassiter" and "Last Chance Lassiter" are Paul's latest legal thrillers on Kindle and in NEW paperback editions. "To Speak for the Dead" continues its bestseller status 25 years after its hardcover publication.

Coming in June in print, audio, and e-book editions: "Bum Rap," the first legal thriller to feature Jake Lassiter AND those squabbling Miami lawyers, Steve Solomon & Victoria Lord.

To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Last Chance Lassiter
State vs. Lassiter
Bum Rap (June 2015)

Then there's the series of legal capers 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."

Publishers Weekly wrote: "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.

Before turning to legal thrillers, 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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