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A tale IN two cities. Solid 4 1/2 stars
on February 22, 2012
This is the first Paul Levine novel I have read, and I will state here and now that it will not be my last. I really liked this fast-paced read and found it to be well written (but not error free) with an appealing story line.
The author did a great job of character building throughout the book, and it felt like I actually knew each and every character personally. I particularly liked Jake's new-found nephew, Kip, with his incessant quoting of movie lines. Granny is a real trip and Jake, the ex-Miami-Dolphin-turned-defense-attorney, is very realistically portrayed, not as some super sleuth, but as a very fallible and human character.
This is a light whodunit with a twist; and while it is not an extremely sophisticated piece of writing, it is very satisfying. The author very capably puts you in both Miami and Aspen as different aspects of the story play out. You can feel the sticky heat and smell the salty Miami air or find yourself with a chill even in summer during the Colorado visits. For me, finding the "Silverqueen" in the mine under Aspen Mountain was thrilling in that "She" is a real piece of Aspen history which has long been "lost to the ages". I found myself wishing the fictional account of its re-discovery were actually true.
In any event, this novel was an enjoyable read from beginning to end, and I look forward to reading additional books in the Jake Lassiter series. If you are looking for a book with which to pass the time while on vacation or as you wind down from your busy day, don't overlook this one; it's a winner!