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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful
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!
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44 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on November 12, 2011
I had mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the character, Jake Lassiter, the story was set up expertly and there were some nice surprises in the book. I did not expect the femme fatale to be so wicked, for one. However, there were also some pathetically obvious plot lines as well. The grieving widow points the finger at Jake for murder, but it is his word against hers. Meanwhile, the nephew has been making home movies the whole time and has key events on video, but he doesn't think to mention it and it also just happens to completely slip the mind of the defendant until almost too late. C'mon man! It really is unforgivable. It is a major flaw that nearly ruins the story. I give it 2.5 stars.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
on December 13, 2012
It isn't that I didn't like it. It was okay. It was predictable and not very well written. The dialog was stilted and the plot was predictable. I think the author has talent and potential, but I hope his best work remains to be read. It was a nice little time filler, but it isn't great fiction.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on April 21, 2012
I enjoyed this book and found the characters to be very interesting, although the story-line was very predictable. I could tell what would happen far in advance at all times throughout the book, and was never surprised. This was easily the most predictable book I have ever read. The characters should have seen very many obvious things throughout the book, and it made me feel as if most of the characters were mentally handicapped. I also noticed many inconsistencies and typos, but they didn't necessarily detract from the story-line. I will consider reading another Paul Levine book before giving up on him completely, but as it stands, I was hardly impressed.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on May 4, 2012
The main character, Jake, is pretty likable: a goofy ex-football player, a decent guy, and pretty good attorney. Jake was a bit too dopey for me. Some of his decisions were just too simple-minded for a trained attorney.

It's not a bad story, but too much time is given to Jake's thoughts--I skimmed some pages that weren't at all necessary to the story. Worst of all, the most important piece of the story's climax was totally ignored and forgotten until the last few pages. That would never have happened to anyone involved in a legal battle of his life.

It was an okay book, but I won't be reading any more of the Jake Lassiter series.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on December 26, 2011
This book had some very intriguing characters and the overall story idea was good. However, I could not warm up to the title character, Jake. I get it, he's a bachelor, a former athelete turned lawyer, etc, but that doesn't mean he has to be a moron.
I'm not a prude or a teetotaler, but I find the idea that this guy thinks it's okay to give beer to an eleven year old at risk child as well as exposing him to horribly dangerous and emotionally scarring situations to be idiotic in the extreme. Whether or not he was raised by some moonshine swilling swamp hag, he should have some degree of common sense.
Overall, it was simply an irritating read.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
on June 17, 2013
The story is carried by the great characterizations and dialogue. Distractions are a few typos and a couple of scenes that don't ring true. I don't believe any home overhead fan could swing a dead body around in circles in the air as written in this story. The fan would break. Toward the end of the tale, the scene in the mine seems to have been tacked on to the story to make it longer. Otherwise the dialogue and interesting characters carry the reader over the less than credible parts. Overall it is fun to read. I recommend this author.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on November 17, 2011
I took a chance on FOOL ME TWICE (The Jake Lassiter Series) and am glad I did. The book was an easy read and kept me wondering what was coming next. I now have a few more books I need to read to catch up on this series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on September 8, 2013
In "Fool me Twice", we find a legal thriller author writing at the height of his powers. The sixth book in the Jake Lassiter series and the fifth one I have read, sees Paul Levine find the right blend of plot, pacing and rich - though now familiar - characters to make this a great read.

After successfully helping low-life con-man and repeat client, Blinky Barosso, escape jail-time after Blinky's latest failed scam drew the attention of prosecutors, Jake finds himself the prime suspect in Blinky's co-defendant's murder. Things aren't helped when Jake rekindles a past passion with Blinky's sister, Jojo Barosso, only find himself on the receiving end of a good old fashion cuckwold beating, when Jojo's new squeeze, a monster of a cowboy called KC Cimarron, catches them right in the middle of the re-kindling process. At the same time, Jake finds himself responsible for a movie-loving teenager called Kip, to whom Granny Lassiter swears Jake is related. As if the complexities in Jake's life aren't out of control enough, he soon finds himself on trial for KC Cimarron's murder with all evidence indicating that he did it.
With a plot like that, Levine is able to weave in some exciting, tense court room action, and excellent one-liners, especially with former cast members in the Lassiter series such as HT Patterson (an preacher turned lawyer, who beautifully marries up the two professions) and Abe Socolow (the politician prosecutor with whom Jake has a tense but somehow respectful working relationship) getting in on the action.

But the real sprinkling on the cake is the tangential, philosophical self-exploration Jake does, which shows his motivation for being a lawyer. Levine serves up gems like: "I won't lie to a judge, bribe a cop, or steal from a client. Other than that, it's pretty much anything goes." Or my personal favourite: "When I defend someone, I walk in that person's moccasins, or tasseled loafers as the case may be. I am not just a hired gun. I lose a piece of myself and take on a piece of the client." It is these wonderful quotes which make Lassiter such a wonderful character and which ensure that Fool Me Twice lingers on in the reader's mind, long after the last page has been read.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on August 26, 2000
like scottoline and martini, levine has a reoccurring character who is wise cracking, irreverant and wryly self-deprecating. well plotted and paced. exotic settings. spiced with quirky facts, aphorisms and bon mots. above average entertainment.
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