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Illegal Hardcover – March 24, 2009
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Levine is best known for two series of legal thrillers: "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord." His newest novel, the national bestseller "Bum Rap," brings together the protagonists of both series in an explosive murder case set on glitzy South Beach.
"The pages fly by and the laughs keep coming in this irresistible South Florida crime romp. A delicious mix of thriller and comic crime caper." - Booklist (starred review)
BULLETIN: On June 8, 2015, "Bum Rap" became the Number One bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store. It was also the Number One bestseller in "legal thrillers" and "mysteries." On the same day, "To Speak for the Dead" was Number One in "heist thrillers" and "Night Vision" Number One in "international crime thrillers."
Levine's first novel, "To Speak for the Dead," introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, an NFL linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer. Lassiter has been described by The Miami Herald as "having more charisma than Perry Mason ever did" and by Booklist as "one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction."
In "Bum Rap," Lassiter has had it with sleazy clients, shifty prosecutors, and a legal system out of whack. He's about to hang up his shingle when Victoria Lord calls. Solomon has been arrested for murder. What's worse: the only person who can clear him has disappeared. Now it's up to Lassiter and Lord to track down the witness--a stunning Bar girl--before she's roped in by the feds...or eliminated by the Russian mob.
Levine's other series features squabbling lawyers - and lovers - Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, who duel in and out of court. The Chicago Sun-Times praised "Solomon vs. Lord" as: "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."
Levine 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 graduate of Penn State and the University of Miami School of Law, he was a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist.
Ten of Levine's novels have hit Number One bestseller status on Amazon in their genres:
LEGAL THRILLERS: "To Speak for the Dead," "Solomon vs. Lord," "Fool Me Twice," "Illegal," and "Bum Rap."
MYSTERIES: "State vs. Lassiter," "The Deep Blue Alibi," and "Mortal Sin."
SERIAL KILLERS and INTERNATIONAL CRIME: "Night Vision."
ORGANIZED CRIME THRILLERS and SPORTS FICTION: "Paydirt."
In June 2015, Levine was the Number One bestselling author on Amazon Kindle.
Here's a list of the "Jake Lassiter" books in order of publication:
To Speak for the Dead
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Last Chance Lassiter
State vs. Lassiter
Bum Rap (with Solomon & Lord)
The "Solomon vs. Lord" series:
Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
OTHER ENDEAVORS: Paul wrote 21 episodes of the TV series "JAG" and co-created the Supreme Court drama "First Monday," both on CBS.
More info at www.paul-levine.com
Follow Paul @Jake_Lassiter
Visit Paul's brand-new Facebook Author Page for the latest news: https://www.facebook.com/PaulLevineAuthorPage
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The details of the human trafficking in illegals are fascinating, and definitely bring the book alive. We get to see plenty of sides to the issue under many different circumstances. The author never tries to reduce the issue to some platitude or provide a magical solution. Instead, he allows it to simply act as an incredible backdrop for his story.
Make no mistake--whether you agree that this book is depressing or not, it's definitely dark. There are themes and often scenes of murder, abuse, sexual abuse, rape, attempted rape, attempted pedophilia, and more. Illegal isn't for everyone.
My only other reservation is that some of the details at the end wrap up entirely too neatly. I don't want to give the events away; I'll merely say that there are things that hang over Jimmy's head for most of the novel as dire threats that are swept under the rug with barely an explanation when the time comes to wrap things up, and it broke the ability to suspend disbelief for me.
This is definitely a fascinating thriller, and if you're looking for a peek into the dark world of illegal immigrants and human trafficking then definitely give it a shot. But it does have a few flaws.
We come to find out that Payne has experienced a devastating personal tragedy, one that has cost him his family and apparently his judgment. As the book begins, Payne is recruited --- "coerced" may be a better word --- into entrapping a judge in a bribery scheme. He is successful, but, as with many things with which Payne is involved, it backfires badly on him, more so when he is accused of diverting some of the bribery money for himself. The accusation is career-threatening, all the more so because it's true. On the run from the police, Payne crosses paths with a 12-year-old Mexican runaway who is in even more trouble than he is.
Tino Perez and his mother, Marisol, have been forced to flee their native Mexico and use a notorious coyote to negotiate the illegal crossing into the United States. Mother and son become separated along the way, with the result being that Tino suddenly finds himself penniless on the streets of Los Angeles without papers or guidance.Read more ›
The story is about Jimmy (Royal) Payne, an ethically-challenged lawyer who finds himself caught in the world of human trafficking. The story takes place in Southern California and Mexico (local setting), brings up the issues of immigration (intellectual), contains great testosterone-packed fights, laugh-out-loud moments (quotable ones) , and sex scenes. (sensitive souls beware: a few graphic scenes and foul language. A great read!
This was a fast paced thriller with characters that have a lot of emotional baggage. The main character, J. Atticus "Jimmy" Payne is a lawyer whose marriage has fallen apart following a tragic accident. He gets trapped by a bad cop into bribing a crooked judge which leads to his career falling apart as well. Then finds himself facing multiple felony charges. In the past he has helped the survivors of a truckload of immigrants who were left to die of heat exhaustion. Because of this, he is sought out by Tino, a twelve year old boy who has become separated from his mother in their clandestine border crossing. The issue of illegal immigration provides the backdrop for this thriller with murder, rape, slavery, prostitution and attempted pedophilia as some of the abuses facing undocumented workers. The book is an exciting thriller and hard to put down.
The dialog in Spanish is terrible. It looks like he used a web based translator program or just asked someone who really didn't speak Spanish well. It is like if a foreigner who speaks English poorly tries to integrate swearing into his speech, but nearly always does it wrong. It is just embarrassing. Probably the worst is that every night, Tino says "Buenos Noches" (rather than "Buenas")to "Himmy" (rather than "Jimmy" or even "Yimmy" which might sound believable).
Jimmy starts with $5,000 in cash and due to his outstanding warrants cannot use credit cards or cash machines. He quickly uses all but a couple hundred dollars on fake documents and bribes but still manages to pay for hotels, meals, gas, baseball gloves and balls, shoes, a chainsaw and he gives $350 to a father to get help for his sick daughter.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Author Paul Levine is one of my favorite authors who knows how to keep the reader immersed in his fast moving, suspenseful stories. Read morePublished 8 hours ago by Nancy L. Silk, Author/Reviewer
If you are one of the three hundred million Americans who have silently asked, "What is REALLY going on at the Mexican border?" this book is for you. Read morePublished 21 days ago by Bill Chalmers.
Levine keeps getting better. Love his dialogue, character development and his ability to make you root for the bad guy with a good soul. Keep them coming.Published 1 month ago by Jody Patanjo
A great new character intro and a page turner at that. Enjoyed it thoroughly. This one will not disappoint you!Published 2 months ago by Andrew Kaehr
Mr Payne was the epitome of a fearless lawyer run amuck.
His remarkable survival is an inspiration to anyone fighting the powers that be.
unlikable characters and a boring story. do not waste your time on this. there are many other good books out there.Published 3 months ago by carole
This is much less a story about a lawyer and much more story of a man who rehabilitated himself by helping others. Read morePublished 3 months ago by George Stewart
The book focuses on a dead end lawyer named James Payne (bad ass name ,I know) his son was killed in which car accident . Read morePublished 4 months ago by Erik Rump