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KILL ALL THE LAWYERS (Solomon vs. Lord Book 3) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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“A clever, colorful thriller with characters drawn with a fine hand. Levine ratchets up the tension with each development but never neglects the heart of the story–his characters. Readers will leave this series entry with the hope that many more will be forthcoming.”
Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Kill All the Lawyers” is a tale of revenge that resonates with the themes of “Cape Fear.”

It all starts with a 300-pound marlin stuck in Solomon’s front door. Prank? Threat? High tide? Even by South Florida standards, this registers as weird.

Soon, celebrity shrink “Dr. Bill” shows up. Just out of prison, he blames Solomon for his manslaughter conviction involving the death of a patient. Victoria Lord is used to her law partner and lover cutting corners to win. But Dr. Bill claims Solomon tried to lose!

As a lawyer who always follows the rules, Victoria is appalled by one of Solomon’s Laws: “Thou shalt not screw thy own client...unless thou hast a damn good reason.”

With Dr. Bill on the loose, neither Steve nor Victoria are safe, and their relationship – both personal and professional – is on the rocks. Will this be the end of Solomon and Lord?

PRAISE FOR THE EDGAR-NOMINATED “KILL ALL THE LAWYERS”

“Levine skillfully blends humor, a view of Miami, and the legal system into tidy plots.” – South Florida Sun-Sentinel

“Another fast-moving, highly entertaining mystery. Encore, encore!” – ReviewingTheEvidence.com

“A wonderfully entertaining series. The laughs are belly laughs; the suspenseful moments will grab you by the throat. The courtroom scenes are brilliant.” – BookLoons.com

“If somehow, Perry Mason and Stephanie Plum had a love child, he might be named Steve Solomon.” – Huntress Reviews.com


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Starred Review. This clever, colorful thriller from former attorney Levine (The Deep-Blue Alibi, etc.) focuses as much on the age-old conflict between Mars and Venus as on delivering legal wisecracks and page-turning suspense. Miami defense attorney Steve Solomon and his partner in law and love, Victoria Lord, rarely see eye to eye. He bends the rules, and she plays by the book; he wants to buy a house, but she dreams of high-rise living. Housing is the least of their problems, however, when Steve's former client, convicted killer Dr. William Kreeger, discovers that Steve lost his case on purpose. The threats start with a 300-pound fish dangling from Steve's door and quickly escalate. But how does one outwit a lethal psychologist with a genius IQ? Levine ratchets up the tension with each development but never neglects the heart of the story—his characters. The wily, rough-around-the-edges Steve, the Manolo-loving Victoria or Steve's anagram-obsessed and utterly endearing nephew are each drawn with a fine hand, making them feel more like friends than figments of Levine's imagination. As a result, readers will leave this series entry with the hope that many more will be forthcoming. (Sept.)
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Review

PRAISE FOR THE SOLOMON & LORD SERIES

They’re the legal world’s oddest couple. Steve Solomon is a shorts-and-sandals beach bum. Victoria Lord is a Coral Gables blueblood. Maybe all that keeps them from killing each other: they’re on the same side in the courtroom.

SOLOMON vs. LORD

“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." – Chicago Sun-Times

"A funny, fast-paced legal thriller. The barbed dialogue makes for some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry will enjoy this humorous Florida crime romp." - Publishers Weekly

“Some of the juiciest and funniest lingo I’ve read in a thriller in a long time.” – Connecticut Post

“The writing makes me think of Janet Evanovich out to dinner with John Grisham.” – MysteryLovers.com

“The repartee between Solomon and Lord is some of the greatest dialogue I have read in years, and is reminsicent of the very best of what we heard from Dave and Maddie in the early episodes of ‘Moonlighting.’” – Bookreporter.com

THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI

“A terrific bit of entertainment. Levine expertly sets up the reader, then pulls the rug out. Sometimes hilarious, always amusing. Highly recommended.” - Oakland Press

“A cross between ‘Moonlighting’ and ‘Night Court.’ Courtroom drama has never been this much fun.” – Freshfiction.com

“A refreshingly delightful mystery. The scene at the nudist colony alone is worth the price of admission.” – Bookloons.com

“A terrific mystery, one that will keep you guessing.” – Bookreporter.com

“It has been a long time since a book has made me laugh out loud. At times I had to quit reading just to catch my breath." - ReviewingTheEvidence.com

HABEAS PORPOISE

“Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord are smart and funny and sexy in a way that Hollywood movies were before comedies became crass and teen-oriented.” – Connecticut Post

“A ‘Moonlighting’ crime novel. Great fun.” – Lansing State Journal

“‘Habeas Porpoise’ keeps Levine’s string of hits intact. It would be a just and wonderful thing if this fine series could continue for a long time." - Bookreporter.com

Product Details

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  • Print Length: 367 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0440242754
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  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (November 7, 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A different, darker entry September 1, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
At 352 pages, Kill All the Lawyers is the shortest Solomon vs. Lord book, but like the other two, it is expertly paced. I don't think it could get more harrowing, with "Dr. Bill" Kreeger turning Steve's every good intention against him in a bid to tear apart his life with Victoria and Bobby.

One mark of great characters is the range of stories they allow you to tell, from lightly comedic to absolutely grave. I'm right there with them.
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29 of 33 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great Title! February 15, 2012
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I was so looking forward to reading this, since the previous two in the series were enjoyable. Maybe it was just me this time, but the bad guy being a pedophile could not make me laugh - at all. Murder apparently doesn't bother me, but this vile act does. Also, the bickering between Solomon and Lord got a bit tired for me. The jokes and t-shirts are still worth it and maybe I just don't want to see Bobby grow up? If there is another in the series, I will for sure read it with fingers crossed.
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15 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Terrific series continues September 25, 2006
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Imagine awakening to a 300-pound marlin stuck in your front door. A sign of animosity perhaps? Steve Solomon thinks so, and he knows who it is from: Pop psychologist / radio host William Kreeger (a.k.a. "Dr. Bill") is the only client whose case Steve deliberately lost, ensuring Kreeger was sent to prison. Now, after six years, Dr. Bill is out and wants revenge.

Sound like Cape Fear? Well, that's not too surprising, given how author Paul Levine has shown himself to be a big John D. MacDonald fan. But it's just the beginning of Kill All the Lawyers, the third entry in Levine's bestselling romantic-comedy / legal-thriller series begun with Solomon vs. Lord and continued with The Deep Blue Alibi (a play on MacDonald's The Deep Blue Good-by).

Despite the source of its title (Henry VI, Part 2), Levine has no Shakespearean aspirations; all he wants is for his readers to have a good time and get hooked on his characters. After the first two novels, I was definitely hooked and very eager to get my copy of Kill All the Lawyers. Levine writes his characters with just the right amount of detail -- they're reportedly based on real people. This is all the better to project ourselves onto, and ideal for both comedy and pathos, of which there are both in plenteous amounts.

Solomon and Lord have their usual relationship / partnership issues: Are they so different that they're not right for each other? Steve won't "whore for banks and insurance companies" to upgrade the practice and rejects every property Victoria finds for them to live in. Is he holding her back? And who is the nubile young girl who sunbathes nude at Kreeger's home, yet who calls him "Uncle Bill"? And why is she naked every time Steve confronts her, Victoria would like to know.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Victoria Vacillates...Again April 4, 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The mismatched pair of Solomon and Lord is back for their third installment, this time dealing with a murderous ex-client of Steve's. Years ago when Steve was representing Dr. Bill Kreeger on a murder charge, he found evidence of just how cold and sociopathic the doctor was, and did something a little unethical to get him put away. Now Dr. Kreeger is a radio shrink, and keeps lambasting Steve on the air, when he isn't going out of the way to be Steve's best buddy. Steve's partner in law and life, Victoria Lord, is disgusted with Steve's lack of ethics and starts to worry she may be doing the wrong thing moving in with him. Plus, Steve's nephew Bobby is hitting puberty, and along with his interest in girls, Bobby also wants to rekindle a relationship with his drug-addled, abusive mother. While Steve does mental battle with Dr. Kreeger, he keeps getting arrested for assault--on the radio. Will he be able to hold it all together and put Dr. Kreeger back behind bars, or will he wind up there himself?

While it has its share of chuckles and great, quotable lines (I love Solomon's Laws), the main story about Steve's struggle with Dr. Kreeger takes a backseat to matters between Steve and Victoria. That wouldn't necessarily be a bad thing, except it's just a rehash of exactly what went on between Victoria and Steve in their last book, The Deep Blue Alibi. Victoria vacillating over whether being with Steve is the right thing or not wasn't all that entertaining the first time around, and this time it really made the book drag. Steve's fears over losing Bobby are getting a little stale, too. It was hard to enjoy the author's wit while hoping the story would move along already. Steve is not the typical male lead, behaving irresponsibly and sometimes childishly, but that's his charm.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kill all the lawyers, paul levine May 14, 2012
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a delightful read... funny... humorourous ... a real page turner that I didn't want to put down... with satisfying justice in the end.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not quite as good as its predecessors February 2, 2007
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Steve Solomon is beset on a number of fronts in Kill All the Lawyers, the third installment in Paul Levine's series of legal whodunits. The most worrying of his concerns is that a certain Dr. William Kreeger--former client, celebrity psychiatrist, and sociopath--is out of prison and out to punish Steve for having lost his case. Meanwhile, Steve's father, disgraced judge Herbert T. Solomon, has gone Orthodox. Steve's sister Janice has found Jesus in rehab. And Steve's nephew Bobby has found the "harlot-in-training" down the street. To top it off, Victoria Lord, Steve's law partner and lover, is having doubts about their relationship. She spends most of this book agonizing over her decision to move in with him.

Steve has found a worthy nemesis in his Dr. Phil-ish celebridoc, whose motives remain a mystery for the better part of the book. Ultimately Kreeger's story merges nicely with those of Bobby and Bobby's mother--who has shown up in Miami with her own brand of menace, the threat of removing Bobby from Steve's care. But it's unfortunate that Victoria takes a back seat in this one. Her relationship with Steve is less interesting here than in previous outings. Too little is made of Herbert Solomon, too, who shows up now and again to spout some Yiddishism and then exits the story. On a brighter note, there is some nice development in the relationship between Steve and Victoria's mother Irene, a woman at once magisterial and tawdry--and with a penchant for naked display. We watched Irene cavort naked poolside in Deep Blue Alibi. This time around, alas, we are made to look on as she splays her legs for an intimate waxing. The scene falls short of funny and into the realm of the shudder-inducing.

Kill All the Lawyers seems a little stale in comparison with the first two books in the series, the characters often more cartoonish than not. I'm hoping the next outing finds them a bit more nuanced than they were allowed to be here.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars lots of dialog and not much action which is what I like.
Really was not my kind of book.....lots of dialog and not much action which is what I like.
Published 5 days ago by jimal
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Loved the book!
Published 8 days ago by Sandi Lovelady
4.0 out of 5 stars Laugh out loud and serious. Good combo
Sorry. I mixed this up with a different author. My sentiments remain the same. The characters were good and the dialogue very witty. I recommend for fast and light reading.
Published 15 days ago by Claire
5.0 out of 5 stars I have one more of Paul's books to read and ...
I have one more of Paul's books to read and I will have read every one he has written. All his books are 5 stars in my opinion and this one is no exception.
Published 20 days ago by Mkt Guy
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Solomon and Lord books are always entertaining!
Published 22 days ago by Nancy Nemecek
5.0 out of 5 stars A good continuation of the story
Injoyed it. A good continuation of the story.
Published 27 days ago by Betsy Stewart
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Not very believable, but is humorous.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Recommend you read!
Great story line. Suspense right to the very end.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read..light but good
Read my review of Deep Blue Alibi. Applies equally to this book
Published 1 month ago by Scott Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars Comedy and Thriller
This book is hilarious. I borrowed for free from the kindle prime library. It has a interesting plot and a lot of humor along the way.
Glad Amazon pointed this book out to me.
Published 1 month ago by Todd Matt
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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, a Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize. More info at www.paul-levine.com

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
Riptide
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Lassiter
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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