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LASSITER (Jake Lassiter Book 8) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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Book Description

"Take John Grisham's courtroom skills, add a dash of James Patterson's action and a pinch of Harlan Coben's humanity...and you've got LASSITER."

Years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade. Now he traces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami’s rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers his most powerful thriller yet.

Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law and regretful about his past. Amy Larkin—beautiful, angry, and mysterious—accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier.

What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he’s saying.

Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor, and an aging mobster.

The evidence leads to a long-ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs—and possible murder. What happened to Krista? The answer, buried under years of deceit and corruption, is revealed in an explosive courtroom finale, proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all.

Visit the author's website at and follow him on Facebook at and on Twitter @Jake_Lassiter

Editorial Reviews


"If you like Michael Connelly's 'Lincoln Lawyer,' you'll love Jake Lassiter."

"Twice as good as Turow and Grisham and four times the fun." -- Armchair Detective review of the Lassiter series.


“Since Robert Parker is no longer with us, I’m nominating Levine for an award as best writer of dialogue in the grit-lit genre.” – San Jose Mercury News

“A gripping legal thriller, story of self-discovery and a look at corruption set against an insider’s evocative view of South Florida. Levine’s energetic storytelling manages to make his novel serious, witty, and sardonic.” – Miami Herald

“Engaging...a standout job.” – Publishers Weekly

“While it’s been 14 years since the last ‘Lassiter’ novel, Levine, the author of the excellent Solomon/Lord series, definitely hasn’t lost his touch.” – Lansing State Journal

“Few writers can deliver tales about sex and drugs in South Florida better than Levine.” – Booklist

“Superb. Levine’s return is a reason for legal thriller fans to rejoice.” – The Mystery Gazette

“The highest praise of all: I’m going to sit down and read it again, just to see how Levine pulls off the magic.” – Ridley Pearson

Product Details

  • File Size: 432 KB
  • Print Length: 305 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1475115202
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (September 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007PK92XE
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #34,771 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twists and turns to the very last word September 19, 2011
Format:Hardcover|Verified Purchase
The long awaited Lassiter arrived on my ipad at the stoke of midnight and I immediately began reading. Levine eased us into the drama, introducing us to the cast of characters who would soon be alive in our minds as he continued to crank up the tension. Jack Lassiter was hunky and honorable and "O so Jake" as he tried to right wrongs in his own heroic way. At the 60% mark, this story had me up and at 'em until the very end. There was no stopping for food or sleep -- plot twists and turns and surprises until the very end. And then the satisfied sadness of finishing this great jaunt. Only to await the next novel by Paul Levine. A great read.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Fun but crude July 7, 2013
By Sam
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Fun, and well written but often too crass and crude. I'd read another review that said the main character, Jake, was a lot like Harlan Corbin' s character of Myron Boltair. I would agree but Myron is much more likable and classy. The amount of gratuitous porn scenes and language was way over the top. At first it was funny but then it went too far and detracted from a great storyline with a fantastic ending. I will still try another book from this author.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars super legal thriller September 13, 2011
Amy Larkin accuses former bench-warming linebacker turned lawyer Jake Lassiter of abetting her then teenage sister Krista into running away from home. Jake knows more than he lets on as to what happened eighteen years ago when Krista vanished into the South Florida sex business and eventually became a porn star.

Jake feels a Krista inquiry could prove redemptive so he begins a cold case investigation. He soon finds Miami's affluent involved in what happened to Krista. As he learns more of the truth, Jake fears she was murdered while those rich males once involved with Krista refuse to cooperate with the lawyer. When one of the men he considers as a prime suspect is shot the Miami police charge Amy with the homicide. Lassiter defends Larkin in which client and attorney distrust one another while the State of Florida has an eyewitness to the lethal shooting.

Before Solomon vs. Lord, Paul Levine had Jake Lassiter as his star protagonist (see Flesh and Bones and Night Vision); now after a decade away, the second stringer has a first seat case. The story line is fast-paced and fun to follow, but turns superb in the courtroom as client-attorney privilege means nothing since nether trusts the other. Lassiter's return is a reason for legal thriller fans to rejoice.

Harriet Klausner
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Lassiter September 21, 2012
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Mr. Levine's Lassiter series books are a 'fun' read. Very entertaining for the most part. Sometimes it seems that his knowledge of, or his interpretation of courtroom proceedings seem to stray from a real life scenario to fit his line of humor. But this is what his Lassiter series is about..... fun and humorous to read. I recommend his books to anyone looking for relaxation and a humorous story line mixed with a 'mystery' type of plot.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars As Richard Gere tap dances May 11, 2012
I discovered Paul Levine a few years ago stumbling into the middle of Jake Lassiter's world on the recommendation of a friend. I first read TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD and almost cried it was so darn good. I scoffed up the series and then went on to the SOLOMON vs LORD books which are classic.

I received a review copy of the long-awaited LASSITER from the publisher. Levine gets better and better. He pulls aside the curtain on the Lewis Carroll world of legal shenanigans with perfectly pitched self-deprecation. You know he's been there, done that, or fanaticized about it. His dialogue clicks with a rhythm very much like the tap dance Richard Gere performs in "Chicago." As a lawyer Gere questions the witness testifying against his client while imagined scenes of his tap dancing are tied to his rapid-fire grilling. It is pure pleasure to visualize Gere dancing to Lassiter's snappy dialogue.

I read about ten books a month. I find myself returning to Levine's books to "cleanse my palate." It doesn't get any better than this. The man is brilliant. Highly recommended.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just okay February 10, 2013
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His earlier Lassiter works were far superior-especially "to speak for the dead". Lassiter is a very funny character and he enjoys booze and sex.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I miss the Latin lessons - November 26, 2012
Like all these others, I was delighted to find a new Paul Levine novel, especially one about Jake Lassiter. However, this one falls way short of his best Lassiter books. For example, the ommission of the old Latin-spouting Doc Riggs was a horrible mistake. The old man was a very entertaining character and always kept me learning new Latin words, as well as moving the story right along. Also, would have liked to seen more of the nephew and the old lady who raised Jake. In this book, all she does is hang in the kitchen and cook.
As far as the story itself is concerned, it was typical Jake Lassiter - tricks and turns at every juncture, with a cast of villains guaranteed to get your blood up with their nasty tricks and nefarious deeds.
I hope to see more from Paul Levine, soon. He is normally a very entertaining writer and I've enjoyed all his books. Some more than others.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Twisting Legal Thriller August 18, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
A hearty return to the world of Jake Lassiter, first written about over 25 years ago, and making a welcome comeback in this 2012 story. Like the previous Lassiter novels, this is set in Florida and features lots of court-room scenes, off-color humor, funny dialogue, and a twisting plot that keeps delivering surprises. For long-time readers of Paul Levine, you'll be glad you picked up this book as it's just as good as any other in the series. For new readers, you'll want to go back when you're done and see what you've missed.

This was a lot of fun, and is highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
great read
Published 17 days ago by Ellen Huberman
3.0 out of 5 stars Fair read if you like Lassiter
too much cursing, f-word and some slow on mystery
Published 1 month ago by Linda D. Hill
5.0 out of 5 stars My second Lassiter Book
Fun read. This is the second one I've read and I plan to read more.

The book moves along nicely, with characters that you can see, and probably remind you of folks you... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Good pass time reading.
Down to earth guy often at odds with the mainstream people. When the author minimizes his descriptive narratives the story flows without effort. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars another Good One
I might like this series because I live in the Fl Keys and feel like he is telling a story about my neighbors, but he always keeps me entertained and, really, what more can you ask... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Susan Bryan
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
very good
Published 2 months ago by Donald Salie
4.0 out of 5 stars A Good Read
A good read! I enjoy when his grandmother talks about her downhome cooking and her wisdom, albeit vintage thoughts. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Brandy DiFauda
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun book. Keeps moving and funny at the same time.
Published 3 months ago by Marjorie Vowles
3.0 out of 5 stars Liked it. Lassiter reminds me of Travis McGee a ...
Liked it. Lassiter reminds me of Travis McGee a little although I read all of the John D, McDonald books many years ago and I remember them fondly still today.
Published 3 months ago by Charles M.
3.0 out of 5 stars Lassiter does it again
I liked it and would recommend to friends .
Published 4 months ago by marge jensen77
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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

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
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
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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