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  • ISBN-10: 0440423139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423133
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (155 customer reviews)

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PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. 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, the Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Shamus Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize.

He is best known for two series of legal thrillers: "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord." 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." In USA Today, Larry King wrote: "Mystery writing at its very, very best." There are eleven books in the series, beginning with "To Speak for the Dead" which is still going strong 25 years after initial hardcover publication.

"Solomon vs. Lord" is a fast-paced, battle-of-the-sexes dramedy featuring two young Miami lawyers -- Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord -- who duel in and out of court. The Chicago Sun-Times praised the legal caper 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." The book is the first of four in the series.

New in 2015: "Bum Rap," which brings together Lassiter with Solomon & Lord. Jake 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.

"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)

Nine of Paul'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; and Illegal

MYSTERIES: State vs. Lassiter; The Deep Blue Alibi; Mortal Sin; and Impact

SERIAL KILLERS: Night Vision

Here's a list of the "Jake Lassiter" books in order of publication:

To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Riptide
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Lassiter
Last Chance Lassiter
State vs. Lassiter
Bum Rap

The "Solomon vs. Lord" series:

Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
Habeas Porpoise

OTHER ENDEAVORS: Paul wrote 23 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 800 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 a place where the "mosquitoes are biting, but the fish ain't."

More info at www.paul-levine.com
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By AnnWhite on September 19, 2011
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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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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful By Sam on July 7, 2013
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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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Harriet Klausner #1 HALL OF FAME on September 13, 2011
Format: Hardcover
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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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By barbara silkstone on May 11, 2012
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Quixote010 VINE VOICE on December 29, 2011
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Lassiter is my first exposure to this series by Paul Levine, but I don't think it will be my last.

Jake Lassiter is a defense attorney in Miami, but don't try to compare him to Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller. Whereas Haller is a more cerebral attorney, Lassiter (at least in this book) is far more inclined to rely on his former NFL toughness to shake down a former client or get information from a possible source.

Reader's looking for tense courtroom drama won't find it in this book. Instead, the story focuses much more on Lassiter the person, but I was particularly pleased that the author didn't require me to have an extensive background of his previous books to enjoy this one. The story has a little of everything: sex, porn stars, drugs, an old school mafia connection, a couple of interesting courtroom scenes, a fairly intriguing storyline, and (significantly) a satisfying conclusion.

This isn't a book that leads you to a "wow", but it's peaked my curiosity to reading more about Jake Lassiter.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By JRK on 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on August 18, 2012
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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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