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  • ISBN-10: 0440423139
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440423133
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (126 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. 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."

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

Customer Reviews

One of the most enjoyable and entertaining books I have read.
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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful By AnnWhite on 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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11 of 12 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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3 of 3 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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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By barbara silkstone on May 11, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By richard wagner on 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 By Don M Howard on November 26, 2012
Format: Paperback
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 By N. Bilmes VINE VOICE on 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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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Cprncss808 on July 4, 2012
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I have read all of the Lassiter books and, while enjoyable, this one is definitely not my favorite. First, the omission of Doc Riggs was a huge mistake. His presence in previous books added a depth and personality that is sorely missed here. Also missing is Abe Socolow (I am spelling from memory, so I hope that is correct!) and I longed for the love-hate relationship they share. Second, the twists and turns in this story were just a little too far-reaching for my taste. No spoilers, but the "wow, I didn't see that coming but it MAKES SENSE" feeling I got from the earlier Lassiter novels just did not hit me this time around. There seems to be a lot of dramatic revelations just for the sake of, well, being dramatic. I realize this is fiction, but I really hold Mr. Levine's novels to a high standard, and his latest did not quite reach it. I hope any further Lassiter novels will return to the simpler but more effective style of earlier stories such as Flesh and Bones.
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