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WINNER OF THE JOHN D. MacDONALD FICTION AWARD

"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun."--New York Times Book Review

"Engaging, lively, colorful. The plot races with mounting tension."--Miami Herald

"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly."--St. Petersburg Times

"'Mortal Sin' may not be better than a trip to Florida, but it's the next best thing."--Detroit Free Press

"Fun. The action is non-stop."--Chicago Tribune

"Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax."--Library Journal

"Knockabout entertainment."--Kirkus Reviews

From the Author

IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD YOU READ THE JAKE LASSITER SERIES?
It doesn't matter! All the Lassiter books are "stand-alones" and may be read in any order.

"BUM RAP"
 BESTSELLING NEW THRILLER
Bum Rap hits Number One in Kindle Store. Why would Steve Solomon kill a South Beach club owner? Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter tries to beat the murder rap...and resist his growing feelings for Victoria Lord.  Available in audio, ebook, and paperback editions.

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  • File Size: 915 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (April 4, 2014)
  • Publication Date: April 4, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X991C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,571 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PAUL 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
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

Stand-Alone Thrillers

Impact
Paydirt
Ballistic
Illegal

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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41 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Konrei on July 24, 2005
Format: Paperback
MORTAL SIN is Paul Levine's fourth Jake Lassiter novel. Having learned the lessons about excess represented by FALSE DAWN, Levine has written a superbly crafted and finely focused thriller. MORTAL SIN is well deserving of its John D. MacDonald Award, and certainly lives up to its dedication page to MacDonald and its strong debt to Travis McGee.

Entirely a South Florida story, MORTAL SIN is a tale of corruption, payola and murder with excellent pacing and a completely plausible premise and characters. Levine never lets go of the reins. MORTAL SIN is a fine showcase for his talents as a writer.

Jake Lassiter, the ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker, ex-Public Defender, ex-a lot of things, sets out to defend real estate developer Nicky Florio in a wrongful death suit brought by Melinda Tupton, the widow of crusading environmentalist Peter Tupton who froze to death on the hottest day of the year at Florio's pool party.

Complications arise. Jake is having what lawyers quaintly term a 'meretricious relationship' with Florio's wife Gina, formerly Star Hampton, retired Dolphin Doll and Jake's old live-in girlfriend. And on the last day of trial, Jake uncovers evidence that the 'wrongful death' he has just successfully defended may in fact be murder.

A chance remark to Nicky Florio---and Jake finds himself embroiled in a vast cover-up, running for his life through the dusty courthouses of Miami, the trendy clubs of South Beach, the retirement hotels of North Beach, the golf courses that dot Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and finally, the vast 'River of Grass,' otherwise known as the environmentally sensitive Everglades, targeted and encroached upon by men like Florio.

A single sitting enjoyable read with some laugh-out-loud humor, wistful nostalgia, and respect for the natural world of its setting, MORTAL SIN is one of the best entries in the Jake Lassiter series, and comes very highly recommended.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By FWS on November 3, 2010
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My 4th Paul Levine, 3rd Lassiter. The best read so far. Levine is a great legal/suspense writer and in order to enjoy him don't get caught up in how plausible the story line is but relax, enjoy and go for the ride. Lassiter steps into deep "stuff" early on and spends the rest of the tale trying to dig himself out while continuing to complicate matters. A story full of bad guys; most of the rest are only medium bad. No good guys save for Nanny and Dr. Riggs, Lassiter's muse and mentor. The characters are well drawn, the dialog crisp and often very funny, the story slick and fast with enough twists, turns and escapes to satisfy any mystery/adventure fan. Can't miss with this one.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By L. Edwards on October 24, 2010
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Having read other books in the Jake Lassiter series, I knew this would be interesting suspense. However, I found the story to be a little far-fetched. Too many times, Jake finds himself in situations where he should have been killed and finds a last minute escape. Once would have been ok, but by the third time it seemed silly.

The book starts with Jake defending Nicky Florio, and getting him off, even though Jake believes there is more to the story. He starts looking further and gets himself into something unexpected that keeps expanding.

I often find myself suspending reality to read, but with this book, I was more aware of the stretch than usual. For me, that detracted from the book. In addition, I read the Kindle version and there were enough typos that it interfered with the flow of the book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bewyld on April 17, 2012
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A light hearted mystery mixing humour with crime solving, on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it kept me guessing "who dunit".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on March 7, 2013
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I think I've read them all. Paul Levine's books are always fun to read with adventure, twist & the characters are well developed. You have to love Granny & Doc Riggs. Fun & easy to read & you won't want to put it down, not even when you finish so you find yourself looking for another Levine title to start immediately!!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Steve Whiteside on June 10, 2013
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I liked this book, a bit hard to follow at the start but maybe because I always fall asleep. It's not so much the books fault as my 12 hours of work. The story was just complicated enough to keep my interest and the setting in the Everglades is great. I will read a few more jake Lassiter books for sure.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wayne on February 28, 2013
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fast action lots of fun bylines. Jake is always out there for the little guy. Sometimes bumbling his way along one step forward and two back. I like the values Jakes lives by seeking what is right. I can see why he scored a touch down for the wrong team. I just love the guy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Mitnick on December 14, 2013
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After a few books featuring Jake Lassiter, former Miami Dolphin and current lawyer-in-trouble, you have the feeling that you want to know what your old friend is up to these days.

Paul Levine works his magic once again with a lead character you've gotten to know so well and some of the old sidekicks that hang with him. If this seems to suggest that Mortal Sin is a familiar book, rest assured that the only things familiar are the primary and the secondary players. The stories are all new and exciting, but they're played out with a bunch of people you've come to know and whose presence you welcome.

This time, Jake's involved with a client in a civil case (which he wins, by the way). However, a serious side story is that Jake is, uh, involved with the client's wife. Apparently, Jake and the client's wife have had an on-again, off-again relationship for far longer than her husband has been a client. And, as we get into the book, we discover that she's had other side interests as well, which complicates the whole deal.

Meanwhile, Jake's client is now involved in a huge business deal located in the Florida Everglades and some of the characters he has business with are less than stellar folks. Parts of the plot involve defiling the pristine environment of the Everglades and Jake Lassiter finds himself involved in a lot more trouble than he started with in the civil case. And right up front of everything are Jake's relationship with Gina and whoever else she is tangled up with as the story goes on.

Just be ready for another great Paul Levine thriller starring Jake Lassiter. You always know that these books are beautifully crafted and the pages are turned quickly with terrific anticipation.
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