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
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Last Chance Lassiter
State vs. Lassiter
The "Solomon vs. Lord" series:
Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
OTHER ENDEAVORS: Paul wrote 21 episodes of the TV series "JAG" and co-created the Supreme Court drama "First Monday," both on CBS.
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