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TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (Jake Lassiter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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NO. 1 BESTSELLING HARDBOILED MYSTERY

NO. 1 BESTSELLING LEGAL THRILLER

"TOP MYSTERIES OF THE YEAR" - Los Angeles Times

OVERVIEW

A doctor in love with his patient's wife...
A fatal mistake during surgery...
Accident?  Malpractice?  Or murder?

Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami's trial of the century.

"To Speak for the Dead" introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer with a hard bark and a tender heart. An international bestseller, Paul Levine's debut novel was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best mysteries of the year.

If you enjoy the suspense and thrills of John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Carl Hiaasen, and James Patterson, you'll love "To Speak for the Dead" from Paul Levine, winner of the John D. MacDonald fiction award. Levine has also been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama "JAG."

MORE JAKE LASSITER THRILLERS

FOOL ME TWICE: From Miami to Aspen, someone is framing Lassiter for murder. And just why are men willing to kill to find a missing artifact of the Old West?

NIGHT VISION: Someone is murdering women on an Internet sex chat site, and Jake becomes a special prosecutor to hunt down the serial killer.

FALSE DAWN: After his client confesses to a murder he didn't commit, Jake follows a bloody trail from Miami to Havana to discover the truth.

MORTAL SIN: Talk about conflicts of interest. Jake is sleeping with Gina Florio and defending her mob-connected husband in court.

RIPTIDE: Jake Lassiter chases a beautiful woman and stolen bonds from Miami to Maui.

FLESH AND BONES: Jake falls for his beautiful client even though he doubts her story. She claims to have recovered "repressed memories" of abuse...just before gunning down her father.

LASSITER: Jake retraces the steps of a model who went missing 18 years earlier...after his one-night stand with her.

More info at paul-levine.com


Editorial Reviews

From Publishers Weekly

Attorney Levine's lively fiction debut introduces Jake Lassiter, ex-jock turned Miami trial lawyer. Jake defends Dr. Roger Salisbury in a civil malpractice suit brought by gorgeous young Melanie Corrigan, widow of wealthy developer Philip Corrigan. The dead man's daughter, sportswriter Susan Corrigan, is not happy with Roger's acquittal, and tells Jake that Melanie conspired with his client to murder her father, using the lawsuit to divert attention from their relationship. As Jake considers Susan's suspicions, the widow makes a new accusation (while nearly naked), incriminating Roger but letting herself off the hook. Needing tangible proof, Jake and his friend Charlie Riggs, a retired coroner, and Susan clandestinely exhume Philip's body and, after foraging in the dark amid concrete tombs, sneak off with not one body but two. The grave theft alerts the city prosecutor to new clues, and he arrests Roger for murder, leaving Jake in the middle of a baffling whodunit. Levine spins his tale briskly, his use of medical evidence and legal argument heightening the excitement rather than weighing it down. Two more Jake Lassiter novels are to follow; that's good news.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Dr. Roger Salisbury knew seductive, beautiful Melanie Corrigan way back when she was a nude dancer in a seedy Miami bar. Now she's accused him of malpractice in the death of her wealthy husband, and, when that fails, she frames him for murder. As he hunts for the real murderer, narrator Jake Lassiter--Salisbury's sympathetic, witty, and nonconformist lawyer--falls for the dead man's attractive daughter, enlists the aid of a brainy ex-medical examiner, and narrowly escapes death himself. A finely tuned plot from first novelist Levine, who orchestrates his tense courtroom and medical scenes with expert panache, fluid prose, and sly humor. An excellent choice and the first in a series.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553057472
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.; Second edition (March 14, 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SHDUD6
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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good! July 12, 2010
Format:Kindle Edition
Just as good the second (or is it the third or fourth?) time around as when I first read this book, discovering both Jake Lassiter and Paul Levine at the same time. Breezy writing, and a fun character, surrounded by a more than decent plot. I loved it then, and gobbled up everything by Levine after that, and I'm glad I took the time to buy and read again for a good cause. (Funny story - discovered Levine because I was looking to see whether Levinson [,Robert S.] was on the shelf of a then local bookstore.
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35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
Format:Hardcover
TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is the first of Miami lawyer-turned-novelist Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter novels, and it acquits itself well as an initial effort.

Levine knows his landscape as well as fellow Floridians John D. MacDonald or Carl Hiaasen, and his characters are at least as well developed and colorful. In TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD we are introduced to former second-string Miami Dolphin-turned-slightly stumbling attorney Jake Lassiter, his irrepressible moonshine sippin' Granny Lassiter, and his best friend, the Latin-spouting retired ME, Dr. Charlie Riggs.

Very much a working lawyer, the self-deprecating Jake is usually quicker with his wisecracks than with his appellate arguments, but he somehow manages to be smarter than the people around him expect him to be, nonetheless.

Lassiter's failing is idealism---he firmly believes people to be better than they are---and he struggles to discover what more cynical, jaded human beings might assume from the outset.

Jake's recent client, Dr. Roger Salisbury has just been cleared of malpractice in the death of multimillionaire Miami developer Philip Corrigan, age sixtyish. No sooner has Salisbury walked out of the civil courtroom than Corrigan's twentysomething widow, Melanie Corrigan (aka ex-exotic dancer Autumn Rain) accuses him of murder.

As it turns out, Dr. Salisbury and the grieving widow have a sloppily kept secret "history." So...Is it murder? Is it conspiracy? Is it an accident...Is it revenge...? And why is Jake wearing one brown loafer and one cordovan?

As light reading goes, this one is a page-turner, though with the low-key feel of a summer dusk at Longboat Key.

Highly recommended fun!
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT FIRST BOOK October 29, 2011
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Always looking for new books in the genre and the Jake Lassiter series was highly recommended, I am glad I looked at Paul Levine. Being from South Florida I think adds to the fun of the book for me. Jake Lassiter is a go get 'em lawyer and team him with crusty old retired coroner Charlie Riggs and you have quite an interesting team. Good characters and fun dialogue. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is a solid first effort and I will read the next book in the series, NIGHT VISION. RECOMMENDED
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21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not recommended January 27, 2012
By Vols55
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I say "sadly" because the author shows some flashes of greatness, with features of levity similar to Elmore Leonard and detail similar to Michael Connelly.

However, for a non-fantasy book to be good it has to be at least somewhat believable and this one is so ridiculous at times on legal grounds, medical grounds, and martial arts grounds, not to mention just common sense, that it is more pitiful than even laughable.

I find it inexplicable that the author does enough research to know what a rongeur is but not an aneurysm, and with many similar examples throughout the book.

It really is a shame that the author didn't refine this into something much better.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AnEntertaining Read August 4, 2011
Format:Hardcover
This was my first Jake Lassiter book and I found him to be an engaging character. I especially liked his irreverent approach to his job, as well as life in general. Secondary characters were equally engaging, although Granny Lassiter was a bit much. Most of the plot elements rang true, with the exception of some of the scenes with the dead body. Not being a lawyer, I can't say how true the courtroom scenes were, but I do know criminal law is showmanship, and that is something Lassiter does well.

By far, the best part of a Paul Levine book is his wry sense of humor and wonderful twist of wordage. I found myself wanting to highlight every other wisecrack or sardonic comment that came from Lassiter or Granny, or any of the other great characters in the book.
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17 of 22 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous. April 29, 2011
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I gave this book a second star ONLY because I wanted to find out what happened enough to read to its end. And for Tyrone Hambone Washington.

Otherwise, it was unbelievable, no matter what "Lady Trial Lawyer" claims. No prosecutor would go to trial based on merely the word of a woman who could have planted the alleged murder weapon and who had already sued the alleged murderer for malpractice. If he or she did, no competent lawyer would fail to ask when and where the accuser met the accused, i.e., when she was stripping and giving lap dances in a strip bar. Nor do judges wait until the middle of a trial to rule on whether certain evidence is admissable.

It's also unbelievable that a person who hears the gruesome and painful details of a loved one's death from a "friend" would continue to consider that person a friend.

Maybe that's just me. But the rest of it simply doesn't hold up. Not recommended for the well-informed.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A page-turner, greatly entertaining read! September 20, 2010
Format:Paperback
I strongly recommend the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine to all the mystery/legl thriller enthusiasts. Jake Lassiter (the main protagonist) is a former pro-football player turned lawyer with an attitude and a humor to match the sophistication of the award-winning series' storylines.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars To Speak for the Dead
Good read.
Published 1 day ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm in love!
I love Jake Lassiter! He is clever, wonderfully human, and a terrific lawyer! The story ties up all the open ends with an interesting knot. Give it a try! Read more
Published 3 days ago by Silvija Hellbusch
4.0 out of 5 stars Groan
Excellent for those who enjoy LOL wisecracking and groaners.
Published 8 days ago by Daniel G.
5.0 out of 5 stars Great plot. Well-written.
Very well written. Nice solid plot and a good ending. It appears that Mr. Levine was already knowledgeable in the fields of both law and forensic medicine or else he had some... Read more
Published 9 days ago by A. Richtmyer
2.0 out of 5 stars Two Stars
I didn't really like this book that much. It wasn't fast reading for me.
Published 13 days ago by Deljo Ann Gannon
4.0 out of 5 stars Dead
Gave it 4 stars because it was a good read. Will recommend it to my family and to my friends.
Published 29 days ago by Gary Sofia
4.0 out of 5 stars Good Start
The protagonist, Jake Lassiter, reminds me a touch of Harlan Coben's Myron Bolitar. Not quite as funny, but funny nonetheless. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DolphinBlue
5.0 out of 5 stars LOVED IT!!!
I think I have fallen in love with this character! !! These books are such an enjoyment to read. I am on my fifth one and getting sad there are only 7.
Published 1 month ago by Erin Dalton
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent
Well written, a few minor editing issues,but a fast paced and twisting plot. I really enjoyed it, especially the twists!
Published 2 months ago by janet s.
5.0 out of 5 stars Defense?
Jake Lassiter is a 200+ ex-football player, who is retained by a grieving widow (Melanie Corrigan) to defend her from murder. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jan Noble Hitchcock
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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
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