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

Paul Levine
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Book Description

NO. 1 BESTSELLING LEGAL THRILLER

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 Miami's trial of the century.

"Move over Scott Turow. 'To Speak for the Dead' is courtroom drama at its very best." - Larry King, USA Today


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"LEVINE GUILTY OF MASTER STORYTELLING." - CARL HIAASEN

"An assured and exciting piece of work.  Jake Lassiter is Travis McGee with a law degree...One of the best mysteries of the year."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave."--Chicago Tribune
 
"Genuinely chilling."--Washington Post Book World
 
"Cracking good action mystery...funny, sardonic and fast paced."--Detroit Free Press
 
"A finely tuned plot from first novelist Levine, who orchestrates his tense courtroom and medical scenes with expert panache, fluid prose, and sly humor."--Library Journal
 
"Levine's writing sparkles."--The (London) Times

"Strongly recommend to all the mystery/legal thriller enthusiasts. Jake Lassiter has an attitude and to match the sophistication of the award-winning series' storylines." -- Amazon 5-star review

"Levine spins his tale briskly, his use of medical evidence and legal argument heightening the excitement rather than weighing it down." -- Publishers Weekly
 

"Paul Levine is guilty of master storytelling in the first degree. 'To Speak for the Dead' is a fast, wry, and thoroughly engrossing thriller."--Carl Hiaasen

From the Author

BUM RAP, NEW LEGAL THRILLER, ARRIVES SOON

Coming July 1, 2015 in print, e-book and audio editions: Bum Rap. 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. (You can pre-order on Amazon).

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  • File Size: 893 KB
  • Print Length: 352 pages
  • 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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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #18,621 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
By Konrei
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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38 of 41 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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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT FIRST BOOK October 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not recommended January 27, 2012
By Vols55
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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22 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Ludicrous. April 29, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
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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8 of 9 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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5 of 5 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Good tory, far to much filler
Character is strong and storyline is decent. However, the repetitive use of filler description down to the ost minute detail is distracting. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars A little pat
A little pat plot and resolution, but a most enjoyable read. The lawyer's character is charming ..Even with it's flaws it is an entertaining book.
Published 9 days ago by Prince Steamer
4.0 out of 5 stars Jaci
Interesting and entertaining read. Lawyers, doctors, judges, liars, cheaters, manipulators, and comics! Read more
Published 10 days ago by Jackie AtTheBeach
4.0 out of 5 stars Always get a second opinion
An excellent story about a lawyer who tries to defend a young doctor only to learn there is much more to the story than he thought. Read more
Published 12 days ago by theraven
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great book, love the characters!
Published 20 days ago by Harriet Huddle
4.0 out of 5 stars Love this a author
I like the curve balls., humor and suspense. I plan on reading every book in series. Enjoyed the crazy family too.
Published 23 days ago by KATRINA
5.0 out of 5 stars To Speak For The Good
Jake Lassiter is a very likable hero, despite his flaws -- or perhaps because of them. Paul Levine's writing is casual, conversational, and comfortable -- like dinner with an old... Read more
Published 23 days ago by Peter Mathon
4.0 out of 5 stars I found this to be a excellent crime novel
I found this to be a excellent crime novel, many twists and turn along the way. It really kept me guessing... who did it!!
Published 28 days ago by cats
4.0 out of 5 stars American culture deftly dramatized at its best and worst.
The best Jake Lassiter. The character is well and truly established in this first book. Levine's writing gives us more than a plot. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Nancy Cooke
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, not great.
Interesting main character "Lassiter". Good plot but went on a little too long
Published 1 month ago by Tony Vlachos
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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, the Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Shamus Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize.

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." Writing in USA Today, Larry King called the series of legal thrillers, "Mystery writing at its very, very best."

What's new? "State vs. Lassiter," "Lassiter" and "Last Chance Lassiter" are Paul's latest legal thrillers on Kindle and in NEW paperback editions. "To Speak for the Dead" continues its bestseller status 25 years after its hardcover publication.

Coming in June in print, audio, and e-book editions: "Bum Rap," the first legal thriller to feature Jake Lassiter AND those squabbling Miami lawyers, Steve Solomon & Victoria Lord.

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 (June 2015)

Then there's the series of legal capers 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."

Publishers Weekly wrote: "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.

Before turning to legal thrillers, 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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