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THE ROAD TO HELL [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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Book Description

"The Road to Hell" collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. Levine's heroes travel dark and dangerous paths as they confront devilish and powerful villains. The journeys are by land, by sea, and in one case, perhaps only in the mind.

In "El Valiente en el Infierno," (The Brave One in Hell), a 13-year-old Mexican boy tells his own story as he makes a treacherous midnight crossing into California in search of his father. The boy's courage is tested when he runs into two gun-toting American vigilantes, and the confrontation will change all of them forever.

"Development Hell" imagines a pitch session in which a bedraggled Edgar Allan Poe squares off with a slick Hollywood producer who wants to make a cheesy slasher flick out of "The Pit and the Pendulum."Bookgasm praised the story as "going straight to the funny bone."

In "A Hell of a Crime," a prosecutor prepares for a homicide trial while being pestered by his domineering mother, a famous lawyer herself. Just what role did she play in the murder? And how is the prosecutor's enigmatic wife involved in the case? 

Two of the author's best-loved characters, mismatched law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, appear in "Solomon & Lord: To Hell and Back."  Steve says he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, a sleazy con man. Victoria knows that Cruz is an unlikely fishing buddy. So just what is Steve up to now? Something between mischief and murder.

The book also contains an excerpt from "Solomon vs. Lord," the first novel of the bestselling series of legal thrillers. A quick synopsis: Victoria Lord follows all the rules. Steve Solomon makes up his own. When they defend an accused murderer, they'll either end up in ruin, in jail...or in bed. Here's what number one bestselling author Harlan Coben had to say: "Hiaasen meets Grisham in the court of last retort. A sexy, wacky, wonderful thriller with humor and heart."

Finally, an excerpt of "Mortal Sin," one of the award-winning Jake Lassiter novels, is also included in the collection. This time, the linebacker-turned-lawyer has a dangerous conflict of interest. He's sleeping with Nicky Florio's wife...and defending the mob-connected millionaire in court.  One false move, and Jake will be gator bait. "Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax." - Library Journal.

PRAISE FOR THE FICTION OF PAUL LEVINE


"Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY

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

"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis  McGee terribly." - St. Petersburg Times"Genuinely chilling." - Washington Post Book World

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila!" - Tulsa World

"Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure."- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Cracking good action-mystery...funny, sardonic, and fast-paced." - Detroit Free Press ABOUT THE AUTHOR



Editorial Reviews

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. (Available for pre-orders on Amazon).

From the Inside Flap

GUIDE FOR READERS

The Solomon & Lord novels fit into these categories:

Legal Thrillers
Crime Thrillers
Legal Suspense
Lawyer Mysteries
Courtroom Novels
Crime Fiction
Mystery Series
Mysteries
Suspense Novels
Humorous Crime
Murder Mysteries
Romantic Suspense
Action Adventure

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  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFU6Y
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short stories February 24, 2011
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has introduced me to another author that will soon be taking up a lot of space in my "To Be Read" list.

Short stories are often underrated. These types of stories fill a niche that many readers like me need - quick reads that provide decent character development, a good plot and a swift resolution to the issue at hand. This book offers four such stories to anyone looking for them.

The stories present an interesting variety of characters and situations in which they find themselves. The length of the stories tends to increase through book, so a reader can pick a story of appropriate length given the time available to read. The author has also included a portion of "Mortal Sin" at the end of the book, and after reading it I admit that I'll probably end up buying the book to finish that story as well.

The book is a good value for people looking for a collection of short stories with a bit of a twist at the end.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Hell January 4, 2014
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I enjoyed reading this book although I was expecting something different when I downloaded it. The stories are short but really made me think... what would I do in the situations described?
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stories Marred by Deceptive Marketing February 1, 2014
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Although Paul Levine's The Road to Hell is billed as a short story collection, it's also a promotion designed to interest readers in his other, more expensive works. Many authors on Amazon do this, making a short work available for free or a low price. However, Levine (or whoever wrote his Kindle blurb) is not exactly honest in describing what people will be buying here.

As far as the stories go, two of them are excellent, one is very good, and the fourth is merely average. The title of the book is derived from the fact that all four stories have the word "Hell" in their titles, but otherwise they have nothing in common.

In The Brave One in Hell, a 13-year-old Mexican boy trying to enter the U.S. illegally has an encounter with a couple of border-guarding vigilantes who aim to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country at any cost. It's obviously a serious subject (and the subject of at least one of Levine's novels), but it plays out more like a Disney channel feel good fantasy than either a serious drama or a suspense thriller. The description of the action is good, but the ending is a big letdown.

In A Hell of a Crime, a district attorney is at home preparing his closing argument for a big murder case, but he has to put up with a good bit of critiquing from his mother, who isn't so sure the defendant is guilty. This one is highly original with a double twist ending worthy of Alfred Hitchcock that I never saw coming. As soon as I finished the story, I was compelled to reread it to be sure I hadn't missed anything and that Levine had played fair. I hadn't, and he had.

Development Hell is a clever comedy in which "Beazle," a Hollywood producer, tries to buy the film rights to The Pit and the Pendulum from Edgar Allan Poe.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time I have read this author... February 20, 2011
By sasha
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book by this author I have read. It was great content - interesting stories, all with a twist at the end. And they were, in my personal opinion, very well written.
With so much out there to read it is hard to decide on which authors to choose when picking new ones. Based on this book, I will now read his other books. Always great to find such good new (to me) books!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories great for bedtime read May 14, 2014
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Just enough each story to tire you out for a good nights sleep. I had a disadvantage because he repeated two stories I had all ready read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars GOOD MYSTERY WRITER November 8, 2013
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GOOD ,BUT NOT AS GOOD AS SOME OF HIS OTHERS WHICH I GAVE 5 STARS TO. HIS MYSTERIES ARE ALL ABOUT MIAMI AND THE KEYS.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Not Crazy About Short Stories September 13, 2013
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They were all good, but over too soon. Just sinking my teeth in and they were done. Still good if you like a quickie.
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5.0 out of 5 stars FALSE DAWN & 3 OTHERS February 11, 2012
By F. Hill
Format:Kindle Edition
WHEN JOHN D. MACDONALD DIED AND AFTER I HAD READ AND RE-READ TRAVIS AND COLLECTED ALL OF THEM, I WISHED THAT I COULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO TAKE UP THE MANTLE AND WRITE LIKE HIM. THEN I FOUND PAUL LEVINE AND LOVE HIS STYLE. ONLY THING I WISH HE WOULD DO IS GET JAKE TO KICK ASS LIKE TRAVIS DID INSTEAD OF GETTING BEAT UP. OTHERWISE I AM ON MY QUEST NOW TO FIND THE NEXT JAKE SERIES SO I CAN RELIVE MY BELOVED TRAVIS. LEVINE IS AN OUTSTANDING WRITER, CAN'T IMAGINE HOW IN THE WORLD HE EVER COMES UP WITH EVERYTHING HE DOES. KUDOS TO PAUL LEVINE. I ALSO READ FLESH & BONE, NIGHT VISION AND SPEAK FOR THE DEAD.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
To un believable for my taste .
Published 1 month ago by Doug moore
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
enjoyable
Published 3 months ago by George M. Radell
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
I did not like this selection of stories as much as I usually do when reading Levine.
Published 5 months ago by GMB
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
usual good book by paul Levine. really enjoy his books.
Published 6 months ago by Pauline Behn-Glasgow
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Not as great as other Levine novels, but entertaining.
Published 7 months ago by Roger
3.0 out of 5 stars Good for a quick read
Stories were okay but way to short for a long and relaxing read.
Published 7 months ago by Reader
4.0 out of 5 stars Great stuff from one of my favorite crime writers
Paul Levine delivers!

Great stuff from one of my favorite crime writers.
Published 7 months ago by Avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Paul Levine
Paul Levine's books are wonderful. I always enjoy them.
Published 7 months ago by LA Lady
3.0 out of 5 stars Instead of a novel, this was a collection of ...
Instead of a novel, this was a collection of short stories. A pleasant way to spend the afternoon. Another freebie from Amazon.
Published 7 months ago by Patricia Ann bookmark
3.0 out of 5 stars Do not like short stories
although I like Paul Levine as a writer I do not care for short stories that promote his other books. I felt that I had been cheated of the end of the story. Read more
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More About the Author

PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. 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.

He is best known for two series of legal thrillers: "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord." 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." In USA Today, Larry King wrote: "Mystery writing at its very, very best." There are eleven books in the series, beginning with "To Speak for the Dead" which is still going strong 25 years after initial hardcover publication.

"Solomon vs. Lord" is a fast-paced, battle-of-the-sexes dramedy featuring two young Miami lawyers -- Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord -- who duel in and out of court. The Chicago Sun-Times praised the legal caper 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." The book is the first of four in the series.

New in 2015: "Bum Rap," which brings together Lassiter with Solomon & Lord. Jake 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.

"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)

Nine of Paul'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; and Illegal

MYSTERIES: State vs. Lassiter; The Deep Blue Alibi; Mortal Sin; and Impact

SERIAL KILLERS: Night Vision

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

OTHER ENDEAVORS: Paul wrote 23 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 800 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 a place where the "mosquitoes are biting, but the fish ain't."

More info at www.paul-levine.com
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