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Product Details

  • Mass Market Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Bantam (January 31, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0440242746
  • ISBN-13: 978-0440242741
  • Product Dimensions: 4.2 x 1.1 x 6.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (125 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #130,314 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From Publishers Weekly

Levine's second light legal thriller to feature by-the-book Florida attorney Victoria Lord and her partner/lover, bypass-the-book Steve Solomon, isn't quite up to the level of its predecessor, Solomon vs. Lord (2005), but it's still a smart, enjoyable page-turner. Hal Griffin, an entrepreneur and onetime business partner of Victoria's late father, stands accused of murdering an EPA official with a speargun. There's plenty of evidence pointing to Griffin's guilt, and it's up to Victoria to prove his innocence. Spurning Steve's help, she begins an investigation that leads her to uncover long hidden family secrets. Meanwhile, Steve delves into his own family history as he attempts to discover the truth behind his father's scandalous suspension from the Florida judicial bench. Levine once again supplies plenty of quirky characters and witty banter between Steve and Victoria. (Jan. 31)
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"In this follow-up to Solomon vs. Lord, a true bright spot during 2005, Levine again shows his acumen, skewing the law and showcasing Florida scenery while delivering an action-packed plot."—South Florida Sun-Sentinel

"A smart, enjoyable page-turner.... plenty of quirky characters and witty banter."—Publishers Weekly

Customer Reviews

Kept me interested until the very end.
James L. Mccoleman
I love all of Paul Levine's books and was thrilled to see another title in the Solomon and Lord series.
He kept my interest with the plot and the character development, and the book is well written.

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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Kara J. Jorges VINE VOICE on February 14, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
This book is touted as "Hiaasen meets Grisham." The only comparisons to Hiaasen that I could see are it's location in the Florida Keys and a sense of humor. The only common ground with Grisham is that it's about lawyers. Paul Levine has a writing style of his own, miles away from wacky, yet infused with good humor. Levine's characters are the people that Grisham and Hiaasen, Dorsey, et al. have been sniggering at.

Steve Solomon was a difficult sell as the male romantic lead, embodying too many annoying traits that romance heroes never have: a proclivity for pithy tee-shirts, a Jimmy Buffet addiction, he owns an ancient Cadillac, and he's a slimy criminal defense attorney. Victoria is the kind of female lead we've come to expect from male authors who like women: strong, stylish, intelligent, literate, beautiful, and successful. Plus, she's got mother issues and other vulnerabilities, so she's easy to like. So is Steve's surrogate son, his nephew Bobby, a 12-year-old genius with a rapier wit. Victoria's mother, the Queen, could have been a Park Avenue nightmare but instead came through with touching humanity. There were many more characters in a multitude of small roles: Steve's ex-judge dad and his cronies; Lexy and Rexy, the calorie-counting opportunists; Delia Bustamante, the sexy Cuban restaurateur; Hal Griffin, Victoria's surrogate uncle and millionaire developer; and his Adonislike son, Junior, a free diver and distance swimmer. These are people we get to know, even if the appearance they make is brief. All are delightfully well drawn, save Junior, who vacillates between being an all right, intelligent guy and a bimbo who can't sit still in court.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful By mrliteral VINE VOICE on June 28, 2006
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Around a decade or so ago, I read a series of books by Paul Levine featuring Jake Lassiter, an ex-athlete turned lawyer. I enjoyed the books immensely, but Levine seemed to have dropped off the map. Finally, last year, he returned with the very enjoyable Solomon vs. Lord. The principal characters from that novel have returned in The Deep Blue Alibi.

As the story opens, law partners and lovers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord are enjoying a nice day at the ocean when a boat nearly hits them and then crashes into the shore. Aboard the boat is Victoria's family friend "Uncle" Hal Griffin and a dying EPA man named Stubbs. Although Hal survives the crash rather well, he is accused of the murder and the two lawyers are hired to defend him. This will wind up being quite the challenge, especially for Steve. His antics both in and out of the courtroom are beginning to alienate Victoria to the point she wants to end the partnership; their personal relationship is also threatened when Griffin's son (and Victoria's childhood pal/boyfriend) appears in their lives. Junior Griffin is wealthy, mature, very good-looking, adventuresome and a generally nice guy; Steve's constant wise-guy attitude makes himself look bad by comparison.

Solving this case will also require Victoria to delve a bit into her past, especially the reasons for her father's suicide many years earlier. Steve is also looking to the past, as he attempts to rehabilitate his own father's reputation. Both these side investigations will open up old wounds and force the two to view their parents in different ways.

To those more familiar with Levine's earlier works, Steve Solomon is essentially a reworked version of Jake Lassiter. Both are wise-cracking ex-athletes who can barely subsist on their legal fees.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Joseph R. G. DeMarco on August 19, 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Get your beach blanket, your bottle of water and take along a copy of Deep Blue Alibi for a great read at the beach - or anywhere else, actually.

Deep Blue Alibi is the second outing for Levine's Solomon and Lord a funny, involving legal duo. They first appeared in Solomon Vs. Lord (2005) and I'll be sure to get a copy of that now that I've enjoyed his latest so much.

Where do I start? The plot? Levine is a master plotter. His work for TV (among other things 20 episodes of JAG) and the big screen shows and his story not only adds up it doubles your enjoyment. There are twists and turns, secrets and lies all of which make the story zip along in many directions and give it a depth that satisfies.

Victoria Lord wants to break up the firm. Steve Solomon, her partner in the office and at home, has some serious reservations about this plan and is willing to go into overdrive to stop it. But he doesn't have to - Victoria 's sort-of-uncle, Hal, turns up, actually comes flying onto the scene in a runaway boat. Also in the boat is an EPA official - run through with a fishing spear and quite dead. Hal, of course, as the only other occupant of the boat, is accused of murder. Victoria , seeing her plans derail in spectacular fashion, can't let Hal down and throws herself into the investigation.

Family secrets, the intricacies of love and lovers, and much more round out this book and make it something you shouldn't pass up. There's also good writing, lots of banter, some of which will leave you smiling, and characters with depth. These are people with flaws and imperfections, but also people who you will care about. Steve isn't the perfect lover or son or uncle - but he tries. His loyalty to his clients, forces him to take the law and bend it to suit his needs.
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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
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
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."

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