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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 41 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
- Audible.com Release Date: September 16, 2011
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- Language: English
- ASIN: B005NKGAOW
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The eighth in the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine, Lassiter, follows football pro turned attorney Jake Lassiter as he deals with low-life thugs, crooked officials, and aged mobsters in his search to determine the fate of Krista. When one of the suspects, a geriatric mobster, is gunned down, and Amy is arrested for the murder, Jake finds the stakes have risen, maybe higher than he can cover—but, he’s not one to quit.
Gritty courtroom drama set in sunny Florida a la Elmore Leonard, you’ll be richly surprised at the outcome of Jake’s quest for redemption. You’ll be rooting for the good guys, surprised when they turn out to be bad guys, and wondering if there is any difference. A breathtaking romp through the slimy underbelly of Florida politics.
Levine is back in Miami now, where he belongs. He seems to write best when he's in his hometown.
_Lassiter_ has all the elements fans have always expected from Levine: an incredibly fast-moving plot, with twists and turns all the way to the conclusion; sleazy bad guys and questionable good guys; and loads of the Miami gonzo that made all the original Lassiter books so enjoyable.
The erudite and lovable old coroner, Charlie Riggs, is missing from this story, but Jake's crusty old "Granny" and his sassy nephew Kip are here, although they don't play major roles.
Jake Lassiter is, without doubt, Levine's greatest creation. Jake is truly EveryMan, neither a saint nor a sinner. He'll bend the rules beyond their legal boundaries whenever necessary to win a case, but he also has a moral code that is absolute and universal. We like Jake; we relate to him; we're with him all the way as he claws his way through the impenetrable jungle of the Miami legal system.
We can sense that Levine was having fun as he wrote this book. I think he came back to Jake not just to please his fans, but because Jake is his biggest inspiration.
As a long time reader of Miami Noir, I think Levine's Lassiter books are as good as it gets. Wherever he chooses to go in the future, I hope he will
keep Jake in his repertoire.
The plot of the book involved the disappearance of anX- rated movie actress, model and "companion" , and the subsequent search for answers by Jake Lassiter, he of the title.
Jake was trying a minor case in court one day when he spied an attractive young woman sitting near the court railing, staring intently at him. When the daily session ended, she confronted Jake directly. " Do you remember my sister Krista? She vanished eight years ago and you were the last person to see her." Jake did remember Krista. A much younger, less responsible Jake ( read third string pro football player Jake) was at a raucous party in a lounge where she worked as a lap dance performer and rescued her from an abusive patron. Krista stayed with Jake for an unforgettable night, after which he then her took her back to her boyfriend's house. Her boyfriend being the guy who was her employer in the film biz.
Jake never saw her again.
The sense of guilt he felt about using her and dumping her gnawed at Jake, so he agreed to look into the case.
The employer hadbecome respectable having made millions in the X-rated flic biz, but still had mob ties. Jake's investigation uncovers a mysterious sex, drugs and celebrities party where something happened to Krista, but what, and at whose hands?
It madefor an interesting story told in a breezy , fast-paced plot. Jake is a likable guy who is trying to make up for his callous disregard of Krista's welfare, although, admittedly , she was more than a bit of a hard case herself. She just looked so" girl next door" ; but no matter how hard, she did not deserve a quick grave in the swamps.
"Lassiter" was a good story, quite entertaining and well done. Some sexual language was to be expected, but IMHO, there was more than enough to depict the sleazy characters involved.
Still, with that small trigger warning, the book is worth reading just to enjoy the double-twist ending.
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flaws. sorry nspoilers.