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Last Chance Lassiter (The Jake Lassiter Series) (Volume 9) Paperback – January 22, 2014
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"Cleverly plotted and well written, but the primary elements here are the dialogue and characterization, both of which are first-rate." - Bookreporter.com
"Tightly written, fast-paced and a really fun read!" - Amazon 5-star review
"Since the death of Robert B. Parker, I've been looking for another author that would (1) provide a protagonist with wit, humor and bravado and (2) be capable of pumping out engaging novels for the pleasure of his readers. Thanks to Paul Levine for writing such an engaging story. This book is a winner!" - Amazon 5-star review
"Prequel to the Lassiter series. Same humor, same snappy dialogue, same fast pacing." - Amazon 5-star review
"Okay Paul, I've finished every book. I need more. I don't care which. Just get to writing. I am 73 and don't have a lot of time." - Amazon 5-star review
"'Last Chance Lassiter' is a wonderful novella featuring Jake Lassiter. Paul Levine's writing is very humorous as he sets the plate for his series featuring Jake Lassiter! He is one of my favorite authors!" - Amazon 5-star review
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"BUM DEAL" LAUNCHES TO WIDESPREAD ACCLAIM
Bum Deal, the final saga in the Lassiter series, launches with a "starred review" in Publishers Weekly, praising its "fascinating, fully developed characters and smart, well-paced dialogue." Lee Child, the bestselling author of the Jack Reacher series, chimes in: "Drop everything. Bum Deal is fantastic." Also available in paperback, e-book and audio editions: Bum Rap, an Amazon Number One bestseller, and Bum Luck, described by Bookreporter as "a one-sit, must-read novel full of memorable characters and unforgettable vignettes."
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Jake Lassiter is quite a guy. A former pro football player, but not a very successful one.
An attorney who does not want to play the normal lawyer games. He, foolish man that he is, believes in justice, fairness, and treating a client with respect. That shows he is not going to fit in with any other lawyers.
There are many potholes in his road, but he gets a case that is close to his heart. An elderly musician wants Jake to help him get paid because a young rapper stole his song.
The ins and outs and ups and downs are numerous. Because at the same time he is trying to win this case, he is proving he is not insane, he is trying to keep his law license, and he is trying to find the strength not to want to sleep with a really disgusting female lawyer. He has busy days.
Jake is a fun character who makes you wish all of us could find this type of lawyer who would defend us against the tough parts of life.
There is humor and mystery and a sort of warped romance. All in all, what's not to like?
I am going to find the rest of the books in this series, and be very grateful when I do. This is a good well written book. Paul Levine has become a hero to me. But, he does not compare to Jake Lassiter, now there is a hero.
This new novella really grounds the character and shows how - and why - Lassiter stepped away from the big corporate law office where he was working. All the important relationships Lassiter has in the later books are established here as well: CeCe and Doc Riggs, and a couple of others. We also get to see the formation of Lassiter's code of conduct for himself, the one that allows him to champion his clients and that plunges him into hot water time and time again.
Levine's trademark humor, both dead-on and over-the-top are on stage, and I found myself laughing out loud at some of his prospective clients and their basis for a lawsuit. I came to the original series as a much younger, very naïve reader, and didn't know that such people and their ideologies existed.
The pacing in this novella is rapidfire. When you sit down with this one, you might as well make the time to read it all in one sitting, because Levine never lets up. He throws Lassiter into the fire, into the lion's den, and into certain death. Well, the author stops short of certain death in a physical sense, but not in a job sense. Lassiter's right to practice law hangs in the balance with every move he makes.
There are some over-the-top moments, as when M. C. Silky runs around without an entourage or bodyguards. Rap stars back in those days (and in these days) are never without someone around them, so maybe that stretches credulity a little, but it makes for an action-packed scene that allows Lassiter to stretch his legs. So to speak.
This little dip into Lassiter's past has drummed up an appetite for more Lassiter legal action, or maybe a dip into the Solomon and Lord series. I didn't make it through the whole series before, but I'm going to now.