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Bum Luck (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 12) Kindle Edition
Second-string linebacker turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter squares off against his toughest, most unpredictable adversary yet: himself.
The downward spiral begins when Jake's client, NFL superstar Thunder Thurston, is cleared of murdering his wife. Jake didn't expect to win, didn't want to win, since he is sure his client is guilty. When Thurston walks free, Lassiter vows to seek his own kind of justice. Street justice. Vigilante justice.
Law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord can't believe their friend has become so inexplicably obsessed with killing his client. Convinced Jake's unhinged behavior is due to repeated concussions suffered during his pro football career, they beg him to seek treatment. But as Lassiter's raging fixation on vengeance grows, Solomon and Lord wonder if they're too late to help. Is it game over for Jake's career...and his life?
"Another winner. A taut and dazzling legal thriller and a sly and witty rumination on the meaning of justice." - Robert Dugoni, #1 Wall Street Journal and #1 Amazon bestselling author
"Paul Levine continues his trademark brisk pacing with timely storytelling and well-placed humor... 'Bum Luck' is elevated further by teaming Jake with Steve and Victoria. The trio make an unstoppable team - concerned about the law, but even more about people." - South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"A one-sit, must-read novel full of memorable characters and unforgettable vignettes, well worth your time and retainer. Levine's pacing is perfect as always, and the pages just fly by, even as he juggles multiple plots with his own unique aplomb. Put 'Bum Luck' at the top of your reading list." - Bookreporter.com
"A gripping and often quite an amusing thriller with a surprising climax, all of which is built around an intriguing cast of characters as it achieves an almost flawless rhythm." - BookPleasures.com
"Truly a humorous, smart and enjoyable fast-paced read. - MysterySequels.com
From the Author
At ll:47 a.m the next morning, I had my chance to kill Thunder Thurston.
He was leaning over the balcony railing of his Fisher Island condo, firing his forty-five caliber handgun at gulls and terns soaring over Government Cut, the passageway for cruise ships at the Port of Miami. One of his size-fifteen feet was off the marble tile, and the torso of his massive frame was just at the tipping point.
One push, and whoosh. Fly, Thunder, fly!
Could I do it?
Do I have the cojones?
He weighed 235 pounds, but I could drop into a crouch, snag both his ankles, and fire up hard. I could flip him over the railing and watch him flail through the air and splatter onto the pool deck far below.
I had my defense ready. He had threatened me - not the birds - with the .45. Even took a shot at me, I would claim. Forensics would reveal gunpowder residue on his right hand. So, I acted in self-defense.
One problem. There were four potential witnesses in the living room of his 7,500 square foot chrome and glass condo. At the moment, they were preoccupied playing volleyball. That's right, inside the penthouse. The apartment had been two stories, and Thurston spent a million bucks ripping out the second floor. Now, the living room had a twenty-four-foot ceiling and a regulation sand volleyball court.
Four young women who resembled college cheerleaders were bouncing around, kicking up sand and squealing with delight.
The volleyball court was surrounded by a patch of artificial grass. The necks of several bottles of Cristal peeked out of the ice in a picnic cooler. A silver cocktail tray held Champagne flutes and a pile of cocaine a foot high. Could they see onto the balcony through the floor-to-ceiling glass? Were they watching? Were they sober?
The two teams were organized by "tops and bottoms," two of the leaping ladies wearing only bikini tops and the other two only bottoms. Except for the uniforms, the teams could have been lifted from a Pepsi commercial with two Anglo women, one Hispanic, and one African-American. Thurston had always been an equal-opportunity corrupter.
I had perhaps three seconds to kill the murderer. I hesitated, thinking about possible flaws in my defense.
Motive? Why would Thunder turn a gun on me?
I would have to come up with something...
- ASIN : B01MQDY9NG
- Publisher : Thomas & Mercer (March 28, 2017)
- Publication date : March 28, 2017
- Language : English
- File size : 1988 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 304 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
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After publishing the forgettable _9 Scorpions_ in 1998, Levine spent the next several years in LA doing TV writing, and he published four Solomon vs. Lord novels between 2005-2007. Entertaining, but a bit lightweight, not as gonzo as the Lassiter books. Between 2009-2014, he published four stand alone books, really good stuff---but not LASSITER.
You can see where I'm going here. Lassiter is the single strongest and best-developed character Levine ever created. And Levine knew that Lassiter had to return. In 2011, our hero was resurrected in _Lassiter_, and there have been four more Lassiter books since then. All of them were right in the groove of the original novels, although we see that Jake is getting older and wiser.
_Bum Luck_ is as every bit good as any other Lassiter book, and it's gratifying to see Jake aging and mellowing and ruminating about his ethics and his priorities. That's what people do when they get to be 50 years old. Here, Jake is having trouble with his conscience after years of defending guilty scumbags--and winning those cases a good percentage of the time.
The refusal of the NFL to acknowledge the effects of concussions among players is a theme here. In fact, Jake himself may have brain damage from his years as a football player. It's an intriguing topic, and it's a socially responsible statement from Levine.
I hope Levine still has a couple more Lassiter novels in him.
If you're uninitiated, start with _To Speak for the Dead_, 1990, and read your way through one of the best Florida crime series ever written.
Jake is going through a crisis of conscience and coming to grips with what is justice really means. I love the characters of Solomon and Lord and will go back and read the books featuring them.
I won this book for free in a First Read giveaway from Goodreads in exchange for and honest review.A fun mystery series and a interesting undercurrent questions does the legal system really bring justice.
on all those who are trying to destroy him,
makes for clever, fun machinations, and a big scene where he gets even with them all. I won't ruin it by saying how. But Levine also has an interesting subplot about the damage from concussions, which involves him, a former low-level player in the NFL. It's worth the read.
Bum Luck didn't do it for me. Lassiter's motivations didn't seem credible enough, he didn't struggle enough with the moral ambiguities inherent in the circumstances and the well-conceived subplot about concussions/CTE wasn't used as well as it might have to explain the lawyer's erratic behavior. And as a lawyer, there was way too much conduct that was simply inexcusable -- and certainly could not have been acceptable under the story as Levine developed it.
Levine is way, way better than this. I am giving it a three mostly out of respect for that.
My two cents worth is: Try one - if you like to read good legal/mystery combos, I'm sure upu will like Levine.