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Bum Luck (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 12) by [Paul Levine]
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"'Bum Luck' begins with one of the great opening hooks. 'Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.'...Is any crime novelist funnier and more serious and more quotable than Levine? - Mystery Scene 

"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." -

"Immensely entertaining. Paul Levine is among the best authors of legal thrillers, right up there with Grisham and Turow." - Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

"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." - 

"Truly a humorous, smart and enjoyable fast-paced read. -

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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...


Product details

  • 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
  • Customer Reviews:
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Paul Levine is the Amazon Number One Bestselling Author of the "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord" series.

NEW: CHEATER'S GAME launches to widespread acclaim. "One of the best legal thrillers of 2020. - Best

Here's the setup: Jake Lassiter tackles the college admissions scandal, and somebody is going to take a hit.

Suffering brain damage from his days as a football player, Lassiter says goodbye to the courtroom...until his nephew Kip desperately needs his help. Kip has been working with millionaire Max Ringle in a shady scheme to help rich, entitled kids gain admission to elite universities. The mastermind of the fraud, Ringle cops a plea to save his own hide and shifts the blame to Kip who’s charged with multiple federal crimes.

Dr. Melissa Gold, a famed neurologist and Lassiter’s fiancée, supervises experimental treatments intended to keep the ailing lawyer strong enough for a grueling trial. As a fiery showdown looms with Ringle, Lassiter risks everything – including his own life – to keep his nephew out of prison. As with all of the author's novels, CHEATER'S GAME is a Kindle Unlimited title.


In BUM DEAL, Lassiter switches sides and prosecutes a surgeon accused of killing his wife. It's an impossible case with no forensic evidence, no witness, and no body. Even worse: Lassiter's symptoms of C.T.E., the fatal brain disease from his football days, are growing more severe. The old courtroom warrior risks losing the case - and his life - in court. Upon publication, BUM DEAL soared to Number One on Amazon's "legal thriller" bestseller list.

"A drop-everything, read-it-now book for me - and this one has Solomon & Lord too. BUM DEAL is fantastic.” – Lee Child, #1 Bestselling Author of the “Jack Reacher” series

“BUM DEAL is the real deal. Jake Lassiter at his smart-talking, fast-thinking best. A funny, compelling and canny courtroom thriller, seasoned with a little melancholy and a lot of inside knowledge.” — Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Fascinating, fully developed characters and smart, well-paced dialogue keep the pages turning. Levine manipulates the expectations of the reader as skillfully as Jake manipulates the expectations of the jury” — Publishers Weekly (starred review)

KINDLE UNLIMITED members in the USA, Canada, India, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, China, and Australia can now read BUM DEAL, BUM LUCK, BUM RAP and all of Paul Levine's novels for FREE.

Thirteen of Levine's novels have hit Number One bestseller status on Amazon in their genres, and in June 2015, he was the Number One bestselling author on Amazon Kindle.

Now available in paperback, ebook and audio: BUM LUCK. Here's what the Sun-Sentinel had to say: "Paul Levine continues his trademark brisk pacing with timely storytelling and well-placed humor. Lassiter, Solomon and Lord make an unstoppable team — concerned about the law but even more about people."

And this, from Bookreporter: "BUM LUCK is a one-sit, must-read novel full of memorable characters and unforgettable vignettes Put BUM LUCK at the top of your spring reading list.”

Levine is best known for two series of legal thrillers: "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord." The international bestseller BUM RAP brings together the protagonists of both series in an explosive murder case set on glitzy South Beach.

BUM RAP was a Number One bestseller out of six million books in the Amazon Kindle Store. The setup: Lassiter 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 of BUM RAP)

Levine's first novel, TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, an NFL linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer. Lassiter has been described by Booklist as "one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction."

Levine's other series features squabbling lawyers - and lovers - Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, who duel in and out of court. The Chicago Sun-Times praised "Solomon vs. Lord" 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."

Levine 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 graduate of Penn State and the University of Miami School of Law, he was a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. He divides his time between Santa Barbara, CA and Miami.

Here is a list of Levine's novels that have hit Number One bestseller status on Amazon in their genres:

LEGAL THRILLERS: To Speak for the Dead, Solomon vs. Lord, Fool Me Twice, Illegal, and Bum Rap.

MYSTERIES: State vs. Lassiter, The Deep Blue Alibi, Kill All the Lawyers and Mortal Sin.


HARD-BOILED MYSTERIES: Mortal Sin and Impact.


The "Jake Lassiter" books in order of publication:

To Speak for the Dead

Night Vision

False Dawn

Mortal Sin

Riptide (previously titled Slashback)

Fool Me Twice

Flesh & Bones


Last Chance Lassiter

State vs. Lassiter

Bum Rap

Bum Luck

Bum Deal

Cheater's Game

The "Solomon vs. Lord" series:

Solomon vs. Lord

The Deep Blue Alibi

Kill All the Lawyers

Habeas Porpoise

Stand-Alone Thrillers





Boxed Sets

Shattered Justice

3 Deadly Sins

Miami Law

Short Story Collections

The Road to Hell (free on Amazon)

OTHER ENDEAVORS: Paul wrote 20 episodes of the TV series "JAG" and co-created the Supreme Court drama "First Monday," both on CBS.

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