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Bum Luck (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers) Paperback – March 28, 2017
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"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
"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." - BookPleasures.com
"Truly a humorous, smart and enjoyable fast-paced read. - MysterySequels.com
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THE SOLOMON vs. LORD SERIES OF LEGAL THRILLERS
LASSITER, SOLOMON & LORD LEGAL THRILLERS
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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.
book put the spotlight on some very serious issues regarding traumatic brain injuries. Well done, Mr Levine
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.
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.
one with all 3.