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TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 1) by [Levine, Paul]
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"LEVINE IS GUILTY OF MASTER STORYTELLING IN THE FIRST DEGREE." - CARL HIAASEN

"An assured and exciting piece of work.  Jake Lassiter is Travis McGee with a law degree...One of the best mysteries of the year."--Los Angeles Times
 
"Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave."--Chicago Tribune
 
"Genuinely chilling."--Washington Post Book World
 
"Cracking good action mystery...funny, sardonic and fast paced."--Detroit Free Press
 
"A finely tuned plot from first novelist Levine, who orchestrates his tense courtroom and medical scenes with expert panache, fluid prose, and sly humor."--Library Journal
 
"Levine's writing sparkles."--The (London) Times

"Strongly recommend to all the mystery/legal thriller enthusiasts. Jake Lassiter has an attitude and to match the sophistication of the award-winning series' storylines." -- Amazon 5-star review

"Levine spins his tale briskly, his use of medical evidence and legal argument heightening the excitement rather than weighing it down." -- Publishers Weekly
 

"Paul Levine is guilty of master storytelling in the first degree. 'To Speak for the Dead' is a fast, wry, and thoroughly engrossing thriller."--Carl Hiaasen

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"A delicious mix of thriller and comic crime novel." -- Booklist (starred review)

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  • File Size: 2720 KB
  • Print Length: 307 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 1514774046
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.; Fourth edition (March 14, 2014)
  • Publication Date: March 14, 2014
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SHDUD6
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Format: Hardcover
TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is the first of Miami lawyer-turned-novelist Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter novels, and it acquits itself well as an initial effort.

Levine knows his landscape as well as fellow Floridians John D. MacDonald or Carl Hiaasen, and his characters are at least as well developed and colorful. In TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD we are introduced to former second-string Miami Dolphin-turned-slightly stumbling attorney Jake Lassiter, his irrepressible moonshine sippin' Granny Lassiter, and his best friend, the Latin-spouting retired ME, Dr. Charlie Riggs.

Very much a working lawyer, the self-deprecating Jake is usually quicker with his wisecracks than with his appellate arguments, but he somehow manages to be smarter than the people around him expect him to be, nonetheless.

Lassiter's failing is idealism---he firmly believes people to be better than they are---and he struggles to discover what more cynical, jaded human beings might assume from the outset.

Jake's recent client, Dr. Roger Salisbury has just been cleared of malpractice in the death of multimillionaire Miami developer Philip Corrigan, age sixtyish. No sooner has Salisbury walked out of the civil courtroom than Corrigan's twentysomething widow, Melanie Corrigan (aka ex-exotic dancer Autumn Rain) accuses him of murder.

As it turns out, Dr. Salisbury and the grieving widow have a sloppily kept secret "history." So...Is it murder? Is it conspiracy? Is it an accident...Is it revenge...? And why is Jake wearing one brown loafer and one cordovan?

As light reading goes, this one is a page-turner, though with the low-key feel of a summer dusk at Longboat Key.

Highly recommended fun!
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Always looking for new books in the genre and the Jake Lassiter series was highly recommended, I am glad I looked at Paul Levine. Being from South Florida I think adds to the fun of the book for me. Jake Lassiter is a go get 'em lawyer and team him with crusty old retired coroner Charlie Riggs and you have quite an interesting team. Good characters and fun dialogue. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is a solid first effort and I will read the next book in the series, NIGHT VISION. RECOMMENDED
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Just as good the second (or is it the third or fourth?) time around as when I first read this book, discovering both Jake Lassiter and Paul Levine at the same time. Breezy writing, and a fun character, surrounded by a more than decent plot. I loved it then, and gobbled up everything by Levine after that, and I'm glad I took the time to buy and read again for a good cause. (Funny story - discovered Levine because I was looking to see whether Levinson [,Robert S.] was on the shelf of a then local bookstore.
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This was my first Jake Lassiter book and I found him to be an engaging character. I especially liked his irreverent approach to his job, as well as life in general. Secondary characters were equally engaging, although Granny Lassiter was a bit much. Most of the plot elements rang true, with the exception of some of the scenes with the dead body. Not being a lawyer, I can't say how true the courtroom scenes were, but I do know criminal law is showmanship, and that is something Lassiter does well.

By far, the best part of a Paul Levine book is his wry sense of humor and wonderful twist of wordage. I found myself wanting to highlight every other wisecrack or sardonic comment that came from Lassiter or Granny, or any of the other great characters in the book.
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I say "sadly" because the author shows some flashes of greatness, with features of levity similar to Elmore Leonard and detail similar to Michael Connelly.

However, for a non-fantasy book to be good it has to be at least somewhat believable and this one is so ridiculous at times on legal grounds, medical grounds, and martial arts grounds, not to mention just common sense, that it is more pitiful than even laughable.

I find it inexplicable that the author does enough research to know what a rongeur is but not an aneurysm, and with many similar examples throughout the book.

It really is a shame that the author didn't refine this into something much better.
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To Speak for the Dead is a fast-paced, suspenseful, legal thriller. This story moves like the wind, even the courtroom scenes. It is one of the few books I couldn't put down. The writing is superb.

The dialogue is great, very believable. The characters are 3-dimensional and whole. I love Jake's character. He's sharp, witty, caring, and tough, but he has a soft side too. The eccentric Charlie Riggs is an endearing, loveable character. He's someone I'd like to know. I didn't care too much for Granny. She's a little much, but her character and the things she says are the only things that put me off even slightly.

I was able to suspend disbelief, even in more extreme situations, simply because the writing was so good and the plot unfolded so quickly. I just kept turning pages. You know, the old "one more chapter" and before you know it the book is read.

I will definitely be reading the rest of this series and highly recommend To Speak for the Dead.
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