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TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 1) Kindle Edition
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"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 BookWorld
"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
"If you like Grisham's legal expertise, Lee Child's action, Harlan Coben's stories, and Michael Connelly's Harry Bosch, you'll love Jake Lassiter." - Blog Critics
"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
From the Author
Jake Lassiter dives deep into the true-to-life college admissions scandal in his newest adventure. A Kindle Unlimited title, Cheater's Game is available now on Amazon.
IN WHAT ORDER SHOULD YOU READ THE JAKE LASSITER SERIES?
It doesn't matter! All the Lassiter books from To Speak for the Dead, the first one, to Cheater's Game, the 2020 title, are "stand-alones" and may be read in any order.
- ASIN : B003SHDUD6
- Publisher : Herald Square (March 14, 2014)
- Publication date : March 14, 2014
- Language : English
- File size : 2256 KB
- Simultaneous device usage : Unlimited
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #6,112 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
Top reviews from the United States
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The story starts with one case and then turns into another type of case, so there is never a dull moment. I’m not an expert on the law, but the courtroom scenes played real to me, and were engaging. In the courtroom, the hero, Jake Lassiter, would get himself into trouble, but then turn things around and slam dunk a victory, which kept me on the edge of my seat.
The only part I didn’t think was done well was the romance that budded between Jake and another character, Susan. One minute Jake’s intrigued by Susan and enjoying a fun, casual romp with her, and then the next he “cares for her very much.” Where did that come from? I didn’t buy it. And Susan was depicted as a not-your-usual-woman type, and then after two times in bed with Jake, she wants to have the where-are-we-going-with-this-relationship? talk, which is wholly *stereo*typical. Poor Jake wanted to run for the hills. So did I (and I’m a woman).
But overall, this book was a fun time, and I’ll be seeking out others by this author.
The story is written in Lassiter's point of view and I love it. It's fast paced with an excellent story line. The characters are interesting and give meaning to the story. Mr. Levine makes the end believable. Great book for anyone, but especially mystery/thriller lovers.
Good reading to all,
retired to read
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.
Top reviews from other countries
But I was pleasantly surprised when I got round to reading it. Well plotted, a good mix of thrills, humour and seriousness, some likeable characters, quirky oddballs and villains, lots of narrative momentum and very good courtroom scenes. And not badly written either. I am not sure about some of the comparisons that have been made eg to Rumpole, but I was reminded of Carl Hiassen without the environmental high horse, and to G M Ford who writes similar sorts of books.
In summary good stuff. I've bought a few more cheaply priced thrillers by Paul Levine and am now quite looking forward to reading them.