If you’re looking for a taut page-turner with a likeable hard-boiled protagonist and an appealing sense of humor, today we feature not one, but two books from the award-winning Jake Lassiter series. The newest addition Riptide is being called “a rip-roaring tale in court and on the water,” while the first in the series To Speak for the Dead was voted one of the ten best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times and made into an NBC movie.
“Realistic, gritty, fun.” – New York Times Book Review
by Paul Levine
5.0 out of 5 stars 2 Reviews
“Sparkles as a mystery and a character study.” –-Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel.
“A highly entertaining yarn filled with wry humor.” –-Detroit Free Press
“Wildly entertaining.” –-St. Louis Post Dispatch
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary edition of “To Speak for the Dead,” the first of the Jake Lassiter novels, all author proceeds are pledged to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatment and research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. “To Speak for the Dead” was honored as one of the ten best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times. A screen adaptation of the book appeared as an NBC movie in 1995.
Levine won the John D. MacDonald Florida Fiction Award for his Jake Lassiter series. A Miami Dolphins linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer, Lassiter appeared in seven novels. He has been described by Booklist as “one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction” and by The Miami Herald as having “a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did.”
Levine also wrote 20 episodes of the TV series JAG, which gave him an opportunity to steer a nuclear submarine and land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, all without endangering national security. He has written, with a self-deprecating tone, about beginning his Hollywood career at the advanced age of 51.
Levine is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in journalism and the University of Miami Law School where he majored in the swimming pool. He passed the Florida Bar exam in his first try in what he suspects was a computer glitch. He was a trial lawyer with the mammoth, filthy rich international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he did not even pretend to know all his partners’ names. He specialized in “complex litigation,” cases so abstruse that even lawyers charging 500 bucks an hour didn’t fully understand them. Paul tried hundreds of cases and handled appeals at every level, including the Supreme Court. Along the way, he filed expense accounts nearly as creative as his legal briefs.
Levine says he enjoys writing more than lawyering because he no longer keeps time sheets and gets to work in his underwear. He lives in the hills of Southern California, which he claims are populated by rattlesnakes and coyotes, and those are just the Hollywood agents.
More info at www.paul-levine.com.
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