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"Is any crime novelist funnier and more serious and more quotable than Levine?" -
Mystery Scene

"Paul Levine continues his trademark brisk pacing with timely storytelling and well-placed humor. The trio [Lassiter, Solomon and Lord] make an unstoppable team - concerned about the law, but even more about people." -

"A one-sit, must-read novel full of memorable characters and unforgettable vignettes. Levine's pacing is perfect as always, and the pages just fly by, even as he juggles multiple plots with his own unique aplomb." -

"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

"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

"An atmospheric legal novel that's like crime noir set in sultry south Florida. A delightful, briskly-paced page-turner with a touch of social commentary...a richly satisfying story." -
The Trial Lawyer

"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." -

"'Bum Luck' is a terrific legal thriller and humorous crime novel, but more than that Levine tackles a tough subject: CTE, chronic traumatic encephalopathy. Lots of twists and turns keep the pages turning and this was a one-nighter for me." -

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

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voilà, you've got Jake Lassiter." --
Tulsa World
"Jake Lassiter is great fun." --
New York Times Book Review
"Lively entertainment. Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave." --
Chicago Tribune
"Mystery writing at its very, very best." --
USA Today
"Jake Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side, and on the page." --
Lee Child
"Paul Levine is one of Florida's great writers, and 'Lassiter' is his greatest creation. It's funny, smart, and compelling." --
Dave Barry
"The legal excellence of a Grisham thriller with the highwire antics of Carl Hiaasen." --
David Morrell
"Not only has Jake Lassiter inherited the mantle of Travis McGee, Paul Levine has joined Scott Turow and John Grisham as the best legal thriller authors working today." -
Amazon 5-star review
"Levine's prose gets leaner, meaner, better with every book...And Jake Lassiter has a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did." -
Miami Herald
"Another enjoyable, breathless thriller."-
South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Filled with smart writing and smart remarks."-
Dallas Morning News
"Enough courtroom shenanigans to please even the most stalwart John Grisham fan."-
Lansing State Journal

From the Author

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.
BUM RAP HITS NUMBER ONE!Bum Rap hits the number one spot in the Amazon Kindle Store. Why would Steve Solomon kill a South Beach club owner? Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter tries to beat the murder rap...and resist his growing feelings for Victoria Lord.
BUM LUCK LAUNCHES TO CRITICAL ACCLAIMWhy does Jake Lassiter want to kill his own client? Solomon and Lord fear he's had too many concussions playing football and may be suffering from fatal brain disease. Lassiter meets Dr. Melissa Gold, who will play a role in his medical life and romantic life.
"DROP EVERYTHING. BUM DEAL IS FANTASTIC." - LEE CHILDSolomon and Lord defend a murder trial that Jake Lassiter prosecutes, while his relationship with Melissa Gold ripens into love.

"CHEATER'S GAME" NOW AVAILABLEWith his medical condition worsening, Jake Lassiter tackles the true-to-life college admissions scandal in his newest adventure. All four novels are available in paperback, e-book, and audio, and all are Kindle Unlimited titles.
GUIDE FOR READERSAll of the author's novels are Kindle Unlimited titles. The Jake Lassiter novels fit into these categories:
Legal ThrillersCrime ThrillersLegal SuspenseLawyer MysteriesCourtroom NovelsCrime FictionMystery SeriesSuspense NovelsHumorous Crime
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Product details

  • Publisher ‏ : ‎ Herald Square Publishing (December 16, 2019)
  • Language ‏ : ‎ English
  • Paperback ‏ : ‎ 352 pages
  • ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1734251042
  • ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1734251043
  • Item Weight ‏ : ‎ 15.5 ounces
  • Dimensions ‏ : ‎ 5.5 x 0.88 x 8.25 inches
  • Customer Reviews:
    4.4 out of 5 stars 2,520 ratings

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

NEW: EARLY GRAVE launches to widespread acclaim. "Levine scores with this complex and witty legal thriller. This winner works even for those new to the series." - Publishers Weekly (★starred review★)

"An extraordinary hero stars in a legal tale as believable as it is unforgettable closing scene." - Kirkus Reviews

Here's the setup: When his godson suffers a catastrophic injury in a high school football game, lawyer Jake Lassiter sues to abolish the sport and becomes Public Enemy Number One. The former NFL linebacker also battles CTE, the fatal brain disease. With his personal life in tatters, he's in couple's therapy with fiancée Dr. Melissa Gold and vows to live long enough to fix his relationship and achieve justice for his godson. As with all of the author's novels, EARLY GRAVE is a Kindle Unlimited title.

Next, consider CHEATER'S GAME: "One of the best legal thrillers of the year." - 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, 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.


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. 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.” — 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★)

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 Oline H. Cogdill in 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★)

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, FL.

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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