Author of Bestselling Mysteries and Thrillers

Paul Levine is an Amazon #1 Bestselling author of mysteries and legal thrillers. Drawing on his own life as a trial lawyer, Paul writes sizzling crime novels that have been published in 23 languages and adapted for television.


Playing Poker With the Law and Life,
Jake Lassiter Faces a “Bum Deal”

Is Jake Lassiter dying?

As a hard-nosed linebacker, he endured numerous concussions. As a combative trial lawyer, he’s been smacked around in court. Now, he suffers from crushing headaches and episodes of memory loss.

Does Lassiter have chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE), the fatal brain disease?

“The past clings to us like mud on rusty cleats.” –Jake Lassiter

That’s the backdrop of “Bum Deal” in which Lassiter, after two decades as a criminal defense lawyer, switches teams and becomes a prosecutor.

Why the move? Is he burned out?  Or is the reason he’s switching teams more alarming? Have all those concussions come back to haunt him? Dr. Melissa Gold, a neuropathologist, thinks so. She prescribes experimental treatments intended to stop, or at least slow, the progress of his traumatic brain injury.

None of this keeps State Attorney Ray Pincher from appointing Lassiter to prosecute a prominent Miami surgeon for killing his wife. Only problem, there are no witnesses, no fingerprints, no DNA, no weapon, not even a body! How will Lassiter even prove that the missing woman is dead, much less that her husband killed her?

Looming over Lassiter is a greater risk than merely losing a case. As the trial approaches, his symptoms become more severe. Will Lassiter live to fight another day?


“Any book with Jake Lassiter is a drop-everything, read-it-now 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, seasoned with a little melancholy and a lot of inside knowledge.” —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)

“The ending is perfect: a nudge in the ribs that doesn’t sell out the novel’s sinister edge. This is a triumph of mood and tone as well as plotting.” —Booklist

“A terrific setup, razor-sharp repartee, and enough plot reversal to make your head swim like an afternoon daiquiri, ‘Bum Deal’ is vintage Paul Levine: entertaining and exceedingly smart.” —Andrew Gross, #1 New York Times bestselling author

“Jake Lassiter is up against his greatest challenge—an incurable, brain-wasting disease that threatens to rob him of his brilliant, legal mind when he needs it the most. It’s an astonishing, bittersweet, and daring gamble, but those are the qualities that have always set Levine and Lassiter apart from the pack.” —Lee Goldberg, #1 New York Times bestselling author

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In Summer 2015, “Bum Rap” soared to the Number One position on the Amazon Kindle Bestseller list. Additionally, it hit the top spot in both the “legal thriller” and “mystery” categories and catapulted Paul Levine to the Number One Bestselling Author in the Amazon Kindle Store.

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