Author of Bestselling Mysteries and Thrillers
Paul Levine is an award-winning 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 Lassiter dying?
As a hard-nosed linebacker, he endured numerous concussions. As a combative trial lawyer, he’s been slapped 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?
PRAISE FOR THE JAKE LASSITER SERIES
“Moving fast, busting heads, cracking wise, Jake Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side and on the page.” – Lee Child
“The pages fly by and the laughs keep coming in this irresistible South Florida crime romp. A delicious mix of thriller and comic crime novel.” – Booklist (starred review of “Bum Rap”)
“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
“BUM RAP” UPDATE
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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