Pizza Places for Foodies: Overnight Delivery

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By Paul Levine Enough about books! Today, let’s talk about food. “First we eat. Then we do everything else.” – M.F.K. Fisher Admit it, foodies. You miss your favorite pizza places or ribs and barbecue joints of your youth. Or how about that lingering memory of strawberry cheesecake or four-berry pie? If so, here are…

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Jake Lassiter: Wry Wit and Cynical Wisdom

By Paul Levine My first Jake Lassiter novel, TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD, was steeped in Miami lore, which is to say it dripped with heat, humidity…and murder. I dedicated the book to “the city of Miami, where vultures endlessly circle the courthouse, some on wings, and some in Porsches.” This irritated many of my…

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CTE: The Deadly Issue Behind “Bum Luck”

Mystery Writer and former skip tracer Terry Ambrose interviewed me about Bum Luck for his blog,, which I’m reprinting here. The subject of former NFL players dying of chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) has been in the news since publication of the novel in which linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter suffers symptoms of brain damage. By Terry Ambrose…

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Are Concussions Killing Jake Lassiter?

Jake Lassiter in his study?

By Paul Levine “For Don Russo (1946-2014) football player, rugby player, trial lawyer, friend.” — Dedication of “Bum Luck” In September 1970, on the first day of my first year of law school, while waiting to have my photo I.D. taken, I struck up a conversation with another student, Don Russo. Both Don and I…

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Why Does Jake Lassiter Want to Kill His Own Client?

Jake Lassiter in his study?

By Paul Levine Jake Lassiter has been in scrapes before. I’ve put the linebacker-turned-lawyer into lots of ethical, moral and physical jams. Lassiter has had an affair with a woman while defending her gangster husband in court in MORTAL SIN. He’s been charged with murder for allegedly killing his banker/girlfriend who was about to report…

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