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Mystery Writers Find Truth in Fiction

Jake Lassiter in his study?

By Paul Levine Mystery writers are hit with this question all the time. “Where do you get your ideas?” “I steal them,” I usually reply. Sounds flippant, but it’s true. I’ve often stolen – or borrowed – real people and events for my fictional legal thrillers. My first novel, “To Speak for the Dead,” involved…

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Atticus Finch: Where Are You Now?

Atticus Finch

By Paul Levine Hotshot New York City lawyers frequently defend white-collar criminals, and once in a while, the tables are turned. So it was this week when the bigwigs of a mammoth deep-carpet law firm were indicted for “cooking the books.” No, that’s not the precise charge; it’s what the lawyers themselves called it in emails!…

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Why I Dedicated My Book to an Illegal Alien

Illegal Alien Crossing

“To the woman carrying a rucksack, clutching her child’s hand, and kicking up dust as she scrambled along a desert trail near Calexico, California.” —Dedication of “Illegal” by Paul Levine   The following is true…with some dialogue editing. “Let me get this straight,” the Hollywood producer said. “You dedicated your book to an illegal alien?”…

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Kindle Matchbook…and Other Bargains

Jake Lassiter in his study?

By Paul Levine Amazon keeps amazing me. On July 22, 2000, I purchased “Duty: A Father, His Son, and the Man Who Won the War” by Bob Greene in hardcover from Amazon. On March 4, 2002, I purchased “The Wise Women of Havana” by Jose Raul Bernardo in hardcover, also from Amazon. Kindle Matchbook: Oh,…

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The Books of Scott Turow

Scott Turow and Paul Levine in Los Angeles… The two heavyweights of legal thrillers, John Grisham and Scott Turow, have new novels out at the same time.  We examined Grisham’s blockbuster “Sycamore Row”  in a prior blog.  Today, let’s take a look at the books of Scott Turow, starting with his law school memoir and concluding…

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