Posts Categorized: crime fiction

“BUM RAP” Sits Atop Kindle Store

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By Paul Levine Precisely 25 years after his first appearance in print, Jake Lassiter is back. The book is BUM RAP, and it’s off to a fast start, ranking Number One in the “legal thrillers,” “mysteries” and “thrillers” categories in the Amazon Kindle Store. Overall, with rankings changing hourly, it’s been skittering between number four…

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Hard-Boiled Dialogue: From Philip Marlowe to Jake Lassiter

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Hard-boiled dialogue…the literary equivalent of a quick punch to the gut. “It was a blonde. A blonde to make a bishop kick a hole in a stained glass window.” “Dead men are heavier than broken hearts.” Those hard-boiled lines come from the mind of tough-guy P.I. Philip Marlowe, which is to say from author Raymond…

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Courtroom Drama: Trials & Errors

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By Paul Levine In 17 years as a trial lawyer, I saw a lot of courtroom drama. But I never witnessed a judge shouting “Order in the court!” Still, that hasn’t stopped me from writing scenes in which the judge angrily silences an unruly mob, his gavel echoing like a rifle shot. I’ve taken liberties,…

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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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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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