A dark secret in Jake Lassiter’s past returns to haunt him in this tale of mystery, rough justice and revenge.

In Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer is on a mission to solve the mystery of Krista, a runaway teen porn star who went missing 18 years earlier…right after his one-night stand with her. Her sister Amy accuses Jake of involvement in Krista’s disappearance – but how much does Jake really know? More than he’s saying. Just what’s he hiding anyway?

The Mystery of the Missing Girl

Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter sets off on the cold trail to solve the mystery of the missing Krista and confronts some of the powerful men who knew her. With the evidence pointing to distant memories of a night of kinky sex, designer drugs and a possible murder, Lassiter is on the point of nailing the truth when Amy is charged with murder.

It’s been 14 years since we last met Jake Lassiter in Flesh & Bones, but he’s back with a vengeance in this gripping mystery and legal thriller. It’s now up to Jake to wade through years of deceit and corruption to find out whether Amy really shot the murder victim and what really happened to Krista – and the answers to the mystery reveal that rough justice is better than no justice at all.

Renowned mystery reviewer Oline Cogdill, a Raven Award winner, put it this way: “It’s as if this wise-cracking, renegade lawyer never left. Lassiter works as a gripping legal thriller, a story of self-discovery, and a look at corruption set against an insider’s evocative view of South Florida…Levine’s energetic storytelling works well as the author manages to make his novel serious, witty and sardonic.” (Complete review here).

Read what others have said about Lassiter


“Since Robert Parker is no longer with us, I’m nominating Levine for an award as best writer of dialogue in the grit-lit genre.” – San Jose Mercury News

“Lassiter is back after 14 long years – and better than ever. Moving fast, cracking wise, butting heads, he’s the lawyer we all want on our side – and on the page.” Lee Child

“A gripping legal thriller, story of self-discovery and a look at corruption against an insider’s evocative view of South Florida. Levine’s energetic storytelling manages to make his novel serious, witty, and sardonic.” – Miami Herald

“Engaging…a standout job.” – Publishers Weekly

“While it’s been 14 years since the last ‘Lassiter’ novel, Levine, the author of the excellent Solomon/Lord series, definitely hasn’t lost his touch.” – Lansing State Journal

“Few writers can deliver tales about sex and drugs in South Florida better than Levine.” – Booklist

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