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My Worst Book Reviews Ever: “Author Needs a Shrink.”

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Stephen J. Cannell put me in my place. About 20 years ago, I was having lunch with Steve at Bistro Garden, his favorite place in Studio City, and somewhere between the gazpacho and the cheeseburger, I boasted about a glowing book review in The Miami Herald. The legendary television writer and producer replied, “If you…

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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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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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Best Novels vs. Favorite Novels

  By Paul Levine Did anyone ever ask Herman Melville which was a better book, “Moby-Dick” or “Billy Budd, Sailor?” No, I’m not comparing myself with Melville. For one thing, he had a big, bushy beard. For another, I get seasick. Still, I’m always fascinated when readers ask, “What’s the best book you’ve written?” (Sticklers will likely…

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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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