Lassiter by Paul Levine
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"Take John Grisham's courtroom skills, add a dash of James Patterson's action and a pinch of Harlan Coben's humanity...and you've got LASSITER."

Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade. Now he traces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami’s rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers his most powerful thriller yet.

Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law, but if you hire him, he’ll take a punch for you . . . and maybe a swing at the prosecutor, too.

Amy Larkin—beautiful, angry, and mysterious—accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier. What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he’s saying.

Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor, and an aging mobster.

The evidence leads to a long-ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs—and possible murder. But before Lassiter can nail the truth, a gun goes off, a suspect falls dead, and Lassiter has a murder trial to defend. Will the verdict disclose what happened to Krista? The answer, buried under years of deceit and corruption, is revealed in an explosive courtroom finale, proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all.

About Paul Levine

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Paul Levine is a former trial lawyer and the award-winning author of legal thrillers including Illegal, Solomon vs. Lord (nominated for the Macavity Award and the James Thurber Prize), The Deep Blue Alibi (nominated for an Edgar Award), and Kill All the Lawyers (a finalist for the International Thriller Writers Award). He won the John D. MacDonald Award for his critically acclaimed Jake Lassiter novels, which are now available as ebooks. He’s also written more than twenty episodes for the CBS military drama JAG. Paul Levine lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his next Jake Lassiter thriller.From the Hardcover edition.
Published May 21, 2014 by Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.. 305 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Crime. Fiction

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Eighteen years after he tossed a lost girl back to the wolves, Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter gets a second chance at redemption.

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But the blistering running commentary of hero-lawyer Jake Lassiter on drug dealers, developers and life in murder-a-day Dade County, Fla., plus a horrific denouement, easily makes up for the tale's shortcoming.

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This continues Levine's Lassiter series about the linebacker-turned-trial-attorney, now investigating the connections between a multimillion-dollar theft, a drug smuggling ring and a murder.

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How nice it is to have Jake Lassiter back, after too long an absence.

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The Roanoke Times

Although Jake and Amy distrust each other, Jake defends Amy on the murder charge.

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Sun Sentinel

Levine steeps his plot in realism, making Jake's look into an 18-year-old trail seem plausible.

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