Paul Levine Books In Order

Jake Lassiter Books In Publication Order

  1. To Speak for the Dead (1990)
  2. Night Vision (1991)
  3. False Dawn (1993)
  4. Mortal Sin (1994)
  5. Riptide / Slashback (1995)
  6. Fool Me Twice (1996)
  7. Flesh and Bones (1997)
  8. Lassiter (2011)
  9. Last Chance Lassiter (2012)
  10. State vs. Lassiter (2013)
  11. Bum Rap (2015)
  12. Bum Luck (2017)
  13. Bum Deal (2018)
  14. Cheater’s Game (2020)

Solomon vs. Lord Books In Publication Order

  1. Solomon vs. Lord (2005)
  2. The Deep Blue Alibi (2006)
  3. Kill All the Lawyers (2006)
  4. Trial & Error (2007)
  5. Solomon & Lord Sink or Swim (2012)

Standalone Novels In Publication Order

  1. 9 Scorpions (1998)
  2. Illegal (2009)
  3. Ballistic (2011)
  4. Paydirt (2011)
  5. Impact (2014)

Short Story Collections In Publication Order

  1. THE ROAD TO HELL (2011)

Anthologies In Publication Order

  1. Naked Came the Manatee (1997)
  2. Intrigue (2011)

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Paul Levine Books Overview

To Speak for the Dead

Move over Scott Turow. To Speak for the Dead is courtroom drama at its very best. Larry King, USA TodayA doctor in love with his patient’s wife…
A fatal mistake during surgery…
Accident? Malpractice? Or murder? Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence…
but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami s trial of the century. To Speak for the Dead introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, the linebacker turned lawyer with a hard bark and a tender heart. An international bestseller, Paul Levine s debut novel was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best mysteries of the year. ALL PROCEEDS TO CHARITY: ‘FOR THE KIDS’The 20th Anniversary e book edition of To Speak for the Dead is offered at the introductory price of $2. 99 for a limited time. All author proceeds go to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports treatment and research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital. The book’s dedication is ‘For the kids.’ That’s the slogan of Penn State’s annual dance marathon, which has raised more than $60 million for the fund. WHAT S THE VERDICT ON JAKE LASSITER?’Irreverent…
genuinely clever…
great fun.’ The New York Times Book Review’Just the remedy for those who can’t get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly.’ St. Petersburg Times’Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave.’ Chicago Tribune Genuinely chilling. Washington Post Book World Wildly entertaining. St. Louis Post Dispatch Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila! You ve got Jake Lassiter. Tulsa SunABOUT THE AUTHORThe author of 14 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The critically acclaimed bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel. He is also the author of the Solomon vs. Lord series and the thriller, Illegal. His next novel will be Lassiter, due in hardcover and an e book in Fall 2011. FREE BONUS MATERIALSneak preview of NIGHT VISION, book two of the Lassiter series, which is also available at $2. 99 for a limited time. Sparkles with wit and subtlety. Toronto StarFREE NEWSLETTERSign up for free JAKE LASSITER NEWSLETTER and a chance to win signed books, DVD’s and other prizes at http://www. paul levine. comTHE JAKE LASSITER SERIESTo Speak for the DeadNight VisionFalse DawnMortal SinSlashbackFool Me TwiceFlesh & BonesLassiter Fall 2011THE SOLOMON & LORD SERIESSolomon vs. LordKill All the LawyersThe Deep Blue AlibiTrial & Error

Night Vision

The murder of one of the computer dating service Compu Mate’s clients sends Miami trial lawyer Jake Lassiter and retired coroner Dr. Charlie Riggs on the trail of a killer that leads them to a London insane asylum. K.

False Dawn

Representing a client who has admitted his guilt in the killing of a fellow warehouse worker, Miami trial lawyer Jake Lassiter is suspicious and is determined to get at the truth. NYT.

Riptide / Slashback

The Dolphin linebacker turned trial lawyer has two things on his mind: somebody stole $1.5 million from his favorite client, Sam Kazdoy; and someone has murdered Berto Zaldivar, an old buddy who changed careers from lawyering to drug smuggling. The cases seem unrelated until a twisted trail of evidence leads to one man who has more on the line than even Jake can imagine. Along the way, there’s Lila Summers the breathtakingly beautiful windsurfer who’s the expert at ‘slashbacks.’The action takes Jake from Miami across the Gulf Stream to Bimini and on to Maui where he learns lessons never taught neither on the football field nor in law school.

Fool Me Twice

MURDER TO GO: FROM MIAMI TO ASPEN A witness is dead and linebacker turned lawyer Jake Lassiter is the prime suspect. If he doesn’t find the killer, he’ll face a murder charge. A bloody trail of evidence leads to an abandoned silver mine under the Colorado ski slopes and an explosive finale. Fool Me Twice The big man looked at me, his eyes filled with hate. You ever hear the expression, Fool me once, shame on you ? Sure. Fool Me Twice, shame on me. No, Lassiter. Fool Me Twice, you re dead. WHAT S THE VERDICT ON Fool Me Twice? Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure.’ St. Louis Post Dispatch ‘Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila! You’ve got Jake Lassiter.’ Tulsa World ‘Delicious.’ Los Angeles Times More information at www. paul levine. com

Flesh and Bones

Miami Dolphins linebacker turned lawyer Jake Lassiter returns in the seventh Lassiter mystery from acclaimed South Florida writer and former lawyer Paul Levine. In Flesh & Bones, Jake takes on a seemingly unwinnable case. When Miami model Chrissy Bernhardt strides through a South Beach night spot and plugs three deadly shots into a bar patron, later identified as her tycoon father Harry Bernhardt, the lawyer watches the killing from the next stool. Yet when the apparent murderess asks him to represent her, Jake readily agrees, swayed as always by a pretty face and by nagging glimmers of reasonable doubt. Mounting Chrissy’s legal defense, Jake sets out to unearth the family secrets that molded her past: his cover girl client is either a cold blooded killer or a sexual abuse victim. Through hypnosis, Chrissy’s psychiatrist and trusted friend Dr. Lawrence Schein has helped her remember long suppressed incidents of childhood incest. As Jake struggles to learn if the memories are real or fabricated, he stumbles upon a scheme to manipulate South Florida’s fresh water supply, masterminded by Chrissy’s half brother Guy. Delving deeper, he uncovers a suspicious link between the doctor and the developer. Once again, the personal and professional become intertwined when Jake falls hard for his beautiful client. Aided once more in Flesh & Bones, by his unorthodox but faithful braintrust moonshine guzzling Granny Lassiter, cranky retired coroner Doc Riggs and precocious nephew Kip Jake must keep Chrissy off Death Row if she’s to stay in his life.

Solomon vs. Lord

Steve Solomon is the sharpest lawyer ever to barely graduate from Key West School of Law. Victoria Lord is fresh from Yale, toiling for an ambitious D.A. and soon to be married. And Katrina Barksdale is a sexy former figure skater charged with killing her incredibly wealthy, incredibly kinky husband. With all three tangled in the steamiest trial of the century, the case is sure to make sparks fly, headlines scream and opposites attract. But with Solomon inventing his own laws and Lord sticking to the real ones, these two can t stop squabbling, even after teaming up to defend the glamorous widow. With crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters swirling around Solomon, and an anxious fianc waiting for Lord, the two attorneys begin to believe their luscious client has been lying through her perfect teeth. Now Solomon and Lord must solve the case before they end up in ruin, in jail or in bed.

The Deep Blue Alibi

They are Florida’s most mismatched legal duo one a glamorous Miami blue blood, the other a Coconut Grove beach bum. And when they get together, you can throw every law right out the window . What do you get when you mix beautiful people, family secrets, and a yacht washed up on Sunset Key with a hundred grand in cash and a dying man? If you re Steve Solomon, you see a case that can get Solomon & Lord off the ground. If you re Victoria Lord, you see a golden opportunity to go out on your own. With her uncle a murder suspect and her hunky ex boyfriend back in the picture, Victoria is pushing to take control as Solomon struggles to keep from losing it. As an explosive trial looms, they re fighting against time, the law, and each other to expose a killer who came to paradise and hasn t left.

Kill All the Lawyers

They’re the legal world’s oddest couple-a shorts-and-sandals beach bum and a Coral Gables blue blood. Maybe the only thing keeping them from killing each other is that they’re on the same side….

It starts with a 300-pound marlin stuck in his front door. Even by South Florida standards, where murderers outnumber mosquitoes, this registers as weird. And it’s not long before Steve Solomon figures out who’s making the bizarre threats. But how can he explain to his partner why an ex-client wants him dead? Victoria Lord was used to Steve’s cutting legal corners to win, but breaking the law to lose was downright unethical, even for Steve. Now Solomon & Lord is being bashed on local radio and a celebrity shrink with a homicidal me-first philosophy wants to be Steve’s new best friend. With a killer on the loose and legal disaster looming, is Steve’s lover and law partner about to walk out on him? Is this the end of Solomon & Lord?

Trial & Error

When Steve Solomon is awakened from a sound sleep beside his lover and law partner, Victoria Lord, the last thing he expects is to find himself in a high speed chase against dolphin kidnapping ecoterrorists on Jet Skis. But that is what you get when your nephew hangs out at water parks and speaks cetacean a.k.a. dolphin. By morning, a person is dead and Steve has a new client: none other than one of the animal liberators. There’s just one loophole: Victoria is on the case too on the opposite side. No wonder Larry King says that this is mystery writing at its very best and Dave Barry says Paul Levine writes a terrific courtroom drama that s also funny as hell!

9 Scorpions

Lisa Fremont is a rising young lawyer gifted with a brilliant mind, natural beauty and an alluring sensuality. A newly hired law clerk on the staff of Supreme Court Justice Samuel Truitt, Lisa has a bright future. She also has a past that her curriculum vitae doesn’t reveal…
. Long before she was Lisa Fremont, Esquire, she was Angel, an underage stripper in San Francisco’s Tiki Club. And long before Max Wanaker was president of Atlantica Airlines, he was the wealthy benefactor who took her off the streets. Max, who knew a good bet when he saw it, took his angel far with a devil of a deal now, he’s calling in the debt. Three years ago, on its approach to Miami International, Atlantica Flight 640 crashed, claiming hundreds of lives and sparking a multimillion dollar legal battle that is about to come before the Supreme Court. The swing vote belongs to Sam Truitt, and Max is depending on Lisa’s expertise in the art of persuasion to save Atlantica. Lisa knows there’s only one way to get Justice Truitt’s vote: put aside her passion for justice and get into Truitt’s life, into his head and into his bed. In the Machiavellian maze of political intrigue and personal betrayal that is the Supreme Court, Lisa Fremont and Sam Truitt could make one hell of a legal team. But inside the hidden sanctums of the halls of justice, there’s only one rule to live by: stay one step ahead of those who live by no law at all.


The Edgar nominated author acclaimed for his crackling courtroom scenes delivers an adrenaline laced, no holds barred thriller his most powerful novel to date as a disgraced lawyer travels the twisted border between justice and revenge. Haunted by a tragedy in his past and wanted by the cops for his latest malfeasance, trial lawyer Jimmy Royal Payne needs to skip town. That’s when he crosses paths with twelve year old Tino Perez, newly arrived from Mexico with no money and no papers. The gutsy kid first robs Payne, then pleads for his help. Marisol, the boy s mother, is missing, after crossing the border with a vicious coyote. Payne doesn t go out of his way for anyone. But ex wife Sharon, the L.A.P.D. detective he still loves, gives him a choice: help the boy or go to jail. Following a chain of greed, corruption, and betrayal, Payne traces Marisol s steps from Mexicali to California s Hellhole Canyon, swept into the dark current of Illegal immigration, human trafficking, and sexual slavery. Soon the cynical lawyer and the savvy kid are bonding and battling cunning predators on both sides of the border. It s the two of them against an army of cops, coyotes, vigilantes, and sex slavers. Most dangerous of all is Simeon Rutledge, a wealthy grower and the biggest employer of farm workers in California. Just why is Rutledge willing to bribe Payne or kill him to keep Marisol under wraps? Will Payne s quest redeem his mistakes and resurrect his dead marriage or get him buried in a shallow grave? Either way, he ll find out there s no escaping his past . From the shadows of migrant stash houses to the fertile fields of the San Joaquin Valley, Illegal delivers a searing mix of live wire prose, shattering violence, and rich characterization. Set against a backdrop of larger social issues, this is a masterful tale from one of the most skillful practitioners of the contemporary thriller.

Naked Came the Manatee

In South Florida, everyone wants to get a head. But not just any head. A very famous human head severed and snugged away in a cryonic container. A head that could spark a revolution and change the course of history. Everybody wants a piece of the noggin: rotund gangster Big Joey G., a 102 year old environmentalist, hard boiled Miami reporter Britt Montero, lawyer Jake Lassiter, and a would be dictator in exile with ex president Jimmy Carter and a lovable manatee named Booger thrown in for good measure. With bodies piling up it’s anybody’s guess what will happen from one chapter to the next, as an all star line up of Florida’s finest writers take turns at taking this outrageously original novel to the limit and beyond.

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