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They don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim.
Second-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There’s just one problem…or maybe three: no evidence, no witness, and no body.
But Lassiter’s used to fighting impossible battles on the gridiron and in court. After all, he’s not totally burned-out—just a little scorched.
Standing in Lassiter’s way are the defense lawyers: slick-talking Steve Solomon and blueblood Victoria Lord, who have their own complicated history with the defendant. Not to mention the specter of CTE, the lethal brain disease Lassiter may have contracted banging heads in the NFL. Drained of his mental edge just when he needs it most, Lassiter must do whatever it takes to win this case—even if it costs him his life. Because law is a contact sport, and you don’t get trophies for trying.
About the Author
The author of twenty-two novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty-one episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and cocreated the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The critically acclaimed international bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel and introduced readers to linebacker turned lawyer Jake Lassiter. He is also the author of the Solomon & Lord series featuring bickering law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord. Levine has also written several stand-alone thrillers, including Illegal, Ballistic, Impact, and Paydirt. A graduate of Penn State University and the University of Miami Law School, he divides his time between Miami and Santa Barbara, California. For more information, visit Paul Levine’s Amazon Author Page at www.amazon.com/Paul-Levine/e/B000APPYKG/.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Bum Deal – Paul Levine I was fortunate to receive this novel as an Advance Reader Copy, in exchange for an objective review. Jake Lassiter is a practicing defense attorney, working in South Florida. Along with his partners & best friends, Steve & Victoria, they have made a name for themselves providing defense for anyone who needs it. Jake, being a former football player, and infamous for a play on the field that once cost his team a big game, also appears to be suffering from the beginning stages of CTE. As this book begins, Jake finds himself irresistibly tempted by an offer from The State’s Attorneys Office of Florida – asking him to ‘switch sides’ and assist with the prosecution of a well-known physician for the murder of his wife. Intrigued, Jake accepts the challenge. The trouble is, there is no body… As Jake attempts to put together a case, his friends and colleagues are called upon to defend the physician, a former college boyfriend of Victoria’s, pitting the best friends against one another in this high profile case, with a stunning ending! I’ve not read any of Paul Levine’s work before – and I cannot understand how I could have missed this series. With snappy, laugh-out-loud dialogue and characters that are so well written you want to step right into the pages with them, Bum Deal is a real winner!! I can’t wait to read more of Jake Lassiter’s adventures!! Great book!!
He is witty, and sparring jokes with his friends, while nursing a drink. A born prosecutor, a call wanting him to take a case. A prominent surgeon, guilty of killing his wife, a question, since there is no body, nor witnesses,and no evidence. A case, that would task his energy and brain, and may he lose. If one reads his book, you relishes his style, the humor, and how he plays in the court room. They are never dull, and always looking for the next. Give ARC for my voluntary review and my honest opinion, by Net Galley and Thomas Mercer.