False Dawn

False Dawn

by Paul Levine


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Jake Lassiter doesn't know much about art, but what he knows can get him killed.

Jake's used to clients who lie - but it's usually to deny their guilt. When his old friend Francisco Crespo admits to brutally killing a fellow warehouse worker with a forklift truck, Jake is suspicious. With medical evidence suggesting that Crespo was unconscious at the time of the Russian worker's death, why is Crespo saying he did it?

Refusing to accept Crespo's improbable guilty plea, Jake embarks on a quest for the truth that takes him to Havana in search of priceless Fabergé eggs and an international theft ring that involves the CIA, Fidel Castro and the Russian Government.

Soon realizing that nothing is as it seems, the ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker has a lot to contend with in this gritty thriller that sees him taking on a dangerous international conspiracy.


"Realistic, gritty, fun." - New York Times Book Review

"Enough twists and turns to satisfy Robert Ludlum fans." - Publishers Weekly

"A highly entertaining yarn filled with wry humor."—- Detroit Free Press

"Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998316611
Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.
Publication date: 01/15/2017
Pages: 344
Sales rank: 496,784
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.72(d)

About the Author

The author of 20 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 wrote twenty-one episodes of the CBS military drama "JAG" and co-created the Supreme Court drama "First Monday" starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna.

The international bestseller "To Speak for the Dead" was his first novel and is still in print 27 years after publication. He is also the author of the "Solomon vs. Lord" series and several stand-alone thrillers.

His most recent series brings together Lassiter with Solomon and Lord. Their first joint outing is "Bum Rap" a number one bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store. In a starred review, Booklist described the novel as a "delicious mix of thriller and comic crime novel."

In the second of the series, "Bum Luck," Lassiter comes unglued when he threatens to kill his own client. Does the linebacker-turned-lawyer suffer from possibly fatal chronic traumatic encephalopathy (CTE) stemming from his football career?

A graduate of Penn State and the University of Miami Law School, Paul divides his time between Miami, Florida and Santa Barbara, California.

Visit the author's website at http://www.paul-levine.com.

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Jake Lassiter gets out of the courtroom in this one, which adds international intrigue to the plot. Who's stealing the great art of Russia, and why are all those paintings and Faberge eggs ending up in Florida. At first, it looks like a run-of-the-mill murder case for Jake Lassiter. But when his client confesses, Jake doesn't believe him. Adding to the puzzle is a cast of international characters: a Japanese art collector, an exiled anti-Castro Cuban leader, a Russian killer, and a shady CIA agent. The path leads to Havana, so that's where Lassiter goes, but will he make it home? It's a step into the wild world of international art conspiracies for the hard-boiled lawyer. "I don't know the secrets of winning cases, other than playing olf with the judges and giving cash to their re-election campaigns." As always, there's a plentiful helping of humor and wry observations about wacky Miami, the outlandish legal system, and his own life: "I wish I'd been faster then, smarter now. I wish I could paint a picture or build a bridge. I wish there was a woman -- just one -- who had lasted. A best friend and only lover, a soulmate, not a cellmate." Lassiter gets into a sauna with a naked Finnish woman. Will she be the one? In the tradition of Travis McGee, Lassiter muses about the sorry state of modern society. Taking issue with the Florida state flag which features sunshine, flowers and palm trees, Lassiter notes: "A more appropriate symbol would be a fat county commissioner taking cash from a condo developer with the skeleton of a rickety high-rise in the background." I'm a big fan of Jake Lassiter, having read them all in hardcover and now re-reading on my color Nook. Like watching "Casablanca," these never get old.
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