Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin

by Paul Levine


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When an environmental activist freezes to death in August in Miami, it can only be a case for Jake Lassiter.

Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter has a dangerous conflict of interest. He's sleeping with Gina Florio...and defending her mobster husband in court for the wrongful death of an environmental activist. The homicidal Nick Florio has hatched a scheme deep in the Florida Everglades that oozes corruption, blood, and money. One false move, and Jake will be gator bait.

Living by his own rules, the savvy Lassiter battles a world of deceit, perversity and mayhem to risk body and soul for truth, justice and the Lassiter Way.


"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." - New York Times Book Review

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila! You've got Mortal Sin." - Tulsa World

"Fun...the action is non-stop." - Chicago Tribune

"Engaging...lively...colorful. The plot races with mounting tension." - Miami Herald

"Levine has written a superbly crafted and finely focused thriller. 'Mortal Sin' is well deserving of its John D. MacDonald Award and certainly lives up to its dedication page to MacDonald and its strong debt to Travis McGee." - Amazon 5-star review

"The characters are well drawn, the dialogue crisp and often very funny, the story slick and fast with enough twists, turns and escapes to satisfy any mystery/adventure fan. Can't miss with this one." - Amazon 5-star review

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780998316697
Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Incorporated
Publication date: 12/26/2016
Pages: 358
Product dimensions: 5.51(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.74(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 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 legal thriller is "Bum Rap," a number one bestseller in the Amazon Kindle Store and "Bum Luck." Described as a "delicious mix of thriller and comic crime novel" in a starred review in Booklist, "Bum Rap" brings Lassiter together with rivals Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord. "Bum Luck," the second of that series, will be published in March 2017.

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

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Lawyer Jake Lassiter has his own ethical rules. "I won't sleep with a client's wife...unless I knew her first." Okay, so they're flexible rules. He's sleeping with Gina Florio, an ex-girlfriend but the current wife of his very dangerous client, mobster Nicky Florio. That's just the beginning of Jake's problems. Florio may or may not have killed an environmentalist who froze to death in Nicky's wine cellar. Florio has a secret plan for the Everglades -- no spoilers here -- and suffice it to say that Jake has no idea what his client is up to. Florio will figure out what's going on between Jake and his wife, and when he does, there's a chilling scene in an Everglades fishing cabin that will stay with the reader a long time. "Mortal Sin" manages to be menacing, funny, smart, clever, and also make some good points about the environment and modern-day life in Florida. Levine is one of the best crime fiction writers around, and I highly recommend this book as well as "To Speak for the Dead" and "Riptide."