To Speak For The Dead

To Speak For The Dead

by Paul Levine


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A 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 Miami's trial of the century.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781514774045
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 07/18/2015
Series: Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers , #1
Pages: 306
Sales rank: 1,116,458
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.30(h) x 0.70(d)

About the Author

The author of 19 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 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 international bestseller "To Speak for the Dead" was his first novel. 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 graduate of Penn State and the University of Miami Law School, he lives in Miami.

Visit the author's website at Follow him Facebook at and on Twitter @Jake_Lassiter.

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TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 10 reviews.
Lawman69 More than 1 year ago
I read "To Speak for the Dead" years ago in hardcover and was struck by its originality and fresh voice. It was author Levine's first of the Jake Lassiter series. Now, I've read them all, and it was a pleasure to go back to square one. (Levine went on to win a bunch of awards, including the John D. MacDonald, and was nominated for an Edgar). Lassiter was a second-string linebacker for the Miami Dolphins who scraped by on the football field and then in night-law school. He's not the smoothest lawyer in town. More like a bull in a China shop. But he has principles and a sense of right and wrong. He keeps "looking for the good guys" and is sad to find out he seldom represents any. In the debut novel, Lassiter represents Dr. Roger Salisbury who, at first, is accused of professional malpractice, when a patient dies following surgery. Later, when it's learned the sawbones was romancing his patient's wife, he's charged with murder. I don't want to give too much away, but I'll say this. The courtroom scenes are authentic, the dialogue crisp and occasionally funny, and the ending is as chilling as anything I've ever read. Get ready for a roller-coaster ride. I recommend the book without reservation.
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Meadow522 More than 1 year ago
I love courtroom drama/mysteries and thisvstory did not disappoint. First book from this author that I've read and I know I'll read more. The main character, Jake Lassiter is easy to like and very funny. The plot line was interesting and the twists in the plot threw me off a couple of times which for me, makes the reading experience better. Highly recommend.
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Suspense-Thriller-Lover More than 1 year ago
I've read them all. Grisham. Turow. All the way back to "Anatomy of a Murder" and "The Caine Mutiny." This is my favorite courtroom book. It introduces Jake Lasssiter, an unlikely hero and trial lawyer. He bounced around the NFL as a second string linebacker. He went to night law school and barely passed the bar exam. He's torn between wanting to win and a quest for justice. He's honest about the nature of the legal profession. "Hey, they don't call us sharks for our ability to swim." Lassiter doesn't trust his client, Dr. Roger Salisbury, who's been having an affair with his patient's wife. When the patient dies during surgery, well, you can guess who's charged with murder. The courtroom scenes can be both funny and heart-stopping, and the last scene of the book -- when the truth unfolds is as chilling as anything Stephen King has ever written. I'd start with this book, then move on to "Night Vision," "Mortal Sin," and "False Dawn."
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