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About the Book by Paul Levine

NFL linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter has had it with shifty clients, dirty prosecutors, and a legal system out of whack. It’s enough to make a man want to leave Miami and never look back—until he gets a call from
Victoria Lord, the better half of hot local legal team Solomon & Lord. Her partner in life and law has been arrested for murder. What’s worse: the only person who can clear him has fled the city. Now it’s up to Jake and Victoria to track down the witness—a stunning “Bar girl”—before she’s roped in by the feds…or eliminated by the Russian mob.

Jake knows that if he doesn’t get to the witness first, his client’s case is lost. Luckily, he’s got some good advice from his college football coach: “Buckle your chin strap and hit somebody.” And sometimes, the only way to win a tough case is to do just that.

See below for Lilac Reviews opinion on the book

Author Paul Levine / Reviewed by Felita Daniels /334 Pages

Smart but fun. First off, I was intrigued by the fact that characters from two different series the author writes, The Jake Lassiter Series and the Solomon and Lord Series collide. It actually makes a lot of real-life sense. Contractors bid on some of the same jobs, buy their supplies with the same vendors, and call each other for references on employees. So these characters would have also seen each other at the courthouse, be aware of their reputations and types of cases they handle and such.

The dialogue and writing were top-notch. Banter between Victoria and Jake was amusing.

“Necking? You’re kind of a throwback, aren’t you?” [Victoria]

“I don’t tweet or blog or order pizza with arugula on top. So, yeah, call me old school. All I’m saying, expect the state to play rough.” [Jake]

The banter didn’t stop there. The snipping between Jake and the lawyer Steve Solomon was something. Steve and Jake have different viewpoints on practicing law. You know how they say a doctor is the worst type of patient? So how would it be defending an attorney for murder? It probably didn’t help that Steve is living with Victoria.

I really enjoyed this book, I think anyone that likes legal thrillers would enjoy it along with mystery fans too.

About the Author

Paul LevinePaul Levine worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. His books have been translated into 23 languages; Levine has won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe Award, the Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, the Shamus Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize.

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