The Jake Lassiter Series by Paul Levine
Paul Levine’s bestselling Jake Lassiter series has been keeping crime fiction fans turning pages for 24 years and counting. The ten mysteries and thrillers feature a second-string linebacker turned night-school lawyer who is frequently in trouble with the law himself. A throwback, the former Miami Dolphins player is a “brew and burger guy in a paté and Chardonnay world.” Reluctantly turning down a case he says:
“I could have used the work, but I prefer cases I believe in. Best is to have a client you like, a cause that’s just, and a check that doesn’t bounce. Two out of three and you’re ahead of the game.”
With one novel adapted into an NBC movie and Armchair Detective declaring the series “twice as good as John Grisham and Scott Turow and four times the fun,” the Lassiter legal thrillers have landed Paul Levine the prestigious John D. MacDonald Florida Fiction Award. (Paul was the second winner; Elmore Leonard was the first).
BREAKING NEWS: “Bum Rap,” the 11th in the Jake Lassiter series, will be published in Spring 2015. Set in glitzy South Beach, “Bum Rap” brings Lassiter together with bickering law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord.
The Lassiter Mysteries and Legal Thrillers
Find out more about each of the books in the Jake Lassiter series by following the links below.
STATE vs. LASSITER
In his latest outing, life is good for Jake Lassiter – until he’s charged with first-degree murder. When money goes missing from his client trust accounts, Jake suspects his banker, Pamela – who also happens to be his lover. Conflict ensues, and hours later, she’s killed. With all the evidence pointing to Jake, how will he prove his innocence?Read More
LAST CHANCE LASSITER
With his personal life in chaos, Jake Lassiter must fight overwhelming odds to represent Cadillac Johnson, an aging rhythm and blues musician who claims his greatest song was stolen by a top-of-the-charts hip-hop artist. Last Chance Lassiter is the prequel to the first novel in the Jake Lassiter series, To Speak for the Dead.Read More
A dark secret in Jake’s past comes back to haunt him in Lassiter. It’s a tale of rough justice and revenge that sees the cynical lawyer on a mission to uncover the facts about the disappearance 18 years previously of a runaway teen turned porn star.Read More
Flesh & Bones
Jake Lassiter faces an ethical dilemma in the outstanding legal thriller Flesh & Bones. “How far would I go for a woman who mattered? Is there anything I wouldn’t do to win?” Flesh & Bones follows Lassiter as he battles with his emotions in the case of Chrissy Bernhardt, a beautiful young model in the dock for the murder of her father.Read More
Fool Me Twice
A grisly murder case takes Jake Lassiter from the beaches of Miami to the slopes of Aspen in his greatest challenge yet. Fool Me Twice sees Lassiter become the prime suspect in the murder of an associate. His neck is on the line if he doesn’t find the killer, but a mysterious ex-girlfriend and a dangerous rancher with a nail gun stand in his way.Read More
In a journey that begins in Miami and ends in Maui, an angry Jake Lassiter goes on the trail of $1.6 million in negotiable bonds ripped off from his favorite client, octogenarian Sam Kazdoy. The hunt for clues leads him to a sinister professional windsurfer and his companion Lila Summers, a lethal femme fatale. Riptide was published as a hardcover under the title Slashback.Read More
Jake Lassiter gets himself into deep water in Mortal Sin, but “They don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim.” He’s sleeping with Gina Florio while defending her mob-connected, homicidal husband in a wrongful death suit. 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.Read More
Jake Lassiter doesn’t know much about art, but what he knows can get him killed. False Dawn sees Lassiter refusing to accept a “guilty” plea from a warehouse worker charged with killing a colleague with a forklift truck. His quest for the truth takes him to Havana on the trail of priceless Fabergé eggs and an international theft ring involving the CIA, Fidel Castro, and the Russian Government.Read More
Sexual mysteries abound in Night Vision, which sees Jake Lassiter navigating his way through a tangled web of lies and corruption to uncover what happened to a woman whose killer left a tantalizing lipsticked message on the bathroom mirror. With the help of a brilliant female psychiatrist with a dark secret in her past, Lassiter investigates in his role as special prosecutor, and follows a twisted path to the streets of London, where Jack the Ripper once roamed.Read More
To Speak for the Dead — The First Lassiter Mystery
The first in the series, To Speak for the Dead introduces Miami trial lawyer and ex-linebacker Jake Lassiter, who has an uncanny knack for digging up the truth – and the trouble that usually comes with it. In his first outing, Lassiter must defend orthopedic surgeon Dr. Roger Salisbury against a charge of medical malpractice in a routine case that takes a sinister turn. To Speak for the Dead was adapted into an NBC movie in 1995, under the title Lassiter: Justice on the Bayou.Read More