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 legal thrillers feature a second-string linebacker turned night-school lawyer who is frequently in trouble with the law himself. A throwback, Lassiter 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 novels have landed Paul Levine the prestigious John D. MacDonald Florida Fiction Award. (Paul was the second winner; Elmore Leonard was the first).
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