| | Jake Lassiter
Solomon vs. Lord
| || To Speak for the Dead (1990)|
Miami trail lawyer Jake Lassiter, "ex-football player, ex-public defender, ex-a-lot-of-things," is defending Dr. Roger Salisbury, a surgeon and womanizer charged with malpractice in the death of wealth Philip Corrigan. But the dead man's daughter insists that the doctor and her sexy stepmother conspired to kill her father-and wants Lassiter to prove it.
Can Lassiter really defend his client for malpractice and builds a case against him for murder? tuming to help to the wisdom of his old friend, retired county coroner Charlie Riggs, Lassiter hopes to get the evidence he needs from the dead man himself. But outside the courtroom, he soon finds more trouble that he ever imagined possible-murder, missing persons, grave robbery, kinky sex, and deadly drugs-as he searched Florida's steamy streets and tropical swamps for a cold-blooded killer.
"Paul Levine has created himself a hero crafted for the 1990s...Levine keeps the plot spinning and the pages tuming."-United Press Internationa
| || Night Vision (1991)|
Ex-pro football player and maverick lawyer Jake Lassiter stalks a psychopathic killer who's terrorizing Miami in the latest offering from the bestselling, critically-acclaimed author of To Speak for the Dead.
| || False Dawn (1993)|
Paul Levine, master craftsman of the courtroom mystery and bestselling author of To Speak for the Dead and Night Vision, pits his tough Miami trial lawyer Jake Lassiter against a seamy case of high-priced art thefts and low-rent murder. Jake could pick 'em all right. This time his client and sometime acquaintance Francisco Crespo not only confessed to the charge of murdering a fellow worker with a forklift, he supplied a preposterously detailed story as to how he did it. Crespo is lying, of course, and against his better judgment Jake Lassiter sets out to prove his sleazy client innocent. Crespo's boss is paying Lassiter's tab - but that's exactly where the trail leads, right into the lap of the incredibly rich Japanese art collector Matsuo Yagamata. With the help of velvet-eyed, high-tech P.I. Lourdes Soto, her fiercely anticommunist father, and retired coroner Charlie Riggs, Jake zeroes in on a theft ring of international proportions involving the CIA, a Japanese crimelord, Fidel Castro, and the new Russian Commonwealth. Through twisted revelations and bizarre deaths, ex-football jock turned trial lawyer Jake Lassiter follows a bloody trail from Miami to Havana - and back home again for an explosive finish. Once again, author of To Speak for the Dead and Night Vision Paul Levine redefines the thriller genre with False Dawn, a jolt of adrenaline sure to keep you turning pages until first light.
| || Mortal Sin (1994)|
A dazzling new mystery series set in sizzling Miami featuring a former football player turned lawyer/investigator. When Jake Lassiter uncovers a ruthless scheme to destroy the Everglades, he soon finds himself face to face with trouble, mayhem and alligators. The Jake Lassiter character has been optioned for development as an NBC-TV Mystery Movie
| || Slashback (1995)|
A favorite client has been swindled out of $1.6 million, just as Jake learns of the death of a friend--a friend who had switched careers from law to drug smuggling. The trail of clues to both crimes leads Jake to Hawaii and a seriously deranged windsurfer whose beautiful companion could prove to be a fatal distraction for Jake.
| || Fool Me Twice (1996)|
Trouble begins for Jake when he is awarded custody of his juvenile delinquent nephew Kip. On the first night the teen is in Jak's house, an ex-client's partner is found murdered iun jake's bedroom, and Jake finds himself the prime suspect. Faced with disbarment and prison, Jake heads to Colorado where the evidence leads him to an abandoned silver mine.
| || Flesh and Bones (1997)|
Hired to defend a supermodel accused of murdering her own father, Jake Lassiter finds himself confronting an unsettling number of witnesses, dangerous corruption, and his attraction to his client.
| || Solomon vs. Lord (2005)|
Steve Solomon is the sharpest lawyer ever to barely graduate from Key West School of Law. Victoria Lord is fresh from Yale, toiling for an ambitious D.A. and soon to be married. And Katrina Barksdale is a sexy former figure skater charged with killing her incredibly wealthy, incredibly kinky husband. With all three tangled in the steamiest trial of the century, the case is sure to make sparks fly, headlines scream-and opposites attract.
But with Solomon inventing his own laws and Lord sticking to the real ones, these two can't stop squabbling, even after teaming up to defend the glamorous widow. With crooks, con men, and a cast of colorful characters swirling around Solomon, and an anxious fiancé waiting for Lord, the two attorneys begin to believe their luscious client has been lying through her perfect teeth. Now Solomon and Lord must solve the case before they end up in ruin, in jail…or in bed.
| || The Deep Blue Alibi: Solomon vs.Lord (2006)|
They are Florida's most mismatched legal duo-one a glamorous Miami blue blood, the other a Coconut Grove beach bum. And when they get together, you can throw every law right out the window….
What do you get when you mix beautiful people, family secrets, and a yacht washed up on Sunset Key with a hundred grand in cash and a dying man? If you're Steve Solomon, you see a case that can get Solomon & Lord off the ground. If you're Victoria Lord, you see a golden opportunity to go out on your own. With her uncle a murder suspect and her hunky ex-boyfriend back in the picture, Victoria is pushing to take control as Solomon struggles to keep from losing it.
As an explosive trial looms, they're fighting against time, the law, and each other-to expose a killer who came to paradise…and hasn't left.
| || Kill All the Lawyers (2006)|
They're the legal world's oddest couple - a shorts-and-sandals beach bum and a Coral Gables blue blood. Maybe the only thing keeping them from killing each other is that they're on the same side.…
It starts with a 300-pound marlin stuck in his front door. Even by South Florida standards, where murderers outnumber mosquitoes, this registers as weird. And it's not long before Steve Solomon figures out who's making the bizarre threats. But how can he explain to his partner why an ex-client wants him dead? Victoria Lord was used to Steve's cutting legal corners to win, but breaking the law to lose was downright unethical, even for Steve. Now Solomon & Lord is being bashed on local radio and a celebrity shrink with a homicidal me-first philosophy wants to be Steve's new best friend. With a killer on the loose and legal disaster looming, is Steve's lover and law partner about to walk out on him? Is this the end of Solomon & Lord?
| || Trial & Error (2007)|
When Steve Solomon is awakened from a sound sleep beside his lover and law partner, Victoria Lord, the last thing he expects is to find himself in a high-speed chase against dolphin-kidnapping ecoterrorists on Jet Skis. But that is what you get when your nephew hangs out at water parks and speaks cetacean - a.k.a. dolphin. By morning, a person is dead and Steve has a new client: none other than one of the animal liberators. There's just one loophole: Victoria is on the case too—on the opposite side.
| || 9 Scorpions (1998)|
Chicanery on the Supreme Court is a hot topic these days. Brad Meltzer's Tenth Justice made bestseller headlines, and by now there are nearly enough other thrillers probing the secrets of the federal bench to give the subject a category all its own. In 9 Scorpions, former trial attorney Paul Levine weighs in with his version. The book features a beautiful ex-stripper with a Stanford law degree who's just won a coveted clerkship with the most junior justice--handsome and charismatic Sam Truitt. Lisa Fremont has come a long way from San Francisco's seedy Tiki Club, thanks to a wealthy patron who's also the CEO of Atlantica Airlines. But Max Wanaker and his airline are facing a multi-million dollar legal battle that will be won or lost in the high court, and Max is calling in his markers. It's up to Lisa to persuade Sam Truitt to cast the swing vote in Atlantica's favor. Max's life, and hers, hang in the balance, for Max has sold his soul as well as his airline to a corporation owned by the Japanese mafia, and the Yakuza's strongman, Shank, has already killed once to protect the their interests. If Lisa's considerable legal skills or even her sensual talents can't convince the justice to see things the mafia way, Shank'll kill again. But what neither the mafia nor Max know is that it's not just Lisa's passion for justice that stands in the way of their plans. When she learns what really brought Flight 640 down and killed her one true love as well as 288 other people, a not-so-simple case of blackmail turns into a deadly battle of will and wits. The action ranges from the marble halls of the Court to the swamps of the Everglades, where most of the bodies and all of the secrets of Atlantica 640 are buried. Or are they? When Truitt joins forces with Lisa to uncover the truth, they learn that even the federal bench isn't immune to the forces of corruption and violence, in a thrilling denouement that reads like a blockbuster movie. --Jane Adams
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