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Lassiter

by Paul Levine

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Despite all the great reviews, this novel did not grasp my attention and hold it. It may be that I have been reading a string of mysteries/legal mysteries and was growing tired of this genre. Jake Lassiter is a former NFL player, now lawyer. I did not finish this book, which is rare for me. Perhaps I will try some other time when I am in the mood for a mystery. ( )
  CarterPJ | Jun 19, 2012 |
This is a fast paced and a very satisfying mystery. But even more, it a fun read because Jake, the star of the novel is contrary, sharp, and always sharing his witty sarcastic observations. He also doesn’t always play by the rules and has a strong desire to do the right thing, which sounds like a contradiction, but totally works for him and the storyline. As the jacket says, he’s a linebacker turned lawyer, so brace your self for some great courtroom drama. Although this is part of a series, it does just fine as a stand-alone and will have you searching out other work by this author.

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  Princetonbookreview | Nov 5, 2011 |
Tbis novel is set on the gritty streets of Miami, underage prostitution, drugs, porno and Jake Lassiter, how could it miss. Lassiter, a former 2nd string player for the Miami Dolphins, is a lawyer who handles cases that the big law firms find beneath them. He is sarcastic but tough, if he is pushed he pushed back and he doesn't quit. In this book he tries to right a wrong from when he was young and a player. Love this series. ( )
  Beamis12 | Oct 5, 2011 |
If you are looking for a novel with no heroes, this is the story for you. Lassiter is a guy who is trying to get by. He isn't heroic and he's willing to do any kind of trick to get his (sometimes guilty) clients off. He's not the world's best lawyer. In fact at one point he says that he was in the top half of the bottom third of his class in law school. But he is willing to go to the line for his clients.

When Amy Larkin shows up in his office with an old photo searching for her missing sister, it throws Lassiter back into a time he would rather forget. He was a typical testosterone and alcohol fueled pro-football player who mostly rode the bench when he met Krista Larkin. They had a brief encounter and then went their separate ways. When Amy accuses him of being the last person who saw Krista alive, Lassiter is drawn into the case of trying to find out what happened to Krista.

The case leads him into the porn industry in South Florida with the assorted sleazebags and mobsters as he tries to find Krista and, maybe, ease the conscience that is nagging at him and telling him he didn't do what he could have done to help her.

This was an entertaining mystery with well-developed characters. I liked how the twists and turns played out on the way to something like justice at the conclusion. Fans of hard-boiled mysteries with ambiguous characters will really enjoy this one. ( )
  kmartin802 | Sep 29, 2011 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0553806742, Hardcover)

Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida’s sex trade. Now he retraces her steps and runs head-on into a conspiracy of Miami’s rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as dark as night and silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers his most powerful thriller yet.
 
Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law, but if you hire him, he’ll take a punch for you . . . and maybe a swing at the prosecutor, too.

Amy Larkin—beautiful, angry, and mysterious—accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier. What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he’s saying.

Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor who’d love to be governor, and an aging mobster who once worked for the infamous Meyer Lansky. 

The evidence leads to a long-ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs—and possible murder. But before Lassiter can nail the truth, a gun goes off, a suspect falls dead, and Amy is charged with murder.

The state has an eyewitness and a slam-dunk case. Lassiter has a client he doesn’t trust and a case he can’t win. Did Amy shoot the man who killed her sister? Or the wrong man? And what really happened to Krista? The answers, buried under years of deceit and corruption, are revealed in an explosive courtroom finale proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all.


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Eighteen years ago, Jake Lassiter crossed paths with a teenage runaway who disappeared into South Florida's sex trade. Now he retraces her steps and runs head on into a conspiracy of Miami's rich and powerful who would do anything to keep the past as dark as night and silent as the grave. In this tale of redemption and revenge. Jake Lassiter, second-string linebacker turned low-rent lawyer, is cynical about the law, but if you hire him, he will take a punch for you and maybe a swing at the prosecutor, too. Amy Larkin, beautiful, angry, and mysterious, accuses Lassiter of involvement in the disappearance of her sister eighteen years earlier. What does Lassiter know about Krista Larkin, the runaway teen turned porn actress? More than he is saying. Seeking to atone for his own past, Lassiter follows the cold trail of the missing Krista and butts head with the powerful men who also knew her: a former porn king turned philanthropist, a slick Cuban-born prosecutor who would love to be governor, and an aging mobster who once worked for the infamous Meyer Lansky. The evidence leads to a long ago night of kinky sex, designer drugs, and possible murder. But before Lassiter can nail the truth, a gun goes off, a suspect falls dead, and Amy is charged with murder. The state has an eyewitness and a slam-dunk case. Lassiter has a client he does not trust and a case he cannot win. Did Amy shoot the man who killed her sister? Or the wrong man? And what really happened to Krista? The answers, buried under years of deceit and corruption, are revealed in an explosive courtroom finale proving that rough justice is better than no justice at all.… (more)

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