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MORTAL SIN (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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NO. 1 BESTSELLING LEGAL THRILLER 

Lawyer Jake Lassiter violates his own rules and has an affair with a client's wife...
Unfortunately, the client is mobster  Nicky Florio...
Who plans to turn Lassiter into gator bait.

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila! You've got 'Mortal Sin.'"--Tulsa World


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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 828 KB
  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (4 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X991C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #169,436 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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PAUL LEVINE worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Obviously, he cannot hold a job. Paul claims that writing fiction comes naturally: he told whoppers for many years in his legal briefs. His books have been translated into 23 languages, none of which he can read.

He has won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been nominated for an Edgar, a Macavity, the International Thriller Writers Award, and the James Thurber Humor Prize.

What's new? Now on Amazon Kindle: The 20th Anniversary edition of "To Speak for the Dead," the first of the bestselling Jake Lassiter novels. All author proceeds of "To Speak for the Dead" (£2.15) are pledged to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatment and research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital.

Writing in USA TODAY, Larry King called the Lassiter series, "Mystery writing at its very, very best." All the books are now on Kindle:

To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Riptide
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones

"Night Vision" (£2.15) is set partially in London. Enlisted as a Special Prosecutor, Lassiter finds himself on the trail of a psychopath from the mean streets of Miami to an insane asylum in London and the very streets where Jack the Ripper once stalked his prey.

A professional football player turned hard-nosed lawyer, Lassiter has been described by Booklist as "one of the most entertaining series characters in contemporary crime fiction."

Also now available on Kindle: "Impact," a legal thriller set at the United States Supreme Court; "Ballistic," in which a fundamentalist religious cult takes over a nuclear missile silo; and "The Road to Hell," a collection of four short stories.

Paul's other work includes the critically acclaimed "Solomon and Lord" series for Random House, featuring mismatched Miami lawyers Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord:

Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
Trial & Error

"Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry will enjoy this humorous Florida crime romp," Publishers Weekly wrote of "Solomon vs. Lord."

Paul also wrote "Illegal," a thriller set on the Mexican border, now available on Kindle. His next novel will be "Lassiter," due in hardcover from Bantam in September 2011.

Paul wrote 20 episodes of the TV series JAG, which gave him an opportunity to steer a nuclear submarine and land on the deck of an aircraft carrier, all without endangering national security. He is a graduate of Penn State University where he majored in journalism and the University of Miami Law School where he majored in the swimming pool. He passed the Florida Bar exam in his first try in what he suspects was a computer glitch.

He was a trial lawyer with the mammoth international law firm of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius, where he did not even pretend to know all his partners' names. He specialized in "complex litigation," cases so abstruse that even lawyers charging 500 bucks an hour didn't fully understand them. He tried hundreds of cases and handled appeals at every level, including the Supreme Court. Along the way, he filed expense accounts nearly as creative as his legal briefs.

Paul says he enjoys writing more than lawyering because he no longer keeps time sheets and gets to work in his underwear. He lives in the hills of Southern California, which he claims are populated by rattlesnakes and coyotes, and those are just the Hollywood agents.

More info at http:www.paul-levine.com

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3.0 out of 5 stars An environmental whodunnit? 2 Aug. 2012
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A pedestrian detective story with a rather tame ending. A moll, a gumshoe, a rich industrialist and an environmental activist, who is dead in the first chapter. Could do better.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not up to Levine's usual standard 30 Mar. 2013
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I am a big Levine fan, but this book was a bit of a disappointment. Here Jake Lassiter successfully defends Nicky Florio, a sleazy businessman, in a wrongful death case. Jake senses all is not as it seems and he ends up investigating Nicky's development schemes and uncovers certain unusual agreements and environmental issues.

By Levine's standards, this is a pedestrian novel. There was way too much which was over the top, including coincidences holding things together and multiple lucky escapes for Jake. The plot was so-so, with minimal courtroom drama, and the book was flooded with filler material. I also missed Levine's usual humour which was only there in patches. Further, not much was done with any of the characters.

In short, it is not difficult to turn the pages of this novel, but the standard here is miles behind Levine's better books. 7/10
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5.0 out of 5 stars "All Life Is Six To Five Against." 24 July 2005
By Konrei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
MORTAL SIN is Paul Levine's fourth Jake Lassiter novel. Having learned the lessons about excess represented by FALSE DAWN, Levine has written a superbly crafted and finely focused thriller. MORTAL SIN is well deserving of its John D. MacDonald Award, and certainly lives up to its dedication page to MacDonald and its strong debt to Travis McGee.

Entirely a South Florida story, MORTAL SIN is a tale of corruption, payola and murder with excellent pacing and a completely plausible premise and characters. Levine never lets go of the reins. MORTAL SIN is a fine showcase for his talents as a writer.

Jake Lassiter, the ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker, ex-Public Defender, ex-a lot of things, sets out to defend real estate developer Nicky Florio in a wrongful death suit brought by Melinda Tupton, the widow of crusading environmentalist Peter Tupton who froze to death on the hottest day of the year at Florio's pool party.

Complications arise. Jake is having what lawyers quaintly term a 'meretricious relationship' with Florio's wife Gina, formerly Star Hampton, retired Dolphin Doll and Jake's old live-in girlfriend. And on the last day of trial, Jake uncovers evidence that the 'wrongful death' he has just successfully defended may in fact be murder.

A chance remark to Nicky Florio---and Jake finds himself embroiled in a vast cover-up, running for his life through the dusty courthouses of Miami, the trendy clubs of South Beach, the retirement hotels of North Beach, the golf courses that dot Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and finally, the vast 'River of Grass,' otherwise known as the environmentally sensitive Everglades, targeted and encroached upon by men like Florio.

A single sitting enjoyable read with some laugh-out-loud humor, wistful nostalgia, and respect for the natural world of its setting, MORTAL SIN is one of the best entries in the Jake Lassiter series, and comes very highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Sin but much fun 4 Nov. 2010
By FWS - Published on Amazon.com
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My 4th Paul Levine, 3rd Lassiter. The best read so far. Levine is a great legal/suspense writer and in order to enjoy him don't get caught up in how plausible the story line is but relax, enjoy and go for the ride. Lassiter steps into deep "stuff" early on and spends the rest of the tale trying to dig himself out while continuing to complicate matters. A story full of bad guys; most of the rest are only medium bad. No good guys save for Nanny and Dr. Riggs, Lassiter's muse and mentor. The characters are well drawn, the dialog crisp and often very funny, the story slick and fast with enough twists, turns and escapes to satisfy any mystery/adventure fan. Can't miss with this one.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Sin (Kindle edition) 24 Oct. 2010
By L. Edwards - Published on Amazon.com
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Having read other books in the Jake Lassiter series, I knew this would be interesting suspense. However, I found the story to be a little far-fetched. Too many times, Jake finds himself in situations where he should have been killed and finds a last minute escape. Once would have been ok, but by the third time it seemed silly.

The book starts with Jake defending Nicky Florio, and getting him off, even though Jake believes there is more to the story. He starts looking further and gets himself into something unexpected that keeps expanding.

I often find myself suspending reality to read, but with this book, I was more aware of the stretch than usual. For me, that detracted from the book. In addition, I read the Kindle version and there were enough typos that it interfered with the flow of the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bewyld 18 April 2012
By bewyld - Published on Amazon.com
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A light hearted mystery mixing humour with crime solving, on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it kept me guessing "who dunit".
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4.0 out of 5 stars fun and fast 11 Jun. 2013
By Steve Whiteside - Published on Amazon.com
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I liked this book, a bit hard to follow at the start but maybe because I always fall asleep. It's not so much the books fault as my 12 hours of work. The story was just complicated enough to keep my interest and the setting in the Everglades is great. I will read a few more jake Lassiter books for sure.
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