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Lassiter (Jake Lassiter #8)

3.96 of 5 stars 3.96  ·  rating details  ·  254 ratings  ·  41 reviews
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 h ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Bantam
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William Bentrim
Lassiter by Paul Levine
A pseudo-loser tough guy attorney is a mouth full but if you add ex-pro-football player you have an apt description of this loose cannon protagonist with the attitude of a rabid pit-bull. Lassiter defends the unsavory, unwashed and unwanted with an unorthodox style that leaves him on the razor edge of disbarment in this mystery that reeks or the underbelly of south Florida and the porn industry.

Paul Levine does a masterful job in crafting a likeable character in Jake Lass
Jake Lassiter is in the middle of court when he sees her. A pretty brunette. She is watching him. After the trial is over, the brunette comes over to Jake and introduces herself. Her name is Amy Larkin. She shows Jake a picture of some guys and some strippers. It seems that one of the girls in the picture is Amy’s sister, Kristi and she has gone missing. Jake was the last person to see her.

Jake may be a lot of things but he is no murderer. In addition, he does not like that his reputation is be
Hot dang..I love it when I come across new authors and I just came across one. I can't believe I haven't across this guy before, but I will be reading the series now. This book sort of reminded me of Michael Connelly's Mickey Haller, but I thought it was better. Thanks to Netgalley to introducing me to Paul Levine!
Mike French
Paul Levine is one of my favorite authors! If you haven't read any of his works,you are missing out. the Lassier and Solomon vs Lord series are some of most entertaining books that I have read!!
Ishmael Seaward
Snake: "Fucking things up takes only a few minutes. Making things right, now, that's a lifetime job."

Lassiter did the former, now he is trying to do the latter. Snake is a peripheral character, but has a key piece of information about the disappearance of a porn star (Krista) 20 years ago. Lassiter is aggressively approached by the sister (Amy), who demands information about Krista because she has a picture of Lassiter and Krista just before she disappears.

Lassiter is a lawyer (but not a hot-sho
Craig Pittman
A well-written, thoroughly entertaining, frequently amusing romp through South Florida murder and mayhem. I dinged the book one star because the plot has a hole in it as big as Lake Okeechobee (it involves the murder weapon, but I don't want to say more for fear of spoiling things). The narrator for most of this is Miami Dolphin-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter, who's tough but also nicely self-deprecating and whose observations about life in Miami help carry the book along. There are also a few chap ...more
Cathy DuPont
Jul 29, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lassiter
Warning: If you are sensitive to curse words, descriptive scenes or the porno scene (in books, of course), forget this book. It’s about the adult entertainment industry in general and with that comes a broad use of words not generally found in Paul Levine’s works.

However, if you saw the movie Boogie Nights (1997 with Mark Walberg) relax and enjoy without any or much gasping when words fly that you’re not used to reading.

Following all of Paul Levine’s works and loving his characters, I was deli
Gloria Feit
“Lassiter” is prefaced with a quote from Lenny Bruce: “In the halls of justice, the only justice is in the halls.” A very realistic assessment of the US legal profession and justice system, one which comes alive in the ensuing pages. The newest novel from Paul Levine moves along in a very entertaining manner, until suddenly it evolves into something much tighter and delivers a dramatic courtroom scene a la Perry Mason or, more contemporaneously, Law & Order. Which I really should have expect ...more
Kathy Martin
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, i
It's been a few years since the last Lassiter mystery came out so I was THRILLED to see this latest adventure of Jake Lassister, "second string quarterback turned low-rent lawyer".
He lives in a coral stone built home in Coral Gables, Fl with his nephew and a mutt name Csonka, named after, who else but Larry Csonka, the Dophins' fullback from way back, but then again, so is Jake, from way back! Best way I can describe him is..."a big lug, craggy profile, a broken nose, and hair the color of sawg
A fantastic novel! Your couldn't ask for more. A mystery, Legal Thriller involving the seedy sex trade, mobsters - past and present, and the justice system. Jake Lassiter, a former pro football player is now a lawyer. He is approached by Amy, a women with serious anger management issues, hurling accusations about Jake's involvement in her sister Krista's disappearance eighteen years ago. Jake feels guilty enough about his history with Krista to help Amy find some answers. The novel is written in ...more
Tulay C
Thrilled, enjoyed and entertained.

Thank you Mr Levine, this wasn't the first book I read in this series, won't be the last. In some reviews they didn't like the sex, but story is about Charlie, pornographic movie maker. And when necessary it had to be included in the story line. Narration by Peter Berkrot was good too.
Wise-cracking Miami attorney, Jake Lasssiter, returns in the 8th series entry after a hiatus of 14 years. He may have mellowed a bit, but it doesn't show.

Jake Lassiter series - Amy Larkin accuses Lassiter of abetting her then teenage sister Krista into running away from home. Jake knows more than he lets on of what happened eighteen years ago when Krista vanished into the South Florida sex business. Jake begins a cold case investigation. As he learns more of the truth, Jake fears she was murdere
After 15 years Levine has ressurected Jake Lassiter...I'm always a fan of South Florida fiction starting with John D. MacDonald...lots of good stuff from these writers...I've missed Jake, the former Dolphin and small-time Miami shyster...always a treat as Jake atones for his lack of action years ago and mixes it up with the powerful of Miami, organized crime and the porn industry...I missed Charlie Riggs, the retired coroner, and Jakes interplay, otherwise I would have given it more than 3 stars ...more
Janet Stein
Best yet

Best yet

I've enjoyed many of your stories but this was even better I lived in south Florida and recognize every street too crowded down there now...thanks Paul
Lassiter himself was a witty and straight forward character. I wouldn't mind reading more from his series, however this book in particular was a bit much for me. I should have read the summary better.
Jake Lassiter is back. Amy Larking blames Jake of not helping her sister Krista when she ran away from home eighteen years earlier. Krista has been gone all these years and presumed dead and Jake is beginning to feel guilty when he realizes she was part of a teenage-prostitution ring and he didn’t do anything to help her. But he was young and horny in those days. Life has changed and so have the characters. Now, Jake is determined to help Amy get the justice her sister deserves.

Although, it has
Kerry Fletcher
Good story

a very good who done it. never had it figured out even after the last page. The story keeps you guessing and the end result is not who you suspected
Gloria Hargrave
Page Turner

Great writing,I was never bored ,always surprised by the twist and turns. did not expect the ending.Will get more books by this author.
This is my first Paul Levine novel. Excellent surprise to discover that he is a great author. Lassiter is the title of the novel which is the latest in the Jake Lassiter series. The last book in the series Flesh & Bones was published fourteen years ago.

Jake Lassiter is an ex-football player who is now a lawyer in South Florida. Not the greatest lawyer but his heart is in the right place. I loved this book. It is well written and you really connect with the characters in the novel. The story
Decent plot, interesting main character. Too much explicit sexual stuff. I don't think I'm the target audience for this book.
Don Sparrow
Paul Levine is one of the best crime fiction writers who nobody seems to know about. I loved his four book series on the "Solomon & Lord" characters. Jake Lassiter is without a doubt one of my favorite fictional characters.Levine's combination of humor and suspense is unequaled. I found myself laughing out loud at some of Lassiter's razor sharp quips. My actual rating for this book is 3.5 stars.If you like mysteries with lots of twists and turns, surprise endings and laced with great humorou ...more
PROTAGONIST: Jake Lassiter, defense attorney
SETTING: Florida
WHY: Amy Larkin approaches lawyer Jake Lassiter about his role in the disappearance of her sister, Krista, 18 years earlier. Jake feels guilty about his last interaction with Krista, who it turned out was a porn actress. Porn is a big theme in the book, and Amy ultimately is accused of murdering a porn producer. This series receives rave reviews, but I never really connected with the protagonist. Maybe it's a case of needing
Dan Barbier
It has been a long time since we've seen Jake Lassiter last, but he is back now and he hasn't lost his step.The ex jock is trying to make amends to the sister of a stripper who disappeared 18 years ago, Jake should have done more for the girl back then and feels he needs to help her sister find out what happened exactly back then. The Levine twists and humor is still sharp and it is a joy to have Lassiter back in action. A very entertaining legal thriller. Let's hope for more Jake Lassiter cases ...more
A bit like a Law & Order episode-kind of predictable (especially the ending). Lassiter has always felt guilty about some of the flings he had back in his football days, but when Amy confronts him about being involved in her sister's disappearance, he decides he's going to have to do some digging into the past, which will not be pretty. Lassiter soon discovers it's not just the undesirables in the porn industry with something to hide.

Thanks to Bantam House and NetGalley for access to this tit
Andrew Neal
I had no idea this was the eighth book in a series, and to Levine's credit, it made no difference whatsoever. Done in one, and I don't have to read anything else. It seems like that's more common in mystery series than the science fiction and fantasy I'm more used to, and I like it.

As for the book itself, it was a solid pretty good. Nothing crazy here. A fast, light, pleasant read. I'd read another one if I stumbled across it but probably wouldn't go digging for it.
I have read the Solomon/Lord books by this author, which I really enjoyed. I love this authors sense of humor! I read this book not realizing there's a whole series with Jake Lassiter as the main character - so I have several books to look forward to. Jake, like Steve Solomon is engaging and so off the wall hilarious. The book was a easy read with several interesting characters. The plot line kept me guessing to the end. This is a very enjoyable read.
Diane S.
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.
A really great mystery. I love Jake Lassiter, an ex-football player turned lawyer. In Lassiter, Paul Levine has Lassiter making amends when the sister of a one-night stand who vanished 18 years ago comes calling. It's funny and fun and a really quick, enjoyable read. The only thing I have to say bad about it is that Levine never mentions Lassiter's beloved Grolsch beers (which is how I learned of the beers in the first place).
Gregg Brickman
This novel is the return of the Lassiter series. Lassiter's client is obsessed with learning what happened to her sister, Krista, and then avenging her death. Lassiter is the first suspect on her list. He offers to help find the answers and wades into a world of pornography, mobsters, and lies. An excellent story, told with Levine's usual measure of humor.
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The author of 19 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes.

A former Miami trial lawyer, he also wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG” and co-created the Supreme Court drama “First Monday” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna.

His most recent novel is "Bum R
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Other Books in the Series

Jake Lassiter (1 - 10 of 11 books)
  • To Speak for the Dead (Jake Lassiter, #1)
  • Night Vision (Jake Lassiter, #2)
  • False Dawn (Jake Lassiter, #3)
  • Mortal Sin (Jake Lassiter, #4)
  • Slashback (Jake Lassiter, #5)
  • Fool Me Twice (Jake Lassiter, #6)
  • Flesh & Bones (Jake Lassiter, #7)
  • Last Chance Lassiter (Jake Lassiter #9)
  • RIPTIDE (Jake Lassiter, #11)
  • State vs. Lassiter (Jake Lassiter, #10)
Solomon vs. Lord (Solomon vs. Lord, #1) The Deep Blue Alibi (Solomon vs. Lord, #2) Kill All the Lawyers (Solomon vs Lord, #3) To Speak for the Dead (Jake Lassiter, #1) Fool Me Twice (Jake Lassiter, #6)

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