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Lassiter (Jake Lassiter #8)

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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, Edgar-nominated author Paul Levine delivers h ...more
Hardcover, 283 pages
Published September 13th 2011 by Bantam
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William Bentrim
Dec 18, 2011 William Bentrim rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Diane S ☔
Oct 05, 2011 Diane S ☔ rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
Cheryl
Oct 27, 2011 Cheryl rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Julie
Aug 26, 2012 Julie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Nancy Silk
Oct 15, 2015 Nancy Silk rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Jake Can't Walk The Line, And Gets Deeper in Trouble"

I love the novels of this series written by very creative Paul Levine. He's an excellent writer, sweeping readers deep into the action, mysteries, and vulnerabilities of Jake Lassiter. In this potent story, Jake seeks redemption and revenge as years ago had failed to help a runaway girl, Krista Larkin. He's guilt-driven to punish those who had harmed her. Lassiter was the last to see her after a bar party 18 years ago. Did Krista just run awa
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Naomi
Dec 30, 2011 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 26, 2014 Mike French rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!!
Yvonne
Jun 21, 2015 Yvonne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Maddening, piss, a person off maddening.

I admire Mr. Levine's ability to spin a good yarn. So many twists and turns it'll keep anyone on the edge of their seat. Lassiter is a witty character who will make you laugh out loud. Hi granny is priceless and funny as check. The reason I don't rate the story higher is the way Lassiter allows two bit floozies to lead him around by his pecked. One time I would like him to man up and tell them to rot in shell. Come on a nasty, narcissistic witch shoots out
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Harold Kasselman
This is the second Jake Lassiter novel I have read, and I thoroughly enjoyed this one. The plot was interesting and there were many twists and surprises. So many that it was near impossible to predict it all. The legal action is credible and well done(with allowances for literary license). Finally, the characters were well defined and utterly fascinating. Jake Lassiter is one interesting guy, and I'm a big fan. I look forward to reading more. The language and plot is a bit crass so buyer beware. ...more
Ishmael Seaward
Mar 12, 2012 Ishmael Seaward rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Craig Pittman
Jan 04, 2012 Craig Pittman rated it really liked it
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 really liked it  ·  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
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Gloria Feit
Feb 25, 2012 Gloria Feit rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
“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
Sep 29, 2011 Kathy Martin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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Roberta Sallee
Aug 18, 2016 Roberta Sallee rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I really enjoyed this e-book, which somehow was made available to me for free. It was a good plan on the part of Paul Levine's promoters because apparently he has written a lot more and I am looking forward to reading them all!

The story was fast moving and totally held my interest as I raced through the pages anticipating scenarios that constantly changed as I went along.

Joe
Dec 15, 2011 Joe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery-florida
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
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Ginny Strait
May 28, 2015 Ginny Strait rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Good read

Although the novel started a little slow it soon picked up steam. I really liked the main characters and there were more than enough sleaze balls to go around. I loved it when Lassiter finally got into the court room and that's where the author really shone. All in all I'd give it a hearty recommendation.
Walt Mccluskey
Aug 07, 2015 Walt Mccluskey rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Lassiter

Well spun tale with twists and turns that kept me interested. Gross language due to the"industries" involved but appropriate for the characters. Real turn at the end left me empty and wondering if the author didn't write himself into a corner and was using a convoluted way out.
george agle
Jun 27, 2015 george agle rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Oh My, Such Turns!

This is only the second book by Paul Levine I have read, so he is still new and exciting. This book is a good thriller. Main character, Lassiter, may be a questionable philosopher, but I sure enjoyed hearing (reading) what he thought about these ever surprising events. Enjoy it soon.
K Agle
Ed
Aug 05, 2012 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: legal
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
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Beverly E. McWhirk
A True Mystery

From beginning to end, this is a one-track mystery. An 18 year unsolved mystery of a missing girl. The plot twists and turns and more characters join in, but the focus remains the same. You'll have to wait until the end for the reveal!
karen kincaid
Jul 23, 2015 karen kincaid rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I liked the twist

Finally, a lawyer who has ethics and scruples. And he's not only smart, but, he's a cute jock too. As for the characters and story...Oh, what a tangled web we weave...Enjoyable read. Kudos.
Mark
Dec 09, 2012 Mark rated it liked it
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
Jul 28, 2014 Janet Stein rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Aspoon
Jul 15, 2014 Aspoon rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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.
gary g. simons
Jun 15, 2015 gary g. simons rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Highly recommended

Very good but a little rough with language. Characters are diverse except for Jake Lassiter which holds his own even as He ages. Good read.........
Dan
Oct 18, 2011 Dan rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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Kerry Fletcher
May 30, 2014 Kerry Fletcher rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Sandra Casile
Aug 16, 2016 Sandra Casile rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great story.

Really enjoyed the characters in this case. Although this is the first book I read on the Lassiter series I do want to read more.
Gloria Hargrave
Jun 11, 2014 Gloria Hargrave rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
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“At the prosecution table, Flagler gave me his Ivy League snicker. If I wanted, I could dangle him out the window by his ankles. But then, I was picking up penalties for late hits while he was singing tenor with the Whiffenpoofs. Okay, so I’m not Yale Law Review, but I’m proud of my diploma. University of Miami. Night division. Top half of the bottom third of my class.” 3 likes
“The bailiff tucked the jurors into their windowless room where they could surf for porn on their PDAs, and the judge turned to me. “Mr. Lassiter, Ah assume you got some legal mumbo jumbo for the record.” His Honor came from a family of gentleman farmers in Homestead by way of Kentucky, and his voice rippled with bourbon and branch water.” 0 likes
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