This is the first book that I have read by Paul Levine, but it's not my first book by him. This books is the...moreHero: Steve Solomon Heroine: Victoria Lord
This is the first book that I have read by Paul Levine, but it's not my first book by him. This books is the fourth book in the series. I have his Solomon vs Lord book - the first book in the series. I've had that book since December 2010. Hopefully, I'll read it sometime this year.
Steve and Victoria aren't just lawyers, they are partners and girlfriend and boyfriend as well. Steve likes to break the rules and Victoria likes to follow the rules. By what Carl Hiassen said on the front cover about Paul writing funny and wickedly accurate courtroom drama, I thought that this book would have a Franklin and Bash feel to it, but it didn't really have that feeling. Franklin and Bash are some crazy lawyers and they do some crazy things in the courtroom. Steve's a little crazy as well. In a back story, it shows how crazy he is. During a DUI case, he ordered the jury a pizza and a six pack of beer. I found that funny and I was cracking up. That stunt has gotten him in trouble.
As I have said, Steve was the one that likes to break the rules and Victoria liked following them. They would get some weird clients. They've represented a guy who wanted to sue his parents for being ugly and passing on the ugly genes. That had me cracking up as well. What judge in his or her right mind would let a circus like that come to their court. If I was the judge, I would kick that mess out of my courtroom. People don't have any control on how they look and lawyers shouldn't take on stupid cases like this.
Victoria wasn't Steve's only housemate - he was also taking care of his drug addict sister's twelve year old son Bobby. The woman had put her child in a dog's cage. Bobby has been through a lot with his mother. Thank goodness he had his uncle there for him. The only friends the boy really had was two dolphins - Spunky and Misty, who he would communicate with in a dolphin language he created. He was picked on at school and on his baseball team. He was anagrammatic and that's why one of the boys at school and on his baseball team didn't like him. He anagrammed the boy's name and had people laughing at him. The boy was messing with girls and in his own way, Bobby took off from them and he didn't mean to embarrassed the boy, but he did.
In this book, a crime happens that has something to do with Spunky and Misty and Victoria takes on the case as the prosecutor. She wanted to stepped out of Steve's shadow, because one day she wanted to stand on her own. In their partnership - Steve is the head lawyer and she's the one that would really get the evidence.
I've given this story two stars, because it was missing something. As I have stated before, I haven't read the first book to this series and I don't know how they compare, but this book was missing something. The funny wickedly courtroom drama wasn't there. I didn't see why Victoria and Steve had to go up against one another. They could have worked on the same team and gotten the same results. To be honest, they basically did work on the same team outside of the courtroom. I wished the book didn't have all the profanity it did. I don't like seeing cuss words in a story. Another thing, I wasn't feeling Steve and Victoria's coupling in this book. Maybe Solomon vs Lord make me see their relationship in a different light.
This book made me laugh, but it wasn't a thorough laugh out loud book. (less)