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Cheater's Game

(Jake Lassiter #13)

4.55  ·  Rating details ·  2,947 ratings  ·  127 reviews
Jake Lassiter Tackles the College Admissions Scandal

Rich parents will pay anything to get their kids into college...

Kip Lassiter can get you a perfect score on any test...

And Kip's heartbroken uncle Jake must defend an unwinnable case.

CHEATER'S GAME dives deep into the true-to-life college admissions scandal with an explosive federal trial that rocks the courthouse.

Paperback, 426 pages
Published April 20th 2020 by Herald Square Publishing
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May 26, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I’ve enjoyed every one of Paul Levine’s legal thrillers featuring Jake Lassiter, a night-school lawyer who had previously had an undistinguished football career with the Miami Dolphins. Levine is a master at combining elements of comedy and suspense into a very entertaining story. Cheater’s Game (the thirteenth or fourteenth book in the series, depending on how you’re counting) is one of his best yet. The story is, as they say, “ripped from the headlines,” focusing on the recent college admissio ...more
Kathi Defranc
May 18, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A Timely Read As Jake Lassiter Faces Off With A Shyster Who Heads An Admission Scheme For College

Another fantastic story with my favorite lawyer, the fun,always thinking Jake Lassiter. I have enjoyed this author's series often over the years and he doesn't miss a beat in this intriguing case! The nephew Jake raised when his sister dropped him off years ago has become a 20 year old. He is very intelligent but seems quite naive when dealing with people daily. Somehow he has taken the words of an
May 28, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Some authors lose their edge as they write about the same character over many years., but not Paul Levine. I've enjoyed every one of his Lassiter books, and was delighted when I saw there was a new one in the series.

Cheater's Game proved to be just as well-written, exciting, humorous, and intriguing as the other Lassiter books. Levine writes a tight story and is a master of word usage. He packs a lot into every paragraph and keeps the action flowing.

A former Miami Dolphin, Jake is suffering from
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CHEATER’S GAME is a welcome surprise. I wasn’t entirely sure that there was going to be another Paul Levine novel, particularly one featuring defense attorney extraordinaire Jake Lassiter. Yet here we are, and it turns out to be one of the best installments in this long-running series. Readers of these books are aware that Levine is incapable of writing badly, but this latest entry turns things up a notch by putting literally everything on the line for Lassiter.

One of the reasons that I always r
Apr 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I have read and enjoyed most of Mr. Levine’s books but never so much his most recent , “Cheater’s Game.” I recommend it without reservation to anyone who likes a taut, suspenseful courtroom drama.
The story is drawn from recent headlines in which wealthy parents used a college preparatory company’s scheme to get their less than super achieving children into prestigious universities. That was done, you recall, by bribing admissions officers, faking the applicant’s credentials and qualifications ,
Harold Kasselman
This is a marvelous legal comedy-drama. I've read a few in this series, but this was the best. Jack Lassiter is the most hilarious character I can ever recall. I thought Myron Bolitar was fun(Harlen Coben's PI), but Jake is in a class of his own. There is one chapter that takes place in the judge's chambers, on a motion, that had me guffawing out loud for fifteen minutes. It was that good. And the prosecution of the case is an interesting one straight out of the news.(Felicity Hoffman, Lori Loug ...more
Jun 19, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery, crime, legal, usa
Cheater's Game is book thirteen in the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine. Kip Lassiter though he had the perfect job until he was pushed off the side road by another car and ended up in the hospital and arrested for fraud and other federal charges. Kip's Uncle, who Jake no longer stand up in court, took on the case to free his nephew. The readers of Cheater's Game will continue to follow Jake and Kip to find out what happens.

Cheater's Game was the first book I read of Paul Levine, and I enjoy
Nick Stika
Feb 22, 2020 rated it really liked it
Oh how I've missed Jake Lassiter. Loved this story. A flawed hero everyone can cheer for. ...more
Eddie Tucker
May 03, 2020 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
There is no way that Jake Lassiter is believable as a successful attorney. I stopped at less than a third of the way through. The story's focus, a nephew taking a wrong path, is a yawn. Lassiter's self-blame about the kid's bad choices is a bore and silly. The narrative repeatedly has his wife thinking of her husband as wonderful, big, strapping, loving and perfect in every way. Not once, but all the time. Gave up on this guy. ...more
Rob Cohen
May 08, 2020 rated it really liked it
Really enjoyable, glad to see Jake back in action. A compelling and layered read tackling an interesting and current issue. It was tough to see Jake's physical issues on display and I am certainly concerned for his future. But with Melissa and Kip with him, it seems like he has all that he needs. ...more
Apr 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
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This originally appeared at The Irresponsible Reader.
When it comes to my conduct in trials, I have only two rules. I won’t lie to the court or let a witness do it. Other than that, batten the hatches, because I sail straight into storms.

Bolden spent a few more minutes talking about the judge’s wise instructions and the jurors’grave responsibilities, then thanked them all and sat down.

I got to my feet, nodded to the judge, buttoned my suit coat, smiled warmly, and said my six favorite
Kent Winward
May 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Jake Lassiter, my guilty pleasure.
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-2020
Cheaters Game is a hard story to read for those of us that so thoroughly enjoy Jake Lassiter, not because it's not a good story - it's a great story! - but because there is so much heartache: Jake's mental lapses and headaches are worsening, his beloved nephew scorned him for another mentor and his longtime friend and sometime enemy betrayed him.

You have to cheer Jake because knows he's fallible but he never gives up. Cheaters Game personifies that trait. It shows a man of grit and integrity. Th
Jun 24, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
*sigh of relief* Another fantastic Lassiter read. It was damn near perfect. Had it not been for two very, VERY unsatisfying things that occurred in this entry, it absolutely would have been a 5-star read for sure. But given that those aforementioned things were super, SUPER unforgivable (to me, anyway), then I had to snatch that 5th star away pronto. It was not deserved, and I have no regret in thinking so. I'll mention those unsatisfying things later on, but since they're spoilers, I'll indicat ...more
Beth Birnbaum
Jul 12, 2020 rated it it was amazing
It's been a horrible summer so far, coming after an equally horrible spring. I'm in Queens, NY, where everything COVID hit first, and the sound of ambulances racing by was constant. We may be relatively quiet now, but much of the rest of the nation is going through what we did. One of my daughters has recovered from the virus, but has lost friends.
So when a new Paul Levine book came out, it's an even greater thrill than usual! A few hours off from thinking about our current situation is a mini-
Marie Lutz
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John McKenna
Apr 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Mr. Levine is at the top of his form in Cheater’s Game—his fourteenth Lassiter novel—which covers the timeliest of subjects in this period of such income disparity . . . the ability of the haves to purchase what the have-nots can only dream about. In this case, it’s admission into the country’s most prestigious and elite universities.
As the novel begins the brain-damaged ex-pro football player, Jake Lassiter, has quit trial lawyering and taken a job with the Florida Bar Association, going after
Apr 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Cheater's Game by Paul Levine is the third book I've read in the Jake Lassiter series of legal mysteries and thrillers. I gratefully received an ARC of Cheater's Game from publicist Wiley Saichek.

In Jake's defense of his nephew Kip, he brings forward some issues that will cause readers to think about justice, and whether juries should consider fairness. If the law is enforced unfairly, how can that be redressed? We have laws about various types of discrimination, but there are other forms of unf
May 11, 2022 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
For something different and more intelligent of lawyer tales, this one is tops. Recent dirty deals in which the rich land their kids into US snooty colleges making big donations, tossing in fake sports star offspring or being alma mater material themselves, all legal for front door access, and morally shady, this story is for our times. While Kip the smart kid who cheats for the wealthy with scholarly hanky panky, is used by a rich sleezy sponsor who has him wired as Fed bait to get himself out ...more
Jun 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
CHEATER'S GAME dives deep into the true-to-life college admissions scandal with an explosive federal trial that rocks the courthouse.

Suffering brain damage from his football injuries, Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter says goodbye to the courtroom...until his nephew Kip desperately needs his help. Kip has been working for millionaire Max Ringle in a shady scheme to help rich, entitled kids gain admission to elite universities.

Ringle, the mastermind of the fraud, shifts the blame to Kip who's charged wi
Debra Kay Gerik
Apr 26, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Loved the twists and turns.

Jake Lassiter retired defense attorney, now prosecuting fellow lawyers for the Florida bar ends up defending his nephew in Federal court. Tough judge, tough prosecution, willing to go to any lengths to obtain a guilty verdict against someone (a kid) who refused to cooperate in gutting his boss. Underhanded tactics by a powerful government entity of flesh eaters combatted by good old integrity and care about what's truly right and wrong. In this shark eat shark world th
D. Jane Akins
May 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I always enjoy Jake Lassiter books.

Paul Levine is an excellent writer and his books are well edited. That’s a winner right there for me. It’s hard to read about his brain damage from concussions playing football because I have a grandson whose favorite sport is playing football. In this book, additional stress is put on Jake because he’s defending his nephew who he’s raised as his son. He’s engaged to the doctor who’s treating him for the brain damage. His courtroom antics are legendary but he’s
Thomas Begley
Aug 07, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

What started as an enjoyable but somewhat lighthearted series has developed into a remarkable set of stories. As the years have progressed there has been increased depth to the writing and the characters. The handling of CTE has been so poignant it pulls at the heartstrings in a sincere manner enhancing the reader’s connection with the main character. After so many books in a series, it might be expected that a character would be wearing out or becoming too routine. Yet Paul Levine has
Thomas R.
Sep 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This was a great story, ripped from today s headlines. A major College Cheating scandal, where Rich people cheated to have their kids get into some of the most prestigious schools in America. The book also illustrates how the Rich and powerful are above the law and how the Federal Government can indict anyone by stretching the law. For example their isn't a Federal Law for cheating to get into a College. So the Government uses the Mail Fraud Statute to arrest people. Sadly this story illustrates ...more
May 05, 2021 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Very entertaining read

Wow. This book is ripped straight from the headlines. Jakes nephew Kip is arrested for his involvement with rigging college admissions His partner in this enterprise turns states evidence to testify against him in exchange for a reduced sentence. While defending Kip, Jake is also dealing with his symptoms of CTE, another timely topic. His fiancée is also his treating physician and a key witness in Kips defense. What could possibly go wrong?

There is so much humanity in Jake
The author took some real stuff and weaved it into an interesting story. The college admissions scandal follows very closely the actual one with Rick Singer. I had watched a documentary on that on Netflix (operation varsity blues). The book added an element of Kip actually taking the tests for the kids, or proctoring them.
There was also a side story of brain damage from professional sports, results of concussions. I had also watched the movie, Concussion, that this side story was similar too.
Cherye Elliott
A guy book!

Okay. I have to admit I did NOT read books 1-10. I just jumped in here. So my review may not be knowing the whole story. Like, how sharp was Jake before the brain injury was diagnosed. Was he a hard a$$ in his earlier books? This book, he was a whiner and there were so many excuses as to EVERY single thing. Did the author turn politically correct over the years? So here is where the reading binge starts. I have to go to book one and find out.

Oh. This is definitely a football fan type
Susan Pratt
Jun 27, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I have read one of his books and I have to say, I love his sense of humor. I laughed out loud more than once while reading this book. Good, easy read. I gave it 4 stars instead of 5 because I honestly think they needed to make his girlfriend, Melissa a little more REAL. She was a little too perfect. She never has a doubt about Jake, she works all day at an amazing job yet she is always home to cook a perfect dinner/drink for her and Jake and a vegetarian dinner for his nep ...more
Feb 28, 2021 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If I could give a book a 3.5 stars, instead of 3, I definitely would give this book a 3.5. The writer writes in the vain of Michael Connelly and John Grisham but this book isn't quite as violent (yeah!), or, as gripping. Nonetheless it's an interesting story that combines many hot topics of the day. The book covers CTE (brain trauma), the college admission scandal, blended families, and, those who are differently abled. This would make a great beach read, or a good read in between heavier topics ...more
Jim Durso
Apr 08, 2021 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Jake your some kinda guy!

Bravo to Paul Levine, this legal thriller is what readers such as me love to experience. Jake Lassiter is the all around good guy that we all cheer for . With all his flaws and irreverence ,he is every guys guy. Loyal and honest he is what everyone truly looks for in a personal friend. With humor and humility Jake plows through life with reckless abandon, much to the chagrin of you the reader. Great entertainment. Looking forward to the next adventure!
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NEW: Jake Lassiter tackles the college admissions scandal in CHEATER'S GAME, Paul Levine's latest legal thriller.

"Clever, funny and seriously on point when it comes to the inequities of society and the justice system, CHEATER'S GAME is top-notch stuff from Paul Levine. His Jake Lassiter is my kind of lawyer!" - Michael Connelly

CHEATER'S GAME is a stand-alone entry in the Jake Lassiter series.

Other books in the series

Jake Lassiter (1 - 10 of 14 books)
  • To Speak for the Dead (Jake Lassiter #1)
  • Night Vision (Jake Lassiter #2)
  • False Dawn (Jake Lassiter #3)
  • Mortal Sin (Jake Lassiter #4)
  • Riptide (Jake Lassiter, #5)
  • Fool Me Twice (Jake Lassiter #6)
  • Flesh and Bones (Jake Lassiter #7)
  • Lassiter (Jake Lassiter, #8)
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