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A doctor in love with his patient's wife... A fatal mistake during surgery... Accident?  Malpractice?  Or murder? Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami's trial of the century. A doctor in love with his patient's wife... A fatal mistake during surgery... Accident?  Malpractice?  Or murder? Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami's trial of the century. "To Speak for the Dead" introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer with a hard bark and a tender heart. An international bestseller, Paul Levine's debut novel was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best mysteries of the year. If you enjoy the suspense and thrills of John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Carl Hiaasen, and James Patterson, you'll love "To Speak for the Dead" from Paul Levine.


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A doctor in love with his patient's wife... A fatal mistake during surgery... Accident?  Malpractice?  Or murder? Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami's trial of the century. A doctor in love with his patient's wife... A fatal mistake during surgery... Accident?  Malpractice?  Or murder? Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence...but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami's trial of the century. "To Speak for the Dead" introduced the world to Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer with a hard bark and a tender heart. An international bestseller, Paul Levine's debut novel was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best mysteries of the year. If you enjoy the suspense and thrills of John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Carl Hiaasen, and James Patterson, you'll love "To Speak for the Dead" from Paul Levine.

30 review for To Speak for the Dead

  1. 5 out of 5

    Maureen DeLuca

    A pretty good start for the first in this series. For book number 1 - published in 1990 and from what I see , the series is still going strong. The MC is Jake Lassiter- an ex-second string line backer and now a lawyer in the Miami, Florida area. He is a fun character and I absolutely loved him from the beginning. The other characters are wonderfully quirky-like Charlie Riggs, the former Medical Examiner, who spouts Latin and knows the most surprising things- you just can't help but laugh every t A pretty good start for the first in this series. For book number 1 - published in 1990 and from what I see , the series is still going strong. The MC is Jake Lassiter- an ex-second string line backer and now a lawyer in the Miami, Florida area. He is a fun character and I absolutely loved him from the beginning. The other characters are wonderfully quirky-like Charlie Riggs, the former Medical Examiner, who spouts Latin and knows the most surprising things- you just can't help but laugh every time he makes an appearance in this book! A murder mystery with lots of humor is the best I can explain this book. A very fast, fun read- especially those who enjoy sum summer beach, pool reads. A series that I will continue to read when I'm in the mood for a fun, light, witty, lawyer type read!

  2. 5 out of 5

    Paul Levine

    My first novel. Chosen as one of the best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD on Amazon Kindle here. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD on Barnes & Noble Nook here. “Move over Scott Turow. ‘To Speak for the Dead’ is courtroom drama at its very best.” – Larry King, USA Today "Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly." – St. Petersburg Times "Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave." – Chicago Tribune "Irreverent...genuinely My first novel. Chosen as one of the best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD on Amazon Kindle here. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD on Barnes & Noble Nook here. “Move over Scott Turow. ‘To Speak for the Dead’ is courtroom drama at its very best.” – Larry King, USA Today "Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly." – St. Petersburg Times "Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave." – Chicago Tribune "Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." – The New York Times Book Review “Genuinely chilling.” – Washington Post Book World “Wildly entertaining.” – “St. Louis Post Dispatch “Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila! You’ve got Jake Lassiter.” – Tulsa Sun Product Description

  3. 4 out of 5

    Tulay

    Legal thriller with humor. Paul Levine makes you laugh while describing gruesome screen. Read all the Jack Lassiter books and love it. You'll fall in love with the some characters. Judge that fills racing forms during the trial, buzzards on the roof of the court house. Love to spend a day in that court room with Jack Lassiter. Legal thriller with humor. Paul Levine makes you laugh while describing gruesome screen. Read all the Jack Lassiter books and love it. You'll fall in love with the some characters. Judge that fills racing forms during the trial, buzzards on the roof of the court house. Love to spend a day in that court room with Jack Lassiter.

  4. 5 out of 5

    Ed

    This is another banal crime fiction offering disguised as a legal thriller by having a lawyer as the protagonist. The plot is simple. Lawyer defends doctor in malpractice case. Victim turns out to have been murdered. The rest of the story has to do with the lawyer trying to catch the killer or killers, who are already known to anyone who has ever read a mystery story. The characters are pure cardboard. The writing is infantile. I skipped large numbers of paragraphs as I plowed through the last ha This is another banal crime fiction offering disguised as a legal thriller by having a lawyer as the protagonist. The plot is simple. Lawyer defends doctor in malpractice case. Victim turns out to have been murdered. The rest of the story has to do with the lawyer trying to catch the killer or killers, who are already known to anyone who has ever read a mystery story. The characters are pure cardboard. The writing is infantile. I skipped large numbers of paragraphs as I plowed through the last half of the book without losing track of anything. The only saving graces are the descriptions of the courtroom scenes and a crazy ex-Medical Examiner, who spouts Latin on almost any occasion and has an encyclopedic memory for almost everything. No more Paul Levine titles for me.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Dani

    I'm always looking for good series to read, since I can read much faster than my favorite authors can write, even as a collective group. :D Don't remember how I found out about this one, but I enjoyed the first novel. It's set in S. Florida, where I grew up, and I always enjoy books more when I can picture the setting from firsthand experience. Lassiter was a flawed but sympathetic character. I thought the romance was a little overblown (like, who falls THAT much in love with someone they've jus I'm always looking for good series to read, since I can read much faster than my favorite authors can write, even as a collective group. :D Don't remember how I found out about this one, but I enjoyed the first novel. It's set in S. Florida, where I grew up, and I always enjoy books more when I can picture the setting from firsthand experience. Lassiter was a flawed but sympathetic character. I thought the romance was a little overblown (like, who falls THAT much in love with someone they've just met??) but other than that, a good start. I've already requested the next one in the series from the library.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Lisa

    Was a decent book with pretty good suspense but I had a hard time with mainly the love interest of the main character. The book didn't link these two well enough to make them as much of a pair as the storyline tries to imply. The ending really left me hanging and not in a good way. When I realized that was really the last page I sat there wondering, "what in the world?" Was a decent book with pretty good suspense but I had a hard time with mainly the love interest of the main character. The book didn't link these two well enough to make them as much of a pair as the storyline tries to imply. The ending really left me hanging and not in a good way. When I realized that was really the last page I sat there wondering, "what in the world?"

  7. 4 out of 5

    Pickleman

    This is my second novel from this guy. It is the second time I was impressed. Really a good bunch of characters, a fun courtroom drama, and just the right amount of "who done it". I am currently reading the second Jake Lassiter thriller. This is my second novel from this guy. It is the second time I was impressed. Really a good bunch of characters, a fun courtroom drama, and just the right amount of "who done it". I am currently reading the second Jake Lassiter thriller.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Petra

    Enjoyable courtroom drama with a slightly convoluted mystery, a very likeable protagonist and some very quirky, fun side characters (loved the retired medical examiner), plenty of humor, excellent audio narration by Luke Daniels. First book in a series of 12 so far. 3.75 stars.

  9. 5 out of 5

    LJ

    TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD - VG Levine, Paul - 1st in Jake Lassiter series Miami trail lawyer Jake Lassiter, "ex-football player, ex-public defender, ex-a-lot-of-things," is defending Dr. Roger Stanton, a surgeon and womanizer charged with malpractice in the death of wealth Philip Corrigan. But the dead man's daughter insists that the doctor and her sexy stepmother conspired to kill her father-and wants Lassiter to prove it. Can Lassiter really defend his client for malpractice and builds a case against TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD - VG Levine, Paul - 1st in Jake Lassiter series Miami trail lawyer Jake Lassiter, "ex-football player, ex-public defender, ex-a-lot-of-things," is defending Dr. Roger Stanton, a surgeon and womanizer charged with malpractice in the death of wealth Philip Corrigan. But the dead man's daughter insists that the doctor and her sexy stepmother conspired to kill her father-and wants Lassiter to prove it. Can Lassiter really defend his client for malpractice and builds a case against him for murder? Turning for help to the wisdom of his old friend, retired county coroner Charlie Riggs, Lassiter hopes to get the evidence he needs from the dead man himself. But outside the courtroom, he soon finds more trouble that he ever imagined possible-murder, missing persons, grave robbery, kinky sex, and deadly drugs-as he searched Florida's steamy streets and tropical swamps for a cold-blooded killer. Interesting characters, very good read.

  10. 5 out of 5

    Nancy Silk

    "An Awesome Novel of Courtroom Games and Crime Solving" In this highly suspenseful novel, Jake Lassiter is again in court to defend Doctor Roger Stanton, Chief Orthopedic Physician. Jake had been once a football player, an ex-public defender, now an attorney waiting for an answer from the person on the stand. It's a malpractice trial of Corrigan vs. Stanton. The man who died after the surgical procedure was Philip Corrigan, a very rich man. The lawsuit was filed by the wife of Philip Corrigan... "An Awesome Novel of Courtroom Games and Crime Solving" In this highly suspenseful novel, Jake Lassiter is again in court to defend Doctor Roger Stanton, Chief Orthopedic Physician. Jake had been once a football player, an ex-public defender, now an attorney waiting for an answer from the person on the stand. It's a malpractice trial of Corrigan vs. Stanton. The man who died after the surgical procedure was Philip Corrigan, a very rich man. The lawsuit was filed by the wife of Philip Corrigan... a woman of strength to control men. This is a very interesting novel which helps one understand the courtroom procedures, as well as the tactics lawyers must practice warily. This novel moves quickly into twists and turns which engulf Jake into a new relationship with the daughter of the deceased man. It's action packed and scary....read to the end. Highly recommend.

  11. 4 out of 5

    SimyCat

    Love this book and it kept my interest. Mr. Levine has created the character Jake Lassiter and each book in this series is about Jake, ex-pro football star now lawyer and all the things Jake gets himself involved in. The books keep me interested and I have found when reading I could picture the places described. I loved reading the series from beginning to current. I recommend this for those who like reading this type of book.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Arthur

    To Speak For The Dead (Jake Lassiter book 1) Meet Jake Lassiter, defence attorney, who is the best for another great way to get out of trouble with the law. How he does that is a story that will have you turning pages to follow the plot. Thanks for letting us get to know Jake. Thanks for another great read.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Donna ~ The Romance Cover

    A great first book in a series from Paul Levine. The narrator was fantastic in bringing these characters to life and giving each their own identifiable voice. Jake Lassiter was a lovable character, failed to make it as a pro baller and so studied law to become a defense attorney. What I loved about this book though was the smattering of humour that had me laughing out loud at times. With some fantastic side characters, especially the retired ME who cannot help but spout latin and has an encyclop A great first book in a series from Paul Levine. The narrator was fantastic in bringing these characters to life and giving each their own identifiable voice. Jake Lassiter was a lovable character, failed to make it as a pro baller and so studied law to become a defense attorney. What I loved about this book though was the smattering of humour that had me laughing out loud at times. With some fantastic side characters, especially the retired ME who cannot help but spout latin and has an encyclopedic knowledge about EVERYTHING and Jake's nanna who has no filter whatsoever, this was the perfect blend of courtroom drama and investigative work. I did find that the methods were a little unbelievable, especially grave robbing, but that only gave way to even more hilarious scenes so I didn't really care anyway. I have already downloaded the second book and cannot wait to spend more time in the presence of Jake Lassiter and hopefully Charlie Riggs ME (retired).

  14. 5 out of 5

    Melliott

    Let's call it a 3.5. I have been burned by courtroom dramas often enough that I tend to avoid them now in favor of direct interactions with the case (i.e., police procedurals, detectives, those more directly involved), but this one sounded intriguing (and was free as a Kindle download last week), so I tried it. I liked it pretty well. The main character is well developed and fun, some of the side character "regulars" are likewise engaging (Granny Lassiter, Dr. Charles Riggs), and there is some l Let's call it a 3.5. I have been burned by courtroom dramas often enough that I tend to avoid them now in favor of direct interactions with the case (i.e., police procedurals, detectives, those more directly involved), but this one sounded intriguing (and was free as a Kindle download last week), so I tried it. I liked it pretty well. The main character is well developed and fun, some of the side character "regulars" are likewise engaging (Granny Lassiter, Dr. Charles Riggs), and there is some leavening humor, which always helps. In this one, at least, the women were a bit one-dimensional, but I forgave that to a certain extent, because A. it's the first book in the series, so we are meant to be focused on Jake Lassiter, and B. Levine wrote this in 1990, so the standards weren't quite as high (although much more forgiveable had it been, say, the '70s!). This also had among the weirdest endings I've ever experienced in a so-called mystery novel, but on reflection I decided to go with it. I don't normally like open-ended stuff, but this was weird enough to work. I'll try the second one in the series before saying stop.

  15. 5 out of 5

    Dee

    Two-haiku review: Lawyer defends doc First malpractice then murder Did the doc do it? Real convoluted The bad guys were really bad Very abrupt end

  16. 5 out of 5

    David Highton

    A decent legal thriller - the full length Lassiter novel

  17. 5 out of 5

    Betty Adams

    Ridiculous plot, legal high jinx in court that would never happen, and drawn out finale, but still completely entertaining with sharply drawn characters. Perfect Covid 19 read.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Citywildcat

    Although I don't read much nonfiction, this was an exception. I really enjoy the major character in this book, Jake Lassiter. I probably do much of my own legal work, as a result of reading so many books about underdogs who come out on top. Can't they overcome adversity? How will they do it? All literature has "learning lessons" in them, things we can take from the book and apply to our every day lives. Sometimes, if I'm in a "crisis" part of a book, I think to myself, "How's this guy going to g Although I don't read much nonfiction, this was an exception. I really enjoy the major character in this book, Jake Lassiter. I probably do much of my own legal work, as a result of reading so many books about underdogs who come out on top. Can't they overcome adversity? How will they do it? All literature has "learning lessons" in them, things we can take from the book and apply to our every day lives. Sometimes, if I'm in a "crisis" part of a book, I think to myself, "How's this guy going to get out of this mess?" Certainly, fictional novels are for entertainment but more than that, if you really open your eyes, you can learn from them, taking away precious nuggets to apply to your life. Sometimes, I think, "Gosh, I never would've thought of that! I'll have to remember that the next time I get in a situation like that." Paul Levine is an excellent author. I know I have more of his books in a box but this is the one in my bookcase.....WORTHWHILE.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Yona

    I'm not sure what to say about this book. I really like Levine's writing style I've read his series Solomon vs. Lord and the books are of my all time favorites, I was very happy when I found out that the author had another series. To Speak for the Dead is the first book the author wrote and it's pretty good, but not as good as the last one. I didn't know what to think and what to expect after I finished it. The end was very open. But as soon as I find the rest of the books I'm going to read the I'm not sure what to say about this book. I really like Levine's writing style I've read his series Solomon vs. Lord and the books are of my all time favorites, I was very happy when I found out that the author had another series. To Speak for the Dead is the first book the author wrote and it's pretty good, but not as good as the last one. I didn't know what to think and what to expect after I finished it. The end was very open. But as soon as I find the rest of the books I'm going to read them. I hope Paul Levine will start a new book very soon, because he is one of my favorite authors.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Craig Pittman

    A sterling beginning to a great series. You can sense the author, South Florida lawyer Paul Levine, feeling his way through his first novel but you can also see themes that he'll polish repeatedly for better results in later volumes: the wackiness of South Florida life, the contrast between the thuggish city and the colorful natural areas, the wild fights involving wildlife, the strange twists and turns that the law can take. The only real misstep here is the bizarre ending, which seems made for A sterling beginning to a great series. You can sense the author, South Florida lawyer Paul Levine, feeling his way through his first novel but you can also see themes that he'll polish repeatedly for better results in later volumes: the wackiness of South Florida life, the contrast between the thuggish city and the colorful natural areas, the wild fights involving wildlife, the strange twists and turns that the law can take. The only real misstep here is the bizarre ending, which seems made for a movie adaptation that never came. Can't wait to work my way through the other books that followed (so far I've read two of them).

  21. 5 out of 5

    Yvonne

    Two For One Finish one good story and go right into a great sequel to the first one. Wow a mystery that wasn't difficult to figure out but an ending twist that I never would have figured out but thoroughly enjoyed. A novel I enjoyed with the bad guys getting their just desserts. The loss of a character I enjoyed due to her characteristics of a bull dog in never giving. Great writing Mr. Levine Two For One Finish one good story and go right into a great sequel to the first one. Wow a mystery that wasn't difficult to figure out but an ending twist that I never would have figured out but thoroughly enjoyed. A novel I enjoyed with the bad guys getting their just desserts. The loss of a character I enjoyed due to her characteristics of a bull dog in never giving. Great writing Mr. Levine

  22. 4 out of 5

    Katherine Clark

    This book had its moments, but it seemed so old boys stuck in the 60s though it was written much later. Women aren't real...I'm doing a bad job explaining. The court room scenes were interesting, but some of what happens in the story makes me wonder how the protag hasn't been disbarred. The ending was over the top for me. I'm still angry about what happens to the girlfriend. In other words, I won't be reading more. This book had its moments, but it seemed so old boys stuck in the 60s though it was written much later. Women aren't real...I'm doing a bad job explaining. The court room scenes were interesting, but some of what happens in the story makes me wonder how the protag hasn't been disbarred. The ending was over the top for me. I'm still angry about what happens to the girlfriend. In other words, I won't be reading more.

  23. 5 out of 5

    Roger

    My first Paul Levine read. The good points of this book: wiseacre Jake Lassiter (reminded me of Chevy Chase in his Fletch films) and his humor; and the first 90 percent of the book. The not-so-good points of the book: the last 10 percent. I didn't feel satisfied that the story was wrapped up very well, but maybe that is only because of my expectations. This being Levine's first novel, I would, however read more. My first Paul Levine read. The good points of this book: wiseacre Jake Lassiter (reminded me of Chevy Chase in his Fletch films) and his humor; and the first 90 percent of the book. The not-so-good points of the book: the last 10 percent. I didn't feel satisfied that the story was wrapped up very well, but maybe that is only because of my expectations. This being Levine's first novel, I would, however read more.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Thomas Begley

    Fantastic thriller! Move aside Grisham and Turow. Paul Levine has created a first rate legal thriller. Part law, part sleuth, "To Speak For The Dead" is a fast paced read. The characters have depth, the story has twists and it's hard to put down once you start. I recommend this to anyone! Fantastic thriller! Move aside Grisham and Turow. Paul Levine has created a first rate legal thriller. Part law, part sleuth, "To Speak For The Dead" is a fast paced read. The characters have depth, the story has twists and it's hard to put down once you start. I recommend this to anyone!

  25. 5 out of 5

    Tgordon

    Can we speak for the dead? No in most cases we can’t but we can somehow piece together their lives through friends and family. Loved this book for many reasons. We women are awesome and sometimes evil and better friends than lovers maybe?

  26. 4 out of 5

    Eve

    A nice mix of courtroom drama and thriller

  27. 4 out of 5

    Jane Rose

    Quite a good courtroom book - not as good as a Grisham, but I'll certainly try another Quite a good courtroom book - not as good as a Grisham, but I'll certainly try another

  28. 4 out of 5

    Linda

    Okay. A decent first entry for Jake Lassiter, written in 1990 when I was at the tender age of 9 years. Good Lord in heaven. That isn't as pleasant a fact as I was hoping it'd be. Am I really that old? Yes. :0 But I digress. Better late than never joining in on the Jake Lassiter realm. Okay so, this book. The first of the series. A fun read for the most part, but it left something to be desired, enough to make me knock off the 4th star I wanted to give it. Why? Because there were two very bad sins Okay. A decent first entry for Jake Lassiter, written in 1990 when I was at the tender age of 9 years. Good Lord in heaven. That isn't as pleasant a fact as I was hoping it'd be. Am I really that old? Yes. :0 But I digress. Better late than never joining in on the Jake Lassiter realm. Okay so, this book. The first of the series. A fun read for the most part, but it left something to be desired, enough to make me knock off the 4th star I wanted to give it. Why? Because there were two very bad sins committed by Levine here, in the realm of Linda, anyway. If the second book closes up some loose ends and clarifies things that left me desperately wanting, I will give it a star back. But for now, it's 3 stars. I liked the thing. But not as much as I COULD have. What are the sins? Unconvincing character development for one thing, and plot bumpiness/inconclusiveness without an effective solution for another. These are horrid things to accept, unless--UNLESS!--the second book justifies it for me in some type of capacity. I can accept that. I may not LIKE it, but I can accept it. Once I get into that second book, (which I sorta did already and it doesn't seem promising to grant what's missing from book one) then I'll know. But I just had a hell of a difficult time reconciling some baffling character interactions and/or feelings that don't have convincing motivational factors. You can't present a character in one type of way, then have them do a complete 180 with no rhyme or reason without me questioning the sense of it. These clearly forced character moments resulted in the plot itself, while very engaging, being somewhat rough around the edges. Many things felt just strange and awkward, even ruining some character development overall because of it. Listen, I adore Lassiter. He's a cool character that I'd like to get to know more. I love the whole jock-turned lawyer angle because he's so not the usual norm for attorneys in books. Having people look at him as being just this "big dumb jock" type of guy when in actuality he's a witty saavy lawyer, intelligent in his own right makes for an entertaining read. This book effortlessly got me to like Lassiter enough to keep on going. And thank goodness for that, because there's plenty more Lassiter books, apparently. Beyond Lassiter, characters were generally written very convincingly. But having an early-established rigid, frigid character suddenly and inexplicably throwing herself at Lassider and then doing a complete 180 (TWICE!) on her response to him felt so incredibly cheap. I feel like much of those two character developments were forced for no reason at all, other than for the sake of creating some sort of shock value. Okay fine. Shock me. But give me a good reason for it, and there was none to be found. The plot itself was quite clunky too, mostly as a result of the whiplashed treatment the many character scenarios had left me with. Some things were sorta ridiculous to buy, both forgivably and unforgivably so, depending on the scene in question. If the forced interactions of characters wasn't enough to ruffle my feathers, then there was the close-out, or LACK THEREOF! of the overall plot. Yeah. This story had no ending. It ends on what FEELS like a cliffhanger, which wouldn't be too bad per se if frickin' BOOK 2 picked up where it left off. But seeing as how the sneak peak of the second book in the series starts out in left field somewhere, it appears that I'll have to make up my own ending in my head for book one, and in this situation, that sucks. Sometimes I'm fine with cliffhanger and open endings, leaving things for interpretation and the like, but this time for this specific type of story? No. There were too many loose ends presented to me here, too many unanswered questions. What are the consequences of things that happened? What happens to certain characters? How did Lassiter cope with the circumstances he fell into? Why did he not care one minute, care the next, then go back to not caring again? Characters don't HAVE to be consistent, but at least grant me reason why they wouldn't be. At any rate, this book left me both unsatisfied and satisfied at the time. Unsatisfied with what I don't know, but satisfied with what ELSE I'm in the path to knowing. I have every intention of going the distance with this series. I just hope my problems with book one don't become habit on all its sequels.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Jim

    This first book from author Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter series is a top notch legal thriller. "To speak For The Dead", is a rough and tumble suspense medical/ legal who done it that delivers a pretty good jolt reading. It's an amazing story being told by author Paul Levine. Levine is an author who can mold a really good tale for readers to get lost into. Jake Lassiter is our protagonist who's a crafty lawyer, and all around tough guy who can more than take care of himself when he needs to. This This first book from author Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter series is a top notch legal thriller. "To speak For The Dead", is a rough and tumble suspense medical/ legal who done it that delivers a pretty good jolt reading. It's an amazing story being told by author Paul Levine. Levine is an author who can mold a really good tale for readers to get lost into. Jake Lassiter is our protagonist who's a crafty lawyer, and all around tough guy who can more than take care of himself when he needs to. This first Lassiter book opens in the middle of a medical malpractice case that also involves a somewhat consequential death. Top notch surgeon Dr. Roger Stanton is being sued for several million dollars by widow Mrs. Philip Corrigan, named Melanie. Dr. Stanton is accused of booting a routine procedure that several hours post-op, ended up killing Philip Corrigan. Melanie and Dr. Stanton of course have been having a relationship for years behind Philip's back. In a scheme supposedly cooked up by Melanie, Roger was supposed to be found guilty, and insurance company would pay off widow. After big payoff Roger and Melanie would then live off Philip's wealth , and their new settlement money. If that wasn't crazy enough, before long Lassiter is dragged into a murder case involving the same cast of characters from the malpractice case. Jake manages to convince long retired medical examiner Charlie Riggs to join his team sorting out this web of lies and murder. Jake also gets some unexpected help from Susan Corrigan. Susan is Philip's daughter from his first marriage. Susan and Melanie are absolute enemies of each other. Battling leg breakers, mobsters, alligators,evil doctors and a crazy drug called succinylcholine, Jake Lassiter is in the middle of one explosive situation. The plot moves at breakneck speed with plenty of action sequences, and enough suspense that would not able to cut through with a knife. Spot on dialog is also a huge asset keeping this plot alive and moving so quickly. The supporting characters are very well defined and developed, making it hard to wait for another to pop up and turns things in the book on it's head. Absolutely five stars out of a possible five stars for, "To Speak For The Dead", the first Jake Lassiter series book from author Paul Levine. I found this series by accident by picking up the eleventh book in series and enjoyed the heck out of it. The author also notes any of the Lassiter books can be read in any order. All are considered stand alones. I'm planning on jumping into the second Lassiter book very soon. If haven't heard of or not ever checked out one of Paul Levine's Lassiter books, don't waste time they are top notch for mystery/ thriller readers.

  30. 5 out of 5

    ElaineY

    REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 13, 2017 Narrator: Luke Daniels The Narration: the best thing about the book, though I did tweak Daniels' voice a little to make him sound a little richer and sexier. The Ending: I am not fond of such "huh?", "leave-them-wondering" type of endings. I find them annoying and want to bitch-slap those authors who think they're being oh-so-sophisticated by giving me such endings. The Rest of the Book: I was conflicted through much of the story. I liked the plot but found the sex REVIEW OF AUDIOBOOK; JUNE 13, 2017 Narrator: Luke Daniels The Narration: the best thing about the book, though I did tweak Daniels' voice a little to make him sound a little richer and sexier. The Ending: I am not fond of such "huh?", "leave-them-wondering" type of endings. I find them annoying and want to bitch-slap those authors who think they're being oh-so-sophisticated by giving me such endings. The Rest of the Book: I was conflicted through much of the story. I liked the plot but found the sex parts intrusive, except for the scene playing out the menage a trois. That was needed because of the plot but the others with Lassiter being the object of the seduction was a yawn. Speaking of the video that was made of the menage scene, (view spoiler)[it wasn't even used in the courtroom or anywhere really, just referred to. (hide spoiler)] Overall, I can't say I cared for the writing. It took too long to tell the story and I'm one who's used to, and enjoy, audiobooks that are at least 10 hours long. This book had me impatient to move on to the next scene and while I enjoy 1st Person telling, I did not find myself getting invested in Lassiter's character. However, I enjoyed the courtroom scenes and for that reason alone, will listen to the next book. I hope I like it because I'd bought the entire list of eleven - yes, freakin' eleven! - audiobooks. But I'm not crazy - they were free under Kindle Unlimited and only 1.99 for each audiobook. Conclusion: 2 stars for meh writing.

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