The Road to Hell

The Road to Hell

Paul Levine

Mystery & Thrillers / Fiction / Crime

“The Road to Hell” collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series.The stories include “El Valiente en el Infierno,” (The Brave One in Hell), "Development Hell," "A Hell of a Crime," and "Solomon and Lord: To Hell and Back."Plus there are two free excerpts from the novels "Solomon vs. Lord" and "Mortal Sin."“The Road to Hell” collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. Levine's heroes travel dark and dangerous paths as they confront devilish and powerful villains. In “El Valiente en el Infierno,” (The Brave One in Hell), a 13-year-old Mexican boy tells his own story as he makes a treacherous midnight crossing into California in search of his father. The boy’s courage is tested when he runs into two gun-toting American vigilantes. “Development Hell” imagines a pitch session in which a bedraggled Edgar Allan Poe squares off with a slick Hollywood producer who wants to make a cheesy slasher flick out of “The Pit and the Pendulum.” Bookgasm praised the story as “going straight to the funny bone.” In “A Hell of a Crime,” a prosecutor prepares for a homicide trial while being pestered by his domineering mother, a famous lawyer herself. Just what role did she play in the murder? And how is the prosecutor’s enigmatic wife involved in the case? Two of the author’s best-loved characters, Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, appear in “Solomon & Lord: To Hell and Back.” The ethically-challenged Steve Solomon and the very proper Victoria Lord are mismatched Miami law partners. Steve says he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, a sleazy con man. Victoria knows that Cruz is an unlikely fishing buddy. So just what is Steve up to now? Something between mischief and murder. The "Solomon and Lord" novels have been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity and International Thriller Awards, as well as the James Thurber Humor Prize. “Remarkably fresh and original with characters you can't help loving and sparkling dialogue that echoes the Hepburn-Tracy screwball comedies. A hilarious, touching and entertaining twist on the legal thriller." – Chicago Sun-TimesThe book also contains an excerpt from "Solomon vs. Lord," the first novel of the bestselling series of legal thrillers. A quick synopsis: Victoria Lord follows all the rules. Steve Solomon makes up his own. When they defend an accused murderer, they'll either end up in ruin, in jail...or in bed. Here's what number one bestselling author Harlan Coben had to say: "Hiaasen meets Grisham in the court of last retort. A sexy, wacky, wonderful thriller with humor and heart."Finally, an excerpt of “Mortal Sin,” one of the award-winning Jake Lassiter novels, is included. This time, the linebacker-turned-lawyer has a dangerous conflict of interest. He’s sleeping with Nicky Florio’s wife...and defending the mob-connected millionaire in court. Florio has hatched a scheme deep in the Florida Everglades that oozes corruption, blood, and money. One false move, and Jake will be gator bait. “Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax.” – Library Journal. PRAISE FOR THE FICTION OF PAUL LEVINE“Mystery writing at its very, very best.” – Larry King, USA TODAY"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." – The New York Times Book Review"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly." – St. Petersburg Times“Genuinely chilling.” – Washington Post Book World “Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila!” – Tulsa Sun“Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch“Cracking good action-mystery...funny, sardonic, and fast-paced.” – Detroit Free PressABOUT THE AUTHORThe author of 17 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote 20 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG.” His most recent novel is "Last Chance Lassiter." Look for "State vs. Lassiter," coming soon. More info at www.paul-levine.com.
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[Jake Lassiter 03.0] False Dawn

[Jake Lassiter 03.0] False Dawn

Paul Levine

Mystery & Thrillers / Fiction / Crime

Jake Lassiter doesn't know much about art, but what he knows can get him killed. Jake's used to clients who lie - but it's usually to deny their guilt. When his old friend Francisco Crespo admits to brutally killing a fellow warehouse worker with a forklift truck, Jake is suspicious. With medical evidence suggesting that Crespo was unconscious at the time of the Russian worker's death, why is Crespo saying he did it? Refusing to accept Crespo's improbable guilty plea, Jake embarks on a quest for the truth that takes him to Havana in search of priceless Faberge eggs and an international theft ring that involves the CIA, Fidel Castro and the Russian Government. Soon realizing that nothing is as it seems, the ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker has a lot to contend with in this gritty thriller that sees him taking on a dangerous international conspiracy. PRAISE FOR FALSE DAWN "Realistic, gritty, fun." - New York Times Book Review "Enough twists and turns to satisfy Robert Ludlum fans." - Publishers Weekly "A highly entertaining yarn filled with wry humor."-- Detroit Free Press "Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY
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Mortal Sin

Mortal Sin

Paul Levine

Mystery & Thrillers / Fiction / Crime

A dazzling new mystery series set in sizzling Miami featuring a former football player turned lawyer/investigator. When Jake Lassiter uncovers a ruthless scheme to destroy the Everglades, he soon finds himself face to face with trouble, mayhem and alligators. The Jake Lassiter character has been optioned for development as an NBC-TV Mystery Movie.
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Ballistic

Ballistic

Paul Levine

Mystery & Thrillers / Fiction / Crime

A Nuclear Missile... A Band of Terrorists... And Only Two People Who Can Prevent Armageddon. When a doomsday cult captures an U.S. Air Force missile base, it's up to a lowly sergeant and a female psychiatrist to prevent a nuclear holocaust. That’s the setup of “BALLISTIC,” the chilling new thriller from the Edgar-nominated author of the Jake Lassiter series. Morale and discipline suffer as missile squadrons are dismantled under a nuclear arms treaty. An Air Force base in Wyoming is ripe for terrorist attack, and it comes from an unexpected source: home-grown religious commandos. Brother David, son of a nuclear physicist, leads a well-armed cult bent on bringing out Armageddon, as prophesied by the Book of Revelations. Only two people can stop the greatest disaster in the history of mankind: Sergeant Jack Jericho, who is haunted by an act of cowardice in his past, and Dr. Susan Burns, a psychiatrist trapped in the launch control capsule during routine tests of the missile crews. To prevent a nuclear holocaust, these two must work together to defeat the terrorists and to exorcize their own demons. “BALLISTIC is ‘Die Hard’ in a missile silo. Terrific!” – Stephen J. Cannell PRAISE FOR THE FICTION OF PAUL LEVINE “A breathless thriller.” – Atlanta Constitution “Mystery writing at its very, very best.” – Larry King, USA TODAY "Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." – The New York Times Book Review “Levine is a brilliant stylist as well as storyteller.” – Providence (R.I.) Journal “Genuinely chilling.” – Washington Post Book World “Wildly entertaining.” – St. Louis Post-Dispatch “Cracking good action-mystery.” – Detroit Free Press THE JAKE LASSITER SERIES To Speak for the Dead Night Vision False Dawn Mortal Sin Riptide Fool Me Twice Flesh & Bones Lassiter (Fall 2011) ABOUT THE AUTHOR The author of 14 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote for the CBS military drama “JAG” and co-created the Supreme Court drama “First Monday” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The critically acclaimed national bestseller “To Speak for the Dead” was his first novel. He is also the author of the “Solomon vs. Lord” series, the Supreme Court novel “Impact” and the border thriller, “Illegal.” His next novel will be “Lassiter,” due in hardcover in Fall 2011. More at http://www.paul-levine.com
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Night Vision

Night Vision

Paul Levine

Mystery & Thrillers / Fiction / Crime

The murder of one of the computer dating service Compu-Mate's clients sends Miami trial lawyer Jake Lassiter and retired coroner Dr. Charlie Riggs on the trail of a killer that leads them to a London insane asylum. Reprint. *K. * ### From Publishers Weekly In contrast to his taut, punchy first novel, To Speak for the Dead , Levine's second is characterized by excess--an outlandish plot, too many characters and too many soggy wisecracks. But the blistering running commentary of hero-lawyer Jake Lassiter on drug dealers, developers and life in murder-a-day Dade County, Fla., plus a horrific denouement, easily makes up for the tale's shortcoming. With his Latin-spouting, bonefishing sidekick, retired coroner Charlie Riggs, the former Miami Dolphins linebacker tracks a serial killer and runs up against political corruption. The killer's first three victims are women who belong to Compu-Mate, an electronic network whose members talk dirty to one another. Jake, dragooned into becoming a special prosecutor, turns for guidance to Pamela Metcalf, an icy British psychiatrist in Miami on a book tour. As the body count mounts, suspicions fall on ambitious state attorney Nick Wolf, with a shadowy past in Vietnam; detective Alejandro Rodriquez; drunken drama professor and failed actor Gerald Prince; and the owners of Compu-Mate, ex-jockey Max Blinderman and his gorgeous spouse, Bobbie. 50,000 first printing; $50,000 ad/promo. Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc. ### From Library Journal The second psychological thriller pairing lawyer Jake Lassiter and retired coroner Charlie Riggs ( To Speak for the Dead , Bantam, 1990). Copyright 1991 Reed Business Information, Inc.
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