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FOOL ME TWICE (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 6) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine

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From Publishers Weekly

Linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter is back (after Slashback) in a case that threatens to end his career, if not his life. Successfully defending con man Louis "Blinky" Baroso against fraud charges earns the Miami attorney 100 shares of Rocky Mountain Treasures Inc., a buried-treasure salvage company in Colorado. After his acquittal, Blinky disappears, having neglected to mention that he listed Lassiter as the company's secretary/treasurer and general counsel. Then the strangled body of one of Blinky's associates is found hanging from the lawyer's ceiling fan. A further tangle comes in the shape of Blinky's sister, Jo Jo, who is Lassiter's former lover and the current belle of Kit Carson Cimarron, who owns 70% of Rocky Mountain Treasures. When Jo Jo flees Miami for Aspen, Lassiter follows, hoping to find Blinky, clear himself of murder charges and perhaps rekindle romance with Jo Jo. A fight with Cimarron, involving a horsewhip and a nail gun, lands Lassiter in the hospital, where he's forced to question who are his enemies and friends. Although the narrating Lassiter's humor sometimes slips from cynical wit into campy vaudeville asides, Levine keeps pages turning as he blends legal elements into this mystery.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Ex-mediocre Miami Dolphin linebacker and now small-time defense lawyer Jake Lassiter is accused of murder when a body turns up in his Miami house. Following his former lover Jo Jo, whose con-man brother (Jake's friend and often client) has disappeared, Lassiter journeys to Aspen, Colorado, and the abandoned silver mines beneath it. Soon, he ends up on trial for a different murder, with Jo Jo as the star prosecution witness. Jake seeks help from his Florida friends: his Granny, who is right out of Dogpatch; a Latin-quoting retired coroner; and a black preacher-turned-lawyer. In the end, however, it's his movie-quoting, 11-year-old, just-discovered nephew who helps the most in this fast-paced, often humorous tale of treachery and greed. Lawyer Levine displays his courtroom knowledge and his facility with noir elements in this sixth in a series (Mortal Sin, LJ 1/94). Fool Me Twice should create new fans.?Roland Person, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Print Length: 337 pages
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  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (Nov. 26 2013)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
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19 of 19 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A tale IN two cities. Solid 4 1/2 stars Feb. 22 2012
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This is the first Paul Levine novel I have read, and I will state here and now that it will not be my last. I really liked this fast-paced read and found it to be well written (but not error free) with an appealing story line.

The author did a great job of character building throughout the book, and it felt like I actually knew each and every character personally. I particularly liked Jake's new-found nephew, Kip, with his incessant quoting of movie lines. Granny is a real trip and Jake, the ex-Miami-Dolphin-turned-defense-attorney, is very realistically portrayed, not as some super sleuth, but as a very fallible and human character.

This is a light whodunit with a twist; and while it is not an extremely sophisticated piece of writing, it is very satisfying. The author very capably puts you in both Miami and Aspen as different aspects of the story play out. You can feel the sticky heat and smell the salty Miami air or find yourself with a chill even in summer during the Colorado visits. For me, finding the "Silverqueen" in the mine under Aspen Mountain was thrilling in that "She" is a real piece of Aspen history which has long been "lost to the ages". I found myself wishing the fictional account of its re-discovery were actually true.

In any event, this novel was an enjoyable read from beginning to end, and I look forward to reading additional books in the Jake Lassiter series. If you are looking for a book with which to pass the time while on vacation or as you wind down from your busy day, don't overlook this one; it's a winner!
43 of 48 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Great character, but the book is flawed Nov. 12 2011
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I had mixed feelings about this book. I really enjoyed the character, Jake Lassiter, the story was set up expertly and there were some nice surprises in the book. I did not expect the femme fatale to be so wicked, for one. However, there were also some pathetically obvious plot lines as well. The grieving widow points the finger at Jake for murder, but it is his word against hers. Meanwhile, the nephew has been making home movies the whole time and has key events on video, but he doesn't think to mention it and it also just happens to completely slip the mind of the defendant until almost too late. C'mon man! It really is unforgivable. It is a major flaw that nearly ruins the story. I give it 2.5 stars.
14 of 17 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars So-so Dec 13 2012
By Lisa - Published on
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It isn't that I didn't like it. It was okay. It was predictable and not very well written. The dialog was stilted and the plot was predictable. I think the author has talent and potential, but I hope his best work remains to be read. It was a nice little time filler, but it isn't great fiction.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but very predictable April 21 2012
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I enjoyed this book and found the characters to be very interesting, although the story-line was very predictable. I could tell what would happen far in advance at all times throughout the book, and was never surprised. This was easily the most predictable book I have ever read. The characters should have seen very many obvious things throughout the book, and it made me feel as if most of the characters were mentally handicapped. I also noticed many inconsistencies and typos, but they didn't necessarily detract from the story-line. I will consider reading another Paul Levine book before giving up on him completely, but as it stands, I was hardly impressed.
11 of 14 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Unappealing Protagonist Dec 26 2011
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This book had some very intriguing characters and the overall story idea was good. However, I could not warm up to the title character, Jake. I get it, he's a bachelor, a former athelete turned lawyer, etc, but that doesn't mean he has to be a moron.
I'm not a prude or a teetotaler, but I find the idea that this guy thinks it's okay to give beer to an eleven year old at risk child as well as exposing him to horribly dangerous and emotionally scarring situations to be idiotic in the extreme. Whether or not he was raised by some moonshine swilling swamp hag, he should have some degree of common sense.
Overall, it was simply an irritating read.

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