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IMPACT (Legal Thriller) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Chicanery on the Supreme Court is a hot topic these days. Brad Meltzer's Tenth Justice made bestseller headlines, and by now there are nearly enough other thrillers probing the secrets of the federal bench to give the subject a category all its own. In 9 Scorpions, former trial attorney Paul Levine weighs in with his version. The book features a beautiful ex-stripper with a Stanford law degree who's just won a coveted clerkship with the most junior justice--handsome and charismatic Sam Truitt. Lisa Fremont has come a long way from San Francisco's seedy Tiki Club, thanks to a wealthy patron who's also the CEO of Atlantica Airlines. But Max Wanaker and his airline are facing a multi-million dollar legal battle that will be won or lost in the high court, and Max is calling in his markers. It's up to Lisa to persuade Sam Truitt to cast the swing vote in Atlantica's favor. Max's life, and hers, hang in the balance, for Max has sold his soul as well as his airline to a corporation owned by the Japanese mafia, and the Yakuza's strongman, Shank, has already killed once to protect the their interests. If Lisa's considerable legal skills or even her sensual talents can't convince the justice to see things the mafia way, Shank'll kill again. But what neither the mafia nor Max know is that it's not just Lisa's passion for justice that stands in the way of their plans. When she learns what really brought Flight 640 down and killed her one true love as well as 288 other people, a not-so-simple case of blackmail turns into a deadly battle of will and wits. The action ranges from the marble halls of the Court to the swamps of the Everglades, where most of the bodies and all of the secrets of Atlantica 640 are buried. Or are they? When Truitt joins forces with Lisa to uncover the truth, they learn that even the federal bench isn't immune to the forces of corruption and violence, in a thrilling denouement that reads like a blockbuster movie. --Jane Adams

From Publishers Weekly

Levine, forsaking hero-attorney Jake Lassiter, who has anchored several of his legal thrillers (Flesh & Bones, 1997, etc.), seems hopelessly at sea in this watery melodrama about an attempt to rig a Supreme Court decision. It won't take readers long to see that Levine is far from shore. His heroine, Lisa Fremont, is a T.S. Eliot-quoting stripper-turned-hot shot young lawyer. His hero, Sam Truitt, a cross between "Harrison Ford and Jeff Bridges," is a charismatic Harvard prof-turned-Supreme Court justice. And his principal villain, an enforcer in the pay of Japanese gangsters, is nicknamed "Shank" for his weapon of choice. The setup is more original. Lisa, under moral pressure from airline tycoon Max Wanaker, who saved her from the streets, and under physical pressure from Shank, who's yanked off her earring to show that he means business, aims to get hired as Truitt's clerk. Her goal is to persuade Truitt to cast his deciding vote in favor of Wanaker's airline in a liability case that can not only ruin the tycoon but which, if Truitt votes against Wanaker, will cost both Wanaker and Lisa their lives at Shank's cruel hands. Readers will predict from far away a key murder, and they won't be any more surprised by the stagy climax, which finds Lisa calling upon the spirit of an old lover ("Tony! Help me. Help me now"). The novel skims along well despite workaday writing and offers Sam's burgling of the Chief Justice's office and a dinner hosted by a Yakuza boss as colorful highlights. The title quotes Oliver Wendell Holmes's statement on the makeup of the Supreme Court, but it's the reader who's ultimately stung by this humdrum tale.
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1001 KB
  • Print Length: 576 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.; Second Kindle Edition edition (Feb. 18 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003XYFMQ2
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Totally unrealistic and very disappointing. July 26 1999
Format:Mass Market Paperback
One of the reasons I love mysteries is their ability to show aspects of life and society while telling a good story. I bought this book because I thought a mystery set in the Supreme Court would be very interesting. The bits and pieces about the court are there, but the writing is so contrived, and the main characters so unbelievable, that I couldn't bring myself to finish it. Supposedly the writer was writing from a woman's point of view, but this is a woman as only a man could imagine her, with little depth and everything caught up in sexuality. He repeatedly describes her physical appearance, what she's wearing, and how she's thinking about sex with the various men she's involved with. Her central conflict, whether to honor the law or her prior commitments, is phoney, and in any case is drowned out by the constant attention to when she's going to sleep with whom and why. The idea that she would scheme to get a clerkship just to affect the decision on one case coming before the court is beyond unbelievable. The plot itself is one note, with almost no changes in direction, only new episodes of (supposedly) scary violence to move it along.
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3.0 out of 5 stars 9 Scorpions requires a suspension of belief Nov. 9 1998
Not even in Bill Clinton's Washington does this story line make sense, and more's the pity as I am a big Paul Levine fan. Sam Truitt who has already been burned as a college professor by sleeping with a co-ed and then giving her a C grade, ("Next time Sam, give her an A and spare me the embarrassment", says his wife) is confirmed as a Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. He has hardly had a chance to try out his chair when the Chief, a fire breathing "right wing conservative" advises that he is just waiting for Sam to give his followers a chance to remove him. So, against that background Sam hires the sexiest ex-stripper ever to graduate from Stanford as one of his law clerks. However, she is a double agent as she has been put up to applying to be the judge's law clerk by the President of Atlantica Airlines (Max). He is the guy who rescued her from her life of sin while making her his mistress. Then, during a down period in that relationship, she was falling in love with and sleeping with the Chief Pilot of Atlantica (Tony). Unfortunately, Tony the Pilot is at the controls of Flight 610 when the tail engine disintegrates and the plane crashes in The Everglades with all lives lost. A law suit is brought against the company. It's insurance company is insolvent so the airline will have to pay the damages, if any are awarded. Lisa, the law clerk, is convinced by her former lover that there was a terrorist bomb on the plane and getting "her Justice" to vote for the airline is the right thing to do.(It really was lousy maintainance) Sound complicated?? You bet. Believable?? No way!! Read more ›
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5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! One of this year's best novels. Sept. 25 1998
By A Customer
A Paul Levine novel without Jake Lassiter? With seven novels on bookstore shelves featuring the linebacker-turned-lawyer, author Paul Levine shows readers his exceptional skills at weaving an intricate plot, sprinkling it with a wonderful sense of humor, blending in a touch of wit and showering it with scenery. In his newest novel, "9 Scorpions" he has excelled at all of that, this time without Jake. As the book opens on a perfect starlit South Florida night, Atlantica Airlines flight 640 crashes into the Everglades, killing everyone aboard and sparking a multi-million dollar lawsuit against the airline. Three years later, with the suit about the reach the United States Supreme Court, Max Wanaker, CEO of Atlantica, has devised a plan to save his airline from financial ruin, using his protege and former mistress, Lisa Freemont, newly appointed law clerk to the Supreme Court with a dark past. Max first met Lisa when she was an underage stripper. He put her through school and now he wants her to repay the favor by seducing junior Supreme Court Justice Sam Truitt and convince him to vote in favor of the airline. The plan sounds simple enough. After all, does anyone really think that all judges and lawyers are honest? But, there are much more powerful forces to reckon with than Max. An unsavory character named Theodore Shakanian, aka Shank, is the muscle man sent by Max's financial backers, to whom he owes a fortune, to make sure things go as planned. To further complicate matters, Lisa was in love with Tony Kingston, the pilot of flight 640. She has maintained her friendship with Tony's son, Greg, and together they set out to prove it was shoddy maintenance and sloppy cost-cutting measures by Max's company that cost the crew and passengers of flight 640 their lives. Read more ›
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good thriller July 13 1998
By A Customer
Sam Truitt is a rarity in today's Washington. He is an idealist, who wants only to the right thing as the newest member of the Supreme Court. In spite of his good intentions, Sam selects Lisa Fremont, a sexy young lady, to be one of his law clerks because he cannot resist her sexual magnetism.
Lisa Fremont has a history that, if known, would probably disqualify her from working at the court. She was a teenage stripper in San Francisco, whose life was changed when Max Wanaker, president of Atlantica Airlines, took her off the streets and sent her tuition free to Stanford.
Max needs a favor from his star pupil. His airlines is in the midst of a multimillion dollar law suit that is going to come before the justices of the Supreme Court. The judges are evenly divided with Sam being the lone undecided and therefore swing vote. Lisa is to get into his bed and head (both of them) to insure that Max is paid in full.
9 SCORPIONS is an exciting legal th! ! riller that brings one of the justices of the Supreme Court into full focus. The book is at its best when it does that, and when it presents the inner sanctum and procedures of the court. Though fans of legal thrillers will want to read this fast-paced novel, the book becomes another run of the mill thriller when Sam and Lisa become the last action heroes and go on location to right a wrong. Paul Levine shows he has talent and hopefully will return to the highest court, but this time stay with the bench and provide readers with insight into all 9 SCORPIONS, who sit in its chambers.

Harriet Klausner
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5.0 out of 5 stars 9 Scorpions. Great read. Informative. Entertaining.
This is one of those rare books that enlightens while it entertains. The view of the inner sanctum of the U.S. Supreme Court reveals details not known by most Americans. Read more
Published on June 3 2001 by Larry Moskowitz
2.0 out of 5 stars levine sells out
Fans of Levine's hard-edged and colorful Jake Lassiter books will be in for a dismal surprise when they read _9 Scorpions_, Levine's apparent attempt to break out of the Miami... Read more
Published on Feb. 24 2001 by Professor
5.0 out of 5 stars 9 Scorpions = Heart Pounding Suspence
I really liked this book a lot. I found it to be very suspenceful I could not put it down. However, I would put it in the category of a Beach Book. Read more
Published on April 30 2000 by Gail Willis
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, almost didn't finish
I wish I would have checked this book out of the library instead of buying it. I have read much better legal suspense thrillers.... Read more
Published on Sept. 8 1999
2.0 out of 5 stars This is a soap opera, somewhat unrealistic failure.
We found the book to be formula in nature, can you imagine a supreme court judge, already guilty of sexual harassment hiring another bimbo! Evil bad guys, but just not believable. Read more
Published on June 7 1999
1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Please!
I found 9 Scorpions too contrived. I read in an interview that Paul Levine wanted to write for a woman from a woman's point of view. Read more
Published on Jan. 25 1999
3.0 out of 5 stars Above average, below the Lassiter series
Found initial 2/3 a bit slow and at times a little tedious. When the setting shifted to Florida the action picked up and pages started turning. Read more
Published on Jan. 8 1999 by nobizinfla
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic, Intelligent, Thrilling
I first read Paul Levine's "Flesh & Bones," which was a murder mystery set in the modeling world. Read more
Published on Jan. 3 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars Waiting for the sequel
Sex inside the Supreme Court, who'd have thought it? Justice Sam Truitt sure doesn't look like William Rehnquist, and his law clerk, Lisa Fremont, is as beautiful as she is... Read more
Published on Oct. 30 1998
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst book I've read this year
I can not believe the good reviews for this book. I don't have particuarly strict standards, but I thought this one was a real stinker, a pot boiler of the worst kind. Read more
Published on Oct. 24 1998
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