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IMPACT [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

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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: 577 KB
  • Print Length: 414 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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Format:Mass Market Paperback
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. The story is suspenseful and exciting; the characters are extremely well-drawn.
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2.0 out of 5 stars levine sells out Feb. 24 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
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 crime genre and reach the mainstream. This is pure soap opera trash, complete with one-dimensional characters, gratuitous sex and violence, and the requisite power-mongering by cardboard cut-out villians. Jacqueline Suzanne could have written this pap. In fact, I wondered if Levine hired a ghost writer. The so-called "love story" between a Supreme Court judge and his assistant is laughable. We could care less about these spoiled Washington D.C. yuppies. Please, Paul, bank your profits on this TV-movie garbage and let's get back to Lassiter, a man the reader can care about.
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5.0 out of 5 stars 9 Scorpions = Heart Pounding Suspence April 30 2000
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. Unfortunatly Amazon does'nt have a Beach Book category.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed, almost didn't finish Sept. 8 1999
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Format:Mass Market Paperback
I wish I would have checked this book out of the library instead of buying it. I have read much better legal suspense thrillers....I considered putting this book on the shelf without finishing it. Shank was such an awful character, too bad he didn't get poisoned by eating the fish, but he did get what he deserved in the end. This book didn't become a "page turner" soon enough.
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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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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 Martini instead.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Oh, Please! Jan. 25 1999
By A Customer
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. Of course that woman is model-beautiful, a former stripper and a brilliant lawyer-to-be, living in a luxury apartment with a closet-full of expensive clothes, all paid for by a sugar daddy. And of course the man she's working for/falling in love with is charming, handsome and powerful (and in a bad marriage, natch). Yeah, real life going on here. It was ludicrous and stupid. Paul, stick to Jake.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Above average, below the Lassiter series Jan. 8 1999
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. Don't know if it was a worthwhile payoff. Solid writing as usual and a couple of characters who would be interesting to see again if set in Florida. Eagerly await the next installment in the Jake Lassiter series. Much more fun than these folks.
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