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MORTAL SIN (Jake Lassiter Legal Thrillers Book 4) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine

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From Publishers Weekly

This fourth Jake Lassiter novel depicts the former football star investigating a Miami real estate racket.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Library Journal

Lawyer Jake Lassiter is defending Florida real estate developer Nicky Florio in a civil suit regarding an environmentalist's death at a poolside party. While Lassiter has doubts that the death was accidental, he also worries about the possible conflict of interest involved in sleeping with his client's wife, Gina. After Lassiter wins the case, he is sucked into the machinations of Florio and Gina and finds himself witness to a beheading, accused of embezzlement and murder, and on the run. Indian rights, animal rights, and slimy politicians and lawyers all surface in this fourth Lassiter novel. Permeated with cynicism and the corruption of South Florida that recall the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax. Recommended for public libraries.
- Robert H. Donahugh, formerly with Youngstown & Mahoning Cty. P.L., Ohio
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
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  • Print Length: 304 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (April 4 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0042X991C
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars "All Life Is Six To Five Against." July 24 2005
By Konrei - Published on
MORTAL SIN is Paul Levine's fourth Jake Lassiter novel. Having learned the lessons about excess represented by FALSE DAWN, Levine has written a superbly crafted and finely focused thriller. MORTAL SIN is well deserving of its John D. MacDonald Award, and certainly lives up to its dedication page to MacDonald and its strong debt to Travis McGee.

Entirely a South Florida story, MORTAL SIN is a tale of corruption, payola and murder with excellent pacing and a completely plausible premise and characters. Levine never lets go of the reins. MORTAL SIN is a fine showcase for his talents as a writer.

Jake Lassiter, the ex-Miami Dolphins linebacker, ex-Public Defender, ex-a lot of things, sets out to defend real estate developer Nicky Florio in a wrongful death suit brought by Melinda Tupton, the widow of crusading environmentalist Peter Tupton who froze to death on the hottest day of the year at Florio's pool party.

Complications arise. Jake is having what lawyers quaintly term a 'meretricious relationship' with Florio's wife Gina, formerly Star Hampton, retired Dolphin Doll and Jake's old live-in girlfriend. And on the last day of trial, Jake uncovers evidence that the 'wrongful death' he has just successfully defended may in fact be murder.

A chance remark to Nicky Florio---and Jake finds himself embroiled in a vast cover-up, running for his life through the dusty courthouses of Miami, the trendy clubs of South Beach, the retirement hotels of North Beach, the golf courses that dot Dade, Broward and Palm Beach Counties, and finally, the vast 'River of Grass,' otherwise known as the environmentally sensitive Everglades, targeted and encroached upon by men like Florio.

A single sitting enjoyable read with some laugh-out-loud humor, wistful nostalgia, and respect for the natural world of its setting, MORTAL SIN is one of the best entries in the Jake Lassiter series, and comes very highly recommended.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Sin but much fun Nov. 3 2010
By FWS - Published on
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My 4th Paul Levine, 3rd Lassiter. The best read so far. Levine is a great legal/suspense writer and in order to enjoy him don't get caught up in how plausible the story line is but relax, enjoy and go for the ride. Lassiter steps into deep "stuff" early on and spends the rest of the tale trying to dig himself out while continuing to complicate matters. A story full of bad guys; most of the rest are only medium bad. No good guys save for Nanny and Dr. Riggs, Lassiter's muse and mentor. The characters are well drawn, the dialog crisp and often very funny, the story slick and fast with enough twists, turns and escapes to satisfy any mystery/adventure fan. Can't miss with this one.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mortal Sin (Kindle edition) Oct. 24 2010
By L. Edwards - Published on
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Having read other books in the Jake Lassiter series, I knew this would be interesting suspense. However, I found the story to be a little far-fetched. Too many times, Jake finds himself in situations where he should have been killed and finds a last minute escape. Once would have been ok, but by the third time it seemed silly.

The book starts with Jake defending Nicky Florio, and getting him off, even though Jake believes there is more to the story. He starts looking further and gets himself into something unexpected that keeps expanding.

I often find myself suspending reality to read, but with this book, I was more aware of the stretch than usual. For me, that detracted from the book. In addition, I read the Kindle version and there were enough typos that it interfered with the flow of the book.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars bewyld April 17 2012
By bewyld - Published on
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A light hearted mystery mixing humour with crime solving, on the whole I thoroughly enjoyed this book as it kept me guessing "who dunit".
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars fun and fast June 10 2013
By Steve Whiteside - Published on
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I liked this book, a bit hard to follow at the start but maybe because I always fall asleep. It's not so much the books fault as my 12 hours of work. The story was just complicated enough to keep my interest and the setting in the Everglades is great. I will read a few more jake Lassiter books for sure.

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