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SOLOMON vs. LORD (Solomon vs. Lord Legal Thrillers Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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Former attorney and reporter Levine delivers a funny, fast-paced legal thriller, his first since 1998's 9 Scorpions. Circumstances conspire to force two Florida lawyers with opposing personalities;by-the-book Victoria Lord and anything-goes Steve Solomon;into working together as the defense attorneys for Katrina Barksdale, a "grieving" widow who's been charged with murdering her wealthy husband during a kinky sexcapade. This basic plot is nothing new, but Levine keeps things fresh by injecting the story with interesting subplots and a full roster of quirky, lovable characters, perhaps the best of whom is Bobby, Solomon's autistic savant nephew, who has a photographic memory and a penchant for making defaming anagrams out of people's names. While Levine's two protagonists may not be Tracy and Hepburn, the barbed dialogue that flies between them makes for some genuine laugh-out-loud moments. Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry (who supplies a blurb) will enjoy this humorous Florida crime romp.
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"Levine delivers a funny, fast-paced legal thriller ... Fans of Carl Hiaasen and Dave Barry will enjoy this humorous Florida crime romp."—Publishers Weekly

"Authentic dialogue, rich characterizations, complicated relationships and even pathos bolster Solomon vs. Lord. Unique plot twists and well-placed humor help, too. Levine makes the most of his characters, as well as the South Florida setting both in and out of the courthouse."—Fort Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

"Levine's book is remarkably fresh and original, with characters you can't help loving, and sparkling dialogue that echoes the Hepburn-Tracy screwball comedies."—Chicago Sun-Times

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  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (March 6 2014)
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  • Language: English
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Solomon vs. Lord Oct. 8 2007
Format:Mass Market Paperback
Victoria Lord has never met a man more irritating. The normally put together lawyer sits in a jail cell with a contempt of court ruling all because of Steve Solomon, his taunting, and his ability to get her hopping mad. How dare he give her advice about how to become a better lawyer when he can't keep himself out of jail. A strange twist of fate, one very bizarre murder trial, one custody battle, and a new outlook will either destroy Victoria's career or give her the life she's always wanted. One thing is for sure, Victoria's life is never going to be the same.

Solomon vs. Lord contains a number of sub-stories and mini-plots that add to the brilliance and depth of the main story. The events surrounding the murder trial are downright hilarious yet the characters have to build a case out of almost no evidence which creates a lot of tension and frustration. The side story about Steve's nephew is touching and inspirational despite it's horrific nature showing a side that no one would have guessed that Steve Solomon could possess. Victoria has her own stories and her own issues particularly with her vegetable obsessed fiancée.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast paced and loads of fun Nov. 14 2005
By Craig Clarke - Published on
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I love a good courtroom novel, and Solomon vs. Lord is a great courtroom novel. With suspense, romance, humor, and a huge heart, this first entry in a new series is the story of two attorneys and their tempestuous relationship in the face of Miami's most media-saturated murder trial. It's a lot of fun -- imagine Moonlighting, but with lawyers.

When Victoria Lord is fired from her state's attorney's office job, Steve Solomon, the counselor for the defense, takes her on as his partner. Immediately, the sparks fly (Victoria likes to go by the book, but Steve says "when the law doesn't work, work the law") and we just know -- despite the fact that they evidently can't stand each other, and that she is engaged to South Florida's avocado king -- that these two are going to end up together.

But that's just the fun part -- the real story involves the death of local millionaire Charles Barksdale and the arrest of his wife Katrina for his murder. As a friend of the accused, Victoria takes on the case, with Steve, against her former employer, state's attorney "Sugar Ray" Pincher.

Meanwhile, Steve has his own problems: social services is trying to take his mildly autistic nephew, Bobby, away from him. Steve rescued Bobby from Steve's drug-addicted sister, Janice, but Dr. Doris Krankovich believes Solomon to be an unfit parent. These, along with Steve's father issues and Victoria's indecision about who she truly belongs with, make for a dense, involving novel that still manages to be a quick read.

Author Levine (a writer for JAG and the author of the Jake Lassiter series of crime novels) effortlessly combines humor and suspense, with several laugh-out-loud throwaway lines buried among the drama. The cracks come fast and furious, right along with the suspense. Bobby's ability with anagrams will delight word fans, but the real draws are the main characters, especially Solomon and Lord. Levine knows that it is just as much fun to watch people fall in love as it is to watch them win a case, and he gives us plenty of both, resulting in a book that is a true pleasure to read and is a fine addition to the ever-growing canon of novels with wacky South Floridian characters (see Elmore Leonard, Carl Hiaasen, and Dave Barry for more examples). I'm already looking forward to the sequel, The Deep Blue Alibi.
29 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome back Paul Levine! Oct. 21 2005
By David Montgomery - Published on
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Paul Levine, author of the Jake Lassiter detective series, returns to writing novels after several years in the Hollywood wasteland working on such TV shows as "JAG" and "First Monday." The result is "Solomon vs. Lord," a hilarious, touching and entertaining twist on the legal thriller that makes Levine's return a welcome one.

Miami attorneys Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord are as different as night and day. He's impulsive and free-spirited. She's regimented and always by-the-book. When the pair is forced together to help defend a millionaire heiress accused of killing her husband, they make an unstoppable pair.

Steve is also locked in a desperate battle to win custody of his autistic nephew, as brilliant and funny a kid as you'll find in any novel. The scenes between the two of them are so moving yet humorous they'll have you laughing through the tears.

Despite a predictable setup, Levine's book is remarkably fresh and original, with characters you can't help loving, and sparkling dialogue that echoes the Hepburn-Tracy screwball comedies. "Solomon vs. Lord" is the first in what we hope will be a long and successful series.
25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exciting yet charming legal thriller. Sept. 27 2005
By Cynthia L. Clark - Published on
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Sounds like a contradiction in terms doesn't it? But it's not. Paul Levine has crafted a well written legal thriller with charming, witty and sometimes irascible characters.
Solomon is a seasoned defense attorney, who lives by his own "rules." Lord is a new prosecutor still believing that justice will prevail and life is fair. When Solomon and Lord find themselves on opposites sides in court, their sparring lands them both in jail for contempt. When the trial continues, so does Solomon's antics. Lord takes the bait which costs her not only the trial but her job. As if heaven sent, she receives word (overheard by Solomon), that a rich friend's husband has just died during their kinky sex. Solomon immediately anticipates that this woman will be charged with murder. Reluctantly Lord join forces with Solomon to defend the wealthy widow. During the defense, we are treated to a cast of delightful secondary players including Solomon's ward, Bobby, his nephew, a savant, that he rescued from his drugged out mother and her sadistic friends. Bobby has a habit of taking names and rearranging their letters to interesting sexual anagrams. Bobby can also recite everything he hears. During the course of the murder trial, Solomon must deal with the return of his sister (Bobby's mother), and a child services agent intent on removing Bobby from Solomon's care.
Solomon vs. Lord is fast paced, witty, and yes, charming. I can't wait for the next in the series. If you like mystery, humor, with a dash or romance, then this is the book for you!
74 of 96 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A complete waste of time March 19 2011
By Russ Lewis - Published on
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If you're titillated by high school locker room byplay you'll love this book. The story begins in a courtroom with a judge who's right out of Alice in Wonderland and the story's two principal caricatures currently residing in a holding cell, shouting high school vulgarities at each other. These two are supposed to be attorneys, one an older and experienced male and one a younger but brilliant woman. From their discussion it's pretty clear neither could be more than thirteen years old. Next we meet the accused and the victim, a pair of extreme sexual deviates. The victim is dead as the result of a sick sex act gone astray. The accused, his wife, is wealthy and foul-mouthed, as are most of the other caricatures in this potboiler. There's not a single character in this story who's believable or engaging enough to make you care about him. The two judges before whom these caricatures appear are demented and ineffective to the point of absurdity. There's no courtroom drama because no one in the story is sane enough to argue a case.

This may not be the worst potboiler I've ever read, but it's certainly in the running for that distinction. If this book were free it'd be overpriced.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic Banter, Satisfying Mystery June 19 2012
By Scott Sherman - Published on
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Very much in the Moonlighting tradition, Solomon vs Lord features two likable, attractive leads sparring and flirting throughout.

Wow, is this dialogue funny. Much of the humor comes from someone you know is familiar is what it's really like to work in the legal system, and see it fall all its faults and splendor. Solomon asks Lord what a lawyer's most necessary attribute is. "I'm not sure, sir," she says, afraid to venture a guess. "The ability to lie while saying hello," Solomon answers.

Solomon is the wild, seen-it-all rouge, Lord is the uptight by-the-book rookie. Will they bicker and argue and eventually fall in love? You might not know if you've never read another book or seen another movie.

Still, it's the getting there that's the fun, and S vs L is a great ride that you will not want to end. If you're at all inclined towards romantic comedies, with a bit of mystery thrown in, you'll buy the next book in the series the moment you finish this one.
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