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TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (Jake Lassiter Book 1) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine
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Attorney Levine's lively fiction debut introduces Jake Lassiter, ex-jock turned Miami trial lawyer. Jake defends Dr. Roger Salisbury in a civil malpractice suit brought by gorgeous young Melanie Corrigan, widow of wealthy developer Philip Corrigan. The dead man's daughter, sportswriter Susan Corrigan, is not happy with Roger's acquittal, and tells Jake that Melanie conspired with his client to murder her father, using the lawsuit to divert attention from their relationship. As Jake considers Susan's suspicions, the widow makes a new accusation (while nearly naked), incriminating Roger but letting herself off the hook. Needing tangible proof, Jake and his friend Charlie Riggs, a retired coroner, and Susan clandestinely exhume Philip's body and, after foraging in the dark amid concrete tombs, sneak off with not one body but two. The grave theft alerts the city prosecutor to new clues, and he arrests Roger for murder, leaving Jake in the middle of a baffling whodunit. Levine spins his tale briskly, his use of medical evidence and legal argument heightening the excitement rather than weighing it down. Two more Jake Lassiter novels are to follow; that's good news.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Dr. Roger Salisbury knew seductive, beautiful Melanie Corrigan way back when she was a nude dancer in a seedy Miami bar. Now she's accused him of malpractice in the death of her wealthy husband, and, when that fails, she frames him for murder. As he hunts for the real murderer, narrator Jake Lassiter--Salisbury's sympathetic, witty, and nonconformist lawyer--falls for the dead man's attractive daughter, enlists the aid of a brainy ex-medical examiner, and narrowly escapes death himself. A finely tuned plot from first novelist Levine, who orchestrates his tense courtroom and medical scenes with expert panache, fluid prose, and sly humor. An excellent choice and the first in a series.
Copyright 1990 Reed Business Information, Inc.

Product Details

  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 398 KB
  • Print Length: 366 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0553057472
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc.; Second edition (March 14 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B003SHDUD6
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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1.0 out of 5 stars Same old story BORING! ZERO stars Jan. 5 2000
By A Customer
Format:Paperback
Same old story. Gullible boyfriend (a doctor,if you can believe that) kills wealthy husband. The women with their stunning looks and money lead all the men around by their johnsons. Nothing what so ever to distinguish Levine's version of it from all the rest. BORING!
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5.0 out of 5 stars GREAT GREAT GREAT!! May 1 1999
Format:Hardcover
A real gem. First rate if you like humor, action and something more... Better than Hiiasen.
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Amazon.com: 4.1 out of 5 stars  140 reviews
33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just as Good! July 12 2010
By Deborah Levinson - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition
Just as good the second (or is it the third or fourth?) time around as when I first read this book, discovering both Jake Lassiter and Paul Levine at the same time. Breezy writing, and a fun character, surrounded by a more than decent plot. I loved it then, and gobbled up everything by Levine after that, and I'm glad I took the time to buy and read again for a good cause. (Funny story - discovered Levine because I was looking to see whether Levinson [,Robert S.] was on the shelf of a then local bookstore.
35 of 38 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Why Does A Hearse Horse Snicker Hauling A Lawyer Away? July 10 2005
By Konrei - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Hardcover
TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is the first of Miami lawyer-turned-novelist Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter novels, and it acquits itself well as an initial effort.

Levine knows his landscape as well as fellow Floridians John D. MacDonald or Carl Hiaasen, and his characters are at least as well developed and colorful. In TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD we are introduced to former second-string Miami Dolphin-turned-slightly stumbling attorney Jake Lassiter, his irrepressible moonshine sippin' Granny Lassiter, and his best friend, the Latin-spouting retired ME, Dr. Charlie Riggs.

Very much a working lawyer, the self-deprecating Jake is usually quicker with his wisecracks than with his appellate arguments, but he somehow manages to be smarter than the people around him expect him to be, nonetheless.

Lassiter's failing is idealism---he firmly believes people to be better than they are---and he struggles to discover what more cynical, jaded human beings might assume from the outset.

Jake's recent client, Dr. Roger Salisbury has just been cleared of malpractice in the death of multimillionaire Miami developer Philip Corrigan, age sixtyish. No sooner has Salisbury walked out of the civil courtroom than Corrigan's twentysomething widow, Melanie Corrigan (aka ex-exotic dancer Autumn Rain) accuses him of murder.

As it turns out, Dr. Salisbury and the grieving widow have a sloppily kept secret "history." So...Is it murder? Is it conspiracy? Is it an accident...Is it revenge...? And why is Jake wearing one brown loafer and one cordovan?

As light reading goes, this one is a page-turner, though with the low-key feel of a summer dusk at Longboat Key.

Highly recommended fun!
17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DECENT FIRST BOOK Oct. 29 2011
By James L. Woolridge - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Kindle Edition|Verified Purchase
Always looking for new books in the genre and the Jake Lassiter series was highly recommended, I am glad I looked at Paul Levine. Being from South Florida I think adds to the fun of the book for me. Jake Lassiter is a go get 'em lawyer and team him with crusty old retired coroner Charlie Riggs and you have quite an interesting team. Good characters and fun dialogue. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is a solid first effort and I will read the next book in the series, NIGHT VISION. RECOMMENDED
21 of 26 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Sadly, not recommended Jan. 27 2012
By Vols55 - Published on Amazon.com
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I say "sadly" because the author shows some flashes of greatness, with features of levity similar to Elmore Leonard and detail similar to Michael Connelly.

However, for a non-fantasy book to be good it has to be at least somewhat believable and this one is so ridiculous at times on legal grounds, medical grounds, and martial arts grounds, not to mention just common sense, that it is more pitiful than even laughable.

I find it inexplicable that the author does enough research to know what a rongeur is but not an aneurysm, and with many similar examples throughout the book.

It really is a shame that the author didn't refine this into something much better.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars AnEntertaining Read Aug. 4 2011
By Maryann Miller - Published on Amazon.com
This was my first Jake Lassiter book and I found him to be an engaging character. I especially liked his irreverent approach to his job, as well as life in general. Secondary characters were equally engaging, although Granny Lassiter was a bit much. Most of the plot elements rang true, with the exception of some of the scenes with the dead body. Not being a lawyer, I can't say how true the courtroom scenes were, but I do know criminal law is showmanship, and that is something Lassiter does well.

By far, the best part of a Paul Levine book is his wry sense of humor and wonderful twist of wordage. I found myself wanting to highlight every other wisecrack or sardonic comment that came from Lassiter or Granny, or any of the other great characters in the book.
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