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THE ROAD TO HELL [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine

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"The Road to Hell" collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. Levine's heroes travel dark and dangerous paths as they confront devilish and powerful villains. The journeys are by land, by sea, and in one case, perhaps only in the mind.

In "El Valiente en el Infierno," (The Brave One in Hell), a 13-year-old Mexican boy tells his own story as he makes a treacherous midnight crossing into California in search of his father. The boy's courage is tested when he runs into two gun-toting American vigilantes, and the confrontation will change all of them forever.

"Development Hell" imagines a pitch session in which a bedraggled Edgar Allan Poe squares off with a slick Hollywood producer who wants to make a cheesy slasher flick out of "The Pit and the Pendulum."Bookgasm praised the story as "going straight to the funny bone."

In "A Hell of a Crime," a prosecutor prepares for a homicide trial while being pestered by his domineering mother, a famous lawyer herself. Just what role did she play in the murder? And how is the prosecutor's enigmatic wife involved in the case? 

Two of the author's best-loved characters, mismatched law partners Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, appear in "Solomon & Lord: To Hell and Back."  Steve says he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, a sleazy con man. Victoria knows that Cruz is an unlikely fishing buddy. So just what is Steve up to now? Something between mischief and murder.

The book also contains an excerpt from "Solomon vs. Lord," the first novel of the bestselling series of legal thrillers. A quick synopsis: Victoria Lord follows all the rules. Steve Solomon makes up his own. When they defend an accused murderer, they'll either end up in ruin, in jail...or in bed. Here's what number one bestselling author Harlan Coben had to say: "Hiaasen meets Grisham in the court of last retort. A sexy, wacky, wonderful thriller with humor and heart."

Finally, an excerpt of "Mortal Sin," one of the award-winning Jake Lassiter novels, is also included in the collection. This time, the linebacker-turned-lawyer has a dangerous conflict of interest. He's sleeping with Nicky Florio's wife...and defending the mob-connected millionaire in court.  One false move, and Jake will be gator bait. "Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax." - Library Journal.


"Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY

"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." - The New York Times Book  Review

"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis  McGee terribly." - St. Petersburg Times"Genuinely chilling." - Washington Post Book World

"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila!" - Tulsa World

"Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure."- St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Cracking good action-mystery...funny, sardonic, and fast-paced." - Detroit Free Press ABOUT THE AUTHOR

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 1272 KB
  • Print Length: 106 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B004MYFU6Y
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyable short stories Feb. 24 2011
By Strapped-4-Cache - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This book has introduced me to another author that will soon be taking up a lot of space in my "To Be Read" list.

Short stories are often underrated. These types of stories fill a niche that many readers like me need - quick reads that provide decent character development, a good plot and a swift resolution to the issue at hand. This book offers four such stories to anyone looking for them.

The stories present an interesting variety of characters and situations in which they find themselves. The length of the stories tends to increase through book, so a reader can pick a story of appropriate length given the time available to read. The author has also included a portion of "Mortal Sin" at the end of the book, and after reading it I admit that I'll probably end up buying the book to finish that story as well.

The book is a good value for people looking for a collection of short stories with a bit of a twist at the end.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The Road to Hell Jan. 4 2014
By Helen E Baker - Published on
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I enjoyed reading this book although I was expecting something different when I downloaded it. The stories are short but really made me think... what would I do in the situations described?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Stories Marred by Deceptive Marketing Feb. 1 2014
By Silver Screen Videos - Published on
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Although Paul Levine's The Road to Hell is billed as a short story collection, it's also a promotion designed to interest readers in his other, more expensive works. Many authors on Amazon do this, making a short work available for free or a low price. However, Levine (or whoever wrote his Kindle blurb) is not exactly honest in describing what people will be buying here.

As far as the stories go, two of them are excellent, one is very good, and the fourth is merely average. The title of the book is derived from the fact that all four stories have the word "Hell" in their titles, but otherwise they have nothing in common.

In The Brave One in Hell, a 13-year-old Mexican boy trying to enter the U.S. illegally has an encounter with a couple of border-guarding vigilantes who aim to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country at any cost. It's obviously a serious subject (and the subject of at least one of Levine's novels), but it plays out more like a Disney channel feel good fantasy than either a serious drama or a suspense thriller. The description of the action is good, but the ending is a big letdown.

In A Hell of a Crime, a district attorney is at home preparing his closing argument for a big murder case, but he has to put up with a good bit of critiquing from his mother, who isn't so sure the defendant is guilty. This one is highly original with a double twist ending worthy of Alfred Hitchcock that I never saw coming. As soon as I finished the story, I was compelled to reread it to be sure I hadn't missed anything and that Levine had played fair. I hadn't, and he had.

Development Hell is a clever comedy in which "Beazle," a Hollywood producer, tries to buy the film rights to The Pit and the Pendulum from Edgar Allan Poe. However, as he explains to Poe, the story isn't very marketable without a whole lot of changes to make it more cinematic. There are several laugh-out-loud moments in this sharp satire.

To Hell and Back features Solomon and Lord, the mismatched attorneys who are the protagonists of one of Levine's two main series. Victoria Lord believes in playing by the book (and the law), while Steve Solomon has at best a nodding acquaintance with legal ethics, which he won't let stand in the way of justice. In this story, the pair's client, an elderly business woman who is a Cuban refugee in South Florida, has been swindled out of a lot of money by a fellow refugee who helped manage her books and then helped herself to the business' assets. Solomon has two problems: he can't locate the missing money or prove the man actually stole it. So he agrees to go on a deep sea fishing trip with the con man which soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game. Readers won't learn much about Solomon and Lord as characters here, but the confrontation between lawyers (Lord is also on the boat) and con man is quite dramatic with a couple of unexpected plot twists.

Although I would give the book four stars easily on the basis of the four stories, they actually comprise less than half the advertised 100 pages of the book. The remainder of the book (55% according to my Kindle) consists of lengthy excerpts from Solomon vs. Lord, a novel featuring the title duo, and Mortal Sins, another novel featuring Levine's other main character Jake Lassiter. I didn't read these excerpts and I don't base this review on them. However, if I wanted to read those two novels, I would have gotten the actual books.

The blurb on the Amazon web site does call this material "excerpts" but neglects to mention that the excerpts occupy over half the book. It's the equivalent of going to a two hour movie and watching a one-hour TV episode and a whole bunch of trailers. In my view, this is deceptive, especially if the author charges for the book (I did get my copy for free but I believe it has been offered for sale at various times). People may be willing to spend money for a 100-page short story collection but not less than 50 pages of stories and over 50 pages of filler.

Because three out of the four stories here are so good, I gave the book 2 1/2 stars rounded to three. But no matter how good the material is Paul Levine (or his publisher) does his audience a disservice by not being straightforward in describing what's actually in this book.
3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars First time I have read this author... Feb. 20 2011
By sasha - Published on
Format:Kindle Edition
This is the first book by this author I have read. It was great content - interesting stories, all with a twist at the end. And they were, in my personal opinion, very well written.
With so much out there to read it is hard to decide on which authors to choose when picking new ones. Based on this book, I will now read his other books. Always great to find such good new (to me) books!
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Short stories great for bedtime read May 14 2014
By james t holtzinger - Published on
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Just enough each story to tire you out for a good nights sleep. I had a disadvantage because he repeated two stories I had all ready read.

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