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Bum Deal by Paul Levine
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    Bum Deal by Paul Levine

    Paul Levine
    Crime, Legal Thriller
    "They don’t call us sharks for our ability to swim. Second-string linebacker turned disillusioned defense attorney Jake Lassiter finally switches teams. Appointed special prosecutor in a high-profile murder case, he vows to take down a prominent surgeon accused of killing his wife. There’s just one problem…or maybe three: no evidence, no witness, and no body. But Lassiter’s used to fighting impossible battles on the gridiron and in court. After all, he’s not totally burned-out—just a little scorched. Standing in Lassiter’s way are the defense lawyers: slick-talking Steve Solomon and blueblood Victoria Lord, who have their own complicated history with the defendant. Not to mention the specter of CTE, the lethal brain disease Lassiter may have contracted banging heads in the NFL. Drained of his mental edge just when he needs it most, Lassiter must do whatever it takes to win this case—even if it costs him his life. Because law is a contact sport, and you don’t get trophies for trying. About Paul Levine: BULLETIN: BUM DEAL is out! It's the final chapter for Jake Lassiter who switches sides and prosecutes a surgeon accused of killing his wife. It's an impossible case with no forensic evidence, no witness, and no body. Even worse: Lassiter's symptoms of C.T.E., the fatal brain disease from his football days, are growing more severe. The old courtroom warrior risks losing the case - and his life - in court. "A drop-everything, read-it-now book for me - and this one has Solomon & Lord too. BUM DEAL is fantastic.” – Lee Child, #1 Bestselling Author of the “Jack Reacher” series “BUM DEAL is the real deal. Jake Lassiter at his smart-talking, fast-thinking best. A funny, compelling and canny courtroom thriller, seasoned with a little melancholy and a lot of inside knowledge.” — Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author “Fascinating, fully developed characters and smart, well-paced dialogue keep the pages turning. Levine manipulates the expectations of the reader as skillfully as Jake manipulates the expectations of the jury” — Publishers Weekly (starred review) KINDLE UNLIMITED members in the USA, Canada, India, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Germany, France, Mexico, China, and Australia can now read BUM DEAL, BUM LUCK, BUM RAP and all of Paul Levine's novels for FREE. Eleven of Levine's thrillers have hit Number One bestseller status on Amazon in their genres, and in June 2015, he was the Number One bestselling author on Amazon Kindle. Review by Tripower53: Jake Lassiter is back in this exciting story of murder and mayhem. He is more than a little burned out on defense work. Also, he has been diagnosed with CTE (chronic traumatic encephalopathy), a chronic brain injury from his NFL football-playing days. His doctor told him to quit boxing to avoid more blows to the head. He is a defense attorney. Lassiter receives a telephone call from Raymond Pincher, occasional adversary and former sparring partner. Pincher wants him to be a specially appointed prosecutor to prosecute a husband for the murder of his wife. Jake thinks he is joking at first. Victoria Lord and Steve Solomon are finally getting married. They are Jake’s good friends and partners in the defense firm they all share. Victoria gets a phone call from Dr. Clark Calvert who is an orthopedic surgeon. He also happens to be the man that Raymond Pincher asked Jake to prosecute for the murder of his wife Sofia. The wife, however, is missing. Victoria and Jake have an argument about Clark Calvert. Meanwhile, Steve is trying to figure out what Clark really means to Victoria. Victoria doesn’t tell anyone what she really knows about Clark – that he has a volatile temper and also has fantasies of killing someone. This sets the stage for a volatile courtroom situation between the old friends – one as a prosecutor and the others as the defense team. As Jake, Steve and Victoria do their due diligence on the case, they learn some very unsavory facts about Clark’s past. In the courtroom, the battle goes back and forth and Jake makes some regrettable mistakes. He wonders if he really is over his best days. In a startling and explosive conclusion, the reader gets an answer. Jake is a delightful character. Feisty and irreverent, he likes cracking jokes, but he is very tough in court. This book is extremely well written and plotted as are all of Paul Levine’s novels. I have been following Jake’s adventures for years now, and was saddened to see him afflicted with CTE. The “uh-oh’s” begin immediately in this story as the reader learns that the DA wants Jake to be a special prosecutor. This book is full of surprises and twists. I liked it. I really enjoy Paul Levine’s writing and have done so for years. I will continue to read his novels."