Bum Rap


By: Paul Levine 

Series: Jake Lassiter #11

ISBN: 9781477829868

Publisher: Thomas & Mercer

Publication Date: 7/1/2015 

Format: Other 

My Rating: 4 Stars  


Trial lawyer-turned-writer Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award, has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes, and has written for multiple hit television shows. Jake Lassiter, star of ten of Levine’s previous novels, is also a man of many talents: an NFL linebacker-turned-lawyer who’s a “brew and burger guy in a paté and Chardonnay world.” In Levine’s newest, BUM RAP (Thomas & Mercer; July 1, 2015), Lassiter faces his toughest case yet: the murder trial of Steve Solomon, half of the bickering legal duo at the center of Levine’s Solomon vs. Lord series.


Disillusioned by the justice system after his own recent murder trial, Lassiter is ready to call it quits when he gets a call from Victoria Lord. Her partner, Solomon, has been arrested for murder and he needs the hardest-hitting lawyer he can find. Used to working alone, Lassiter soon finds himself teamed up with Lord to track down the only witness who can clear Solomon’s name – before the feds or the Russian Mob find her first.


A page-turning legal thriller that marks the first literary meet-up between Jake Lassiter, Steve Solomon, and Victoria Lord, BUM RAP is as hot as the city it’s set in, Miami.



About the Author



The author of 19 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. 


A former Miami trial lawyer, he also wrote 21 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG” and co-created the Supreme Court drama “First Monday” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. 


His most recent novel is "Bum Rap," which brings together the protagonists of his two long-running series: "Jake Lassiter" and "Solomon vs. Lord."


The critically acclaimed international bestseller “To Speak for the Dead” was his first novel. It has sold more than one million copies and is still going strong on Amazon Kindle.  He is also the author of the “Solomon vs. Lord” series of comedic legal thrillers and the stand-alone novels “Illegal,” “Ballistic,” “Impact,”and “Paydirt.”    Connect with Paul: Website   Twitter   Goodreads





My Review 


A special thank you to Thomas & Mercer, and NetGalley for an ARC in exchange for an honest review.   


Paul Levine returns with BUM RAP (Jake Lassiter #11) with continuous wit, comic crime, courtroom antics, sexy Russian bar gals, legal, sleuthing, a southern street smart granny, a smoking gun and some hot Miami heat by combining heroes, Jake, Steve, and Victoria for a "laugh out loud" mystery thriller; especially for us South Florida residents and Levine fans. 

Combining the best of his series, with characters: Jake Lassiter (State vs. Lassiter) and Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord (Solomon vs. Lord) Steve, was in the wrong place at the wrong time, trying to help Nadia, a Russian B-girl, get her passport and back wages from gangster Gorev. Steve finds himself in jail, accused of the murder of Gorev, when his life-partner and fellow legal partner, Victoria Lord, hires Jake Lassiter to represent him.

Jake, former NFL linebacker, turned sarcastic comedian lawyer, is thinking of moving to Vermont for an easier life, tired of dealing with the dirty justice systems and shifty clients in Miami. However, before giving up, he has to tackle some dirt and mud and takes one for the team. His scene in the bar with the Russian girls - hilarious! 

Victoria Lord (hot and sexy), hires Jake Lassiter to defend her man and she may want more from Jake than his legal expertise. Then there is Benny the Jeweler, Club Anastasia, Russian mobsters, the FBI and tracking down Nadia. 

Levine cleverly creates a fast-paced non-stop thriller, which keeps you laughing so hard with wit and comics you sometimes forget about the story and mystery at hand. Quite entertaining! 

Prior to attaining the ARC, I had already purchased the audiobook, with double the pleasure--narrator Michael Levine,kept the suspense and humor at an all-time high—a roller coaster ride wild adventure.

An idea gritty read for some 4th of July fireworks, and a fun-filled weekend at South Beach! 


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