“I was sitting at the end of the bar sipping single-malt Scotch when I spotted the tall blond woman with the large green eyes and the small gray gun.”
The next thing Jake Lassiter knows, the woman pumps three bullets into the man on the next barstool.
And Jake, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, has a new client.
She’s stunning model Chrissy Bernhardt, and the dead man is her wealthy father. The defense? Chrissy claims that she’s recently recovered repressed memories of having been sexually abused by her father. Jake wants to believe her but suspects that the memories were either implanted by a shady psychiatrist or fabricated by Chrissy herself. Complicating the situation, Jake falls for his client, clouding his judgment. Is she an anguished victim or a cold-blooded killer? And what about her brother, who stands to inherit a fortune if Chrissy goes to prison? Jake wades into a quagmire of dirty water deals, big money, and family corruption, all leading to an explosive finale.
This is a rerelease of an older book. It’s also the seventh in the series. However, it is the first one that I have read. You don’t necessarily have to read the prior books in order to enjoy this one.
All the characters are wonderfully fleshed out. I really liked Jake a lot. Some of the comments he said just really made me laugh.
Now if you were a defense attorney, would you defend someone who shot her father right in front of you and a bar full of people? That is exactly what Jake did.
If Paul Levine’s writing style seems vaguely familiar to you, then you probably have seen some of the episodes of JAG that he wrote. He also wrote for one of JAG’s spin off shows, First Monday. Levine was also a reporter for the Miami Herald, my local newspaper.
So I had already read or watched Levine’s writing in one form or another. I just never actually read any of his books. I am now in love with his writing.
The author has graciously decided that right now all author proceeds are going to help support Four Diamonds Fund to help conquer childhood cancer.
The author shares in his own words why he has decided to do this.
ALL BOOK PROCEEDS: "FOR THE KIDS"
A few years ago, one of my dearest friends, the godfather of my son, lost his daughter Margaux to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare but vicious bone cancer. The survival rate for Ewing’s sarcoma that metastasises is a disheartening 10 per cent.
Ten per cent!
In this age of medical miracles, how can that be?
Which brings me to the Four Diamonds Fund. In 1972, a 14-year-old boy named Christopher Millard was an aspiring writer. Or rather, he was already a writer. He’d penned a mythic tale about "Sir Millard and The Four Diamonds," in the tradition of Sir Galahad and Sir Lancelot. What are those Four Diamonds? Wisdom. Courage. Honesty. Strength. All are needed in our daily lives, especially in children’s battles with a dread disease.
You have probably figured out that Chris wrote the story while in the throes of cancer. The diamonds of his story were allegorical. The quest was for life itself. After a three-year battle, Chris died, but his memory lives in the name of the Fund established by his family.
Penn State students have contributed an astonishing $78 million to the Fund through their annual dance marathon. This year’s event raised $9.5 million alone. The motto of "Thon" is "For the kids." And that, too, is the dedication of "To Speak for the Dead" and the spirit behind "Flesh & Bones."