Review of ‘Lassiter’

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When Jake Lassiter was a football player, he’d failed to protect a young girl, Krista Larkin, who attended his birthday party, instead, sending her back to possible danger. Now, 18 years later, her younger sister, Amy, is in Miami trying to determine her sister’s fate. Wracked by guilt, Jake, now a lawyer with a reputation for out-of-the-box legal maneuvers, is determined to punish the men who hurt Krista, even if he has to fight all the top dogs of Miami’s elite society to do it.

The eighth in the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine, Lassiter, follows football pro turned attorney Jake Lassiter as he deals with low-life thugs, crooked officials, and aged mobsters in his search to determine the fate of Krista. When one of the suspects, a geriatric mobster, is gunned down, and Amy is arrested for the murder, Jake finds the stakes have risen, maybe higher than he can cover—but, he’s not one to quit.

Gritty courtroom drama set in sunny Florida a la Elmore Leonard, you’ll be richly surprised at the outcome of Jake’s quest for redemption. You’ll be rooting for the good guys, surprised when they turn out to be bad guys, and wondering if there is any difference. A breathtaking romp through the slimy underbelly of Florida politics.

Five stars.

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