Jake Lassiter is a former football player turned lawyer, which makes for an interesting combination. One night, while sitting at a bar with a friend, he watches a beautiful woman walk in, pull out a gun and shoot the man sitting next to his friend. After hesitating long enough for her to get off three shots, Jake finally jumps out of his chair and gets to her just in time to catch her as she passes out in his arms. Soon, he finds himself taking on her case, defending this beautiful model named Chrissy who is charged with murdering her own father.
Flesh and Bones: A Jake Lassiter Novel is the seventh book in Paul Levine's Jake Lassiter series, but I didn't know that going in, and it certainly didn't take away from the experience having not read the other six books. In this one, Jake is determined to find a way to win his case, despite the fact that several people ~ including himself ~ watched his client shoot her father in cold blood.
But all is not what it seems. Chrissy recently recovered repressed memories of her father molesting her as a child, and it's that revelation that led her to shoot him. But are these memories real? Can he trust his client? Levine does a great job of keeping the reader guessing about the different characters' motives and actions throughout the book. And the story is full of just the right amount of fun, action and suspense to keep things moving. I had a hard time putting it down. It's a great legal thriller that keeps you guessing.
I really enjoyed the characters in Flesh and Bones, and look forward to going back and reading some of the other Jake Lassiter books as well.
My Rating: 4/5
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About the author
The author of 14 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. His critically acclaimed and bestselling “Jake Lassiter” novels have been published in 21 countries. The first of the series, “To Speak for the Dead,” was named one of the top ten thrillers of the year by the Los Angeles Times, and is now a bestselling e–book. A former trial lawyer, he wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG” and co-created “First Monday,” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. He is also the author of the “Solomon vs. Lord” series and the thriller “Illegal.” His next novel will be “Lassiter,” due in Fall 2011 from Bantam.
This review was written based on a copy of Flesh and Bones that I received from Pump Up Your Book in exchange for an honest review.