Paul Levine’s Newsletter

Paul Levine’s Newsletter July 2010
TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD Now an E-Book for Charity

“TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD” has a special place in my heart. The international bestseller was my first novel and introduced Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, to readers worldwide.

Here’s the set-up:

A doctor in love with his patient’s wife…
A fatal mistake during surgery…
Accident? Malpractice? Or murder?

Defending a surgeon in a malpractice case, Jake Lassiter begins to suspect that his client is innocent of negligence…but guilty of murder. Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew, and you have the recipe for Miami’s trial of the century.

Now, on the 20th anniversary of hardcover publication, the courtroom thriller is available as an e-book at the astonishing price of $2.99. That’s right, less than your double mocha latte, with far fewer calories. Even if you don’t own an e-reader, you can download the book to your laptop or desktop.

I’m donating all proceeds of the book to a cause that’s very special to me: the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports cancer treatment for kids at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

Read more about this special e-book edition of “TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD.”

Amazon Kindle | All other E-Readers

The Four Diamonds Fund: Conquering Children’s Cancer

In this age of medical miracles, how can that be? 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!

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 $61 million to the Fund through their annual dance marathon. This year’s event raised $7.8 million alone. The motto of “Thon” is “For the kids.” And that, too, is the dedication of “To Speak for the Dead.”

The Jury Has Reached a Verdict
What do reviewers have to say about Jake Lassiter and “TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD?” “Irreverent…genuinely clever…great fun.”
New York Times Book Review

“Mystery writing at its very, very best. Lassiter is my favorite new character in fiction.”
– Larry King, USA TODAY

“Just the remedy for those who can’t get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly.”
St. Petersburg Times

“First-rate…The prose is as smooth as a writ for libel.”
Boston Globe

“Lively entertainment…Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave.”
Chicago Tribune

Also Available as E-Books

Ahead of its time, “Night Vision” anticipated homicidal stalkers on the Internet. In this sequel to “To Speak for the Dead,” Jake Lassiter is appointed a special prosecutor when women on a sexually oriented chat site are targeted by a serial killer. Enlisting a brilliant female psychiatrist and assisted by retired coroner Doc Charlie Riggs, Lassiter wades into a maze of lies and corruption to uncover the murderer. Soon, Lassiter finds himself on the trail of a psychopath from the mean streets of Miami to an insane asylum in London and the very streets where Jack the Ripper once stalked his prey.

For a limited time, the e-book is available for the introductory price of $2.99.

Read more about NIGHT VISION

Amazon Kindle | All Other E-Readers

Oliver Wendell Holmes, Jr. famously described his brethren on the Supreme Court as “nine scorpions in a bottle.” Sam Truitt, the charismatic new Justice, is about to find out why.

Justice Truitt comes to the Supreme Court with high ideals, lofty intentions…and a troubled marriage. Lisa Freemont, his stunning and brilliant law clerk, has a dark secret in her past. If Lisa doesn’t get Truitt’s vote in multi-million dollar case involving a catastrophic airplane crash, she’ll be killed. 9 SCORPIONS is a tale of seduction and betrayal, of passion and greed. Truitt, who has always followed the rules, and Lisa, who never has, join together to battle those who live by no law at all.

“9 SCORPIONS” was the inspiration for “First Monday,” the television drama starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna

For a limited time, the e-book is available at the introductory price of $2.99.

Read more about 9 SCORPIONS

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Other Jake Lassiter Titles Coming Soon as E-Books:
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones

Coming Fall 2011 in Hardcover and as E-Book:


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