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by Paul Levine

eBook To Speak for the Dead download ISBN: 0553057472
Author: Paul Levine
Publisher: Bantam; 1st edition (July 1, 1990)
Language: English
Pages: 284
ePub: 1826 kb
Fb2: 1301 kb
Rating: 4.6
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Category: Literature
Subcategory: United States

The New Book of Justice, 1545 . To speak for the dead. The witness is zipped up because he's worried. He's thinking, not about his answer, but of the reason for the question, trying to outthink you, trying to anticipate the next question. Let him stew in his own juice.

The New Book of Justice, 1545 . He would remember the sounds-the wailing sirens, the moans of the injured-and the smells, a smoky ashen stench that clung to hair and clothing. Late the first night, he slipped into the parking lot for some air, and he tasted the sky as the smoke rose above Miami's inner core. Another twenty seconds of silence.

To speak for the dead. The Coroner shall view the bodye and the woundes and the strokes, and the bodye shalbe buryed. And yf the Coroner fynde the bodye buried before his comminge, he shall not omitte to digge up the bodye. And when the inquest is sworne ye Coroner must inquire if ye person were slayne by felony or by misadventure. And after it shalbe enquired who were presente at the dede, and who be coulpable of the ayde, force, commandement, consent, or receite of suche felonies wittingly. Anthony Fitzherbert, The New Book of Justice, 1545 .

Since dead people piled up, speaking for them became the work of the coroner, the attorneys, law enforcement, and family. I will consider reading more in the Jake Lassiter series by Paul Levine. 3 people found this helpful. To Speak for the Dead is a fast-paced, suspenseful, legal thriller. This story moves like the wind, even the courtroom scenes. It is one of the few books I couldn't put down.

And after it shalbe enquired who were presente at the dede, and who be coulpable of the ayde, force, commandement, consent, or receite of suche felonies wittingly.

Also by Paul Levine: The new Jake Lassiter novel. The critics speak up for to speak for the dead: "Fascinating. Levine's judges are a howl, and his knowledge and use of Miami, both inner city and surrounding country, are provocative and expert. Jake Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy and brave.

An international bestseller, Paul Levine's debut novel was named by the Los Angeles . I'm not sure what to say about this book.

An international bestseller, Paul Levine's debut novel was named by the Los Angeles Times as one of the best mysteries of the year. If you enjoy the suspense and thrills of John Grisham, Harlan Coben, Carl Hiaasen, and James Patterson, you'll love "To Speak for the Dead" from Paul Levine, winner of the John D. MacDonald fiction award. Levine has also been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. To speak for the dead1.

Philip Corrigan entombed in a crypt aboveground, an ornate mausoleum with the design of Palmland, his largest shopping center, molded into the concrete.

Philip Corrigan entombed in a crypt aboveground, an ornate mausoleum with the design of Palmland, his largest shopping center, molded into the concrete specially with Corrigan dead two years. In Florida the ground is so damp, the tissues break down fast. I hate to tell you what corpses look like when you dig them up, mold on the outside, parasites and larvae on the inside. Mausoleum tombs are so rare these days, so expensive. But I guess he could afford i.

Levine knows his landscape as well as fellow Floridians John D. MacDonald or Carl Hiaasen, and his characters are at least as well developed and colorful.

BUM RAP, the newest Jake Lassiter thriller, will be published July 1 and is now available for pre-order on Amazon. 
Comments: (7)
LoboThommy
This is my first experience with this author (I found this novel on a Book Gorilla deal), and I have to say I’m pleased with the discovery.

The story starts with one case and then turns into another type of case, so there is never a dull moment. I’m not an expert on the law, but the courtroom scenes played real to me, and were engaging. In the courtroom, the hero, Jake Lassiter, would get himself into trouble, but then turn things around and slam dunk a victory, which kept me on the edge of my seat.

The only part I didn’t think was done well was the romance that budded between Jake and another character, Susan. One minute Jake’s intrigued by Susan and enjoying a fun, casual romp with her, and then the next he “cares for her very much.” Where did that come from? I didn’t buy it. And Susan was depicted as a not-your-usual-woman type, and then after two times in bed with Jake, she wants to have the where-are-we-going-with-this-relationship? talk, which is wholly *stereo*typical. Poor Jake wanted to run for the hills. So did I (and I’m a woman).

But overall, this book was a fun time, and I’ll be seeking out others by this author.
Minnai
Nothing in this book is typical. The characters are wonderfully quirky, something that is unexpected in a legal thriller. The courtroom scenes are fairly accurate, even acknowledging the boring bits, but not making us sit through them. There are unexpected deaths, unexpected sex, and an unexpected ending. My favorite character is Charlie Riggs, the former Medical Examiner, who spouts Latin and knows the most surprising things. My only complaint is the slow pace, despite the many twists and turns. Things start slowly and continue to progress deliberately, until past the halfway mark at which point the action speeds up some. However, it never really gets to the point where you HAVE to know what happens next. I did not lose any sleep needing to finish "just one more chapter." Nevertheless, it was a good story and it had some definite surprises, including the ending, so that was fun.
Uylo
To Speak for the Dead is a fast-paced, suspenseful, legal thriller. This story moves like the wind, even the courtroom scenes. It is one of the few books I couldn't put down. The writing is superb.

The dialogue is great, very believable. The characters are 3-dimensional and whole. I love Jake's character. He's sharp, witty, caring, and tough, but he has a soft side too. The eccentric Charlie Riggs is an endearing, loveable character. He's someone I'd like to know. I didn't care too much for Granny. She's a little much, but her character and the things she says are the only things that put me off even slightly.

I was able to suspend disbelief, even in more extreme situations, simply because the writing was so good and the plot unfolded so quickly. I just kept turning pages. You know, the old "one more chapter" and before you know it the book is read.

I will definitely be reading the rest of this series and highly recommend To Speak for the Dead.
Ffyan
There is not really a detective in this book, but a good-guy lawyer and his sidekick, a retired coroner. I don't usually like those 'rollicking' mysteries with the bumbling detective who eventually gets it right, but this is not one of those. The humor is dark and funny, characters well drawn, and the mystery good enough that I didn't see it coming. I guessed the who but not the how. But there is serious crime in this book, one death for which I may never forgive the author, and several others the reader may be glad to see. I recommend it for anyone who likes mysteries, courtroom scenes, and like to see the bad guys get theirs. It's not Chandler or Sayers or Connolly, but it's a good read. You have to accept a fairly small amount of 'that wouldn't/couldn't happen,' but it's worth it in my opinion.
Doulkree
I am currently wearing one of those ‘dip the gauze into the water, wait a moment, and then begin wrapping it’ on my arm. It doesn’t move!!! But, let’s go back to the beginning. Jack Lassiter has done everything from being a linebacker for Penn State, a Public Defender and now a Trial Lawyer. He didn’t like any of his professions. But, he had to do something. So, Trial Lawyer it is. This was an interesting story and I recommend the book.
Rageseeker
Mr. Levine knows how to write a thriller. Jake Lassiter, lawyer, is an excellent character. The story starts out with a civil case and ends up with 4 mysterious deaths. It's a large puzzle that needs mental and physical action to solve. The courtroom drama is noteworthy. Lassiter finds pieces of the big picture from every witness.

The story is written in Lassiter's point of view and I love it. It's fast paced with an excellent story line. The characters are interesting and give meaning to the story. Mr. Levine makes the end believable. Great book for anyone, but especially mystery/thriller lovers.

Good reading to all,
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porosh
This is the first time I read a Paul Levine book and I am a fan of his writing and the character of Jake. I had never heard of Paul but his book Bum Rap was one of the kindle first so I decided to pick it then when I seen that Jake is a series that involved suspense, the law and other things I like I was all in. To Speak For The Dead had me hooked from the first chapter and I found myself rooting for Jake and loving his Granny! This story had me rooting and yelling at Jake so many times it's ridiculous. If you like a good story with twist and turns this is it. Cannot wait to read all of Jake's adventures.
Always looking for new books in the genre and the Jake Lassiter series was highly recommended, I am glad I looked at Paul Levine. Being from South Florida I think adds to the fun of the book for me. Jake Lassiter is a go get 'em lawyer and team him with crusty old retired coroner Charlie Riggs and you have quite an interesting team. Good characters and fun dialogue. TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD is a solid first effort and I will read the next book in the series, NIGHT VISION. RECOMMENDED