Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Book Review - Flesh and Bones by Paul Levine

Publication Date: April 11, 2011
Format: E-book
Source:  Pump Up Your Book

About the Author:

The author of 14 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG.” He is also the author of the “Solomon vs. Lord” series and the thriller “Illegal.” His next book will be “Lassiter,” due in Fall 2011 from Bantam. (Source: Goodreads)

About the Book:
“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.

My Review:

The book starts out with action from the beginning.  A model named Chrissy shot her father.  It just happens that Jake Lassiter (football player turned lawyer) was there to see it at the bar. 

Take a journey into the life of Jake Lassiter as he tries to get to the bottom of this case.  He wants to find out  what made Chrissy kill her father. Why was she so angry at her father?  Jake visits Dr. Schein (Chrissy's doctor) to find out more about what is going on in Chrissy's life.  In the mist of the case, he starts to fall for Chrissy. 

Flesh and Bones was definitely an enjoyable book. It was a legal thriller that also had humor mixed in to keep me entertained!  Paul Levine definitely is an author that I will keep an eye on!  

My Rating:

4/5 diamonds -  Great Legal Thriller! - Recommend!

Look for my interview with Paul Levine tomorrow!

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Disclaimer: I was not compensated for my review. My thoughts on this book were in no way influenced by the author or publicist. They are my personal reflections based solely on MY experience while reading this novel.

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  1. WTW, she shoots her dad in cold blood, oh hecky, something done went down for sure. this one sounds like a good read to. stopping by to check out your latest reviews, Holla!

  2. This one sounds like it has potential for sure. I'm totally burned out on Grisham....will keep this title in mind.