The author of nineteen novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote more than twenty episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday. The critically acclaimed international bestseller To Speak for the Dead was his first novel and introduced readers to linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter, who returns in Levine’s latest novel, Bum Rap (Thomas & Mercer). Lassiter has had it with shifty clients, dirty prosecutors, and a legal system out of whack. It’s enough to make a man want to leave Miami and never look back―until he gets a call from Victoria Lord, the better half of hot local legal team Solomon & Lord. Her partner in life and law has been arrested for murder. What’s worse, the only person who can clear him has fled the city. Now it’s up to Jake and Victoria to track down the witness, a stunning “Bar girl,” before she’s roped in by the feds or eliminated by the Russian mob. Jake knows that if he doesn’t get to the witness first, his client’s case is lost.