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Paul Levine
The author of 18 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and has been 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” and co-created the Supreme Court drama “First Monday” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. He is the author of "To Speak for the Dead," "Night Vision," and eight other novels in the “Jake Lassiter” series. He also wrote the “Solomon vs. Lord” series and the thriller “Illegal.” His newest novel is “Last Chance Lassiter.” More info at

Entries by Paul Levine

Sam Spade and Philip Marlowe -- Meet Jake Lassiter

(0) Comments | Posted September 30, 2013 | 1:11 PM

A Facebook friend recently posed the question: "Who's your favorite character in hard-boiled crime fiction?"

The answers were smart and reflected knowledge of both classic and modern noir fiction. Raymond Chandler's Philip Marlowe and Mickey Spillane's Mike Hammer were among the answers. So, too, of course was Dashiell Hammett's Sam...

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Crime-in-Progress: Should Writer Grab Gun or Notebook?

(4) Comments | Posted September 24, 2010 | 1:57 PM

I was watching the Dolphins hang a loss on the Vikings when the phone rang. "Paul, hurry! Someone's breaking into the house next door."

It was Steve, my neighbor up-the-hill, wired, his voice tight. His house had been burglarized the day before by thieves posing as moving men.


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For Novelists, the Future Isn't Fiction

(1) Comments | Posted August 11, 2010 | 2:00 PM

"Dear Mr. Levine: Twenty years ago, you predicted the oil disaster in the Gulf of Mexico, or nearly so."

That's the opening of an e-mail I recently received from a woman in Tennessee who had just read the e-book edition of Night Vision, my 20-year-old legal thriller....

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65 Years Later, a POW's Son Reflects on Hiroshima

(1) Comments | Posted August 6, 2010 | 1:44 PM

The debate over dropping the atomic bomb on Hiroshima -- just how many American lives did it save? -- has always been more personal than numerical to me. The devastating attack surely saved my father's life, no small consequence to someone born three years later.

On August 16, 1945,...

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Legal Thrillers: Trial and (Many) Errors

(2) Comments | Posted August 4, 2010 | 4:30 PM

In 17 years as a trial lawyer, I never saw a judge bang a gavel or shout "Order in the court!" But that hasn't stopped me from writing scenes in which the judge silences an unruly mob, the gavel echoing like a rifle shot.

I've taken liberties,...

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Move Over Gutenberg: Will E-Books Spell the End of Paper And Ink?

(30) Comments | Posted July 7, 2010 | 1:51 PM

I was standing in a circle of Chardonnay sippers at an art show in Santa Monica when the conversation turned to the future of reading. As a novelist, I had skin in the game, so I grabbed a canape, sidled over, and eavesdropped.

"I'll never buy one of those...

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