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FALSE DAWN (Jake Lassiter Book 3) (English Edition) [Kindle Edition]

Paul Levine

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“Realistic, gritty, fun.” - New York Times Book Review

Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter has plenty of clients who lie, but usually they deny their guilt. When Francisco Crespo admits killing a fellow warehouse worker with a forklift – speared like an olive on a toothpick – Jake is suspicious and won’t take “guilty” for an answer. Determined to find the truth, Jake follows a trail of priceless Fabergé eggs to an international theft ring involving the CIA, Fidel Castro, and the Russian government. Through twisted revelations, deadly double crosses, and bizarre murders, Jake heads to Havana where he discovers that nothing is as it seems.


Representing a client who has admitted his guilt in the killing of a fellow warehouse worker, Miami trial lawyer Jake Lassiter is suspicious and is determined to get at the truth. Reprint.


  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • Dateigröße: 447 KB
  • Seitenzahl der Print-Ausgabe: 368 Seiten
  • Gleichzeitige Verwendung von Geräten: Keine Einschränkung
  • Verlag: Nittany Valley Productions, Inc. (7. November 2013)
  • Verkauf durch: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Sprache: Englisch
  • ASIN: B003ZK5KNO
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Paul Levine hat als Zeitungskorrespondent, Juraprofessor und Strafverteidiger gearbeitet bevor er sich entschloss hauptberuflich Schriftsteller zu werden.

Paul behauptet, dass ihm das Schreiben von Romanen leicht falle da er jahrelang beim Verfassen von Rechtsdokumenten tüchtig gedichtet habe. Seine Bücher wurden in dreiundzwanzig Sprachen übersetzt, von denen er keine einzige beherrscht.

Er erhielt den John-D.-MacDonald-Romanpreis und wurde für die folgenden Auszeichnungen nominiert: den Edgar, einen Macavity, den Internationalen Kriminalautorenpreis, und den James-Thurber-Preis für Humor.


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4.0 von 5 Sternen A must read -- just ignore the sloppy HTML errors 24. August 2010
Von Kathleen W. Hayward - Veröffentlicht auf
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This is a must read in the Jake Lassiter series. For those coming in late, start the series chronologically with the excellent and award winning TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD (The Jake Lassiter Series). While Levine's second offering in this series, NIGHT VISION (The Jake Lassiter Series), was over wrought, FALSE DAWN returns to the tight writing and clever turns of plot that characterized TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD.

Less that 1/3 of the way in, what seemed clear will be turned on its head, causing most readers to stay up half the night to sort it all out. Character development is excellent, leaving at least this reader wishing he could lift a brew with some of the protagonists (and even with some of the fully fleshed out antagonists).

I would have give this Kindle Version 5 starts, but the download is full of typos and odd sentence breaks that are irritating. (Similar sloppiness can be found in the download of NIGHT VISION.

It is wonderful to have back list novels now available for the Kindle, but typos and other odd formatting need to be cleaned up prior to offering a back list book as a Kindle download.
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3.0 von 5 Sternen "Duck Feathers And Flapdoodle!" 22. Juli 2005
Von Konrei - Veröffentlicht auf
"False dawn" is an atmospheric anomaly which causes the observer to believe that sunrise is about to peek over the horizon---at 3 AM. As a metaphor for illusion, Paul Levine could have picked no better title for this, his third Jake Lassiter novel, in which nothing is as it appears.

Jake, Levine's comic hero ex-linebacker, ex-Public Defender, ex-a-lot-of-things, is initially hired to defend small-time hood Francisco Crespo on a murder charge. As Jake investigates the circumstances, he realizes that Crespo is not only Not Guilty of killing fellow longshoreman Vladimir Smorodinsky---he is clearly innocent, having been unconscious at the time of the killing. Yet, Crespo seems willing to take the rap. Jake asks him why---and Crespo is shortly thereafter found dead.

Jake's hunt for the truth, which takes up the entire second half of the book, quickly begins to resemble a bucket full of freshly-dug earthworms.

It seems that Crespo's employer, Japanese industrialist and art collector Matsuo Yagamata has business contacts in Moscow, and that Crespo's killer is a man named Kharchenko aka former KGB man Stankevich, and that the CIA's man on the scene, Foley, is an art thief or just maybe it's all been bought and paid for and is in safekeeping, and that Jake's new girl, the stunning blonde sailboarder Jillian from Minnesota is really a Finnish agent, Eva Lisa from Helsinki, and that the Cuban patriot-Exilado Severo Soto and his daughter Lourdes are really working for the CIA, or possibly it's the KGB, or it might be Fidel Castro, or maybe not, and that the Faberge egg at the center of it all is a forgery, or maybe only a rock, shades of THE MALTESE FALCON.

In short, the plot has more twists and turns than the Monte Carlo Grand Prix. A simple double-cross doesn't exist anywhere in the world of FALSE DAWN, but there are too many sextuple and septuple-crosses going on to count.

Poor Jake, who incessantly seems to be in the wrong place at the wrong time, complains more than once that he can't tell the good guys from the bad guys and the players without a scorecard. He isn't the only one struggling with this overwrought story, which sags dangerously low under the weight of its plot.

Levine's audacious attempt to write a good old-fashioned Cold War espionage tale doesn't quite make the grade. The reader becomes lost in this rococo tale of patriotism and betrayal; I imagined Levine writing with a flow chart at his side, and wished I'd had one to follow along (never a good wish in light fiction). Levine totally loses control of the story about two-thirds of the way through and it avalanches toward a denoument that leaves the reader with an unsatisfying sense of ends left loose.

Rather than drawing his characters in simple black and white, Levine chooses to paint in various shades of gray. Without clear right and wrong archetypes, in the end FALSE DAWN leaves the reader feeling just as dazed as Lassiter himself.

Still, Jake Lassiter remains a sympathetic and likeable character. Levine's barbed observations about life in the social hodgepodge that is South Florida always ring true, from the Exilados to the Marielitos to the Russians, the Blacks and the Jews; not to overlook the Finns in Lake Worth. As bizarre as it all seems, we locals know these people exist as Levine presents them.

FALSE DAWN, though by far not Levine's best work, remains more than the sum of its parts.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Not Levine's best- but his average is better than most! 5. Dezember 2000
Von Paul Cox - Veröffentlicht auf
Paul Levine kicks butt. He's just plain a great author, and his characters and places stick in your mind.
This particular story isn't one of his best, but it's certainly a dang good read nonetheless. I strongly urge any fan of detective/lawyer/murder stories to run out and buy a couple of Levine's books, because not only will you enjoy the stories, and the hero, but you'll also find yourself laughing out loud from time to time.
And that's what books are supposed to do (in my opinion, anyway)- entertain you!
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great read with both history and politics in it 13. März 2012
Von S. Freeman - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really enjoy the Jake Lassiter novels. I read them on my Kindle Fire when I'm flying or during lunch at the office. This one does have more than the usual number of plot twists and is more international in scope. Most of the foreigners depicted in the novel are not very PC, but bad guys seldom are and a crime drama has to have a few villians to be interesting. My biggest problem with the Jake Lassiter series is being able to put them down in time to still get a good nights sleep.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Wonderfully Improbable and Loads of Fun 31. August 2013
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If you like to read mysteries please read the works of Paul Levine. I just finished "False Dawn," the third installment in the Lassiter series. I read the book in two nights and if I did not have to go to work, I would have read it one. In this novel Mr. Levine creates an aura of the most improbably crazy outcomes being completely accepted as naturally occurring. The sheer craziness kept me reading to see what could possibly happen next. But it is only the appearance of being out of control. The book is tightly written and completely under Mr. Levine's thumbs. You will know that when you get to the ending, which closes every plot line and satisfies all questions.
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