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THE ROAD TO HELL (English Edition) von [Levine, Paul]
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"The Road to Hell" collects four stories by Paul Levine, the Edgar-nominated author of the bestselling Jake Lassiter series. Levine's heroes travel dark and dangerous paths as they confront devilish and powerful villains. The journeys are by land, by sea, and in one case, perhaps only in the mind.

In "El Valiente en el Infierno," (The Brave One in Hell), a 13-year-old Mexican boy tells his own story as he makes a treacherous midnight crossing into California in search of his father. The boy's courage is tested when he runs into two gun-toting American vigilantes, and the confrontation will change all of them forever.

"Development Hell" imagines a pitch session in which a bedraggled Edgar Allan Poe squares off with a slick Hollywood producer who wants to make a cheesy slasher flick out of "The Pit and the Pendulum." Bookgasm praised the story as "going straight to the funny bone."

"A Hell of a Crime" echoes with notions of "The Twilight Zone." A prosecutor prepares for a homicide trial while being pestered by his domineering mother, a famous lawyer herself. Just what role did she play in the murder? It's a mystery with a punch to the gut at the end.

Two of the author's best-loved characters, Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, appear in "Solomon & Lord: To Hell and Back." The ethically-challenged Steve Solomon and the very proper Victoria Lord are mismatched Miami law partners. Steve says he's going fishing with Manuel Cruz, a sleazy con man. Victoria knows that Cruz embezzled a bundle from Steve's favorite client and is an unlikely fishing buddy. So just what is Steve up to now? Something between mischief and murder. The three of them head for deep water and dark troubles.

Also included: an excerpt of "Mortal Sin," one of the award-winning Jake Lassiter novels. "Recalling the work of Carl Hiaasen, this thriller races to a smashing climax." - Library Journal.

Finally, there's an excerpt of "Solomon vs. Lord," the first of the series nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber awards. Here's what number one bestselling author Harlan Coben had to say: "Hiaasen meets Grisham in the court of last retort. A sexy, wacky, wonderful thriller with humor and heart."


"Mystery writing at its very, very best." - Larry King, USA TODAY

"Irreverent...genuinely clever...great fun." - The New York Times Book Review

"Just the remedy for those who can't get enough Spenser and miss Travis McGee terribly." - St. Petersburg Times

"Genuinely chilling." - Washington Post Book World
"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voila!" - Tulsa World

"Wildly entertaining blend of raucous humor and high adventure." - St. Louis Post-Dispatch

"Cracking good action-mystery...funny, sardonic, and fast-paced." - Detroit Free Press


The author of  20 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 20 episodes of the CBS military drama "JAG." More at


To Speak for the Dead
Night Vision
False Dawn
Mortal Sin
Fool Me Twice
Flesh & Bones
Last Chance Lassiter 
State vs. Lassiter


Solomon vs. Lord
The Deep Blue Alibi
Kill All the Lawyers
Habeas Porpoise

Bum Rap
Bum Luck




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3.0 von 5 Sternen Good Stories Marred by Deceptive Marketing 2. Februar 2014
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Although Paul Levine's The Road to Hell is billed as a short story collection, it's also a promotion designed to interest readers in his other, more expensive works. Many authors on Amazon do this, making a short work available for free or a low price. However, Levine (or whoever wrote his Kindle blurb) is not exactly honest in describing what people will be buying here.

As far as the stories go, two of them are excellent, one is very good, and the fourth is merely average. The title of the book is derived from the fact that all four stories have the word "Hell" in their titles, but otherwise they have nothing in common.

In The Brave One in Hell, a 13-year-old Mexican boy trying to enter the U.S. illegally has an encounter with a couple of border-guarding vigilantes who aim to stop illegal immigrants from entering the country at any cost. It's obviously a serious subject (and the subject of at least one of Levine's novels), but it plays out more like a Disney channel feel good fantasy than either a serious drama or a suspense thriller. The description of the action is good, but the ending is a big letdown.

In A Hell of a Crime, a district attorney is at home preparing his closing argument for a big murder case, but he has to put up with a good bit of critiquing from his mother, who isn't so sure the defendant is guilty. This one is highly original with a double twist ending worthy of Alfred Hitchcock that I never saw coming. As soon as I finished the story, I was compelled to reread it to be sure I hadn't missed anything and that Levine had played fair. I hadn't, and he had.

Development Hell is a clever comedy in which "Beazle," a Hollywood producer, tries to buy the film rights to The Pit and the Pendulum from Edgar Allan Poe. However, as he explains to Poe, the story isn't very marketable without a whole lot of changes to make it more cinematic. There are several laugh-out-loud moments in this sharp satire.

To Hell and Back features Solomon and Lord, the mismatched attorneys who are the protagonists of one of Levine's two main series. Victoria Lord believes in playing by the book (and the law), while Steve Solomon has at best a nodding acquaintance with legal ethics, which he won't let stand in the way of justice. In this story, the pair's client, an elderly business woman who is a Cuban refugee in South Florida, has been swindled out of a lot of money by a fellow refugee who helped manage her books and then helped herself to the business' assets. Solomon has two problems: he can't locate the missing money or prove the man actually stole it. So he agrees to go on a deep sea fishing trip with the con man which soon turns into a deadly cat-and-mouse game. Readers won't learn much about Solomon and Lord as characters here, but the confrontation between lawyers (Lord is also on the boat) and con man is quite dramatic with a couple of unexpected plot twists.

Although I would give the book four stars easily on the basis of the four stories, they actually comprise less than half the advertised 100 pages of the book. The remainder of the book (55% according to my Kindle) consists of lengthy excerpts from Solomon vs. Lord, a novel featuring the title duo, and Mortal Sins, another novel featuring Levine's other main character Jake Lassiter. I didn't read these excerpts and I don't base this review on them. However, if I wanted to read those two novels, I would have gotten the actual books.

The blurb on the Amazon web site does call this material "excerpts" but neglects to mention that the excerpts occupy over half the book. It's the equivalent of going to a two hour movie and watching a one-hour TV episode and a whole bunch of trailers. In my view, this is deceptive, especially if the author charges for the book (I did get my copy for free but I believe it has been offered for sale at various times). People may be willing to spend money for a 100-page short story collection but not less than 50 pages of stories and over 50 pages of filler.

Because three out of the four stories here are so good, I gave the book 2 1/2 stars rounded to three. But no matter how good the material is Paul Levine (or his publisher) does his audience a disservice by not being straightforward in describing what's actually in this book.
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4.0 von 5 Sternen Sort of like Tapas: a little of this, a little of that. 13. Juli 2015
Von RARowland, Cincinnati reviewer - Veröffentlicht auf
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This was, as I say in the Headline, a bit of Tapas, i,e., a little of this, a little of that. This four story book was not my first introduction to Paul Levine. That was "Bum Rap", but I was so taken by it that I later down loaded both this book and a Solomon & Lord book. And that was after I read "Illegal", both of which I wrote a review.
What I liked about "Road..." was its introduction to several continuing characters that I'm looking forward to reading more about. I'm referring to Jake Lassiter ("Bum Rap") and Steve Solomon and Victoria (Vicky) Lord, both of whose stories were two of the stories.
Levine reminds me of Dennis Lehane in his writing style. He is, in a word, conversational in the way he writes, which makes for an easy to follow read and good thread. Thread being my ability to pick up where I last left off, without re-reading pages in order to remember the story line when in those times I put the book down for whatever reason. Although in fairness, I have to say all parts of this book held my continuing interest from page one to page last. The characters are well fleshed out, making them that more realistic to the reader. The riparte between Steve Solomon and Vicky Lord is at times laugh out loud funny. The way Jake Lassiter practices law as a defense counsel is at times so tongue in cheek to make any one based in the law realize the reality of the practice. I never practiced law, but dealing with a multitude of lawyers, both defense as well as plaintiff, while working as an insurance adjuster, well nigh rang home to me.
"The Road to Hell", therefore, is a primer to other books and a good one at that. I know I will have a lot of fun reading more about the exploits of Solomon and Lord as well as walking along side of defense attorney Lassiter as he wrangles with both the court as well as his adversaries in his representation of his "innocent" clients.
Good book, glad I found it.
5.0 von 5 Sternen 3 short stories plus a book! 31. Mai 2015
Von Marjie, Mother of 9 - Veröffentlicht auf
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This consists of 3 short stories, which are very fast paced and not predictable, but logical, plus one Solomon and Lord book, Sink or Swim. Paul Levine is a very good writer; I've read and enjoyed many of his Solomon and Lord books, as well as 3 of his Jake Lassiter books. This is a great introduction to Paul Levine for those not familiar with his works.
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5.0 von 5 Sternen Great story teller! 28. Mai 2016
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I am reading every Paul Levine book I can find. I love his style of writing, and his interesting facts. This author seems to know so much about a lot. His books are not just fluff or romance and sex, they are all of that yet so much more.
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2.0 von 5 Sternen Really? 24. Oktober 2015
Von Steven A. Newell - Veröffentlicht auf
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I really like Paul Levine's work. Just starting on the Solomon and Lord series, well into the Jake Lassiter novels and really like both. This book is a couple of short stories that weren't up to the level I'm used to seeing, a segment from Mortal Sin (which I've finished reading) and a couple of chapters from the beginning of the Solomon and Lord series. Paul Levine gets a 5 overall but this is one book that drags his average down.
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