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Author Paul Levine Visits Libby Hellmann on 2nd Sunday Crime, April 9, 2017

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Paul Levine worked as a newspaper reporter, a law professor and a trial lawyer before becoming a full-time novelist. Obviously, he cannot hold a job. Paul claims that writing fiction comes naturally: he told whoppers for many years in his legal briefs.

His books have been translated into 23 languages, none of which he can read. Paul is an admirer of the works of John Updike, particularly the “Rabbit, Run” trilogy.  “Anatomy of a Murder” by John Voelker (writing as Robert Traver) is his favorite legal thriller. Levine’s writing style has been compared to that of John D. MacDonald, Carl Hiaasen, and Elmore Leonard. 

Paul''s new book, BUM LUCK, was just released by THomas and Mercer.

In it, his client just beat a murder rap. But will Jake Lassiter let him live long enough to enjoy it? Lassiter is hip deep in the criminal lawyer’s classic moral dilemma. He believes his client, NFL superstar Thunder Thurston, murdered his wife. But the jury just said “not guilty.” A lawyer is supposed to let it go. Another day, another dollar, another case. Not Jake Lassiter. In fact, the first sentence of the book is:

Thirty seconds after the jury announced its verdict, I decided to kill my client.

Host Libby Fischer Hellmann left a career in broadcast news in Washington, DC and moved to Chicago 35 years ago, where she, naturally, began to write gritty crime fiction. She has been nominated for many awards in the mystery and crime writing community* and has even won a few. Her most recent release is War, Spies & Bobby Sox: Stories about WW2 At Home.

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