Looking for a different kind of legal thriller? Then turn to Paul Levine—a former trial and appellate attorney, who’s known for his clever writing, brash characters and crackling courtroom scenes. He’s an Edgar, Macavity, and International Thriller Writers award-nominated novelist. ILLEGAL marks the debut of a new hero, Jimmy Payne—and Jimmy is caught in some serious trouble in this adrenaline-laced, no-holds-bar contemporary thriller.
Here are the facts:
The hero: Disgraced trial lawyer Jimmy “Royal” Payne—haunted by tragedy and wanted by the cops
The situation: Just after skipping town, Jimmy has a run-in with a gutsy twelve-year-old named Tino Perez. First Tino robs him, then he pleads for help in finding his mother—who’s been missing ever since she crossed the Mexican border.
The opening line: “Judge Rollins drew a handgun from beneath his black robes, pointed the snub-nosed barrel at Jimmy Payne’s chest and said ‘Who you pimping for, you low-life shyster?’”
What others have said: “Chilling…. ILLEGAL is a riveting read, filled with action, pathos, and even humor.”