Thursday, August 11, 2011


by Oline Cogdill
Wednesday, 10 August 2011 05:04
Last year, Paul Levine celebrated the 20th anniversary of his first novel, To Speak for the Dead, by re-issuing that novel as an e-book. The twist was that Levine wasn't just joining hundreds of other authors who are finding new audiences for their work.

Levine gave ALL proceeds of the To Speak for the Dead e-book to the Four Diamonds Fund, which supports treatment and research at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

The book reached number one on Amazon’s Hardboiled Mystery Bestseller List and raised thousands of dollars for cancer treatment at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.

And if something works once, try it again.

Levine has put up his second novel Flesh & Bones as an e-book with all the royalties going to the Fund.

Flesh & Bones continued Levine's series about Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter, a Miami Dolphins linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer.

Levine helped launch the current wave of Florida mysteries through these novels that gave the world a new view of what really goes on in South Florida.

Before Lassiter went on hiatus in 1997, the series earned Levine the John D. MacDonald Florida Fiction Award. To Speak for the Dead was named one of the 10 best mysteries of the year by the Los Angeles Times.

For those of us who missed the wise-cracking Lassiter, Levine is returning to the series with the aptly named Lassiter, due out in September from Bantam.

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