Cheater's Game

Paul Levine (Author)


Jake Lassiter Tackles the College Admissions Scandal

Rich parents will pay anything to get their kids into college...

Kip Lassiter can get you a perfect score on any test...

And Kip's heartbroken uncle Jake must defend an unwinnable case.

CHEATER'S GAME dives deep into the true-to-life college admissions scandal with an explosive federal trial that rocks the courthouse.

Suffering brain damage from his football injuries, Miami lawyer Jake Lassiter says goodbye to the courtroom...until his nephew Kip desperately needs his help. Kip has been working for millionaire Max Ringle in a shady scheme to help rich, entitled kids gain admission to elite universities.

Ringle, the mastermind of the fraud, shifts the blame to Kip who's charged with multiple crimes. Dr. Melissa Gold, Lassiter's fiancée, supervises experimental treatments intended to keep the ailing lawyer strong enough for a grueling trial. As a fiery showdown looms with Ringle, Lassiter risks everything - including his own life - to keep his nephew out of prison.

"Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side and on the page." - Lee Child

"Clever, funny and seriously on point when it comes to the inequities of society and the justice system, 'Cheater's Game' is top-notch stuff from Paul Levine. His Jake Lassiter is my kind of lawyer!" - Michael Connelly

Product Details

Herald Square Publishing
Publish Date
April 20, 2020
5.51 X 0.94 X 8.5 inches | 1.18 pounds
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About the Author

The author of twenty-two novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald Fiction Award and has been nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, Shamus, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote twenty episodes of the CBS military drama JAG and co-created the Supreme Court drama First Monday starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The international bestseller, To Speak for the Dead, was his first novel and introduced readers to linebacker-turned-lawyer Jake Lassiter. Bum Rap was an Amazon Number One Bestseller. He is also the author of the critically acclaimed Solomon vs. Lord series of legal capers. His latest book is Cheater's Game, which digs deep into the college admissions scandal. He divides his time between Santa Barbara and Miami. For more information, visit his website at or his Amazon Author Page at or follow him on Facebook at or on Twitter @Jake_Lassiter



"Take one part John Grisham, two parts Carl Hiaasen, throw in a dash of John D. MacDonald, and voilà, you've got Jake Lassiter." -- Tulsa World
"Jake Lassiter is great fun." -- New York Times Book Review
"Lively entertainment. Lassiter is attractive, funny, savvy, and brave." -- Chicago Tribune
"Mystery writing at its very, very best." -- USA Today
"Jake Lassiter is the lawyer we all want on our side, and on the page." -- Lee Child
"Paul Levine is one of Florida's great writers, and 'Lassiter' is his greatest creation. It's funny, smart, and compelling." -- Dave Barry
"The legal excellence of a Grisham thriller with the highwire antics of Carl Hiaasen." -- David Morrell
"Levine's prose gets leaner, meaner, better with every book...And Jake Lassiter has a lot more charisma than Perry Mason ever did." -- Miami Herald
"Another enjoyable, breathless thriller." -- South Florida Sun-Sentinel
"Filled with smart writing and smart remarks." -- Dallas Morning News
"Enough courtroom shenanigans to please even the most stalwart John Grisham fan." -- Lansing State Journal