Top positive review
Get a jump on summer....this is a great beach read.
February 25, 2014
One of the advantages of reading a book featuring characters who have appeared in previous stories is that you already have a comfort level with the characters and, more importantly, the author who brought them to life. Sometimes it works better to read the books in the same order in which they were written and sometimes it doesn't make any difference.
Steve Solomon and Victoria Lord, two South Florida lawyers who have appeared in a number of Paul Levine's books, are together in Solomon vs Lord, a fast-moving story about lawyers being lawyers and lawyers being detectives. There's also a good bit of lawyers trying to decide whether or not they really love each other. Don't worry about the love part. It won't get in the way of a terrifically crafted story about rich people and murder.
Solomon and Lord meet in the beginning of the book as opposing sides in a case where Steve is defending and Victoria is a prosecutor. Before much happens, the two of them wind up behind bars for contempt of court. The banter between the two of them reminds the reader of the old TV series "Moonlighting" where Bruce Willis and Cybill Shepherd played off each other with razor-sharp dialogue. Solomon's and Lord's exchanges are very similar and equally entertaining.
One of the really interesting elements of Paul Levine's books featuring the character of Steve Solomon is the young nephew of Solomon. Bobby is a ten-year-old who is an autistic child but who has an absolutely amazing brain. He is the son of Solomon's sister, a woman who has an extensive criminal background involving heavy drug use (crack cocaine) and who mistreated Bobby as a young child which only aggravated the medical conditions and made his life a living hell. Steve Solomon forcibly removed Bobby from his environment and began to raise him as though he was his own son. Needless to say, this situation became a major side story in this book and the handling of it in the book was an emotional roller coaster which makes the reader a partner in Steve Solomon's attempts to make a better life for Bobby.
Without giving away too much of the stories which make up the architecture of the book, be ready to go through a wide range of emotions as you read it. The location in South Florida presents an opportunity to make a comparison between Levine's writing and that of one of Florida's best known authors, Carl Hiassen. It's easy to draw parallels with the range of humor, suspense and beautifully drawn and constructed characters.
Full disclosure here: I've read a number of Levine's books, including others which have the Solomon & Lord characters in them. I've become quite a fan of Paul Levine's and in my other reviews, I've also given them 5 stars, as I do here. There are even a few more of his books in my library and I look forward to reading them, too.
So do yourself a favor and try Paul Levine's books. This one, Solomon vs Lord, would be a great one to start with.