A Solomon Vs. Lord Novel
Bantam, January 2006
Reviewed by Barbara Fielding
THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI is the second novel in Paul Levine's wildly funny
Solomon vs. Lord Series. The series features Steve "Slash and Burn"
Solomon and "The Uptown Girl" Victoria Lord. Their mismatched business
partnership and volatile romantic relationship is the basis for this
When a friend and business partner of Victoria's late father is accused of
murder Victoria seizes the opportunity to take first chair lead in his
defense trial. Harold Griffin is accused of killing Ben Stubbs, a
government agent for the EPA. Griffin needed Stubbs' approval to build a
floating resort over a Florida Keys coral reef, but Stubbs was shot with a
spear gun aboard Griffin's boat. Griffin was found unconscious when the
boat ran aground with forty thousand dollars in cash aboard. The whole
affair stinks and it is going to take some powerful lawyering to get
However, Victoria is not quite objective about "Uncle Grif" or his son
Junior, her childhood playmate. Junior has grown into a handsome and
charismatic man, who is interested in renewing their childhood romance.
Steve, on the other hand, has no problem being dispassionate about their
client, especially Junior. This case tests Steve and Victoria's personal
and business relationship and when someone tries to run Steve's caddy into
a swamp and plants a coral snake in Victoria's bathroom things really
start heating up.
THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI features a spectacular opening scene that requires an
open mind and a sense of humor to enjoy. In fact, there are several scenes
that stretch the bounds of credibility, but it's all in good fun. Author
Paul Levine's capacity for comedy, irony and irreverent humor are on full
display---his talent for creating colorful characters is pure
Steve Solomon's implied friendship with Jimmy Buffet and his "Margaritaville"
approach to love and life are just one example of the fun in store for
readers. "Solomon's Laws" and Jimmy Buffet song lyrics are generously
sprinkled throughout the book. Bobby, Steve's appealing twelve year-old
nephew, is back and his legal research and relationship advice help save
Steve from total ruin.
Paul Levine freely admits his fictional characters Solomon and Lord are
inspired by his wisecracking repartee with his wife, Renee. Wherever the
inspiration comes from, the dynamic duo in this series are off to an
amazing start. Another installment is due out later this year--KILL ALL
THE LAWYERS. THE DEEP BLUE ALIBI includes mature subject matter and
explicit sexual descriptions.
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