The author of 18 novels, Paul Levine won the John D. MacDonald fiction award and was nominated for the Edgar, Macavity, International Thriller, and James Thurber prizes. A former trial lawyer, he also wrote more than 20 episodes of the CBS military drama “JAG” and co-created the Supreme Court drama “First Monday” starring James Garner and Joe Mantegna. The critically acclaimed international bestseller TO SPEAK FOR THE DEAD was his first novel. He is also the author of the Solomon vs. Lord series and the thrillers ILLEGAL, BALLISTIC, IMPACT and PAYDIRT. His most recent novel is the newly published STATE VS. LASSITER. He is a graduate of Penn State University and the University of Miami Law School. As a young journalist, he covered Criminal Court for The Miami Herald. He lives in Coconut Grove, Florida.