Novelist Paul Levine, a Penn State Distinguished Alumnus, recently released "Lassiter," his eighth book featuring Jake Lassiter, a fictional mystery-solver who went from walk-on linebacker and Penn State graduate to Miami defense attorney. In this special column, Levine -- himself a Penn State graduate-turned Miami lawyer before becoming a full-time writer -- explores the little-known link between his protagonist and Penn State football coach Joe Paterno, whom Levine describes as an influence on his own life, as well as his character's.
To mark the 20th anniversary of its hardcover publication, the popular novel "To Speak for the Dead," written by Penn State alumnus Paul Levine, is being re-issued as an e-book with proceeds going to support cancer treatment and research at Penn State Hershey Children's Hospital. Levine, a 1969 Penn State graduate, is a former trial lawyer, screenwriter and now best-selling novelist of legal thrillers.
Penn State Distinguished Alumnus Paul Levine's career history covers a spectrum of fields, from newspaper reporter, to trial lawyer, to law school teacher, to television writer, to his current full-time job, novelist. He has created several book series with well-known characters, starting with the linebacker turned hard-nosed lawyer Jake Lassiter, who features in seven books. In his latest book, "Illegal," Levine introduces readers to Jimmy (Royal) Payne, who Levine describes as a down-and-out L.A. lawyer who gets caught up in the "shadowy world of human trafficking and sexual slavery." Levine offers a first-person account of the inspiration behind his newest title.
Several Penn Staters from Happy Valley and southern California, both students and alumni, contributed their thoughts about the Rose Bowl trip during a College of Communications reception Dec. 30 hosted at Lionsgate Films in Santa Monica, Calif., by its president, Tom Ortenberg, Class of '82.
For those traveling to Pasadena for the Rose Bowl, Penn State alumnus Paul Levine, a novelist and television writer, provides this personal guide to Southern California. His next book, "Illegal," will be published in March. For more information about Levine and his work, visit http://www.paul-levine.com.