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Trial & Error

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Trial & Error

Solomon Vs. Lord Series, Book 4
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When Steve Solomon is awakened from a sound sleep beside his lover and law partner, Victoria Lord, the last thing he expects is to find himself in a high-speed chase against dolphin-kidnapping ecoterrorists on Jet Skis. But that is what you get when your nephew hangs out at water parks and speaks cetacean--a.k.a. dolphin. By morning, a person is dead and Steve has a new client: none other than one of the animal liberators. There's just one loophole: Victoria is on the case too--on the opposite side.

No wonder Larry King says that this is "mystery writing at its very best" and Dave Barry says Paul Levine writes a terrific courtroom drama that's also funny as hell!"

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When Steve Solomon is awakened from a sound sleep beside his lover and law partner, Victoria Lord, the last thing he expects is to find himself in a high-speed chase against dolphin-kidnapping ecoterrorists on Jet Skis. But that is what you get when your nephew hangs out at water parks and speaks cetacean--a.k.a. dolphin. By morning, a person is dead and Steve has a new client: none other than one of the animal liberators. There's just one loophole: Victoria is on the case too--on the opposite side.

No wonder Larry King says that this is "mystery writing at its very best" and Dave Barry says Paul Levine writes a terrific courtroom drama that's also funny as hell!"

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  • Chapter One Runing Tall

    Just after two a.m., Steve Solomon sprinted along the seawall, chasing the man on the Jet Ski. Black wet suit. Black helmet. Dark visor. A Darth Vader look.

    The man shot Steve the bird, then shoved the throttle wide open. The Jet Ski jolted airborne, splashed down, and roared along the channel toward Biscayne Bay.

    "Stop him, Uncle Steve!"

    Bobby, urging him on. Steve had ordered his twelve-year-old nephew to stay on the dock, but the boy was running, too, trailing behind.

    "You can catch him!"

    Sure, kiddo. Leave it to me to capture the bad guy, rescue the dolphins, save the world.

    A quarter-moon hung like a scythe over the Bay. Cetacean Park should have been quiet. The channel should have rippled placidly in the moist breeze, the air scented with salt and seaweed. Instead, the Jet Ski growled like an angry beast, belching greasy vapors in its wake.

    Steve picked up his pace. Years earlier, he had been the fastest Jewish kid on Pine Tree Drive, admittedly a group with more shleppers than sprinters.

    He figured there was one chance to catch the man. The channel ran straight for three hundred yards, then dog-legged right for another two hundred yards before reaching open water. He could cut diagonally across an empty field, the shortest leg of the triangle, and intercept the Jet Ski at the inlet to the Bay.

    Steve looked back over his shoulder. Bobby had stopped along the seawall, either because he was pooped or because he was belatedly following his uncle's orders.

    Steve ran tall, back straight, shoulders relaxed, head still. He had always been fast over short distances. Stealing bases at U of M, a painless ninety-foot sprint. But lousy at distance running. No patience for the training, no tolerance for the pain. Before Victoria, his live-in girlfriend, he'd been a sprinter in his personal life, too. Hundred-yard dashes, hundred-hour relationships.

    Flying now, feet barely touching the ground. Hopped over a fallen pond frond, never breaking stride. Shot a look at the Jet Skier, the dive knife sheathed at his ankle. Calculated time and distance. And possible injuries.

    Knife wound, concussion, drowning.

    They would reach the intersection of channel and Bay simultaneously.

    Steve hit the embankment and drove off his back foot. He launched into space, arms spread like wings, soaring toward the man on the Jet Ski, thinking . . .

    Just what the hell am I doing?

    Chapter Two

    From Bedroom to Bay


    One hour before leaping into the darkness of Biscayne Bay, Steve was locked in the spooning position with his girlfriend and law partner, Victoria Lord, her hair tickling his nose, her sweet scent fueling his dreams. The phone jarred him awake. Wade Grisby at Cetacean Park.

    Victoria stirred as Steve pulled on his Hurricanes running shorts and a T-shirt with the slogan: "What If the Hokey Pokey Is What It's All About?"

    "Bobby," Steve whispered. Explanation enough.

    She rolled over, her blond hair splayed across the pillow. "Dolphins or stars?"

    Steve understood the shorthand. Bobby had broken into the planetarium the night of a meteor shower. Lately, the kid had been sneaking out of the house to play with the dolphins on Key Biscayne.

    He stroked Victoria's cheek. "Dolphins. Wade Grisby caught him talking to Spunky and Misty."

    Talking and listening. Bobby believed he could understand dolphinese, as he called it. The boy was even writing a dictionary of the clicks, whistles, and moans that came from their blowholes.

    Victoria propped up on one elbow. In her sheer black negligee, with her sleepy eyes, she...
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  • Paul Levine is a former trial lawyer and the award-winning author of the Solomon vs. Lord legal thrillers. He has also written for the CBS television program, JAG. Levine lives in Los Angeles, where he is working on his next Jimmy Payne thriller.

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