Anyone who posts the following about his legal education and career on his website has humour at the core of his life:
He taught communications law for a time at the
. I expect he provided his students with more humour than the average professor of law. For some reason law professors are not noted humourists. University of Miami
His website provides the following on the Solomon and Lord series:
BLUE ALIBI was nominated for an Edgar Allan Poe award, and KILL ALL THE LAWYERS was a finalist for the International Thriller Writers award. TRIAL & ERROR was called a "quick and tightly crafted caper" by Publishers Weekly, which also praised the book for its "endearing wit and memorable characters." (The magazine also called the novel a "fine rainy day read," but Paul insists it can be read in any weather, short of a category 4 hurricane).
The reviewfromhere.com blog has an interview with Levine from last year which includes:
Is there an author that inspired you to write?
John D. MacDonald’s Travis McGee series had a big
impact. So did Carl Hiaasen’s novel, “Tourist Season.” The
mixture of humor and suspense really influenced my work.
Authors on the Air has an online oral interview with Paul Levine that describes him as an “Author, Wind Surfer, Foodie and more!” One of the interviewers is a former trial lawyer.
While the timing of his career is not clear from his website he said he began his legal career in the early 1970’s during the Authors on the Air interview.
While writing the Lassiter series he was not satisfied with his female characters and, wanting to create a better feminine character, came up with Victoria Lord.
The Solomon and Lord books I have read are:
1.) Solomon v. Lord – I loved the book. It is the funniest legal mystery I have read;
2.) The Deep Blue Alibi – It is a very good story with a dramatic opening featuring a speedboat blasting out of the ocean at Solomon and Lord;
3.) Kill All the Lawyers – I was somewhat disappointed in the book which spent very little time in the courtroom and was focused on Solomon.
Each book in the series is noteworthy for Solomon’s laws such as:
4. You can sell one improbable event to a jury. A second “improb” is strictly no sale, and a third sends your client straight to prison.”