Author Paul Levine Helps Kids with Cancer

Paul Levine’s numerous legal thrillers have been translated into 23 languages. Between 1990 and 1997 he wrote seven novels featuring Jake Lassiter, the linebacker-turned-lawyer, who is as likely to punch out a witness as cross-examine him. To mark the 20th Anniversary of its hardcover publication, To Speak for the Dead – the first in the Lassiter series – is being offered as an E-book with 100% of the proceeds going to a charity which helps kids with cancer.

The Four Diamonds Fund is a charity that pays for treatment of pediatric cancer patients at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital.  In addition to providing world-class medical care, the Fund supports research in immunotherapy and carcinogenesis, as well as other areas in childhood cancer research. Any family with a child being treated for pediatric cancer at Penn State Hershey Children’s Hospital is automatically eligible for support.

This from their site:

The Fund has helped more than 2,000 families since 1972. Approximately 100 new families receive support each year.

The Fund offsets the cost of treatment that insurance does not cover, as well as expenses that may disrupt the welfare of the child, such as car repairs, rent, or household utilities. The Fund supports the medical team that cares for the children and funds pediatric cancer research through start-up grants and the Four Diamonds Pediatric Cancer Research Institute.

Why is Paul Levine donating ALL his royalties from the sale of the e-book?

A few years ago, one of my dearest friends, the godfather of my son, lost his daughter Margaux to Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare but vicious bone cancer.  The survival rate for Ewing’s sarcoma that metastases is a disheartening 10 per cent.

Ten per cent!

In this age of medical miracles, how can that be?

After Margaux’s death at age 14, I dedicated a book to her.  Such a feeble gesture.  I wanted to do more.  Still do.

I’m hoping that the e-book will sell for years, bringing enjoyment to readers and support to a life-saving cause.  Hoping, too, that others will be moved to directly contribute.

You can contribute to this cause by simply purchasing the e-book which is available for a limited time for only $2.99 – go here to make your purchase (even if you do not have an e-reader, the book can be downloaded and read from your computer).


In To Speak for the Dead, Lassiter defends a surgeon accused of malpractice after his patient dies during routine surgery.  When evidence is uncovered that the surgeon was obsessed with his patient’s wife, Lassiter suspects his client is innocent of malpractice…but guilty of murder.  Add a sexy widow, a deadly drug, and a grave robbery to the stew and you have the setting for Miami’s trial of the century.

The second book of the Lassiter series, Night Vision,is also available as an e-book, as is 9 Scorpions, a stand-alone legal thriller set at the Supreme Court.  In the next several months, all seven Lassiter books will be on Amazon Kindle and the other e-bookselling platforms.

In Fall 2011, Lassiter will be released in hardcover from Bantam as Jake searches for a missing woman from his past and becomes entangled in the intertwined worlds of politics and porn.


Thank you to Paul Levine for joining the fight against childhood cancer – I was happy to promote his efforts here on my blog as another option for readers to get involved in fighting this horrible disease (it is still not too late to join Reading for A Cure as well – another charity event being sponsored here at Caribousmom!)

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    • Trisha on July 7, 2010 at 05:51

    What a fabulous thing to do!

  1. Thanks, Wendy for giving us a sounding board for a very good cause. And for all else you do. Happy Reading! Paul

  2. This is such a generous and altruistic thing for him to do, and even though this is not my type of book, I am going to be downloading it when I can. Thanks for letting me know about this!

    • Wendy on July 11, 2010 at 07:22

    Trisha: I agree!

    Paul: THANK YOU for stopping by, and for doing what you are doing to help kids with cancer…I am very happy to help bolster your efforts for such a great cause.

    Zibilee: I agree – I love when authors and other “celebrities” use their influence towards causes like these.

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