• by Paul Levine
  • Narrated by Chris Andrew Ciulla
  • 10 hrs and 52 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Trial lawyer Jimmy “Royal” Payne was his own worst enemy - until now. Haunted by personal tragedy and wanted by the cops, Payne needs to skip town. What he doesn’t need is Tino Perez, a gutsy twelve-year-old Mexican boy in search of his missing - and undocumented - mother. But Payne’s ex-wife, an L.A.P.D. detective he still loves, makes him a deal: help the boy or go to jail. Soon Payne is following Tino into the darker side of the American dream. From bloody Mexicali to the bullet-ridden San Joaquin Valley, Payne is be swept into the dark current of illegal immigration, human trafficking, and sexual slavery - all the while, navigating the twisted border between justice and revenge.


Audible Editor Reviews

Paul Levine’s thriller follows lawyer Jimmy "Royal" Payne as he flees painful memories as well as angry men looking to inflict real physical pain. Bad luck and poor decisions have led him to this dark place when he meets Tino Perez, a 12-year-old Mexican illegal immigrant whose mother has gone missing while crossing the border. To help young Tino, Payne must enter a world of human trafficking, rape, and murder in this hard-boiled edge-of-your-seat audiobook. Chris Ciulla lends the story a hard and fast performance with a touch of cynicism that Royal wears like badge. This is a modern thriller whose sordid backdrop is described in great detail and which you won't want to pause.


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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful

Great opening chapters; very vivid characters!

There is a lot to like about Illegal. The book starts off with a great scene and the characters are vivid. Although the protagonist is a lawyer, the novel is really an action thriller rather than a legal thriller. One the negative side the novel gets repetitive and boring in the middle chapters of the book; nevertheless, based on the strength of the opening and closing chapters Illegal earns a solid 4 star rating.

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- Wayne

Nice Legal Thriller

Would you consider the audio edition of Illegal to be better than the print version?

Yeah, I think so. The narrator did a great job with the tension, the situations, and the different people. It added a lot to the story, where your imagination may not take you there otherwise.

Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

Yes. I didn't know what the outcome was going to be for Tino, for Jimmy, Marisol, etc. It had a really good mix of suspense and violence. Paul Levine is a good author.

Which character – as performed by Chris Andrew Ciulla – was your favorite?

Loved Jimmy Payne as the lead. Also liked Chitwood, and Simeon Rutledge.

Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

Sad story about human trafficking and a scumbag rancher. But it's fiction. I'm cool with it.

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- LA Bos

Book Details

  • Release Date: 09-16-2013
  • Publisher: Audible Studios