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Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times best-selling author Steve Martini.

One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna, is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she's killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore.

Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani's daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna's death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can't remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He's still dazed and a little bruised but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he's sure he didn't kill her.

To save an innocent young man's life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients no matter how unsavory - a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption and, at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again.

©2015 Paul Madriani, Inc. (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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Where is the Legal Thriller??

I have followed Steve Martini for decades and use to run to the store when a new Paul Madriani novel was released. Martini has written so many intriguing and satisfying legal thrillers. Even though Martini still has a way with words, the plots of the last several books have changed the genre from legal thriller to more of an espionage / government-backed assassin type genre.

This genre change may interest others, but I found the plot too far-fetched and just not compelling. I did listen until the end, but wished I had quit earlier. I plan to listen to the early books again. I recommend those to you.

8 of 8 people found this review helpful

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Filler

I usually like Martini's writting but this story is mostly filler. Page after page describing things that lend no value to the plot.

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Intense but complicated plot

I always enjoy Martini books, but this one seemed a little complicated to me. Several storylines were given, and all of them did not seem to be resolved - at least in my view! maybe he will follow up another plot in the next book.

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  • Wayne
  • Matthews, NC
  • 04-02-16

Needlessly complicated, but an excellent story!

It's not a legal thriller, although the protagonists are lawyers. It's really about government corruption, crooked politicians. And there is international intrigue.

8 of 10 people found this review helpful

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The punt

Good listen but went sideways unnecessarily sometimes
Worth a listen though .
Performance was real good.

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  • Jean
  • Santa Cruz, CA, United States
  • 05-26-15

Absorbing

I have read Steve Martini’s Paul Madraini books off and on over the years. But it has been sometime since I last read one of his books.

In this book Madraini is defending a young man Alex Ives accused of vehicular manslaughter in the death of a successful attorney Orlinda Serna who is a master at managing money. When she is killed her clients become worried about their secret dealings. Martini tackles government corruption wrapped in an interesting story.

It is a complex book and the author uses many points of view, with multiple story lines. They twist and tangle together so much so I found I had to pay close attention or else I got confused. The book is fast paced and interesting, and the suspense kept me on the edge of my seat. Dan Woren narrated the story.

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Keep the stories coming...

So Martini, a delight. Dan Woren's usual familiarity. Madriani and his compatriots at their best.

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  • Michael
  • BATON ROUGE, LA, United States
  • 05-25-15

Obviously not an archer

Good enough story, but "laser-tipped broad heads"? A little research would have shown how silly.

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disappointment

very weak links
trite at key points
suspense that falls flat - so obvious
murder that made no sense - not even for psychopath
coincidences - poor story technique

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Boring, too contrived, hard to read

I gave it 3 hours on Audible before I gave up and realized this just wasn't a good book. Too many subplots that have too much emphasis, losing the thread of the main plot - whatever that is. Boring.

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  • Ian Rutherford
  • 07-24-16

Missing the mark

I'm a huge Steve Martini fan and was really looking forward to this. Sadly, for me, it was a huge disappointment. Too many characters at one point with no thread that brought them together. Won't put me of the next one though.

1 of 1 people found this review helpful