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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,146 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martini Narrator: George Guidall Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Paul Madriani Series Release Date: May 2008 ISBN: 9780061632389
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New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini returns, ensnaring defense attorney Paul Madriani in a web of terror and death being spun in the shadows of America’s most sacred and secretive institution—the Supreme Court.

A writer is savagely slain while on a publicity tour—a literary provocateur who craved headlines, but whose last book may have gone too far. His revelations about secret language buried in the US Constitution—and hints about an explosive missing letter of Thomas Jefferson’s—may be enough to cause an irreparable tear in the fabric of the nation … and perhaps drove a volatile youth to homicide. 

 But Paul Madriani thinks a troubled young man with dark connections has been chosen as a scapegoat to cover up something far deadlier that festers in America’s political heart. And in the wake of the strange disappearance of a Supreme Court judge, Madriani must survive long enough to find the devastating answers hidden in the shadow of power.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “You’ll never guess where this twisting tale is really going—for the ending is a shocking piece of hard, unassailable logic put into motion by the mind of a very cold killer. I never saw it coming. Ingenious.”

    John Sandford, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “Breathless, cross-cutting suspense.”

    Steve Berry, New York Times bestselling author

  • “Entertaining…Compelling courtroom scenes, which display a sophisticated knowledge of legal trench warfare.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “The mix of racial tension and courtroom drama combines for a suspenseful thriller.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jackie | 2/20/2014

    " Reads just like a courtroom drama movie script. Fast paced, interesting subject. Supreme Court Justice, slaves, Founding Fathers, the Constitution, murder, suspense, etc. Slight criticism that everything is perfectly wrapped up in the last chapter but still happy that I read it. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Julie | 1/29/2014

    " It's a little slower and not really what I remember his books to be. Maybe it's been awhile since I read him but it's not blowing up my skirt. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/19/2014

    " Not the best Steve Martini book but I still think that reliably his lawyer type books are better than most John Grisham. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 User3162 | 1/19/2014

    " Very good! I forgot how much I enjoyed this series. I went to Powell's and bought the whole series as used pbooks. Screw Apple and the agency model. Publishers want to get greedy? They won't get any of my money! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Momm | 1/11/2014

    " Terry Scarborough, the author of Perpetual Slaves, is found murdered in his hotel suite. A worker at the hotel is charged because his fingerprints are discovered at the scene. He had been delivering an order of food. Paul Madriani is defending him and must find the J-letter (for Jefferson, former president) which is believed to be part of the answer to who really killed Terry. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Lisa | 12/15/2013

    " I read 200 pages and I still wasn't getting it, I guess it's lawyer type book with the long drawn out trail which was boring, to me at least. Sad since I read that many pages I should finish but I had taken over two weeks to get there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Penny | 12/13/2013

    " Not one of Martini's better ones. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dave | 12/12/2013

    " a 3.5 - very riveting, but the ending, while twisting & unexpected, was somehow anticlimactic "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sheila | 11/15/2013

    " Good story. Sentence structure was awkward, which at times made it difficult to read. Didn't flow smoothly. I stuck with it due to the story line. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 10/31/2013

    " good court room and legal analysis of complicated case "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Carol | 10/15/2013

    " I do love a good mystery/thriller once in a while, and the No Fear Book Club "forced" me to find one for our next gathering. Martini continues the Paul Madriani series with this one about the Founding Fathers, the Constitution, and the Supreme Court. WHEW! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 james | 8/29/2013

    " This is an excellent mystery, one of the latest in an excellent series of books featuring trial lawyer Paul Madriani. I urge to read this or any of the series. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 8/29/2013

    " I think I am done with Steve Martini. His books are predictable and boring. I gave them a good try though. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Greer Andjanetta | 7/16/2013

    " A trial story featuring the author's main character, Paul Madriani. A better than average story but clogged at times with too much of the minutiae and details of which lawyers are so fond. Stripped of about half of this, the book would be an engrossing story throughout, instead of only occasionally. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julie | 6/17/2013

    " A good read (a four from a fun book perspective, not classic literature), switches gears and pace a few times, liked the ending, and the strategic chess play of the attorneys on both sides. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lisa | 1/20/2013

    " More like 4 1/2 stars. I really enjoyed his writing, will have to try some more. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat Murray | 12/9/2012

    " My first read of this author. He writes tightly, no over abundance of description, just what you need to get the picture. It was a fairly quick read, it keeps your attention. Storyline was intersting, but became predictable about 3/4 of the way. Would read his books in the future. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beverly | 10/31/2012

    " not stellar but a good read! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Beth | 9/18/2012

    " Not a bad book, but by the time I got to the end I was kinda lost. I had forgotten what had happened to a certain character to make him do what he did, and after I went back and reread parts of it, it still didn't make a whole lot of sense. But maybe that was just me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Corrie | 8/23/2012

    " This book disappointed me. I didn't like the premise of the book and therefore, didn't really like the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sandy | 7/10/2012

    " The book peaked my interest toward the end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Alex | 1/27/2012

    " An author is killed, a man is accused of the crime, and some dudes go to trial over it. I really enjoyed this book more than the Lincoln Lawyer, which I also just finished. But unfortunately reading back to back courtroom dramas made this fall a little flat. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Janet | 11/26/2011

    " a paul madriani mystery and a good read "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Emily | 11/16/2011

    " With most suspense/thriller novels, very slow in the beginning. Hard to put down once you want to know the conclusion to the plot. Average. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Sheldon Lehman | 11/13/2011

    " Not bad, but a disappointing ending. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Debbie | 9/18/2011

    " After reading "World Without End" I needed something light and I enjoy Steve Martini books. It was an easy, minimal-thinking book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 9/8/2011

    " I don't usually read murder mysteries but I had heard about Steve Martini's novels and thought I'd try one. I found it interesting and learned some things about our Constitution that were interesting too. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 4/7/2011

    " I don't usually read murder mysteries but I had heard about Steve Martini's novels and thought I'd try one. I found it interesting and learned some things about our Constitution that were interesting too. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 S | 4/2/2011

    " Martini's books become more improbable as time goes by. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jennifer | 3/27/2011

    " Disappointing. I have read (listened to) others in this serious and they have been great, but this one was lacking. I think I only stuck it out because the reader, George Guidall is quite pleasurable to listen to and I wanted to see how it ended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Wendy | 3/27/2011

    " I like his books, but they are pretty far-fetched. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelly | 2/25/2011

    " Good enough for an airplane novel. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Carolyn | 2/4/2011

    " It might be just me, but it was a bit hard to follow. It was ok, but not the great page-turner I expected. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Audrey | 12/20/2010

    " Pretty good murder mystery with Paul Madriani defending a tough case "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 12/10/2010

    " My first read of this author. He writes tightly, no over abundance of description, just what you need to get the picture. It was a fairly quick read, it keeps your attention. Storyline was intersting, but became predictable about 3/4 of the way. Would read his books in the future. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 brian | 9/23/2010

    " This story just seemed too mechanical for me. I enjoyed previous books featuring Paul Madriani but this one felt too procedural. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mike | 9/17/2010

    " Honestly don't remember a ton of this one - somewhat typical Martini story of intrigue and suspense, but seemed to rally around a pretty baseless core. He's written much better books. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Shari | 9/12/2010

    " I'm really struggling reading this, and I normally like his books. It never grabbed me and held on like most of his books have. It will be one of those that is easily forgotten. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Brenda | 8/21/2010

    " The story part was good, but I hate that Steve Martini writes in first person present tense for the majority of the book. It was very distracting to me. "

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About the Author

Steve Martini was born in San Francisco and grew up in Southern California. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, specializing in legal issues. After obtaining his law degree, he appeared in state and federal courts; he also served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crime Program. His first novel, Compelling Evidence, was published in 1992 and became a bestseller. He has gone on to write a number of other books, including The Trader of Secrets, Guardian of Lies, The List, The Judge, and Prime Witness, among others. He currently resides in the Pacific Northwest.

About the Narrator

George Guidall, winner of eighty AudioFile Erphones Awards, has twice won the prestigious Audie Award for Excellence in Audiobook Narration. In 2014 the Audio Publishers Association presented him with the Special Achievement Award for an audiobook narrator of exceptional stature and accomplishment. During his thirty-year recording career he has recorded over 1,100 audiobooks, won multiple awards, been a mentor to many narrators, and shown by example the potential of fine storytelling. Among Guidall’s narration achievements are Crime and Punishment, The Iliad, and John Irving’s A Widow for One Year, which earned him an Audie Award for best unabridged narration of a novel, an honor he captured again for his rendition of Wally Lamb’s I Know This Much Is True. Guidall’s forty-year acting career includes starring roles on Broadway, an Obie Award for best performance off Broadway, and frequent television appearances.