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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (969 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Steve Martini Narrator: Joe Mantegna Publisher: Simon & Schuster Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2003 ISBN:
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Defense attorney Paul Madriani tackles the most challenging case of his career - the chilling murder of a friend on a crowded city street - in this brilliantly suspenseful new novel in the best selling series.

After a friend and fellow lawyer is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, attorney Paul Madriani takes on another client, who, he suspects, is involved in the double murder. Madriani wants to know who killed his friend and why. He is torn by questions of conflict between his duty to a client who may be the killer and the need to know the truth. Madriani wonders whether he himself has been marked for death, only to have a friend die in his place.

Madriani is drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas. Without realizing, he is suddenly riding the crest of a dangerous wave involving a family of wealthy international developers and people who murder for money. When the police focus on the wrong motive for the killings, thereby threatening to close the book on another unsolved crime, Madriani sets off on a deadly quest that takes from California to the steaming jungles of Mexico and the ancient cultures of the Yucatan. There he discovers that while death may be driven by distant and exotic motives, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand. Download and start listening now!

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bonnie | 2/11/2014

    " I really like Mr. Martini's books since they are not filled with gratuitous sex and foul language and are well written. The ending is definitely a surprise. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Heather Tiedtke | 2/2/2014

    " I enjoyed the first 3/4 of the book but I found the ending to be quite disappointing. I love a good conspiracy but this was just a disappointment. I'll continue to read this series but this was not one of my favorites. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lee | 1/15/2014

    " Another Paul Madriani/Henry Hinds novel involving the drive by shooting of another attorney and a trip to Mexico... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 She'Davia Williams | 1/14/2014

    " I found this to be a very good and interesting book. There are times when I just wanted to shout out. Very good book. Paul Madriani is an interesting character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 1/9/2014

    " I loved how even though the death of the character was very early in the book, you still got to know him enough before that that you were sad when he died. The plot was intriguing and left me very satisfied. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Joanne | 12/17/2013

    " This book was better than the first two I read. No courtroom drama. Not as tedious as 'The Jury' or 'The Attorney'. I probably won't search out any more of his books. "

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

    " Good mystery read on a quiet day off. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dee | 11/28/2013

    " This book is very good. very well written and fast paced. I stayed up late into the night reading this one. Great series and this is all very beleivable. This is just a quick understated review of my thoughts that wont do justice to the book. So read it and find out how great it is. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amoreena Petersen | 11/27/2013

    " I did not care for this book. It took me a long time to read it, which set me back on my goal for 2013. It did not catch my interest and I often found myself re-reading pages over and over again because my mind would wonder to other things "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bruceschneider21 | 11/22/2013

    " Not one of my favorites of his, but good enough that I am still going to read the rest of his books as there are only three more to go. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 4/21/2013

    " The Arraignment by Steve Martini (2003) "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 1/17/2013

    " Had a hard time getting into this one. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Donny Joseph | 10/21/2012

    " pretty good novel to read. not much characters, so easily to remember where the story is going. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ed Firoved | 9/24/2012

    " Excellent attorney mystery. Set in and around San Diego. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/31/2012

    " I like Steve Martini, his legal situation novels make for an interesting read. This one has enough legalize to make it authentic mixed with the suspense of a Mexican connection and an interesting twist. He also adds humor to keep it not too serious. Quick read and one most would enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 1/27/2012

    " Maybe my favorite Martini book. At the end it kind of seemed he was trying to convince himself that the murder was justified. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pa | 12/30/2011

    " A pretty good read, but not up to the standards of 'The Judge' by the same author. Good characterization, but the plot is a tad unlikely. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Charisa Flaherty | 10/25/2011

    " Loved it! This book was very full of action and suspense and unexpected plot turns. I would definitely read more Steve Martini just based on this book! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike Self | 10/8/2011

    " The book did had some points where the material, but the ending was great. Martini dud an excellent job of keeping you on your toes throughout and finally let things unravel in the last few pages. I will definitely be picking up some more of the Paul Mandrini series soon. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luan | 7/23/2011

    " if you like lawyer/courtroom drama, you'll enjoy this. I do like courtroom but this was just a little too slow for me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 John Melendez | 4/1/2011

    " My husband and I listened to this book on CD while riding in the car. I liked the narrator : Joe Mantegna. A good lawyer/detective story, unfortunately a lot of bad language that could have been left out. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Rodney Farrell Sr | 1/29/2011

    " I had an idea of the "mystery" was about half way through the book. Martini ends with an epilogue that is too insightful and too perfect without any reference of repercussions to crimes committed by the lawyer Madriani. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Steve | 1/16/2011

    " This was a well written and enjoyable book. Complex story, so much so that I did not catch on to the real villain until the end. Lots of action and strong characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marianne | 8/25/2010

    " Great story, good writing, liked the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pa | 6/29/2010

    " A pretty good read, but not up to the standards of 'The Judge' by the same author. Good characterization, but the plot is a tad unlikely. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rodney | 3/7/2010

    " A little slower than some of Martini's other tomes. I still like the San Diego locale since I know some of the areas he desribes. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kerry | 1/29/2010

    " I like Steve Martini, his legal situation novels make for an interesting read. This one has enough legalize to make it authentic mixed with the suspense of a Mexican connection and an interesting twist. He also adds humor to keep it not too serious. Quick read and one most would enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 10/27/2009

    " Maybe my favorite Martini book. At the end it kind of seemed he was trying to convince himself that the murder was justified. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Erin | 7/16/2009

    " Pretty good- better than the average legal crime thriller. It is not so great that I am going to go out & purchase the book to see what I missed (I listened to the abridged audio version), but it was good enough for me to keep an eye out for other books by this author. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan | 6/10/2009

    " Had a hard time getting into this one. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Luan | 4/25/2009

    " if you like lawyer/courtroom drama, you'll enjoy this. I do like courtroom but this was just a little too slow for me. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Pleasantree | 4/25/2009

    " Until near the end I had a hard time getting into it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kelly | 4/11/2009

    " The Paul Madriani novels are delicious. Dry wit, expert lawyering and damn good writing. A speedy tale of drugs and intrigue in Mexico.

    "He looks at me to see if I am offering any sympathy. That particular bank is closed at the moment". "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie | 1/18/2009

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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

Joe Mantegna is a versatile, seasoned actor on both stage and screen. He first garnered national prominence for his work with writer-director David Mamet, earning a Tony Award for Glengarry Glen Ross in 1983. His name has become synonymous with Robert B. Parker’s Spenser since he has narrated the entire series.