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Publisher's Summary

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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3 out of 5 stars
By L. O. Pardue on 05-25-15

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.

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2 out of 5 stars
By Kindle Customer on 07-25-15


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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2 out of 5 stars
By Ian Rutherford on 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.

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