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Steve Martini



Steve Martini, a former trial attorney, has worked as a journalist and capital correspondent in the California State House in Sacramento. He has been engaged in both public and private practice of law. He lives on the US West Coast.
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Shadow of Power

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

The latest electrifying Paul Madriani thriller from a master at the top of his game - Madriani once again finds himself under pressure as murder reaches deep into the halls of the US Supreme Court.Some people will do anything to influence the Supreme Court. They will sweet-talk and seduce, beg, borrow and steal, all as a matter of course. Killing is different though, isn't it?Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who loves the kinds of controversy that makes headlines. As author of a new book which claims that Thomas Jefferson and the US Constitution support racial discrimination, he knows he's adding fuel to the fire. When Scarborough is found dead in a hotel room and a young man with connections to hate groups is charged with first-degree murder, defense attorney Paul Madriani is offered a case he can't pass up.Amid the glare of the cameras, Madriani must pursue an elusive witness within the confines of the Supreme Court itself, a search that threatens the very foundation of government.

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Double Tap

Steve Martini
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The Arraignment

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

When a lawyer friend, Nick Rush, is killed along with a client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse, attorney Paul Madriani is determined to find out the reasons for this double murder. Tortured by the possibility that he himself had been marked for death, only to have a friend die in his place, Madriani casts a suspicious eye in all directions - at Rush's business associates, his clients, even the beautiful widow and her mysterious new companion. As he investigates, Madriani rides the crest of a dangerous wave of international drug deals and people who murder for money. In a quest that takes him from California to Mexico, he discovers that, while the motive to kill may be driven by events taking place thousands of miles away, the killer lies much closer at hand...

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The Jury

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

Attorney Paul Madriani has reason to suspect he's representing a guilty man. Dr. David Crone, a respected medical researcher, is charged with the murder of a colleague: twenty-six-year-old Kalista Jordan, whose body washed up on a beach in San Diego Bay. Forensic evidence links her murder with material in Crone's garage. And Crone had motive: Kalista had accused him of sexual harassment, and she'd been angling for his job. When a key prosecution witness dies unexpectedly, leaving an incriminating note behind, it seems the case may be closed. But Madriani won't be satisfied of his client's innocence till he's established just who did murder Kalista Jordan...

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The Attorney

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

Tired of the corrosive politics of Capital City, hot-shot lawyer Paul Madriani has reached a watershed in his life. A new practice in San Diego, the mellow swells of the Pacific, and if things work out, a future with Susan McKay - that's the plan.But when Paul meets an old client, whose eight-year-old granddaughter has been abducted, he is drawn into a case which destroys everything he believes in.

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Critical Mass

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The List

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

Gable Cooper has penned a novel worth six million dollars. But he doesn't exist. Abby Chandlis is lawyer-turned-novelist and the creator of Gable Cooper. She is looking for a charismatic man to pose as the author of her knock-dead thriller. When Jack Jermaine enters her life, Abby is convinced that his charm and good looks will clinch success for her novel, so they make a deal. But as her book rockets to the top of the bestsellers list and Jack is propelled into stardom, Abby senses peril. A series of deadly accidents persuades her that her life is in danger and, with Jack in pursuit, she races to the one person who can put an end to the nightmare that was once her dream of making The List.

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The Judge

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

When Judge Armando 'The Coconut' Acosta is caught with a prostitute, few are sympathetic. Lawyer Paul Madriani has a long history of enmity with the judge and considers Acosta's arrest to be the consequence of a lifetime of corruption. Even when the call girl is found to be a beautiful police academy recruit and the entire case appears to be a set-up, Paul is still reluctant to step in and save the judge's career from impending doom. Then the police recruit is brutally killed and Acosta is charged with murder. Lenore Goya, an ambitious defence lawyer, takes on Acosta's case and reluctantly Madriani is persuaded to come on board - they both know he owes her one. Together they uncover the shocking evidence, the ugly lies, the deceit and the corruption that are at the bottom of the most complex and terrifying murder trial of Madriani's career.

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Undue Influence

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

Recently widowed attorney Paul Madriani is struggling to hold on to what is left of his family when he and his young daughter are caught up in yet another family tragedy. Paul's sister-in-law, Laurel Vega, is involved in a bitter custody battle with her ex-husband, Jack, who wants to take their children to Washington DC. When her case disintegrates, Jack's new wife is found dead in the family home. Laurel is arrested and charged with murder. Madriani takes on her defence but the evidence against Laurel is daunting and her own failure to cooperate - in particular, to tell Paul where she was on the night of the murder - leaves the reader wondering if perhaps he is defending a guilty woman. But what actually happened that night is more tragic than anything revealed so far. And it is up to Paul to uncover the shattering piece of evidence that will lead to the terrible truth.

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Prime Witness

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Steve Martini
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The Simeon Chamber

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When lawyer Sam Bogdarus agrees to see Jennifer Davies little does he realise that his attractive new client is to put his life at risk. Jennifer is tracing her father - her only clue being four sheets of parchment belonging to the journals of Sir Francis Drake. These papers hold the key to her father's identity and a multitude of unsolved mysteries... Full of scepticism, Sam agrees to show the papers to university professor Nick Jorgensen. Astoundingly, Nick verifies the papers' authenticity. But already too many people know of the journal's existence. And when his lawyer partner is found murdered, Sam encounters a ruthless killer who seems determined to stop his pursuit of the truth. Eventually Sam is lured into the Simeon Chamber, to discover one of the best-kept secrets time has ever known...

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Compelling Evidence

Steve Martini
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Steve Martini

Paul Madriani, a brilliant criminal defense lawyer, had a once-promising career with a prestigious law-firm, until an ill-judged affair with the senior partner Ben Potter's wife led to his resignation. Now he scrambles for work amid the ghosts of his doomed affair and the remains of a failing marriage.Then Potter is found dead, an apparent suicide. But as details come to light, the case turns from suicide to murder and the needle of suspicion points towards the victim's seductive wife, Talia Potter. Indicted and arrested, Talia turns to Paul, her former lover, to defend her against the mounting evidence in a case that for her could result in the gas chamber