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Double Tap (Paul Madriani Series #8)

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  • Posted May 20, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 24, 2005


    A $200 tip to a valet parker from a beautiful young woman driving a red Ferrari? That's sure to catch your attention. Then the young woman buys an expensive piece of art glass, so dear that the shop owner 'wonders whether his calculator possessed enough digits to cipher the sale and its consequent tax.' Intriguing, what? But wait, don't become too interested in this gal because by page 21 she's quite dead with two holes in her head, a double tap, the mark of an accomplished assassin. The eighth tale in Martini's popular series starring attorney Paul Madriani finds our protagonist a bit more introspective, more determined and faced with the daunting task of defending career soldier Emiliano Ruiz who is accused of killing the woman, Madelyn Chapman, CEO of a major software firm, Isotenics, Inc. The evidence against Ruiz seems indisputable - he was on a security force protecting her, a video tape plainly shows that they had an affair, and he has the skills to deliver a double tap, two bullet wounds maybe an inch apart. With the help of his garrulous pal, Harry, Madriani begins the investigation only to discover that Isotenics and the government were partners in an antiterrorist program that involved computer software able to spy on virtually everyone. To further complicate matters, Ruiz has a seven year gap in his resume, and he's not talking about it. It's a bit of a stretch to believe that much of Madriani's passion in defending Ruiz is because this soldier reminds him of his beloved Uncle Evo, a shell shocked veteran. And, the conclusion when the real killer is revealed does seem a bit contrived for this reader. However, fans of courtroom procedure will have a field day as Martini recounts the trial. Templeton a dwarf attorney with more tricks up his short sleeve than Houdini is a masterful characterization. Hopefully, we'll meet him on the big screen some day along with General Satz 'who had a long list of get-even announcements waiting to be printed.' An attorney as well as a writer, Martini, offers many insights into the ways and means employed by legal eagles when they go toe to toe in a courtroom. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke

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