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Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani Series #9)

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  • Posted January 29, 2009

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    A Slave To The Details

    Shadow of Power is one of the best courtroom dramas to come along since Anatomy of a Murder. Even though the summer beach season is upon us, author Steve Martini has written a novel so detailed with the insides of the courtroom that a beach reader is unlikely to keep up. He assumes an intelligent reader, and he rewards accordingly. Faced with a cunning and bright prosecutor, the unlikeable defendant up against overwhelming odds needs defense attorneys just as smart and dedicated to the principles of justice upon which this country is founded. Taking us through what one of his own characters calls 'a long, complicated story,' Martini weaves a tale to draw the admiration of those who like their crime dramas full of interesting surprises without stooping to cheap shots and cute tricks.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 15, 2011

    Recommended mystery reading

    Draws the reader into the plot and keeps you in suspence.
    Recommended read

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted December 9, 2008

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    engaging legal thriller

    San Diego, California legal partners Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds reluctantly agree to represent Carl Arnsberg on a first degree murder charge that if convicted would most likely result in capital punishment. Arnsberg, a known racist, is accused of using a hammer to murder nonfiction author Terry Scarborough, whose bestseller Perpetual Slaves led to rioting. --- Scarborough exposed the section of the Constitution written by the revered Founding Fathers that still remains part of the land of the law having never been repealed in spite of the Bill of Rights and the Civil War Amendments. The document claims that Negroes be counted as three-fifths human. His publisher says that Scarborough¿s next exposé would be based on a letter written by one of the Holy Fathers Thomas Jefferson that would make his first book look like a kindergarten primer. The letter considered key to the defense by the legal team vanished when the author was killed. --- Although the twists and the underlying foundation require the reader to ignore probability, fans will appreciate the latest Madriani legal thriller due to the compelling courtroom trial that affirms the theory that the American judical system is a contact sport. Madriani is at his best as he defends a client he dislikes against evidence that could fill up Death Valley. Plausibilty may be doubtful, but entertainment is definite. --- Harriet Klausner

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 6, 2012

    Really Good Book!

    Wow, Great Book, Very long run time, Great for long trips.
    Good story line.
    Audio was good, narration was good.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 3, 2012

    Very Boring

    This book did not keep my interest...

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 25, 2012

    Recommended as good fiction

    Steve's goes on some political rants which don't enhance the story much, but all-in-all a well told who done it. I was disappointed in the last chapter because I thought all the loose ends were just jumbled together and tied into something that would work, but as in any good mystery, you never know who done it until those ends are tied.

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  • Posted August 7, 2010

    Really enjoyable!

    xxx

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    This book may anger you

    But I still recommend it. Steve Martini writes a tale set in what could be modern day government. Parts of this book made me angry. It seemed so real. Maybe someday it will. Or maybe it already happened to some extent but we don't know about it. Who knows? Anyways, Steve Martini doesn't disappoint with this Paul Madrini book. And once again, you can guess all you want, but you never really know where he is going. And that's what makes his books such good reads! Surprise after surprise, turn after turn. I've yet to be disappointed from a Steve Martini novel. Looking for an incredible author, read everything by Steve Martini.

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  • Posted July 20, 2009

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    Reliable entertainment

    Martini does not stray far from his formula for success and entertaining. Ligt and well-paced this is another example of that formula.

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  • Posted July 18, 2009

    Save your money!

    Read less than 100 pages and threw it away. One of the stupidest books I've ever opened. I'll never buy anything of his again!

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  • Posted June 21, 2009

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    Into the weeds...

    What started out as a great thriller, turned soggy at the end with a mistrial (kissing your sister), a stubborn jury member and a foresaken lover. The Supreme Court Justice was a complete red herring. This was not Martini's best outing and I truly like his work.

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  • Posted June 3, 2009

    Dull reading which includes lengthy trial hearings. Subject matter may be insulting to African-Americans. No real "story" in this book.

    Feel I cannot lend out this book because of the disturbing subject matter.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 11, 2008

    A throughly gripping novel . . . .

    Steve Martini is a masterful storyteller who knows how to tell a story that will grab the mind and soul of the reader and render them powerless to put the book down until it is read from cover to cover. Not a word was wasted in this book . . . . I enjoyed it immensely.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 6, 2008

    A reviewer

    Mr Martini has done it again with the 9th Madriani novel. It compels the reader to go to the Library of congress and read the American Constitution just to make sure.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 10, 2008

    Steve Martini Does It Again

    Excellent legal thriller! I couldn't put it down. If you like legal thrillers that keep you riveted, this is the book for you!

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