Compelling Evidence (Paul Madriani Series #1) [NOOK Book]


"Steve Martini has written a wonderfully crafted and clever courtroom thriller. We unquestionably have a new literary lion in the fictional crime genre."

?Vincent Bugliosi

"In the tradition of great courtroom dramas, Steve Martini's ...
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Compelling Evidence (Paul Madriani Series #1)

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"Steve Martini has written a wonderfully crafted and clever courtroom thriller. We unquestionably have a new literary lion in the fictional crime genre."

—Vincent Bugliosi

"In the tradition of great courtroom dramas, Steve Martini's Compelling Evidence is a taut, tense tale that I simply could not put down."

—Dominick Dunne

"Sets a standard for suspenseful, intelligent courtroom drama that will be hard to equal. It's by far the best of the genre I've ever seen . . . Absolutely thrilling."

—Clifford Irving

"Terrific and intriguing legal drama . . . thoroughly entertaining. It's great!"

—Melvin Belli

"Superb . . . truly on a level with Presumed Innocent."

—F. Lee Bailey

"Seamless, suspenseful, plausible . . . all that a courtroom drama should be" (New York Daily News). Sharp defense attorney Paul Madriani was on the rise with the firm of Potter, Skarpellos--until a short-lived affair with Potter's wife cost him his job. Now, Potter's wife is accused of his murder--and Paul is thrust back into the big time, as he uncovers secrets that may end his career--and his life.

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Editorial Reviews

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YA-- Ben Potter, successful lawyer and possible U. S. Supreme Court nominee, is found dead in his office--suicide or murder? All of the police evidence points to foul play, and his beautiful young wife, Talia, stands trial for a crime she claims she didn't commit--or did she? Paul Madriani defends Talia, but, in doing so, exposes a part of his own life that he would like to forget. This gripping, fast-paced novel will hold YAs' attention from beginning to startling conclusion.-- Robert Lisker, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Kirkus Reviews
A year after he's fired from the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos by Ben Potter, who's found out he's having an affair with Ben's wife Talia, corporate-turned-criminal lawyer Paul Madriani is asked to join Talia's defense—on a charge of murdering Ben on the eve of his nomination to the Supreme Court. It's the other partner, Tony ("the Greek") Skarpellos, who inveigles Madriani to put aside two other investigations—helping county medical examiner George Cooper figure out who abandoned his daughter to burn to death after a car crash, and defending high- profile hooker Susan Hawley, who doesn't want to implicate her well- placed clients in "boinkgate" even if she's granted immunity—and to sign on as assisting counsel to nitwit glamourpuss Gibert Cheetam, who promptly runs Talia's defense into the ground and jumps ship after the grand jury indicts her. So Madriani, his affair with Talia making him painfully vulnerable, takes over as chief counsel, infuriating his estranged wife Nikki even before he realizes that Skarpellos, who stands to inherit the hugely profitable firm if Talia takes the rap, has set him up. Martini (The Simeon Chamber, 1988), whose early scenes could have used some advice from assisting counsel too (the obligatory between-the-sheets flashback is introduced by noting "the cold wetness of my own passions, a small portion of which had pooled in the creases of the sheets beneath where her loins had rested"), rouses himself for the well-paced trial scenes, which heat up even further when news of the Talia/Madriani affair reaches the ears of the presiding judge, determined that no mistrial's going to stand in the way of his reelection—and whenMadriani decides to pin his hopes on an all-out assault on Skarpellos. The final surprise, though, is eminently guessable. Martini is no Scott Turow—his characters are thinner, his prose flabbier—but his legal intrigue will probably keep you up just as late. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for Spring)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781101563939
  • Publisher: Penguin Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 1/1/1993
  • Series: Paul Madriani Series , #1
  • Sold by: Penguin Group
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 23,227
  • File size: 2 MB

Meet the Author

Steve Martini
A writer before he was an attorney, Mr. Martini worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and a capital correspondent at the state house in Sacramento, California. It was while he covered the “Helter Skelter” murder trial, and watched prosecutor Vincent Bugliosi in action, that he became interested in the law.

An honors graduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mr. Martini holds his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He has written widely on the law and politics, having covered both state and federal courts, the state legislature, and the administrations of governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown.

In 1974 Mr. Martini entered private law practice with the Sacramento firm of CoBen, Cooper and Zilaff where he represented clients in both civil and criminal matters. In 1976 he joined the staff of the State Bar of California and was selected as one of three representatives of the Bar assigned to appear regularly before the California State Legislature. Mr. Martini has drafted numerous pieces of legislation affecting California’s justice system. Among other items, he was instrumental in crafting ballot arguments for a constitutional overhaul of the state’s Commission on Judicial Appointments and the Commission on Judicial Qualifications, the agencies charged with confirming those nominated to the appellate courts in California and disciplining errant judges.

In 1986 he was appointed by the Governor to serve as Deputy Director of the State Office of Administrators Hearings. He has served as an administrative judge and as a special council on assignment from the Governor’s Office to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program.

From his first book through his last, Martini has garnered both critical and popular praise for his New York Times bestselling novels. To date, he has authored ten books, The Simeon Chamber, Compelling Evidence, Prime Witness, Undue Influence, The Judge, The List, Critical Mass, The Attorney, The Jury  and The Arraignment, as well as numerous news articles and commentary on the law and politics. His novel The Judge was made into an NBC-TV miniseries that starred Chris Noth and aired in May 2001. Mr. Martini lives on the West Coast.


Writer-turned-lawyer-turned-writer, Steve Martini has established himself as a bankable literary star in the legal thriller genre. His titles, many starring that embattled esquire Paul Madriani, have taut, two-word titles: The List, The Judge, The Jury, The Attorney. And he gets raves for his taut plots as well. A Detroit Free Press reporter once confessed that when she accidentally left her plane ticket and Martini novel in an airport restroom, she frantically dropped out of line at the gate and ran back to the ladies room -- for the book.

Martini began his writing career as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, a legal newspaper, where he covered the California statehouse in the early 1970s. He specifically went to work for a legal publication because he planned to practice law. And, after receiving his law degree from the University of the Pacific in northern California, he set aside his reporter's notebook for private practice.

On the side, he continued to write, and he published his first novel, The Simeon Chamber in 1988, in which an attorney and his client are endangered by their possession of what may be the diaries of Sir Francis Drake and are in a chase that takes them to San Simeon, the castle-style estate in California built by William Randolph Hearst.

In 1992, Martini published his second book, Compelling Evidence, a taut thriller that introduced his popular recurring character, attorney Paul Madriani. In the novel, Madriani defends his former mistress on charges that she murdered her husband, the man who just happened to be the senior partner at Madriani's law firm. A national bestseller, the novel won the author a critical and popular following. Since then, with few exceptions, Madriani has been the centerpiece of Martini's fiction, squaring off against slick politicians, politically ambitious prosecutors, and a compelling cast of flawed clients with agendas all their own.

Although Martini is now a full-time writer, his long tenure in the legal trenches has obviously left its mark. Nowhere do his legal thrillers ring more true than in the courtroom scenes, which have won the praise of the master himself, fellow attorney-turned-bestselling novelist John Grisham. In assessing his colleague's skills, Grisham has said: "Steve Martini is a master of the genre...He writes with the agile, episodic style of a lawyer quick on his feet and one step ahead of his many enemies."

Good To Know

Martini covered the Charles Manson murder case in the 1960s as a reporter for The Los Angeles Daily Journal, a legal newspaper.

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    1. Also Known As:
      Steven Paul Martini
    2. Hometown:
    1. Date of Birth:
      February 28, 1946
    2. Place of Birth:
      San Francisco, California
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1968; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974

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  • Posted May 31, 2010

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    Warning! This book will HOOK YOU!

    I want to warn you right up front. Once you read Steve Martini's Compelling Evidence, you will become hooked on all books Steve Martini! You'll want to read every book of his. Why? Because Steve can tell a, a great story.but just when you THINK you know where he's going, he goes somewhere you never expected. When you read a Steve Martini novel, you are a fast train to the HOLD ON! I won't spoil the book for you.where would be fun with that.but trust me when I tell you that you will not be disappointed. I've yet to be disappointed by a Steve Martini book.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 11, 2012

    Another great Steve Martini story

    This was an entertaining and intriguing Paul Madriani story. However, the ebook was full of typos which was a detraction. I'd read the paperback version a few years ago and really enjoyed it. A shame to purchase an ebook with such flaws.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    I Recommend It

    This is one of Martini's earlier books and far more interesting than the last two or three books he's put out. If you were disappointed with his newer books, I recommend you try this one. It is a good read and you won't be disappointed.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 13, 2000

    A Real Thriller

    For those who like courtroom drama....look no more! This is a well written novel, with suspense that keeps your mind racing page after page. A brilliant fictional story with mind-boggeling trial approaches.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 15, 2013

    Very Enjoyable Read - Recommended

    I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I especially like court room drama books and the legal stuff. This was the first time I've read Steve Martini. I liked his first-person writing style; It was easy to read and follow. I don't recommend it for readers who don't like reading books that are a little slow developing the plot and spend a lot of time on the humdrum of court processes.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 3, 2013


    Good, suspenseful, legal drama. Steve Martini is a good writer.
    I would recommend to all those folks who like genre. I did figure the ending early on.

    The editing of this e-book was seriously flawed. Lots of words were replaced with words "sounding like" such as the word THAT was replaced with MAT all through the book. B&N TAKE NOTE OF THAT PLEASE!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 1, 2013


    This book may have a good thing going but I wouldnt know because I can hardly read the nook version! Every 'th' has been replaced with an 'm'. What the heck, arent these checked before they go out!

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  • Posted January 20, 2013

    Can't miss it.

    Highly recommend.

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