Guardian of Lies (Paul Madriani Series #10)

Guardian of Lies (Paul Madriani Series #10)

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by Steve Martini
     
 

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Defense attorney Paul Madriani gets caught in a web of deceit and murder involving Cold War secrets, a rare coin dealer who once worked for the CIA, and a furious assassin in one of the most entertaining novels yet in this New York Times bestselling series.

A woman pauses in the hallway of a darkened San Diego beach house at night—listening for just

Overview

Defense attorney Paul Madriani gets caught in a web of deceit and murder involving Cold War secrets, a rare coin dealer who once worked for the CIA, and a furious assassin in one of the most entertaining novels yet in this New York Times bestselling series.

A woman pauses in the hallway of a darkened San Diego beach house at night—listening for just the right moment when she can flee before her companion notices that she's gone.

A man outside watches the same mansion, waiting for a sign that he can enter on his mission of blood and carnage.

So begins this riveting new tale about Paul Madriani and his latest case—that of Katia, a woman accused of an unlikely crime—a trial that will unravel a careful but horrifying conspiracy. Madriani soon realizes that he's signed onto something much more sinister than a botched heist. As he searches for the truth that will clear Katia's name, he finds himself on a path that takes him from Southern California to Costa Rica, and, ultimately, to a secret buried since Castro's rise to power.

Together with his partner, Harry Hinds, Madriani must piece together the threads of a decades-old conspiracy involving priceless gold coins, an aging American spy, a disaffected Russian soldier, and a forgotten weapon from the days of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. As the separate strands of the story come together, Madriani finds information that will ultimately lead him to the one person who holds the key to it all: a man some call "The Guardian of Lies."

In this fascinating thriller from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini, Paul Madriani faces his most challenging—and mosturgent—case yet, a breathless story that combines fact and fiction and will hold readers captive until its final, explosive conclusion.

Editorial Reviews

Sometimes an encounter with an enchanting face can get you in trouble; at other times, it can nearly kill you. At first, Paul Madriani's chance grocery store meeting with Costa Rican knockout Katia Solaz seems to portend nothing more than pretty smiles and altruistic deeds; before long, this newly met pair are dodging assassins, drug cartels, and terrorist mercenaries. And for the ever-resilient Madriani, of course, it's all in a good day's work.
Publishers Weekly

Paul Madriani's chance encounter with 26-year-old Katia Solaz, a Costa Rican beauty, leads to a desperate race to avoid not only personal disaster but also a national one in Martini's sprawling 10th thriller to feature the Southern California defense attorney (after Shadow of Power). Katia, who's living with creepy Emerson Pike, a man old enough to be her grandfather, in a dilapidated estate surrounded by an expensive security fence, decides to return home to Costa Rica. In her flight, she just misses running into the legendary assassin known as the Mexecutioner, who sneaks into Pike's house. The naïve Katia and well-meaning Madriani, who meet in a grocery store, provide a welcome human element amid the busy action involving escaped Guantánamo prisoners, a Colombian rebel base, a Mexican drug cartel and a plot to bring the war home to the Great Satan via a nuclear device. Tidbits like how the FBI can use cellphones as remote bugging devices add to the fun. (July)

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780061230912
Publisher:
HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
04/27/2010
Series:
Paul Madriani Series, #10
Pages:
608
Sales rank:
242,391
Product dimensions:
4.00(w) x 7.50(h) x 1.80(d)

Meet the Author

Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Enemy Inside, Trader of Secrets, The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, Double Tap, and others featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. Martini has practiced law in California in both state and federal courts and has served as an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.

Brief Biography

Hometown:
California
Date of Birth:
February 28, 1946
Place of Birth:
San Francisco, California
Education:
B.A., University of California, Santa Cruz, 1968; J.D., University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, 1974

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Guardian of Lies 3.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 45 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
If there were a cash for clunkers program for books, I'd be turning this one in right away. Clunky describes the plot, which takes us all over Southern California, Costa Rica, Columbia, and Northern Mexico. There is a collection of bad guys who in no reasonable world would have ever teamed up together. The main characters are so thinly drawn that one cannot root for a single one of them. What starts as a courtroom drama ends up on the high seas with a Russian leftover from the cold war holding the keys to a nuclear bomb. Somehow an Arab terrorist gets together with a Mexican hitman and various cartel members to get this bomb up to the US border. Trailing along in the back of a U-Haul is our lawyer from San Diego. It seems that the federal government is too inept to discover this plot, leaving a motley crew to save us all. Frankly, I would rather have been blown up than suffer through much more of this.
jocro More than 1 year ago
One of Martini's Best!!!
Jude102 More than 1 year ago
As previous reviewers have noted, this is less legal thriller and more international spy novel. I missed the courtroom, but even more so, the Madriani and Hinds character development. In previous novels, Martini displayed a terrific ability in developing those characters. They grew and the reader came to know them better with each new book. But, that comes to a halt with "Guardian of Lies." It's as if they were extras in an otherwise ordinary book.
Larryb52 More than 1 year ago
It starts out with what could of been a good courtroom drama but from there it's get overly involved with too many characters & too many sub plots. Chapters actually break up so the sub plots can be tossed at you. By mid way through I was wondering why I was continuing to read & felt like it just needed to come to a conclusion. Sadly it drags on & on till your begging for the end but overall it's a weak effort...
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This legal thriller includes espionage in Costa Rica, Cuba and Mexico. Martini has a strong legal background and his books are well-researched and legally sophisticated. There is enough truth in this book to make you wonder if it might really happen. It is also a wonderful summer read.
harstan More than 1 year ago
Twenty-six years old Costa Rican expatriate Katia Solaz lives with elderly disturbing Emerson Pike on an estate that is horrifically run down except for a high priced security fence. However, she has had enough of the States and decides to go home.------- She leaves Pike's estate heading for the airport. Unbeknownst to her, just after she left, infamous assassin the Mexecutioner breaches Pike's security entering the house to kill any occupants. At about the same time Katia meets Southern California defense attorney Paul Madriani at a grocer. Soon all hell breaks loose as several outlawed groups plans to bring nukes into the United States.----------- The latest Madriani thriller (see DOUBLE TAP and SHADOW OF POWER) is an over the top of Costa Rica's Mount Chirripo thriller that will still grip the reader even before the heroic attorney meets the Central American expatriate. The contrast between the couple is enlightening as he is a cynic seeing the evil people do while she is an innocent trusting those same people. Insight into the electronic age of wiretapping and surveillance enhances the action-packed story line as several groups and the Mexecutioner converge on Katia with Paul as her only protection.------------ Harriet Klausner
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yougoabe More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed the story, though I found nothing more than a TV drama.
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