The Judge (Paul Madriani Series #4)

The Judge (Paul Madriani Series #4)

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by Steve Martini
     
 

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When Judge Armando Acosta is charged with soliciting a prostitute, attorney Paul Madriani is less than sympathetic. Nevertheless, Madriani is forced to defend his old nemesis.

And when the policewoman who snared Acosta is brutally murdered, Madriani wonders if the judge is also the executioner.

The most explosive thriller yet by New York Times

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Overview

When Judge Armando Acosta is charged with soliciting a prostitute, attorney Paul Madriani is less than sympathetic. Nevertheless, Madriani is forced to defend his old nemesis.

And when the policewoman who snared Acosta is brutally murdered, Madriani wonders if the judge is also the executioner.

The most explosive thriller yet by New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini — The Judge.

Editorial Reviews

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When Judge Armando Acosta is indicted on charges of soliciting a prostitute, attorney Paul Madriani is forced to take up the case. But when new developments lead to the death of Acosta's arresting officer, Madriani wonders if the judge is involved. Has he unwittingly pick up a client who may send him to an early grave? The Judge is all-out thrilling entertainment.
Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Here comes the Judge-in handcuffs, and it's the job of California defense attorney Paul Madriani to save him from prison in this riveting new thriller from Martini (Undue Influence). Judge Armando Acosta is busted for soliciting an undercover vice operative; perhaps not coincidentally, the autocratic judge currently is in charge of a grand jury probing possible police cover-up of murder. Complications immediately pile up. Assistant DA Lenore Goya, whom Paul hankers after, is fired by DA Coleman Kline and crosses lines to head up Acosta's defense; Coleman pursues the judge with unexpected ferocity. Then Lenore's fingerprint is found at the murder scene and she's forced off the case, in effect forcing Paul, who has suffered courtroom run-ins with Acosta, to step in. Nearly all the subsequent action takes place in court or offices as we follow the intricacies of the trial, including rollercoaster swoops through jury selection, evidence and testimony. Paul, who narrates in the present tense, as he has other Martini novels, once again proves a sophisticated, good-humored hero who tells a suspenseful tale, right up to the perfectly satisfying climax. Even the loose ends he trails behind feel right. Legal thrillers don't get much better than this. Major ad/promo; Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club main selection; Mystery Guild selection. (Jan.)
Library Journal
Judge Amando Acosta is out to break the police union. A labor dispute is looming and this strikes fear into the hearts of the city fathers. Striking fear into the heart of policeman and union bigwig Phil Mendel is Acosta's grand jury investigation. Caught between the two is Tony Arguillo, policeman and union bookkeeper determined to protect the blue, and his lawyer, Paul Madriani. Acosta wants Tony to testify about union financial improprieties and its bosses or Acosta will put Tony in jail. The judge has also leveled the same threat at Tony's lawyer. To break the impasse some of the more faithful union members set up a sting operation. The judge is arrested for soliciting an undercover reserve deputy for sex. But fate has something else in mind for the lawyer and the judge. The sting operation decoy, Brittany, is murdered. The judge is accused and arrested again. As Acosta's defense lawyer, Paul Madriani, prepares his case with the help of ex-assistant D.A. Lenore, the mystery deepens and the evidence piles up against His Honor. It is not until the final pages that the real killer and motive is revealed. Martini (Undue Influence, LJ 6/15/94) has again written a winner. Highly recommended. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/95.]-Dawn Anderson, North Richland Hills P.L., Tex.
Emily Melton
Martini has established himself as one of the leading practitioners of the courtroom drama. Already picked as a Literary Guild main selection, a Mystery Guild selection, and a Doubleday Book Club main selection, his fourth novel in the genre seems certain to add to his renown. Judge Armando Acosta has been summarily dismissed from the bench after being arrested on what he maintains is a trumped-up charge of soliciting a prostitute. When the key witness in the case against Acosta is found murdered and all the evidence points to Acosta as the killer, the former judge suddenly finds himself in desperate need of a tough, savvy lawyer to handle his case. An ironic set of circumstances eventually leads him to his longtime enemy Paul Madriani, who must combat police corruption, slurs against his own reputation, physical attacks, uncooperative witnesses, and a flamboyant, politically ambitious prosecutor who's as dangerous as a cobra. In a series of suspenseful courtroom scenes, Madriani mounts a tenuous but ultimately brilliant defense, racing against time to find the evidence he needs--and is certain exists--to prove his client's innocence. A keep-'em-guessing page-turner that will keep readers riveted.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780515119640
Publisher:
Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date:
11/28/1996
Series:
Paul Madriani Series, #4
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
512
Sales rank:
199,261
Product dimensions:
6.76(w) x 10.88(h) x 1.14(d)
Age Range:
18 Years

Meet the Author

Steve Martini's novels include five bestsellers featuring lawyer Paul Madriani, most recently The Attorney. He lives on the West Coast.

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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The Judge (Paul Madriani Series #4) 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 11 reviews.
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If you like legal thrillers/suspense, you'll love this one. This book kept my attention from the very beginning. I must say that I laughed out loud at the very end of the book (people on the subway must have thought that I was crazy)! It doesn't matter that was my honest reaction to the ending. I highly recommend it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I seem to be the only one that does NOT like this book. I usually order books based on reviews so I quickly ordered The Judge, The Jury and The Arraignment. I can't even finish this book it is so boring. I will say that the concept is interesting yet I can't get into it. I will come back to it and give it ANOTHER chance but way down the line when I have nothing else to read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is Steve Martini's oldst book that I've read so far. I've read The Jury, The Attorney, The Arraignment, and now I've read the judge. I have to say I'm glad I read the arraignment first, because otherwise I would have been so disappointed after reading the judge. I loved this book, and I recommend all of his other books to everybody. If you're into the courtroom drama, definitely this and the jury. If you're into more action, mystery, read the arraignment.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A wonderful book that kept me reading each night for a week. The characters are well developed, and the story is much better than those Grisham has given us the past few years. Most of the story takes place in the court room, but the initial 50 or so pages set the story and characters up well. One of the best endings to a great novel that I have read in years. If you like Grisham, or court room drama, this is the book for you. It is so wonderful to discover a new author. I can hardly wait until I start another Martini book!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is one of Martini's better books, unlike his newer stuff (which I do not recommend). If you've been a fan of Martini's star character, Paul Madriani, you will like this one. He now represents the judge in this novel who has been his worst enemy in court in the past. Very interesting book, and quite humorous. I highly recommend that you get it - but read his earlier books first so you can appreciate the change in the relationship between Madriani and the Judge (such as Undue Influence and/or Compelling Evidence).