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The Judge (Paul Madriani Series #4)

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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 bestselling author Steve Martini — The Judge.

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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.

An explosive new thriller from the mega-bestselling author of Undue Influence. Judge Armando "The Coconut" Acosta is arrested on charges of soliciting prostitution, and few, including attorney Paul Madriani, who has a long history of enmity with the judge, are sympathetic. But when Acosta's defense attorney is forced off the case, Paul must step in and defend the judge.

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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 Group (USA)
  • Publication date: 11/28/1996
  • Series: Paul Madriani Series , #4
  • Format: Mass Market Paperback
  • Pages: 512
  • Sales rank: 257,057
  • Product dimensions: 6.76 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 1.14 (d)

Meet the Author

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

Biography

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:
      California
    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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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2007

    Fun Ride

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 8, 2005

    Am I only one??

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2004

    Martini at his best

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 5, 2002

    Great Read!

    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!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 23, 2002

    Don't Hesitate To Buy This One!

    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).

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