The Rule of Nine (Paul Madriani Series #11)

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The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.

San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still ...

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The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.

San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.

But Madriani has been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as "the Mexicutioner"—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying star-crossed vendetta, and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that the Old Weatherman and this madman have joined forces and intend to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is "the rule of nine."

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780061997686
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 6/1/2010
  • Series: Paul Madriani Series , #11
  • Format: MP3
  • Edition description: Unabridged
  • Ships to U.S.and APO/FPO addresses only.

Meet the Author

Steve Martini

Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, 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.

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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  • Posted April 30, 2010

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    exciting thriller

    The events in nearby Coronado are nuked into every cell of his brain as San Diego based attorney Paul Madriani still reels from the near tragedy (see Guardian of Lies). The near nuclear disaster has him looking at the bigger picture of terrorism. The FBI warns Madriani to keep his mouth shut or face a lifetime locked away in a place he never heard of under the Patriot Act enforcement. On the other hand weapons expert Joselyn Cole demands he go public so a repeat can be averted.

    While Madriani struggles with coping and what to do, an aging 1960s radical believes the time has come to destroy the DC right wing government-industrial complex. This former member of the Students for a Democratic Society expects to die like a Middle Eastern suicide bomber and unlike the cowardly western right wing terrorists who kill people from a safe distance. The plan will make 9/11 look like a minor incident and the first deadly steps come from the American right wing form of terrorism.

    The Feds tie Madriani to a murder of a DC staffer as law enforcement believes "the Mexicutioner" Liquida assassin is the killer. Madriani rusticates with his family as he and Cole fear the Feds are missing the big picture again as they believe two insane murderers, the ancient Weatherman and the Mexicutioner have joined forces in what apparently involves the mysterious deadly "Rule of Nine" gamut.

    This is an exciting over the top of the Washington Monument thriller that grips the audience from the onset and never let's go until the final dramatic confrontation. The story line is action, action, and more action that will have Madriani fans salivating for another superheavyweight bout starring the Southern California lawyer and his sidekick Cole vs. archenemy Liquida; that is if everyone rides away from this round.

    Harriet Klausner

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 22, 2010

    ...page turner..

    Outstanding in all aspects of an off beat legal thriller, that is, no couttroom.

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 31, 2010

    One of the best I've read lately.

    Loved the timeliness of the issues. I definitely think he [Martini] has found the country's weakness at this time. I wish every elected official would read it and see how our inability to compromise could easily be the our nation's downfall.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 11, 2011

    Left @ gate!

    Pretty fair read until being left to wonder @ end!
    Liked the character in the court room more than this
    chase all over the globe!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 16, 2010

    Gelati's Scoop

    I love Martini's Paul Madriani novels. Each one was thoroughly enjoyed and I can say I look forward to each new installment with a great deal of anticipation. Martini's cast of characters also includes Harry Hinds, Madriani's law partner and Herman Diggs their investigator. The Rule of Nine picks up where Guardian of Lies ends. If you remember in the last installment of the series, our group of smart aleck characters foiled an attempted bombing of the nuclear nature on American soil in San Diego. Their unfriend, Liquida, the hired assassin known as "the Mexicutioner" is very unhappy with all that Madriani and company has undone. Here we go then , right into , The Rule Of Nine.
    Steve Martini adds a few new elements into this newest novel and I for one am thankful for the new characters and directions with them. He has penned a number of New York Times Best sellers and could easily sit on his hands and mail it in, but he didn't; he took it to a new level for me. Many novels fit into this genre, but I am going to say he is definitely one of my favorites for all the right reasons. He puts together a very good concise plotline and lets his characters drive the story to a very nice well tied together ending. There are no special gadgets used, no big time surprises whipped out of pocket from left field to carry this home, just good, fundamental storytelling that is enjoyable to read. One point I would make on this though, is that I enjoy these characters best in their natural habitat, the courtroom. I know that sounds odd coming from me. I think this solid cast shines the most when hunting down a good legal drama, not terrorists and nukes, maybe next time.
    The Rule of Nine is a good new chapter in the life and times of Paul Madriani and company. If this is your first crack at the characters, there is no major letdown and you don't feel that you have missed too much by starting now; he is not really in his natural environment. Martini makes you feel like you are just getting acquainted with some friends you haven't seen in a while. Come on in and enjoy, you can catch up on things later; let's get to what is new now. I don't hesitate to say give this novel and its backlog of stories a go, put this in your Goodreads - to read- list if you are busy now and enjoy a new character driven series by one of the giants in the genre.
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    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 17, 2010

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    AN ARTICULATE, COMPELLING VOICE PERFORMANCE BY DAN WOREN

    American born voice actor Dan Woren is a versatile performer who has adroitly read everything from the Tortoise in Aesop's Fables to a large assortment of video games to countless audio books. With The Rule Of Nine he perfectly captures the drive, terror, and menace found in the character's voices. The result is super pleasurable listening to this frightening, all-too-possible scenario.

    Every bit what we hoped it would be and more following NY Times bestseller Guardian Of Lies Steve Martini gives us another explosive thriller featuring California lawyer Paul Madriani. Now, how an attorney manages to get himself, family, and friends into such deadly situations is another story, but here he is fighting for his life on every page of THE RULE OF NINE.

    No one wants to make an enemy of Liquida Muerte aka "the Mexicutioner," a hired assassin who takes great pleasure in dispatching his victims as painfully as possible. But Madriani once infuriated him and Liquida never forgets. He not only wants to get Madriani but also his daughter, Sarah. Liquida first tries to do this by making it look like Madriani had something to do with the murder of a young congressional aide, Jimmie Snyder. Unfortunately, Jimmie had only been on the job for two months when he made his fatal error by trusting a fellow who was "affable, approachable, and interested.....All the man wanted was to see a few of the rooms off-limits to the public." That one apparently small mistake not only cost him his life but also almost destroyed the entire Supreme Court.

    A brilliant terrorist whom we know only as Thorn is hellbent on destruction at the heart of America and is using Liquida to help him make his plot a reality. With powerful friends and unlimited funds it's not at all unreasonable to think that Thorn might be successful.

    Although still somewhat off-base after helping to stop a nuclear explosion at the Naval base in Coronado, Madriani realizes that law enforcement isn't seeing the full picture or realizing the imminent danger. After hiding Sarah away for her safety he and his associate Herman Diggs along with a beauteous, persistent arms control activist, Jocelyn Cole set out to do some sleuthing of their own.

    There's not a dull sentence on any page as a suicide bomber speeds towards its target. Not only has Martini delivered a can't-stop-listenting to thriller but closes with a shocking finish that leaves us on tinder hooks waiting for more.

    - Gail Cooke

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 16, 2013

    UGH by Ml

    What a disapppointment. I usef to love reading Madriai. Wow has he gone off rhe rails. Totally out of control and not at all believable. H e has us all over the place. Think i am now done. Sorry but good bye Martini

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  • Posted June 27, 2010

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    Not Following The Rules

    It's become a commonplace thriller these days. Bad guys with bombs threaten this or that city, and not one of our government agencies is up to the job of solving the case. It takes good old civilians to do the job, accomplishing things that the military or the CIA or the Secret Service or the FBI, with all the assets at their command, cannot handle. It's Jane or John Doe who can do it, and they must, in the nick of time, to save the world or whatever is threatened in this particular novel. In the Rule of Nine it is a lawyer from San Diego who must unravel a horrible plot. The government proves unbelieving, ineffectual, disinterested. So, the lawyer and a couple of helpers travel the country, discovering secrets that will lead them, and only them, to a point where they can save...in this case, a government building in Washington, D.C.

    Many of these novels that I mention actually keep up an interesting level of suspense and give their civilian saviors a level of charisma. We want to root for them, and we can suspend belief long enough to enjoy the novel. Unfortunately, The Rule of Nine does none of this. It is such a stupid story that the reader never once believes anything is in real danger, and there were numerous points where I just glazed over the pages as I was so bored.This is not the book you want to take to the beach.

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  • Posted June 20, 2010

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    ANOTHER EXPLOSIVE THRILLER FROM STEVE MARTINI

    Every bit what we hoped it would be and more following NY Times bestseller Guardian Of Lies Steve Martini gives us another explosive thriller featuring California lawyer Paul Madriani. Now, how an attorney manages to get himself, family, and friends into such deadly situations is another story, but here he is fighting for his life on every page of THE RULE OF NINE.

    No one wants to make an enemy of Liquida Muerte aka "the Mexicutioner," a hired assassin who takes great pleasure in dispatching his victims as painfully as possible. But Madriani once infuriated him and Liquida never forgets. He not only wants to get Madriani but also his daughter, Sarah. Liquida first tries to do this by making it look like Madriani had something to do with the murder of a young congressional aide, Jimmie Snyder. Unfortunately, Jimmie had only been on the job for two months when he made his fatal error by trusting a fellow who was "affable, approachable, and interested.....All the man wanted was to see a few of the rooms off-limits to the public." That one apparently small mistake not only cost him his life but also almost destroyed the entire Supreme Court.

    A brilliant terrorist whom we know only as Thorn is hellbent on destruction at the heart of America and is using Liquida to help him make his plot a reality. With powerful friends and unlimited funds it's not at all unreasonable to think that Thorn might be successful.

    Although still somewhat off-base after helping to stop a nuclear explosion at the Naval base in Coronado, Madriani realizes that law enforcement isn't seeing the full picture or realizing the imminent danger. After hiding Sarh away for her safety he and his associate Herman Diggs along with a beauteous, persistent arms control activist, Jocelyn Cole set out to do some sleuthing of their own.

    There's not a dull sentence on any page as a suicide bomber speeds towards its target. Not only has Martini delivered a can't-stop-reading thriller but closes with a shocking finish that leaves us on tinder hooks waiting for more.

    - Gail Cooke

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