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The Enemy Inside (Paul Madriani Series #13)

The Enemy Inside (Paul Madriani Series #13)

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by Steve Martini

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In this riveting new novel in the New York Times bestselling series, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of double-dealing and murder that leads him to the very highest levels of American political power

When a friend, Alex Ives, is implicated in a deadly motor collision on a deserted Southern California highway, Paul Madriani joins a case as


In this riveting new novel in the New York Times bestselling series, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of double-dealing and murder that leads him to the very highest levels of American political power

When a friend, Alex Ives, is implicated in a deadly motor collision on a deserted Southern California highway, Paul Madriani joins a case as tangled as any he's ever taken. Alex swears he had only one drink the night of the crash, but he also can't remember the events of the evening beyond the fact that he was to meet a sexy, mysterious woman at an elegant house party. The next morning he woke up in the hospital in police custody, charged with drunk driving and manslaughter. When Paul discovers that Alex knew the deceased, a connected, hard-charging Washington, D.C., lawyer named Olinda Serna, Madriani realizes the potential penalties for his client could include a death sentence.

Across the country in Washington, D.C., attorney Cletus Proffit learns that his law firm nemesis, Ms. Serna, has died in California. Proffit knows that Serna protected dangerous secrets involving players moving in the highest reaches of national politics, and he will go to any lengths to ensure that that knowledge has died with her. Senator Maya Grimes also hears of the fatal crash, and begins crafting her own web of deceit to suffocate anything that might come back to bite her. In the meantime, a vicious, highly effective mercenary—a woman whose calling card is the ability to kill her victims in horrifying, utterly untraceable accidents—begins to panic when she gets word of Serna's death in Southern California and the manner in which it occurred.

Now the only way to save a young man from imprisonment is for Madriani, his partner, Harry Hinds, and investigator Herman Diggs to uncover the corruption and dark deeds that surround Ms. Serna's friends and find her killer—before he or she can strike again.

Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
In bestseller Martini’s busy 13th Paul Madriani novel (after 2011’s Trader of Secrets), the California lawyer takes on the seemingly hopeless case of reporter Alex Ives, who’s accused of DUI and causing the car crash that killed high-powered Washington, D.C., attorney Olinda Serna. Madriani and his team—partner Harry Hinds and investigator Herman Diggs—follow clues that suggest the accident was staged and Ives was the victim of a honey trap. Then the people who may have answers start dying, and Ives, Madriani, and his colleagues become targets. A plethora of complications include Serna’s powerful boss, Cletus Proffit, trying to contain fallout from her death; a mysterious man with an eagle-head cane pulling congressional strings; and the machinations of Lang-Jian Cheng, the head of China’s foreign intelligence unit. Martini expertly pulls all the threads together as Madriani navigates an assortment of physical and professional challenges. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (May)
Oklahoma City Oklahoman
Praise for Steve Martini:“Action-packed fun.”
Asbury Park Press
“You like Law & Order? Or, even a John Grisham novel? Well, Steve Martini is one of the best of the best when it comes to crime thrillers.”
Steve Berry
“A terrific series. . . . Steve Martini is an expert at good old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling.”
“Martini’s proven formula for best-seller success combines the appeal of the legal thriller (Martini is a former prosecutor) with the high-concept adventure of, say, Vince Flynn and James Rollins.”
Linda Fairstein
“One of the most charismatic defense attorneys in thriller fiction. Madriani is a guy who won’t quit. . . . Best of all, he’s got the heart of a lion: protective, humane, courageous-that makes him such great fun to watch.”
Associated Press Staff
“Steve Martini writes first-rate legal thrillers. His plotting is expert, his characters vivid and alive. His courtroom scenes are rich and credible, and so are his villains. . . . Paul Madriani makes a likable and convincing David among the goliaths of crime, corporations and government.”

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HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date:
Paul Madriani Series , #13
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Product dimensions:
5.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

Meet the Author

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.

Brief Biography

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

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The Enemy Inside (Paul Madriani Series #13) 3.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Steve Martini in his new book, “The Enemy Inside” Book Thirteen in the Paul Madriani series published by Harper gives us another adventure with Paul Madriani. From the back cover: Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini. One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore. Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her. To save an innocent young man’s life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients—no matter how unsavory—a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again. Yay, Paul Madriani is taking a legal case again. For the past three books he has been acting like James Bond. So you figure that once he has a client he will be back to being a lawyer. Sigh, the answer is yes and no. “The Enemy Within” is actually a very good book. It is very exciting and quite complicated which makes it interesting. I just wish Madriani would focus primarily on lawyer activities. The theme of this book is government corruption. “The Enemy Within” is a fast-paced, exciting mystery thriller. There is a lot going on in this book so once you get started you are not going to want to stop until you finish so I recommend you start early. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another exciting read. Fast paced and keeps you guessing. Have read all of Steve Martini's books and this is another good one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A fun read but the ending came to quick. It seemed like Steve needed to get the book to the publisher and needed to get writing done.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to prior standards. Too much pontificating about the demise of America at the hands of the Chinese et al. Again, need courtroom drama more than Sam Spade genre. Entertaining at times, but too easy to put down.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was one of those books you can't put down. The convoluted storyline crossed and turned so much that I had no real idea of what would happen next or how it would turn out
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This novel is a far cry from earlier ones by this author which revolved around excellent courtroom dramas. Instead, this novel featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani is more a thriller with an occasional legal principle thrown in. It all begins when Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, take on a client, Alex Ives, at the behest of Paul’s daughter. Alex was found unconscious in his car, having crashed into another auto in which a woman who was a partner in a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm died in a fiery blast. From a simple case of possible vehicular manslaughter the plot develops into a massive conspiracy involving offshore bank numbered accounts, tax avoidance, political corruption, international intrigue and other forms of power plays. It falls to Madriani, at his own personal peril, to unravel all these elements to exonerate his client. The underlying theme allows the author time and time again to espouse his political views, which add little to the story and more resemble shouts from a soapbox. It is quite a tale, and the reader should be excused if he or she takes much of it with a grain of salt. Of course, the action is non-stop leading up to an abrupt ending, as if the author got tired and just wrapped it all up quickly. Nevertheless, it is suspenseful thriller fiction, just not the type of legal thriller one would have expected from Steve Martini. But it is recommended as an interesting read.
Lynn-MI More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book that I enjoyed thoroughly! It pretty much takes place all over the world with a number of persons involved but the author makes it easy to keep track of who's who and where they are! There was a LOT of detail and surprisingly it turned out quite well! Author gave out a lot of information about what was going on and, it really made me think!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Needs editor. Too choppy could not finish.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Not up to the author's usual standards. Too much political window dressing
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No one is perfect of his.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago