Trader of Secrets (Paul Madriani Series #12)

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In California, two men argue in aparked car . . . as the plot unfoldsto profitably transfer secret tech-nology into malevolent hands.

In Ohio, a young woman slipsaway from her protectors for amorning run—unaware that thekiller she’s being protected from waits in thedarkness. The woman is Sarah, daughter ofdefense attorney Paul Madriani. Her assailantis the vengeful assassin named Liquida.

Now Paul Madriani—along with hiscompanion, Joselyn Cole,...

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Overview

In California, two men argue in aparked car . . . as the plot unfoldsto profitably transfer secret tech-nology into malevolent hands.

In Ohio, a young woman slipsaway from her protectors for amorning run—unaware that thekiller she’s being protected from waits in thedarkness. The woman is Sarah, daughter ofdefense attorney Paul Madriani. Her assailantis the vengeful assassin named Liquida.

Now Paul Madriani—along with hiscompanion, Joselyn Cole, and his lawpartner, Harry Hinds—must venture into the vortex of international terror in search of an ice-cold killer and a trader of secrets beforethe ultimate weapon of mass destructionsets the world ablaze.

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Editorial Reviews

Publishers Weekly
Martini's so-so 12th thriller featuring California lawyer Paul Madriani (after The Rule of Nine) has the deadly assassin Muerte Liquida still seeking vengeance. Muerte had left Paul's friend and investigator, Herman Diggs, critically wounded and, after yet another violent attack, Paul, partner Harry Hinds, and girlfriend Joselyn Cole go on the offensive to find and eliminate Muerte . His trail, which leads from the U.S. to Thailand and Paris, thrusts Paul and his friends into a web of intrigue that includes defectors with stolen technology from NASA and a hidden terrorist base that could unleash devastating destruction on the world. Martini offers plenty of near misses and a few surprises as the trio gets some unexpected help from professionals and amateurs in a final deadly confrontation. Those who have followed the Muerte Liquida story arc over the past two books will be most satisfied. (June)
Library Journal
In his 12th outing, defense attorney Paul Madriani pursues a vanished NASA scientist with a big secret: he knows about some stolen NASA technology that uses nature's forces to unleash power equaling many nuclear bombs. Martini's thrillers are all New York Times best sellers, so the one-day laydown on May 31 and the 250,000-copy first printing are no surprise. Be prepared to buy plenty.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780594480532
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 5/31/2011
  • Pages: 400
  • Product dimensions: 6.30 (w) x 9.10 (h) x 1.50 (d)

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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Trader of Secrets

A Paul Madriani Novel
By Steve Martini

William Morrow

Copyright © 2011 Steve Martini
All right reserved.

ISBN: 9780061930232


Chapter One

Most of the blood left on the concrete floor of the garage in
Washington belonged to the big black investigator working
for Madriani, the man named Herman Diggs, but not
all of it.
Liquida could feel the tight constraint of the large gauze
bandage covering the searing wound under his right arm. Every
bump in the highway brought pain as the motion tugged on the
metal staples holding the wound closed. It made his eyes water.
Still, the pain kept him awake and on course.
What kept Liquida going was his hatred for Madriani and an
unquenchable thirst for retribution. The firm of Madriani and
Hinds had caused him to lose a small fortune, enough money for
Liquida to retire. That was before the lawyers' investigator carved
up Liquida's back with a knife, but not before Liquida had dealt the
man a deathblow. As the bastard lay dying on the concrete floor,
Liquida twisted the knife by telling him that he knew where the
girl was and that she was next. Now he intended to make good on
the promise.
His right arm hung limp in a sling as he steered with his left
hand. Liquida struggled to keep his eyes on the road, periodically
holding the wheel with his knees as he sipped fluids, alternating
between coffee and orange juice. He refused to consume the pain
pills given to him by the physician for fear they might dull his
senses; not until the girl was dead.
The doctor had told him to change the bandages daily and to
remain quiet for at least a week to allow the stapled sutures to heal.
The all-night clinic was a seedy place in a dingy area just outside
D.C., one of those surgi-centers where, for enough cash, usually
they would remove a bullet or stitch up an open wound, no questions
asked. Liquida was in and out in less than an hour.
He had no intention of remaining quiet for ten days. Madriani's
daughter would not wait that long on the farm in Ohio. Once she
was told what had happened in Washington, she would bolt for
another location to hide out, or join her father. Either way it would
be much more difficult to find her again. Liquida knew he had to
act and act quickly. Before he murdered Madriani, he wanted the
lawyer to know that his daughter had died under Liquida's knife.
He made the four hundred miles from D.C. to Groveport, Ohio,
in a little under eight hours. Liquida napped just briefly in a small
motel a short distance from the farm where the girl was staying. He
knew that with every minute that passed he ran the risk that Sarah
Madriani and her father's law partner, the one they called Harry
Hinds, might pack their bags and make a run for it. But Liquida had
no choice. He was in no condition to plan and carry out a killing
against a well-guarded location without at least a few hours' rest.
He changed the bandage on his wound. It was a painful
exercise, twisting around and using his one good arm, trying not to
pull the sutures or tear the skin around the wound as he wrestled
with the tape. He set an alarm for two hours and collapsed onto
the bed to sleep.

(Continues...)



Excerpted from Trader of Secrets by Steve Martini Copyright © 2011 by Steve Martini. Excerpted by permission of William Morrow. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.
Excerpts are provided by Dial-A-Book Inc. solely for the personal use of visitors to this web site.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

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    The latest Madriani adventure

    I hadn't read any of Steve Martini's earlier novels, but it wasn't necessary to be familiar with his lead characters or to their previous escapades to fully immerse myself in his latest work, Trader of Secrets.

    Trader of Secrets opens deep into the action. Madriani's private investigator and "muscle" has been attacked and is in critical care. His daughter is in hiding on a doberman training farm and Hinds is assigned to watch over her for her protection. When Sarah is attacked, the lawyers become even more invested in finding the deadly killer Liquida. Though amateurs - Madriani, Jocelyn Cole, and Henry Hinds - through skill, perseverance, and luck followed the notorious killer Liquida. Madriani dive into dangerous situations knowing that they lose whether they chase after Liquida or not. Their law practice has stopped and their clients are likely to report them for having abandoned their cases. Madriani and his partners are waiting for Liquida to be captured or to find them, and each day causes further damage to their old lives, their professional lives.

    Deeply motivated and unusually skilled - Madriani and his friends take on one of the most dangerous and skilled killers. If you are partial to the old fashioned spy novels with trade craft, you're likely to particularly enjoy Trader of Secrets.

    ISBN-10: 0061930237 - Hardcover
    Publisher: William Morrow (May 31, 2011), 400 pages.
    Review copy provided by the publisher.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2011

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    Second Rate

    Since I have read most of the popular authors, it is always a slight disappointment when I pick up a novel that does not measure up to the quality the big guys can produce. Trader of Secrets is almost beyond silly. It's plot is an outrageous series of events that simply would never happen in the way the author portrays them. The novel gets off to a very slow start, but I do concede that Madriani is good at describing the action scenes. But the preposterousness of it all, and the cardboard characters put the book into a lesser category. How a San Diego lawyer gets caught up in all of these national security issues stretches any imagination.

    5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 1, 2013

    LAME

    This is the most ridiculous book I have ever read! Martini needs to get Madriani and crew back to his law office and write the calliber of books he started with. NO MORE MARTINI for me.

    4 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 3, 2011

    Yuck

    The book before this one really held my interest. Trader of Secrets dragged on and on. The scenerios were almost laughable and improbable. And like many poorly written books, Martini brought it to an abrupt end in like three pages. What a struggle!

    4 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 13, 2011

    Excellent+full+of+excitement

    Never+a+dull+moment+in+this+book+as+Paul+and+Harry+try+to+outwit+Liquida.++They+travel+the+globe+creating+suspense+at+each+step+along+the+way.+Not+your+typical+lawyer+story++

    3 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2011

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    an international thriller

    Assassin Muerte "the Mexicutioner" Liquida seeks vengeance against San Diego, California lawyer Paul Madriani and his friends for interfering with his deadly business (see Guardian of Lies and The Rule of Nine). He has already left Paul's investigative friend Herman Diggs critically wounded and mounts a violent attack against Paul though his daughter Sarah.

    Madriani's partner Harry Hinds and his girlfriend Joselyn Cole persuade him they need to go after the killer before he murders them. They follow his lethal path to Thailand and from there to Paris. However, they soon find themselves in the middle of stolen NASA technology that in the wrong hands uses nature to release destructive energy exponentially stronger than a nuclear bomb.

    Not sure how the law firm stays afloat, as the Mexicutioner saga is predominantly an international thriller that fans who have read at least the previous two books will enjoy. Although over the top of Doi Inthanon and the Eifel Tower, readers who ignore plausibility (he previously dealt with a nuke in this arc) will appreciate Madriani and company globetrotting to catch their adversary and prevent the deployment of another weapon of mass destruction.

    Harriet Klausner

    3 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 10, 2013

    Recommend

    Good reading, disappointed at the ending that just left me hanging!

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 7, 2012

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    Can't I give it zero stars?

    I bought the unabridged audio version to listen to when I travel. The narrator is great, but the plot and writing style are terrible. I get so bored driving on business that I can listen to almost anything, but I made it 2/3 through this book, and am putting myself out of misery. Silence and boredom are preferable to this awful book.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 18, 2012

    Recommend this

    Great story, hated getting to the last page.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 9, 2012

    I've enjoyed all of his books. Was this as good as most of them

    I've enjoyed all of his books. Was this as good as most of them - no. But it was still very good and well worth reading. Yes, many of the scenes are implausible - but, really, how many in other action/thriller novels are plausible? Part of the fun is losing yourself in a story you never have to worry about finding yourself in in your real life. Just enjoy it and don't analyze it too deeply.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 15, 2011

    Pass...

    Disappointing Didn't even bother to finish it I love all his other books, but this one dragged on endlessly. I hope he's not turning into James Patterson - churning out novels just for a buck knowing that his loyal fans will read them. I will think twice before buying his next 'Madriani" book .

    1 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted June 6, 2014

    Highly recommended- full of suspense.

    Steve Martini manages to keep you involved and spellbound from the first to last page of this book. You never know what will happen on the next page - sometimes you are SO afraid for the characters. I never guess right on the ultimate outcome with this author.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 2, 2014

    Martini has lost his touch

    This piece isn't worth the paper to publish.
    I think it must have been written by a ghost writer that thinks they were part of Seal Team Six.

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  • Posted September 20, 2013

    Just so-so

    I prefer his books when they stick to the courtroom. He's more like an FBI or CIA man in this one without any of their skills. He goes along half-cocked without even having a gun. No way to protect himself or the others with him. It was just so-so.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 16, 2012

    Better than past couple

    Kept the pace throughout

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 7, 2012

    slow

    slow and too detailed, did not like it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 20, 2011

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  • Posted August 30, 2011

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    Great read!

    I really like this series. It drug in the middle just a little, however, it was a great read. Looking forward to the next/#13.

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  • Posted August 19, 2011

    Rrrrrrrrrrr

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    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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    Posted July 8, 2011

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