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Trader of Secrets (Paul Madriani Series #12)

Trader of Secrets (Paul Madriani Series #12)

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by Steve Martini, Dan Woren (Narrated by)

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“Steve Martini ranks among the top authors of legal thrillers.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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.”
Asbury Park Press

The reasons why Steve Martini is one of the


“Steve Martini ranks among the top authors of legal thrillers.”
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“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.”
Asbury Park Press

The reasons why Steve Martini is one of the most popular thriller writers around are abundantly clear in Trader of Secrets: an ingenious plot, great characters, gripping storytelling that combines the legal expertise of John Lescroart, Brad Meltzer, and Scott Turow with the heart-pounding political intrigue of Vince Flynn and Brad Thor. Superstar crime novelist Linda Fairstein says, “Take it from a prosecutor—Steve Martini has created one of the most charismatic defense attorneys in thriller fiction,” referring to Martini’s fearless yet very human series protagonist, defense attorney Paul Madriani. In Trader of Secrets the crusading lawyer is on the trail of dangerous criminals who are trying to steal state-of-the-art weapons technology…with nothing less than the future of America at stake.

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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Paul Madriani Series , #12

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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.


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Meet the Author

Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Enemy Inside, Trader of Secrets, The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, Double Tap, 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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Trader of Secrets 3.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 106 reviews.
gl More than 1 year ago
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.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
jathanasie More than 1 year ago
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!
harstan More than 1 year ago
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
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good reading, disappointed at the ending that just left me hanging!
book-a-holick More than 1 year ago
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.
Grammy1NH More than 1 year ago
Great story, hated getting to the last page.
Linda__ More than 1 year ago
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.
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VicG More than 1 year ago
Steve Martini in his new book, “Trader Of Secrets” Book Twelve in the Paul Madriani series published by Harper gives us another adventure with Paul Madriani. From the back cover: In California, two men argue in a parked car . . . as the plot unfolds to profitably transfer secret technology into malevolent hands. In Ohio, a young woman slips away from her protectors for a morning run—unaware that the killer she’s being protected from waits in the darkness. The woman is Sarah, daughter of defense attorney Paul Madriani. Her assailant is the vengeful assassin named Liquida. Now Paul Madriani—along with his companion, Joselyn Cole, and his law partner, Harry Hinds—must venture into the vortex of international terror in search of an ice-cold killer and a trader of secrets before the ultimate weapon of mass destruction sets the world ablaze. “Trader Of Secrets” is actually the third book in a trilogy so if you haven’t read the previous two books, don’t panic. Mr. Martini has set it up so that you will feel you haven’t missed anything however I do recommend that afterwards you go out and read the previous two to find out just how much you missed. Yes, Paul Madriani is a top-notch lawyer but in this book, as in the previous one, he never sets foot in a courtroom.It almost seems as if Mr. Martini set out to write another Bond adventure with Madriani as the super-spy. the assassin Liquida Muerte is back looking for revenge in this high-speed, spy political thriller. Despite my disappointment with Madriani not doing any lawyer activities I have no complaints. Once Mr. Martini got hold of me he did not want to let go. The suspense is practically constant, only sporadically does Mr. Martini let you come up for air. Let me assure you that once you get started with “Trader Of Secrets” you are not going to want to stop until you finish so I recommend you start early. Mr. Martini has provided us with a very clever exciting book and I look forward to the next book in this series. 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.”
DDJTJ More than 1 year ago
EXCELLENT! Steve Martini's TRADER OF SECRETS from page one to the very end kept me flying thru the pages wanting more! The characters (including Bugsy) are lifelike and you want to keep going to find out what happens. This is the first(but not the last) Steve Martini book I've read and enjoyed every minute of it! If you like your books fast and full of action,this is for you! I received this book from goodreads in exchange for a review.
WhiteWillie More than 1 year ago
Since Paul Madriani left the courtroom, he is not worth reading about. The killer Liquida, is the stuff of fairy tales.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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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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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cy-12_34 More than 1 year ago
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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