Double Tap (Paul Madriani Series #8)

Double Tap (Paul Madriani Series #8)

by Steve Martini

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New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini takes legal thrillers to a new level in this Paul Madriani novel about a soldier's secrets and a government's lies...

A beautiful businesswoman, founder of a high-tech software company catering to the military, is found dead, two tightly grouped bullet wounds to her a head—a “double tap,” the trademark of highly skilled assassins. Paul Madriani takes the case of the man accused of the crime: a career soldier who refuses to explain the mysterious gaps in his military résumé. Faced with an uncooperative client, Madriani begins a dangerous search for the truth—in the soldier's shadowy past, in the victim's deadly secrets... 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101550229
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 12/27/2005
Series: Paul Madriani Series , #8
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 416
Sales rank: 8,417
File size: 538 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Steve Martini worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a capital correspondent at the state house in Sacramento, California. An honors graduate at the University of California at Santa Cruz, Mr. Martini holds his law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law. He has written widely on the law and politics, having covered both state and federal courts, the state legislature, and the administrations of governors Ronald Reagan and Jerry Brown. In 1984 Martini turned his talents to fiction, quickly earning positions on bestseller lists and garnering both critical and popular praise for his New York Times–bestselling novels, including The Simeon Chamber, Compelling Evidence, Prime Witness, Undue Influence, The Judge, The List, Critical Mass, The Attorney, The Jury, and The Arraignment. Mr. Martini lives on the West Coast.



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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Double Tap (Paul Madriani Series #8) 3.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 18 reviews.
Lynngood on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Paul Madriani's defense of a soldier on trial for murder-and the explosive government secrets it could reveal-propel Steve Martini's latest thriller. Now Madriani is faced with daunting ballistics evidence: a so-called "double tap"-two bullet wounds tightly grouped in the victim's head, shots that could have been made only by a crack marksman. Paul's client, Emiliano Ruiz, is an enigma-a career soldier who refuses to discuss his past though it is clear that he is a battle-tested pro. Ruiz is accused of killing a beautiful businesswoman and guru of a high-tech software empire catering to the military. A key to the case: the murder weapon is one used solely in special operations, where the "double tap" has become the signature of the most skilled assassins. Ruiz is sitting on secrets-there's a seven-year gap on his military résumé, for which Madriani can find no details. And, more troubling, he discovers that the victim and her company were involved in a controversial government computer program designed to combat terrorists. Madriani finds himself in a deadly legal quagmire-with a client who is unwilling to cooperate and prosecutors who stonewall his every question about the victim's shadowy business and his client's past. Finding justice, and the unvarnished truth, has never been so elusive-or so dangerous.
librisissimo on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Legal thriller. Political basis in legislator's corruption, federal espionage, and corporate complicity. Gratuitous sex scenes. Court-room drama; special forces antics.
booklog on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Politics and murder. The detective depended on a deus ex machina in the form of an email disclosed in discovery at the last minute; he didn't seem to have deduced the killer before then, but I only read the first and last sections, as I did not care for the steamy parts.There were some good court scenes (author is a lawyer?), but the denouement wrapped up too quickly and featured some really stupid moves by the protagonist, i.e., going out alone knowing the villain was gunning for him.
Grandeplease on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
A CEO of a Fortune 500 company is shot in her beach front home in La Jolla, California. Her former personal executive security guard (Ruiz) is arrested, charged with the murder and is facing the death penalty. Attorney Paul Madriani is retained to represent Ruiz by a foundation established to assist veterans with legal woes.Madriani has his work cut out.Ruiz has spent his adult life in the employ of the U.S. military. He has a seven year gap in his resume and his is not willing to explain it to his attorney.The CEO ran a company that has as a major customer, the US government.The deputy district attorney assigned to prosecute Ruiz is a charismatic vertically challenged man, with a prefect record in capital cases.The story moves fast. It has twists and turns that are logical on reflection - thus not annoying . . . and it is timely, fresh from the real world.
KevinJoseph on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
"Double Tap" was my first exposure to Steve Martini and his defense-attorney protagonist Paul Madriani. I enjoyed this story immensely, both for its tight, realistic plot line and the high quality of the writing. Martini's work, it seems, has found the sweet spot in the legal thriller genre, midway between Grisham's breezy, over-the-top scenarios and Turow's high-density realism. The story itself revolves around the murder of a high-flying female CEO, Madelyn Chapman, and Madriani's defense of the victim's former bodyguard, Emiliano Ruiz. All of the evidence, almost too neatly, points in Ruiz's direction, suggesting a classic frame-up. Complicating matters for Madriani are Ruiz's secretive demeanor, a brilliant prosecutor who takes every advantage of his diminutive physical stature in court, and difficulty penetrating the proprietary goings-on at Madelyn's company (a software vendor to the Department of Defense). Unlike many thrillers, where actual trial time is a scarce commodity, the bulk of this novel describes the clever courtroom jousting between Madriani and the prosecutor. As a lawyer, I appreciated the accuracy of the legal procedures and points of law. And as a thriller lover, I appreciated the page-flipping suspense as well as the political angle involving Government intrusions on citizens' privacy. A final plot twist, after a suitable climax had been realized, struck me a bit contrived and superfluous, although these devices have come to be almost required in the genre these days. As a whole, this was many notches above the typical courtroom thriller, leaving me echoing the sentiment expressed by one of the characters at the end of the book: "If I ever get in trouble, I want [Madriani] for a lawyer." -Kevin Joseph, author of "The Champion Maker"
CarolG70 More than 1 year ago
More Grisham than Patterson. More thinking person's lawyerly read than gory crime details.
bravewarrior More than 1 year ago
Abridged/CD: I had a bit of a problem with this audio because Joe Mantegna read it and he does the voice of the gangster on The Simpsons. It took a while to get into it because of that. I did enjoy the trial scenes. There is a midget prosecutor, who holds no punches, and goes up against our defense lawyer hero, Paul Madriani. It starts as a woman gets shot in the head twice in a military style "double tap" and her ex-military bodyguard is on trial for her murder. There were points that I felt should have been more detailed, but this was abridged. I felt the ending could have been better and it was a bit of a cop out. The big twist was kind of a yawn.
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Antysu More than 1 year ago
This was my first Steve Martini book but it was riveting... I found myself not wanting to shut the CD off once it was going... Very unpredictable and enjoyable... I will look for more books in this series..
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Guest More than 1 year ago
How did I miss this thriller when it came out in 2005? Thank goodness I found it now and couldn't put it down once I started reading. As a federal courtroom deputy clerk for 10 years and a legal secretary for 20 years, this is simply one of the best courtroom drama thrillers I have read. A truly great read!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Madriani is a lawyer facing one of the toughest cases he has had for a while. A case that has already been walked away from by a high profile lawyer for undisclosed reasons. His client, Emiliano Ruiz, is accused of killing the head of a large software company, Madelyn Chapman, in an unusual style used by Special Forces called double tap. Given his military background, the placement of two shots in rapid succession into the target¿s head is something that Ruiz knows how to do. Add to that the fact that he served as Ms. Chapman¿s bodyguard, had an affair with her, and his gun was used in the killing, and the net of circumstantial evidence around Ruiz is pretty tight. Paul and his partner set out to gather evidence that can either clear Ruiz or at least cast enough doubt on his guilt to save his life. The way the two of them go about their task reminded me a bit of Joe Friday and his partner Bill from the old Dragnet series. Their investigation keeps hitting roadblocks whenever they look into a seven year gap in Ruiz¿s records or try to find out about a shadowy general who was working with Madelyn on a secret software contract. The trial begins with Paul in possession of little evidence to help his client. Someone, it seems, wants to keep a lid on things and the lengths they are willing to go to keep their secrets may be the only hope Paul has of saving Ruiz. I found the story engaging and the plot very plausible, but the book didn¿t always flow smoothly. At times it seemed like Steve Martini left off without finishing some thoughts and I couldn¿t tell whether it was his writing style or laziness. I also had to go back over the dialog in several places to understand just who was speaking. The inclusion of some historical perspective in the glimpses into the life of Paul¿s uncle Evo added depth to the book. Still, if he weren¿t an established author, I wonder if Mr. Martini could catch the eye of an editor with this offering. If a book doesn¿t keep my interest I will drop it in the middle and I don¿t review books that I don¿t finish. The fact that I post a review means that the book is pretty good. I¿m not a fan of lawyer stories (I don¿t think I¿ve ever stayed awake through an episode of Perry Mason) but I finished and enjoyed Double Tap. If you like courtroom drama and a good mystery, I recommend reading this book.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A $200 tip to a valet parker from a beautiful young woman driving a red Ferrari? That's sure to catch your attention. Then the young woman buys an expensive piece of art glass, so dear that the shop owner 'wonders whether his calculator possessed enough digits to cipher the sale and its consequent tax.' Intriguing, what? But wait, don't become too interested in this gal because by page 21 she's quite dead with two holes in her head, a double tap, the mark of an accomplished assassin. The eighth tale in Martini's popular series starring attorney Paul Madriani finds our protagonist a bit more introspective, more determined and faced with the daunting task of defending career soldier Emiliano Ruiz who is accused of killing the woman, Madelyn Chapman, CEO of a major software firm, Isotenics, Inc. The evidence against Ruiz seems indisputable - he was on a security force protecting her, a video tape plainly shows that they had an affair, and he has the skills to deliver a double tap, two bullet wounds maybe an inch apart. With the help of his garrulous pal, Harry, Madriani begins the investigation only to discover that Isotenics and the government were partners in an antiterrorist program that involved computer software able to spy on virtually everyone. To further complicate matters, Ruiz has a seven year gap in his resume, and he's not talking about it. It's a bit of a stretch to believe that much of Madriani's passion in defending Ruiz is because this soldier reminds him of his beloved Uncle Evo, a shell shocked veteran. And, the conclusion when the real killer is revealed does seem a bit contrived for this reader. However, fans of courtroom procedure will have a field day as Martini recounts the trial. Templeton a dwarf attorney with more tricks up his short sleeve than Houdini is a masterful characterization. Hopefully, we'll meet him on the big screen some day along with General Satz 'who had a long list of get-even announcements waiting to be printed.' An attorney as well as a writer, Martini, offers many insights into the ways and means employed by legal eagles when they go toe to toe in a courtroom. Enjoy! - Gail Cooke
harstan More than 1 year ago
Successful wealthy CEO of Isotenics, Inc. Madelyn Chapman enjoys her bi-coastal lifestyle that includes abodes in Manhattan and Virginia. However, one day when she returns to the house she considers her home in La Jolla, California, someone assassinates her with a double tap, two precise bullets to her head. The police follow clues that lead to career veteran Emiliano Ruiz. He hires attorney Paul Madriani to represent him. Paul faces an uphill battle as not only evidence places the accused near the crime scene; Emiliano had the skill to perform the precision operation. Adding to his dilemma is that Emiliano provides no background information about himself especially a seven year data hole in the middle of his long military career. The prosecutors cooperate as much as his client refuses to impart information on the victim¿s link to the military. Still Paul continues to dig to insure he bestows the best defense he can for his silent client. --- DOUBLE TAP is a terrific thriller that has the hero frustrated at ever turn as his client refuses to cooperate and the prosecution is even less forthcoming. Paul keeps digging for information, but for every step forward he takes two steps backward. Still he wants to put up a strong defense even if he wonders if Emiliano committed the homicide. Steve Martini is at his supreme best with this tale that showcases a struggling legal defense unable to obtain any cooperation.--- Harriet Klausner
Guest More than 1 year ago
Paul Madriana is a man to be reckoned with, a man any Southern woman takes home to curl up with or travels down any avenue he cares to lead. I can't wait for the next trip he takes me through in the fantasy world this fantastic author creates.