Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani Series #9)

Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani Series #9)

by Steve Martini
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Shadow of Power (Paul Madriani Series #9) by Steve Martini

The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred—and secretive—public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.

Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's—that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn't to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.

As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter—and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation's founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani's chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780061793486
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 10/13/2009
Series: Paul Madriani Series , #9
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 464
Sales rank: 38,815
File size: 936 KB

About 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.



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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Shadow of Power 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 74 reviews.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
Shadow of Power is one of the best courtroom dramas to come along since Anatomy of a Murder. Even though the summer beach season is upon us, author Steve Martini has written a novel so detailed with the insides of the courtroom that a beach reader is unlikely to keep up. He assumes an intelligent reader, and he rewards accordingly. Faced with a cunning and bright prosecutor, the unlikeable defendant up against overwhelming odds needs defense attorneys just as smart and dedicated to the principles of justice upon which this country is founded. Taking us through what one of his own characters calls 'a long, complicated story,' Martini weaves a tale to draw the admiration of those who like their crime dramas full of interesting surprises without stooping to cheap shots and cute tricks.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Poorly written - not up to Martini's standards. The plot was dumb and the ending was beyond boring. I could not even bring myself to finish it. I am sorry I spent $.99 on it!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book did not keep my interest...
AvidreaderND More than 1 year ago
Draws the reader into the plot and keeps you in suspence. Recommended read
ChinaHand More than 1 year ago
What started out as a great thriller, turned soggy at the end with a mistrial (kissing your sister), a stubborn jury member and a foresaken lover. The Supreme Court Justice was a complete red herring. This was not Martini's best outing and I truly like his work.
harstan More than 1 year ago
San Diego, California legal partners Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds reluctantly agree to represent Carl Arnsberg on a first degree murder charge that if convicted would most likely result in capital punishment. Arnsberg, a known racist, is accused of using a hammer to murder nonfiction author Terry Scarborough, whose bestseller Perpetual Slaves led to rioting. --- Scarborough exposed the section of the Constitution written by the revered Founding Fathers that still remains part of the land of the law having never been repealed in spite of the Bill of Rights and the Civil War Amendments. The document claims that Negroes be counted as three-fifths human. His publisher says that Scarborough¿s next exposé would be based on a letter written by one of the Holy Fathers Thomas Jefferson that would make his first book look like a kindergarten primer. The letter considered key to the defense by the legal team vanished when the author was killed. --- Although the twists and the underlying foundation require the reader to ignore probability, fans will appreciate the latest Madriani legal thriller due to the compelling courtroom trial that affirms the theory that the American judical system is a contact sport. Madriani is at his best as he defends a client he dislikes against evidence that could fill up Death Valley. Plausibilty may be doubtful, but entertainment is definite. --- Harriet Klausner
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Lucy19 More than 1 year ago
It was a good read.
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good read
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Another must read by Martini!
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2000sable08 More than 1 year ago
Wow, Great Book, Very long run time, Great for long trips. Good story line. Audio was good, narration was good.
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Steve's goes on some political rants which don't enhance the story much, but all-in-all a well told who done it. I was disappointed in the last chapter because I thought all the loose ends were just jumbled together and tied into something that would work, but as in any good mystery, you never know who done it until those ends are tied.
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