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The Arraignment (Paul Madriani, Bk 7) (Large Print)
The Arraignment - Paul Madriani, Bk 7 - Large Print Author:Steve Martini After a lawyer-friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, attorney Paul Madriani takes on another client who Paul believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why. Paul is tortured by questio... more »ns of conflict, his duty to a client who may have killed his friend and the need to know the truth, wondering whether he himself had been marked for death only to have a friend die in his place. Paul finds himself with a window into places he never wanted to go, drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas.
As he searches for the killer, Paul rides the crest of a dangerous wave involving international drug deals and the people who murder for money. Suddenly he realizes it is not heroin or cocaine that resulted in the murder of his friend, but a priceless piece of pre-Columbian art, something so dazzling in the information it holds as to be one of the treasures of the ages.« less
As always, Steve Martini does not disappoint me in this book. Paul Madriani refuses to represent a man who he suspects is involved in drug trafficking. He and his friend part company right before the arraignment and both his friend and his client are shot in a drive-by shooting, or at least it appears that way. Paul feels some guilt and decides that he must find out what is going on and the task leads him through corporate law firms all the way to the dense jungle in Mexico. This was great and I was totally unprepared for who the "bad guy" was! Plenty of action, suspense and thrills in the book.
This book started out okay, but went on and on and on. About three-quarters of the way through I began to get really bored and started skimming (not before I noticed several typos, though) and I never even finished it. What I want to know is who the heck is watching Madriani's teenage daughter while he's almost getting killed by drug dealers and running off to foreign countries?!