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The Attorney (Paul Madriani, Bk 5)
The Attorney - Paul Madriani, Bk 5
Author: Steve Martini
ISBN-13: 9780399145360
ISBN-10: 0399145362
Publication Date: 1/10/2000
Pages: 429
Rating:
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3.9 stars, based on 38 ratings
Publisher: Putnam Publishing Group
Book Type: Hardcover
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Suspense, murder, intrigue that follow an attorney and his daughter from the big city to San Diego
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A great listen ! You will love it
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*yawn* I'm tired! I stayed up till 1am finishing this book. It was so good!! Couldn't put it down. Once in the courtroom, the pace really picked up. I did figure out the who before the end, but not the why. This is my first book by this author and I really like him. Definitely want to read his others, especially those about Paul.
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Good page turner. Warning....do not start late at night because you will be late for work the next morning.
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A good courtroom drama
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My first Paul Madriani mystery. I'll be searching for more.
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Excellent Steve Martini - never disappointed.
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Legal thriller. A tight plot where all the elements dovetail at the end...twists and turns
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Liked it!
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Having moved to San Diego to be closer to the woman in his life, Madriani takes on the case of Jonah Hale, an elderly man in dire straits. Because of the longtime drug addiction of their only child, Jessica, Jonah and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old grand-daughter, Amanda. After Jonah wins a multi-million-dollar state lottery, Jessica revives her interest in mothering. When Jonah won't deal - maternal rights for a megabucks pay-off - Jessica pulls out all the stops." "Enter Zo Strade, a flamboyant feminist activist with a talent for making children and their "victimized" mothers disappear. When the next moves turns deadly, Madriani finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and high-stakes action, in and out of the courtroom.
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Well written, entertaining and an ending I did not expect. What more could you want!
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This book is part of a series. Reminds me of Lisa Scottoline. You'll see that I've got almost all of them now posted cause I liked them so much, I had to read them all!
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I love anything Steve Martini writes and his character Paul Madriani really is an appealing guy. His coutroom dramas are realistic, why not since Martini was a lawyer, and he always has enough twists and turns in his plots to keep you guessing about the outcome. This one is no exception...and abducted granddaughter, a drug-using daughter, a man-hating woman bent on calling the shots and murder to boot. You'll love it!!
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Real page turner
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Good Read!!!
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Granddaughter kidnapped, grandfather accused of murder. Good courtroom suspense.
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I love Martini books, and I love Mandriani as a character. The Attorney has plenty of twists and turns, and Mandriani is as intelligent as ever. A must for Martini fans.
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Legal thriller, courtroom novel, Paul Madriani pits a drug-addicted mother against her daughter's newly rich grandfather in a custody case that leads to criminal accusations----and eventually, murder
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A wealthy man, Jonah, has his granddaughter kidnapped by his daughter. A woman is killed and Jonah is accused. Paul Madriani is set on a course to free Jonah although evidence is pointing directly at Jonah. As with all the Martini books I have read, there is a surprising twist at the end.
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The 5th book in the series featuring Paul Madriani who is a defense attorney in California.
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Having moved to San Diego to be closer to the woman in his life, Madriani takes on the case of Jonah Hale, an elderly man in dire straits. Because of the longtime drug addiction of their only child, Jessica, Jonah and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old grand-daughter, Amanda. After Jonah wins a multi-million-dollar state lottery, Jessica revives her interest in mothering. When Jonah won't deal - maternal rights for a megabucks pay-off - Jessica pulls out all the stops." "Enter Zo Strade, a flamboyant feminist activist with a talent for making children and their "victimized" mothers disappear. When the next moves turns deadly, Madriani finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and high-stakes action, in and out of the courtroom.
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Full of suspence, you may not want to put it down!
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Attorney Paul Madriani moves to San Diego to be closer to child advocate Susan McKay. He's barely in town, when a man comes to him with a case; find his missing granddaughter. Paul will be dragged into a case that will shake his very foundations. I enjoyed the story, however it did drag in places I thought. I give the book a B+!
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STeve Martini is the master of supense in the courtroom. I've read them all and this one is outstanding.
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older book but good reading
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Good.....Courtroom drama at it's finest.
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If you enjoy reading Steve Martini, you'll enjoy this book. Amazingly (to me, anyway), I guessed correctly who did the deed. Never did guess the "why", so do I get partial credit??
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Good legal thriller
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Readers of courtroom thrillers know that Martini is perhaps the best and this book meets his standards. Starts fairly slow but picks up like a locomotive with a very surprise ending. You will like it.
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New York Times Bestseller. It's a good who dunnit!
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A really excellent book.
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Anything by Martini is great and worth reading if you like the legal genre.
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Paul Madriani's most challenging case yet: one pitting a drug-addicted mother against her daughter's newly rich grandfather in a contentious custody case that leads to criminal accusations -- and ultimately murder . . .
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Very Very Good! Don't miss it.
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Excellent! Exciting, with lots of unexpected twists and turns.
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Running time: approx 5 hours
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Sleuthing California defense counsel Paul Madriani lands one of his twistiest cases to date. His client, sport fisherman Jonah Hale, won $87 million in a lottery but lost his heart. Jonah's got custody of his eight-year-old grandkid Mandy, because his daughter Jessica is a cokehead party animal. Sprung from jail, Jessica demands cash. Jonah says no. So Jessica and Mandy disappear, with help from marital-rape-victim-turned-fanatical-activist Zolanda Suade. Suade's group, Vanishing Victims, specializes in thwarting courts and bashing rich males.

Madriani tries to reason with Suade, who almost pulls a gun on him, then taunts him with a press release: Suade's going public with Jessica's charge that Jonah molested Mandy. Madriani's girlfriend works in Child Protective Services, so he gets a tidbit or two of inside info--the charge is phony, but because CPS can't comment on cases, the smear will suffice to ignite a media firestorm. When Suade turns up dead, media interest does not subside. In court, circumstantial evidence forms a tightening noose around Jonah's neck, and Madriani starts wondering whether Jonah did kill Suade. Also, underworld types who may know Jessica and/or a Mexican drug lord start stalking Madriani, and more corpses pop up.

Martini, who covered the Manson trial, then became a lawyer and a bestselling novelist, is great at realistic, ingenious courtroom suspense, media-circus scenes, and dramatizing the impact of office politics on legal proceedings. His characters and prose are workmanlike but sturdy. Always grouped with lawyers-turned-writers Scott Turow and John Grisham, Martini thinks Turow's a better writer (in terms of character and dialogue), and Grisham's a natural-born storyteller who towers over all, but that he, Martini, is a better storyteller than Turow and a better writer than Grisham. The Attorney is evidence that he may be right. --Tim Appelo--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

From Publishers Weekly
The tireless Paul Madriani, Martini's popular lawyer/sleuth (The Judge; Compelling Evidence), barely has a chance to hang a shingle in San Diego--where he has moved to be closer to his lover, child advocate Susan McKay--before he is sucked into another engrossing court battle. When Madriani takes on elderly Jonah Hale's case, it seems at first he is dealing with a simple kidnapping. Hale's granddaughter, eight-year-old Amanda, under Hale's custody, has been whisked away by Zolanda Suade, who runs Vanishing Victims, an organization that purports to rescue kids from abusive situations. Now Suade is falsely accusing Hale of molestation to justify returning the girl to her mother--Hale's drug-addled, ex-con daughter, Jessica, who's never shown any interest in raising her child. Suade apparently has an ulterior motive: keeping Amanda in hiding until she can extort a hefty ransom from Hale, who recently won $87 million in the state lottery. Before Madriani, with Susan's expert assistance, can get far in his investigations, Suade is found shot to death, and Hale, who had plenty of motive to kill him, is arrested. Madriani is increasingly overmatched by a dogged prosecutor. Worse, those assisting Madriani in Hale's defense keep getting murdered, and Madriani may be next in line. Except for the occasional cliche (bodies lined up "like cordwood," minds "like steel traps"), Martini's prose shows marked improvement. Crisp dialogue and tart observations about legal maneuvering distinguish his courtroom scenes, and the new setting, San Diego, is colorfully rendered. It's a shame that the otherwise cleverly conceived plot falters in the homestretch with a poorly concealed twist that most readers will see coming well ahead of time. Mystery Guild main selection, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Jan.)
Copyright 1999 Reed Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
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