Few books will sit on the same shelf with this one. I have read many that carries you along with the story as this one does, but few that have a unforeseen ending as this one does. A GREAT READ. THANKS STEVE!!
Paul Madriani, a brilliant criminal defense attorney, was once a promising associate on the rise with Potter, Skarpellos, a prestigious law firm specializing in the defense of "compromised" executives. One of its cofounders is Ben Potter, Paul's mentor, whose faultless reputation has earned him a probable nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court. In the aftermath of an affair with Ben Potter's wife, Paul left the firm and took up a self-imposed exile in a small solo practice. He must scramble for work amid the ghosts of his doomed affair while struggling to hold together the remains of a failing marriage. On the eve of the nomination, Potter is found dead, a shotgun by his body, an apparent suicide. As details come to light in he police investigation, the case turns from suicide to murder and the needle of suspicion begins to point toward the victim's wife, Talia Potter. Indicted and arrested for the murder, snared in a web of intrigue as her husband's associates plot for control of the firm, Talia turns to Paul, her former lover, to defend her against the mounting evidence to be presented by the politically ambitious chief prosecutor who is bent on sending her to the gas chamber.
From the back cover:
Paul Madriani, a brilliant criminal defense lawyer, had a once promising career with a prestigious law firm, until an ill-judged affair with the senior partner Ben Potter's wife led to his resignation. Now he scrambles for work amid the ghosts of his doomed affair and the remains of a failing marriage. Then Potter is found dead, an apparent suicide. But as details come to light, the case turns from suicide to murder and the needle of suspicion points towards the victim's seductive wife, Talia Potter. Indicted and arrested, Talia turns to Paul, her former lover, to defend her against the mounting evidence in a case that for her could result in the gas chamber.
Earl H., Meldrim, Ga.
I love unpredictable endings, a true mystery until the end. I like all the characters, the bad characters are deliciously bad. Paul Madriani, Atty. main character is flawed but totally redeemable. Hard to put down so I just took the book everywhere I went!
Steve Martini just topped my list of favorite authors! His writing style is eloquent and absolutely addicting. I loved it and couldn't put it down. Definitely a courtroom thriller and a great introduction to Martini's books.
An excellent Steve Martini/ Paul Madriani book ! Fast paced, exciting, and he gets you at the end. I could hardly put it down. My wife read it - her 1st Martini book - and she could hardly put it down, then recommended it to a friend.
Ben Potter, successful lawyer and possible U. S. Supreme Court nominee, is found dead in his office -- suicide or murder? All of the police evidence points to foul play, and his beautiful young wife, Talia, stands trial for a crime she claims she didn't commit -- or did she? Paul Madriani defends Talia, but, in doing so, exposes a part of his own life that he would like to forget.
This gripping, fast-paced novel will hold your attention from beginning to startling conclusion.