Excellent read...it keeps you turning the pages. A beautiful businesswoman, founder of a high-tech software company catering to the military, is found dead, two tightly grouped bullet wounds to her head---a "double tap", the trademark of highly skilled assassins.
I loved this book & read it on vacation - couldn't put it down. Steve Martini writes this one in first person and wastes no time moving the plot along. It's set in La Jolla, CA, with a defendant who is a trained killer - but I won't ruin it for you. I loved a good Grisham-style legal thriller - and this one had it all. Enjoy.
This is a Paul Madriani novel. A mysterious murder takes place in upscale Malibu of a high profile software CEO. The main suspect is her bodyguard. A novel of a soldier's secrets and a government's lies. Violence, intrigue and great suspense. An enjoyable read throughout.
Defense attorney Paul Madriani has quite a challenge in the eighth legal thriller in which he stars: his close-mouthed client, accused of a high-profile murder, refuses to provide information vital to developing his defense. Only a military marksman could have fired the two closely spaced bullets that killed Madelyn Chapman, head of a company responsible for terrorist-searching software used by the U.S. government. Evidence points to Chapman's former bodyguard and former lover, Army Sergeant Emiliano Ruiz. Madriani realizes that the key to proving Ruiz's innocence concerns seven years missing from Ruiz's resume, but Ruiz won't fill in the necessary details.
Lawyer Paul Martini is caught up in a web of international intrigue and conspiracy.
The victim has two tightly grouped bullet holes in her head."Double tap'
Martini's client Ruiz is sitting on secrets-there's a seven-year gap on his military risumi, for which Madriani can find no details.
He discovers that the victim, a beautiful business woman founder of a high-tech software 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.
A beautiful business woman, founder of a high-tech software company catering to the military, is found dead, two tightly grouped bullet wounds to her head -- a "double tap," the trademark of highly skilled assasins. 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 resume. 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 . . .
Mark G. (PapaMark) reviewed Double Tap ~The Stunning New Courtroom Thriller on
I love a book when you cannot figure out who did it until the very end, when the author gives it away. 18 pages from the end of the book ... that's when you find out who did it. The "why" was not really talked about throughout the storyline. And the "who" is a surprise. Twists and turns galore. A real enjoable read!
Another top-notch novel from Mr. Martini! Literally, one does not know who the perpetrator of the murder is until the last or next to last chapter and it was a complete surprise. The suspense was great and even the usually boring court testimony was enough to put me on the edge of my seat and kept me from putting the book down. Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds inherit a case where the circumstantial evidence all points to their client but each time they try to do discovery, the door is closed due to "national security". I thoroughly enjoyed this book!
Generally speaking, my two favorite legal thriller authors are John Grisham and David Baldacci (when he writes one) with Perri O'Shaughnessy (pen name for a set of twins) a distant third. I now have a new number two with Steve Martini.
Double Tap is an entirely plausible story about a retired Delta Force soldier who is accused of murder. Some of the elements of the story are the shenanigans of defense contractors, military/national intelligence agencies and massive amounts of money that form a lethal mix. Mr. Martini has served as a lawyer and a judge. I think he gives us an eagle-eye view of the legal system and it's population that is at once cynical and humorous too. A breath of fresh air for the genre. A good read.
Large Print---- In his latest outing, attorney Paul Madriani is faced with arcane ballistics evidence: two tightly grouped bullet wounds to a victim's head that can only have been made bya a crack marksman--the so-called double tap. His client is a career soldier who refuses to talk about his past, though clearly he is a battle-tested pro. The victim was an alluring businesswoman whose software empire catered to the military. The most damning evidence is the murder weapon: a handgun used solely in special operations where the double tap is the trademark of skilled assassins. In a courtroom battle where every witness can hide behind "national security," information is power and digital information is absolute power.
This is a very good "who done it," with lots of plot twists and developments, framed against the murder of the CEO of a software company linked to a governmental eavesdropping scandal. It is written so well that I honestly didn't know who the murderer was until the last three pages!
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