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Compelling Evidence (A Paul Madriani Novel) [Kindle Edition]

Steve Martini
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)

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Book Description

Steve Martini has written a wonderfully crafted and clever courtroom thriller. We unquestionably have a new literary lion in the fictional crime genre.
—Vincent Bugliosi"In the tradition of great courtroom dramas, Steve Martini's Compelling Evidence is a taut, tense tale that I simply could not put down."
—Dominick Dunne"Sets a standard for suspenseful, intelligent courtroom drama that will be hard to equal. It's by far the best of the genre I've ever seen . . . Absolutely thrilling."
—Clifford Irving"Terrific and intriguing legal drama . . . thoroughly entertaining. It's great!"
—Melvin Belli"Superb . . . truly on a level with Presumed Innocent."
—F. Lee Bailey


Editorial Reviews

From School Library Journal

YA-- 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 YAs' attention from beginning to startling conclusion.
- Robert Lisker, W.T. Woodson High School, Fairfax, VA
Copyright 1992 Reed Business Information, Inc.

From Kirkus Reviews

A year after he's fired from the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos by Ben Potter, who's found out he's having an affair with Ben's wife Talia, corporate-turned-criminal lawyer Paul Madriani is asked to join Talia's defense--on a charge of murdering Ben on the eve of his nomination to the Supreme Court. It's the other partner, Tony (``the Greek'') Skarpellos, who inveigles Madriani to put aside two other investigations--helping county medical examiner George Cooper figure out who abandoned his daughter to burn to death after a car crash, and defending high- profile hooker Susan Hawley, who doesn't want to implicate her well- placed clients in ``boinkgate'' even if she's granted immunity--and to sign on as assisting counsel to nitwit glamourpuss Gibert Cheetam, who promptly runs Talia's defense into the ground and jumps ship after the grand jury indicts her. So Madriani, his affair with Talia making him painfully vulnerable, takes over as chief counsel, infuriating his estranged wife Nikki even before he realizes that Skarpellos, who stands to inherit the hugely profitable firm if Talia takes the rap, has set him up. Martini (The Simeon Chamber, 1988), whose early scenes could have used some advice from assisting counsel too (the obligatory between-the-sheets flashback is introduced by noting ``the cold wetness of my own passions, a small portion of which had pooled in the creases of the sheets beneath where her loins had rested''), rouses himself for the well-paced trial scenes, which heat up even further when news of the Talia/Madriani affair reaches the ears of the presiding judge, determined that no mistrial's going to stand in the way of his reelection--and when Madriani decides to pin his hopes on an all-out assault on Skarpellos. The final surprise, though, is eminently guessable. Martini is no Scott Turow--his characters are thinner, his prose flabbier--but his legal intrigue will probably keep you up just as late. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for Spring) -- Copyright ©1991, Kirkus Associates, LP. All rights reserved.

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  • File Size: 974 KB
  • Print Length: 421 pages
  • Publisher: Jove (January 1, 1993)
  • Sold by: Penguin Group (USA) LLC
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B008YSCCWY
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great courtroom debut for Martini January 25, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
My introduction to Steve Martini came with his next novel, 'Prime Witness'. But after reading that in record time (for ME anyway) and getting bitten by the legal/thriller bug, I went in search of more by Mr. Martini and came across Paul Madriani's first case in print. The opening chapter is set in the gas chamber viewing a convicted murderer's last moments...a sobering way to start off a murder/mystery to be sure. The description was SO vivid I felt as though I had actually witnessed an execution myself. From there we get to know attorney Paul Madriani, a fantastic character not because of his strengths, but mostly due to his faults and shortcomings. FINALLY! A lead character I can identify with (except for the affair part).
Paul Madriani has problems--a LOT of problems. He has been fired from his previous job mostly due to an affair with one of the partner's wives (I guess that is a naughty thing to do) and in his private practice, he ends up being encouraged to represent the woman he had an affair WITH as she is charged with murdering her husband who also just happened to be up for a Spot on the California Supreme Court. It's just one twist after another, and aside from the almost campy bedroom scenes, the courtroom drama is fresh--even if some of the investigative techniques ARE dated (read and you'll figure out) Steve Martini is a natural storyteller with flare and if you like this story, you will be happy to know he just gets BETTER--but I'd recommend reading the Madriani novels IN order (the next is 'Prime Witness' followed by 'Undue Influence', 'The Judge' and finally 'The Attorney'). Fans of this genre NEED to get to know Steve Martini, definitely one of the brighter stars in the field of Legal/Thrillers.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding! October 6, 1998
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I've read all of Martini's books and they are all excellent, much better than anything Grisham has written. This story definately stands out as one of the best and it starts off the exploits of Attorney Madriani. Consistent throughout Martini's books are intricate storylines with many twists and turns, surprise endings and very compelling courtroom scenes.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Well Crafted February 4, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This is by far the best of Martini's novels to date. Compelling Evidence is just that, compelling. Gripping courtroom scenarios made it difficult to put down. The characters are truly believable and woven together so well. The ending was unexpected and superbly written. I recommend it to everyone!
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't miss this one July 22, 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
This was my first Steve Martini book. The book is about Paul Madriani, a divorced criminal trial lawyer, who had an affair with Talia, his boss' wife, and was eventually let go from the firm. He is on his own when Ben, his former boss, is brutally murdered and Talia is accused of the crime. He defends her in court.
The storyline behind this courtroom thriller is absolutely fantastic. It took about 100 pages for the book to get really interesting, but once the story took off, I couldn't let go of the book. I can't wait to read one of his other books and I hope you enjoy 'Compelling Evidence' as much as I did.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Mixed feelings April 19, 2000
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I enjoyed Martini's writing style very much. He really adds a lot of detail and creates vivid images. But, for some reason, the book didn't grab me and pull me in. It took me nearly three weeks to finish the book (which is a long time for me-usually I'm able to finish a good book within a day or two). From the start, you know that the prime suspect (Talia) didn't commit the crime-so you want to figure out 'who done it'. It takes a long time to get to that point. Way too long, actually. However, once you do find out who the killer is, you are full of shock. The ending is by far the best part of the book-and that part is ended much too quickly. For those of you who like court room dramas, this is probably a great choice. If you're looking for something full of mystery and suspense, I wouldn't recommend this book. The ending is really the only part that makes you stop and say, "Oh my God-really?" Other than that, it's just a long book.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
By Kel
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I had a really hard time getting into this book. I also felt like the character development was a little shallow. However, I did enjoy the courtroom banter during the trial. The author did an excellent job of making the legal process easy to follow, with brief explanations along the way. The book became more interesting and harder to put down as I got deeper into it. I would have preferred a bit more substance to the ending.
I don't appreciate one of the other reviewers giving the ending away. Not cool.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars gripping, definite 5 star book! June 9, 2001
By lusty22
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How any one that enjoys legal thrillers could not be crazy about this book I do not know!! The whole Paul Madrianni Series is great. If you want to get the best effect you need to begin with this one. It is suspenseful, exciting and full of courtroom drama. The personal side of the protagonist is very interesting also, and he is a likeable guy. I highly recommend this book to anyone who reads John Grisham or Lisa Scottoline. They are meatier,grittier and a bit darker.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Court TV in Print August 19, 2005
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If you enjoy simile-ridden narratives of Court TV, you'll probably enjoy this book. Dialogue and narrative are pretty evenly paced, and the storyline keeps the reader modestly engaged. Is it enthralling? By no means. Are there surprises? Only who really did it at the very end, otherwise everything is pretty perfunctory and matter of fact. We know the defendant didn't do it, and the suspicion cast on a third party is too obvious from the beginning to be the real culprit at the end.

The storyline is simple: A separated defense lawyer, who has had a liaison with his former boss's wife, decides against a conflict of interest to defend her against charges that she murdered her husband. The rest is pretty much the ins and outs of the trial - and a few diversionary, inconsequential motifs about another client and the attorney's embittered wife. All in all, a fairly ho-hum read. I even considered ditching the whole enterprise about midway, but am glad I persevered. Will I read another Martini? Only the other one I bought at the same time, but I otherwise wouldn't bother.
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1.0 out of 5 stars critique
At the age of 63, having read on average 2 books a week since toddler days, I have never encountered so many typos in one book! Wasn't this publication checked for errors? Read more
Published 2 days ago by Pamela Scalise Reecer
4.0 out of 5 stars Very interesting and entertaining.
The story grabs your interest and keeps you interested. You're never sure if the accused is innocent. The ending is very good.
Published 1 month ago by Carmen Reinhard
3.0 out of 5 stars Classic Martini
Classic and riveting Martini, spoiled by an awesome number of typos in the Kindle edition, which slowed down and ruined the pace. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Bruce Salvog
4.0 out of 5 stars good read
Unfortunate character recognition from the original that identified "th" as"m". This resulted in there becoming mere and then becoming men. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Thomas W. Rounds
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
I'm a big Grisham fan and was looking for similar story lines and found this. Though Martini lacks the skill of Grisham for spare clean writing, I did enjoy his twists in the... Read more
Published 4 months ago by L. Miller
5.0 out of 5 stars hooked
I'm hooked on this Lawyer who doesn't do much law practice, seems more of an investigator. But I still like him more than Moser lawyers.
Published 4 months ago by Ken Day
3.0 out of 5 stars Good Book
This is my first book by this author and for the first part of the book not quite halfway through it I just couldn't get into it and lost interest a lot. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Janie Pendergraft
2.0 out of 5 stars Great story, shoddy editing.
I read this book in paperback several years ago and it is still a superb story, guaranteed to grab your attention from start to finish. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Donald LaRue
3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent trial by jury novel.
Excellent trial by jury novel. Covers the whole 9 yards from arraignment to jury selection to trial. Practically a primer in the criminal justice system. Read more
Published 6 months ago by J. Rodeck
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling Evidence
It had a good plot. It was a good read but Paul Madriani is no John Grisham. It still was good.
Published 6 months ago by R. G. Millman
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Steve Martini was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Martini's first career was in journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, specializing in legal issues. In 1974 he entered private law practice in California, where he appeared in both state and federal courts. During his legal career, he worked as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California, served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program, and was an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer.

In 1984 Martini turned his talents to fiction, quickly earning positions on bestseller lists. All but his first book spent time on the New York Times Bestsellers list. To date, he has authored twelve novels, including eight featuring his popular lawyer alter ego, Paul Madriani.
In 1996 Undue Influence aired as a four-hour miniseries on CBS, followed by The Judge on NBC in 2001.

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