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Paul Madriani's chance encounter with 26-year-old Katia Solaz, a Costa Rican beauty, leads to a desperate race to avoid not only personal disaster but also a national one in Martini's sprawling 10th thriller to feature the Southern California defense attorney (after Shadow of Power). Katia, who's living with creepy Emerson Pike, a man old enough to be her grandfather, in a dilapidated estate surrounded by an expensive security fence, decides to return home to Costa Rica. In her flight, she just misses running into the legendary assassin known as the Mexecutioner, who sneaks into Pike's house. The naïve Katia and well-meaning Madriani, who meet in a grocery store, provide a welcome human element amid the busy action involving escaped Guantánamo prisoners, a Colombian rebel base, a Mexican drug cartel and a plot to bring the war home to the Great Satan via a nuclear device. Tidbits like how the FBI can use cellphones as remote bugging devices add to the fun. (July)
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Defense attorney Paul Madriani gets caught in a web of deceit and murder involving Cold War secrets, a rare coin dealer who once worked for the CIA, and a furious assassin in one of the most entertaining novels yet in this New York Times bestselling series.

A woman pauses in the hallway of a darkened San Diego beach house at night—listening for just the right moment when she can flee before her companion notices that she's gone.

A man outside watches the same mansion, waiting for a sign that he can enter on his mission of blood and carnage.

So begins this riveting new tale about Paul Madriani and his latest case—that of Katia, a woman accused of an unlikely crime—a trial that will unravel a careful but horrifying conspiracy. Madriani soon realizes that he's signed onto something much more sinister than a botched heist. As he searches for the truth that will clear Katia's name, he finds himself on a path that takes him from Southern California to Costa Rica, and, ultimately, to a secret buried since Castro's rise to power.

Together with his partner, Harry Hinds, Madriani must piece together the threads of a decades-old conspiracy involving priceless gold coins, an aging American spy, a disaffected Russian soldier, and a forgotten weapon from the days of JFK and the Cuban Missile Crisis. As the separate strands of the story come together, Madriani finds information that will ultimately lead him to the one person who holds the key to it all: a man some call "The Guardian of Lies."

In this fascinating thriller from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini, Paul Madriani faces his most challenging—and most urgent—case yet, a breathless story that combines fact and fiction and will hold readers captive until its final, explosive conclusion.

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Product Details

  • Series: Paul Madriani Novels
  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: HarperAudio; Unabridged edition (July 14, 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0060727586
  • ISBN-13: 978-0060727581
  • Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 5.2 x 1.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,360,521 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Thriller Lover VINE VOICE on July 4, 2009
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Steve Martini is a very solid writer of courtroom thrillers, and I've enjoyed most of his novels featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. One thing I've noticed about Martini's more recent novels (SHADOW OF POWER; DOUBLE TAP) is that the plots have become less realistic and more over-the-top. GUARDIAN OF LIES continues this trend.

GUARDIAN OF LIES is unusual for a Madriani novel because there are few scenes in the courtroom. This is not a true legal thriller. Instead, the plot is more action-oriented, with lawyer Madriani trotting the globe and trying to foil a terrorist plot to detonate a nuclear weapon in the United States.

The result is just okay. There are a lot of big-scale action scenes in GUARDIAN OF LIES, but they aren't strung together in a way that builds any sense of momentum. The characterization is mostly flat. The novel drags in places, and is probably about 100 pages too long. I found this novel engaging enough to finish, but I wasn't kept on the edge of my seat.

GUARDIAN OF LIES is smartly written and serves as a decent entertainment. My hope, however, is that Martini returns to the courtroom for his next book, and comes up wih a more down-to-earth plot than what I found here.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Joanna on July 9, 2009
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Although I enjoyed much of the writing and especially the dialogue in this novel, I never got swept up in the plot. Considering it involved a terrorist attack of catastrophic proportions, it should have been an exciting page turner but was not for me. I think much of the problem was believability: too many aspects of the premise and the characters (not Paul or Harry) seemed unreal. Also, the way the scenes were structured and information came out was too slow-paced, repetitive and drawn out. Parts sang and were very well crafted, witty, or admirable, but the whole just lacked punch. The characters of Paul and Harry were still great, however, and the book had many compelling scenes. 3.5 stars.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Philip R. Heath TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on July 6, 2009
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Guardian of Lies is the latest offering from Steve Martini's Paul Madriani stories, and he has delivered a gem! I was unsure about this novel at first as it opened with a description of and monologue from Liquida (short for "muerte liquida" which is Spanish for liquid death). As you can imagine, he is not one of the good guys. However, this brief chapter quickly ends, and the story shifts into high gear. Emerson Pike, an old, retired American spy turned rare coin dealer, is obsessed with a set of pictures belonging to young Katia Solez-Nitikin's mother. Pike pulls some strings to get Katia into the country from Costa Rica, but he keeps her on an extremely short leash at his house in Del Mar, California. Katia wishes desperately to return home while Pike continues to press her for information about the pictures. As Katia enacts her escape plan, a series of events unfolds that will ensnare her in murder charges that are the tip of the ice berg of the story. Paul Madriani's firm takes her case, and what unfolds is head spinning tale of historically based conspiracy that will join an old Russian from the days of the Cuban Missile Crisis with modern day terrorists bent on nuclear destruction aimed at the Great Satan. The story spans Southern California, the Washington D.C. area, Costa Rica, Mexico, and the remote jungles of Columbia before it reaches its fevered pitch conclusion.

Guardian of Lies is not what I would call light reading. The 400+ pages a dense with plot, and there are a fair number of characters to keep track of at the various locations. At times, I thought that the story became a bit contrived as the reader must accept a lot of coincidence and/or pure stupidity on the part of Madriani.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Christopher Amato on August 31, 2009
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Steve Martini's early Paul Madriani novels were masterpieces of courtroom drama and suspense. The dialogue and courtroom machinations were crisp and genuine, the plot twists were clever, and the characters had substance. Unfortunately, Martini's recent Paul Madriani incarnations have increasingly forsaken the courtroom and trial suspense for exotic locations and adventures more appropriate to James Bond than to a southern California criminal trial lawyer. And like Bond, the new Madriani is a totally unrealistic superhero who survives hails of bullets, bomb blasts, and the concerted efforts of professional killers to eliminate him.

Guardian of Lies is by far the worst example of Martini's recent descent into shoot-'em-up fiction. Madriani is hired by a young, gorgeous Costa Rican woman accused of murdering a former CIA operative who has discovered a plot to detonate a nuclear device left over from the Cuban missile crisis. Why does this woman -- who was spirited into the U.S. by the CIA operative but supposedly held "captive" in his house -- choose Madriani to represent her? Because she flirted with him over the banana bin in a local supermarket and somehow obtained his business card. From this far-fetched plot device the story degenerates into a boring series of contrived scenes peopled with drug lords, Mid-East terrorists, professional hitmen, and the entire U.S. national security apparatus up to and including the president.

Although this book is purportedly about a criminal trial lawyer representing a defendant in a murder trial, less than ten minutes are actually spent in a courtroom.
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