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Bestseller Martini's entertaining ninth Paul Madriani legal thriller (after 2005's Double Tap) offers an improbable if intriguing premise. San Diego, Calif., attorney Madriani and Harry Hinds, his longtime partner, agree to represent Carl Arnsberg, a racist facing execution for the bludgeoning-by-hammer murder of author Terry Scarborough, whose nonfiction bestseller, Perpetual Slaves, has actually led to riots in the streets. Scarborough focused the U.S. public on the retention in the Constitution of offensive language defining African-Americans as three-fifths human, despite subsequent amendments overriding those statements. He intended to follow Perpetual Slaves with a sequel that would reveal the existence of a secret letter written by Thomas Jefferson whose contents Scarborough believed would prove even more incendiary. Madriani and his team race frantically to trace a copy of that letter, which disappeared from the victim's briefcase at about the time of his murder. Compelling courtroom scenes, which display a sophisticated knowledge of legal trench warfare, compensate for some less-than-credible plot twists. (May)
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Defense attorney Paul Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, return (after Double Tap, 2005) in this somewhat implausible but gripping legal thriller. A writer with his eye on the best-seller list, Terry Scarborough writes a book about how the U.S. Constitution still contains the language of slavery in its text. As the national debate over the idea of a racist Constitution escalates, Scarborough is killed before he’s able to drop another bomb in his next book: a letter allegedly written by Thomas Jefferson that will further deepen the racial divide. Enter Madriani and Hinds, hired to defend the accused murderer, a white supremacist who might just have been in the wrong place at the wrong time. The defense team realizes that finding that letter is the key to their client’s defense. Though not the best entry in this strong series—the plotting is a bit disjointed—the mix of racial tension and courtroom drama combines for a suspenseful thriller. --Mary Frances Wilkens --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Editorial Reviews
Typical Paul Madriani series. Easy read, intelligent plot. Martini is a gifted writerPublished 1 month ago by Bookman
I like the author and his central character vey much. Good plots. held my interest from the first page..Published 1 month ago by Allen Ludlum
Marred by a totally ludicrous hidden death of a supreme court justice. Although the author is known for quick paced fiction this book is simply too 'fictional'Published 1 month ago by J. Dorangricchia
Story took a while to develop but great night time read when it finally got going.Published 1 month ago by Jim H
As other reviewers have noted the time bomb that this J letter revealed is common knowledge and even discussed in middle school textbooks so the riots and outrage taking place in... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Carl R D'Agostino( DAG)