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Compelling Evidence Hardcover – February, 1992

4.1 out of 5 stars 171 customer reviews
Book 1 of 13 in the Paul Madriani Novels Series

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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.

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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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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 379 pages
  • Publisher: Putnam Pub Group (T) (February 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0399137122
  • ISBN-13: 978-0399137129
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 1.3 x 6.3 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (171 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #523,209 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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By Jeff Edwards VINE VOICE on 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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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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By A Customer on February 4, 2000
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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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By A Customer on October 6, 1998
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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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When a future Supreme Court nominee, Ben Potter, is found dead at his prestigious law firm, the initial finding of suicide quickly turns into an indictment of his wife for murder. His spouse, Talia Potter, was anything but faithful, and she had several million (dollar) reasons for wanting him dead. Talia will not be an easy client to defend, and the outcome may well be unfavorable, or at best, a judicial toss up.
Book series defense attorney Paul Madriani takes the case even though he has a 'nexus' with both the deceased and his client. Given Madriani's shaky marriage, and his ties to the parties involved, this is a case he might well have passed on. But Madriani has strong feelings for Talia, and he has a strong ego that presumes himself to be the best attorney for the job. And of course he is right. The court room battle is bruising, with lots of suspicion, lies, suspects and hidden agendas. So who did it?
This fast past thriller is as good as the latter Paul Madriani episodes of THE ATTORNEY and THE JUDGE. A little dated (blood typing instead of DNA), but allot of suspense and adrenaline.
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Ok, I'll admit it. I'm a little late to the dance on this one. An unabashed fan of John Lescroart, I finally caught up on my backlog of books in the Dismas Hardy/San Francisco series and was looking for something new. I had seen Steve Martini's books on store shelves for years, but for some reason never picked one up. Don't know what compelled me to try it, but I did figure if I was going to start, I was going to start from the beginning.

The difficult thing for a new reader to an older legal drama is to adjust to the anachronisms. Scenes of reporters leaving their seats during a murder trial to call new information to their editors, while stereotypical, are a little jarring today. Why don't they send a text message or a tweet, we wonder, forgetting that this novel takes place in the early 1990s.

The book itself takes a little time to hook you. Many, many characters are introduced in a somewhat rapid-fire manner. Their place in the story takes time to become clear. Be patient: it does become clear, and (tremendous credit to the author) every character, every line matters.

Like the main character, Paul Madriani, I did not see this book's ending coming, and I'm kicking myself because I should have. Martini gave readers everything we needed to know to ascertain the identity of the killer. (I did predict the killer's fate, but I got the ID wrong).

The courtroom scenes are, by and large, very well-executed (one minor quibble: Martini has a defendant and her lawyer show up for a proceeding to find it has already started without them, the jury seated and listening to a readback of prior trial testimony. There are no words for how illegal that is. It just wouldn't happen. Ever. Period. No debate).

I was looking for a new series with a main character I'd be interested in following. I'm pretty sure I found a good one. The second book has already been downloaded to my Kindle. I can't wait to get started.
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