- Series: Paul Madriani Novels
- Audio CD
- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Abridged edition (July 26, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0743533682
- ISBN-13: 978-0743533683
- Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.1 x 5.9 inches
- Shipping Weight: 4.8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 130 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,147,358 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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This is a wonderful legal mystery with numerous twists and turns. Steve Martini provides just enough peripheral characers as to make it difficult to really figure out who did it, and why. He also keeps you hanging until the end trying to figure out how the trial will end and whether his client will go free or fry.
The characters created by Mr. Martini are fantastic, with enough detail to make them interesting and little enough detail to know them too well. I particularly liked the prosecutor, whom Mr. Martini gave the nickname of the "Death Dwarf".
Finally, his characterizations of Harry Hinds and Paul Madriani are great. Unlike many writers of legal mysteries, his attorneys do not speak as if they came from a "silk stocking" law firm, but rather from the real world they would occupy. Harry is his usual smart mouthed self, while Mr. Madriani continues to be the calmer, and smarter of the two.
I highly recommend this book, along with the others written by Mr. Martini. I am now looking forward to my next chance to catch up with Harry, Paul and the others in his next book.
The Madriani series is solid. I have been reading the books in order for the last couple of months, and I have yet to regret a single one. Double Tap is one of the better entries in the series, thanks to the compelling case at its center. The ending doesn't cheat, which is essential in a legal thriller. This isn't Pulitzer Prize winning literature, to be sure. Just a good solid novel.
The plot turns on a government computer plot which is both engaging and plausible and--perhaps with a nod to Wilkie Collins and the roots of mystery fiction--Martini includes a piece of art glass whose loss adds a neat mini- subplot. The legal maneuvering is impeccable and Madriani's thrusts and parries in cross examination are exquisite. This is Martini's real turf and he is a master of his domain. I kept thinking of an old line from Scaramouche. In the midst of a desperate fight his opponent informs him that he is the greatest swordsman in France. The rejoinder: "The Italian masters taught me a thing or two." Martini is the Italian master.
Harry sums up their situation quite neatly as the trial nears: "Wonderful," says Harry. "We have a client who won't tell us where he was or what he was doing for seven years, who is caught on video in the buff doing push ups on the victim on her office couch. We have an exhibition of fine shooting that, in the absence of a critical piece of evidence or Annie Oakley, could only have been done by that same client. And if that wasn't enough," he says,"now we have to try the case against the 'Death Dwarf.'"
The "Death Dwarf" is Paul Templeton, a diminutive but highly effective prosecutor who presence in the case makes the trial aspect of the case indeed difficult for Madriani and Hinds and highly entertaining for the reader.
How Madriani goes about defending this case as well as the mystery of who did kill Madelyn Chapman is Steve Martini at his best. I have read all of his books and was somewhat dissapointed with the previous effort, The Arraignment. However, in Double Tap he is back in form and at the top of his game. The writing of this book took some time, but in this case, it was worth the wait.