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Guardian of Lies CD (Paul Madriani Novels) Audio CD – Audiobook, Unabridged
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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.--This text refers to the Paperback edition.
Top Customer Reviews
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.
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
Books #1 to #8 in the Paul Madriani series out do all John Grishom's except for "A Time to Kill," in my view. #1 to #8 are just excellent. They feature a very human and relate-able main character, Paul Madriani, great twists, and great legal wrangling and court room scenes. I especially like the interactions with the Judges.
So after reading book #1, I started reading each Paul Madriani novel, in order. #1 to #3 are the very best in my view.
But then we get to this one, #9, "Guardian of Lies" - I still really like the character Paul and his partner Harry Hinds, and their detective Herman -- but I think Mr. Martini has made a mistake - in this and the next 3+ novels he turns Paul Madriani away from the court room, practically completely out of being a lawyer in effect, and re-casts him, in effect as an everyday-man turned action hero, like something out of a Tom Clancy novel.
So if you want to read a suspenseful international thriller ala Tom Clancy, you'll probably like books #9-13... but if you are looking for a courtroom based legal thriller with great lawyer and client characters, book #9-12 are NOT your kind of book.
Steve Martini is still a good suspenseful writer, and I'll likely keep reading and finish the series to date (book #13 is the latest right now) - but I really miss the Paul Madriani of the courtroom and hope that character returns...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Martini writes really good courtroom drama. As a former criminal defense attorney, I can testify that he knows the law and often uses it brilliantly. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Richard Ward
Paul Madriani is at it again. His law firm is more affluent than it used to be, and he gets involved in an international intrigue with Costa Rica, Colombia, Mexico and California. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Virginia G . Pontious
Definitely worth reading. Very interesting and involves more than murder and legal profession. Based on true facts from the past that I found fascinating.Published 1 month ago by Kindle Customer
Steve Martini makes you really get into this exciting mystery.
I enjoyed following this adventure from page 1- An excellent read.