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Title:
The attorney
Author:
Martini, Steve, 1946-
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[Large print edition].
Publication Information:
Thorndike, Me. : Thorndike Press, [2000]

©2000
Physical Description:
611 pages ; 23 cm
Language:
English
ISBN:
9780786224333

9780786224340
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Paul Madriani is back in his most challenging case yet. Because of the drug addiction of their only child, Jessica, Hale and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old granddaughter, Amanda. But when Jonah wins a multi-million dollar lottery, Jessica shows up on his doorstep with child "rescuer" Zolanda Suade and a new interest in mothering. Jonah won't deal, though, and, Amanda "disappears". Lawyer/sleuth Madriani is called in to help find the girl, but soon finds himself in the middle of high stakes action that has suddenly turned deadly.


Summary

"Riveting . . . a suspenseful tale, right up to the satisfying climax," wrote Publishers Weekly in praise of The Judge. "Legal thrillers don't get much better than this." Kirkus Reviews hailed Undue Influence as "the courtroom novel of the year." Now Martini delivers Paul Madriani's most challenging case yet: one pitting a drug-addicted mother against her daughter's newly rich grandfather in a contentious custody case that leads to criminal accusations and ultimately murder. Having moved to San Diego to be closer to the woman in his life, Madriani takes on the case of Jonah Hale, an elderly man in terrible straits. As a result of their only child Jessica's longtime drug addiction, Jonah and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old granddaughter, Amanda. On the heels of Jonah's multimillion-dollar state lottery win, Jessica revives her interest in mothering. When Jonah won't deal--maternal rights for a mega-bucks payoff--Jessica plays dirty: she accuses the old man of having sexually abused her as a child and similarly abusing Amanda now. Enter Zo Suade--a flamboyant, feminist activist with a penchant for making the objects of custody battles and their mother/plaintiffs "disappear." True to form, a week after Zo takes on Jessica's case, mother and daughter vanish. When Zo's body turns up, Jonah becomes the prime suspect. And Madriani is the man who can prove his innocence. Filled with action in and out of court, rich in characters with motives obvious and subtle, The Attorney marks the much-anticipated return of Paul Madriani.


Author Notes

Bestselling author Steve Martini was born on February 28, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Martini worked as a newspaper reporter and political correspondent. As a lawyer, he represented clients in civil and criminal cases, was the Deputy Director of the State Office of Administrative Hearings, worked as an administrative judge, and worked with the California Victims of Violent Crimes program.

Martini mined his past experiences to produce such legal thrillers as "Compelling Evidence," "Prime Witness" and "Undue Influence." He is the author of the Paul Madriani series of books. His title, The Enemy Inside made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Bestselling author Steve Martini was born on February 28, 1946 in San Francisco, California. He graduated from the University of California at Santa Cruz and received a law degree from the University of the Pacific's McGeorge School of Law.

Martini worked as a newspaper reporter and political correspondent. As a lawyer, he represented clients in civil and criminal cases, was the Deputy Director of the State Office of Administrative Hearings, worked as an administrative judge, and worked with the California Victims of Violent Crimes program.

Martini mined his past experiences to produce such legal thrillers as "Compelling Evidence," "Prime Witness" and "Undue Influence." He is the author of the Paul Madriani series of books. His title, The Enemy Inside made The New York Times Best Seller List in 2015.

(Bowker Author Biography)


Reviews 6

Booklist Review

Although Martini's not as well known as Turow and Grisham, his string of best-selling legal thrillers has him poised to join the A list. (John Lescroart, see review above, is similarly placed.) Martini's latest brings back California lawyer Paul Madriani, who's moved to San Diego to be near his lady love, Susan McKay, director of the city's Children's Protective Services. Helping abused kids is her passion, and Paul's latest case is right down her alley. Jonah Hale won $87 million in the state lottery, but his golden life turns sour when his drug-dealing, ex-convict daughter, Jessica, arrives on Jonah's doorstep with activist Zolanda Suade, threatening to reclaim her eight-year-old daughter from Jonah's custody if Jonah doesn't cough up some dough. Jonah refuses, and next thing he knows, Jessica has disappeared with the kid. Jonah hires Paul to find his granddaughter, but before Paul even begins the investigation, Suade is murdered, and Jonah has become the prime suspect. The evidence is damning, and even Paul begins to wonder if Jonah is guilty. But when Paul and Susan stumble on a tenuous clue that a Mexican drug lord may have been involved in Suade's murder, the case takes a surprising new turn and hurtles to a stunning climax. Tense courtroom drama, plenty of action, and a deviously twisted plot. Martini's hot streak continues. --Emily Melton


Publisher's Weekly Review

The tireless Paul Madriani, Martini's popular lawyer/sleuth (The Judge; Compelling Evidence), barely has a chance to hang a shingle in San Diego--where he has moved to be closer to his lover, child advocate Susan McKay--before he is sucked into another engrossing court battle. When Madriani takes on elderly Jonah Hale's case, it seems at first he is dealing with a simple kidnapping. Hale's granddaughter, eight-year-old Amanda, under Hale's custody, has been whisked away by Zolanda Suade, who runs Vanishing Victims, an organization that purports to rescue kids from abusive situations. Now Suade is falsely accusing Hale of molestation to justify returning the girl to her mother--Hale's drug-addled, ex-con daughter, Jessica, who's never shown any interest in raising her child. Suade apparently has an ulterior motive: keeping Amanda in hiding until she can extort a hefty ransom from Hale, who recently won $87 million in the state lottery. Before Madriani, with Susan's expert assistance, can get far in his investigations, Suade is found shot to death, and Hale, who had plenty of motive to kill him, is arrested. Madriani is increasingly overmatched by a dogged prosecutor. Worse, those assisting Madriani in Hale's defense keep getting murdered, and Madriani may be next in line. Except for the occasional cliche (bodies lined up "like cordwood," minds "like steel traps"), Martini's prose shows marked improvement. Crisp dialogue and tart observations about legal maneuvering distinguish his courtroom scenes, and the new setting, San Diego, is colorfully rendered. It's a shame that the otherwise cleverly conceived plot falters in the homestretch with a poorly concealed twist that most readers will see coming well ahead of time. Mystery Guild main selection, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Lottery winner Jonah Hale's drug-addicted daughter demands a big payoff when he won't relinquish the granddaughter she left in his care, then accuses him of sexual abuse when he refuses to deliver. A famed feminist activist helps spirit away mother and daughter and then gets bumped off. Sounds like another complicated case for Paul Madriani. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


Booklist Review

Although Martini's not as well known as Turow and Grisham, his string of best-selling legal thrillers has him poised to join the A list. (John Lescroart, see review above, is similarly placed.) Martini's latest brings back California lawyer Paul Madriani, who's moved to San Diego to be near his lady love, Susan McKay, director of the city's Children's Protective Services. Helping abused kids is her passion, and Paul's latest case is right down her alley. Jonah Hale won $87 million in the state lottery, but his golden life turns sour when his drug-dealing, ex-convict daughter, Jessica, arrives on Jonah's doorstep with activist Zolanda Suade, threatening to reclaim her eight-year-old daughter from Jonah's custody if Jonah doesn't cough up some dough. Jonah refuses, and next thing he knows, Jessica has disappeared with the kid. Jonah hires Paul to find his granddaughter, but before Paul even begins the investigation, Suade is murdered, and Jonah has become the prime suspect. The evidence is damning, and even Paul begins to wonder if Jonah is guilty. But when Paul and Susan stumble on a tenuous clue that a Mexican drug lord may have been involved in Suade's murder, the case takes a surprising new turn and hurtles to a stunning climax. Tense courtroom drama, plenty of action, and a deviously twisted plot. Martini's hot streak continues. --Emily Melton


Publisher's Weekly Review

The tireless Paul Madriani, Martini's popular lawyer/sleuth (The Judge; Compelling Evidence), barely has a chance to hang a shingle in San Diego--where he has moved to be closer to his lover, child advocate Susan McKay--before he is sucked into another engrossing court battle. When Madriani takes on elderly Jonah Hale's case, it seems at first he is dealing with a simple kidnapping. Hale's granddaughter, eight-year-old Amanda, under Hale's custody, has been whisked away by Zolanda Suade, who runs Vanishing Victims, an organization that purports to rescue kids from abusive situations. Now Suade is falsely accusing Hale of molestation to justify returning the girl to her mother--Hale's drug-addled, ex-con daughter, Jessica, who's never shown any interest in raising her child. Suade apparently has an ulterior motive: keeping Amanda in hiding until she can extort a hefty ransom from Hale, who recently won $87 million in the state lottery. Before Madriani, with Susan's expert assistance, can get far in his investigations, Suade is found shot to death, and Hale, who had plenty of motive to kill him, is arrested. Madriani is increasingly overmatched by a dogged prosecutor. Worse, those assisting Madriani in Hale's defense keep getting murdered, and Madriani may be next in line. Except for the occasional cliche (bodies lined up "like cordwood," minds "like steel traps"), Martini's prose shows marked improvement. Crisp dialogue and tart observations about legal maneuvering distinguish his courtroom scenes, and the new setting, San Diego, is colorfully rendered. It's a shame that the otherwise cleverly conceived plot falters in the homestretch with a poorly concealed twist that most readers will see coming well ahead of time. Mystery Guild main selection, Literary Guild and Doubleday Book Club selections. (Jan.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved


Library Journal Review

Lottery winner Jonah Hale's drug-addicted daughter demands a big payoff when he won't relinquish the granddaughter she left in his care, then accuses him of sexual abuse when he refuses to deliver. A famed feminist activist helps spirit away mother and daughter and then gets bumped off. Sounds like another complicated case for Paul Madriani. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.


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