The Arraignment

The Arraignment

Book - 2002
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Penguin Putnam
"Lean, speedy and packing a wallop of a plot twist" was Publishers Weekly's verdict of Steve Martini's The Jury. Now Martini crafts yet another legal nail-biter featuring perennial favorite attorney Paul Madriani.

After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why. Madriani is tortured by questions of conflict, his duty to a client who may have killed his friend, and the need to know the truth, wondering whether he himself had been marked for death only to have a friend die in his place. Soon he is drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas.

As he searches for the killer, Madriani rides the crest of a dangerous wave of international drug deals and people who murder for money. Suddenly he realizes it is not heroin or cocaine that resulted in the murder of his friend, but a priceless piece of pre-Columbian art-something so dazzling in the information it holds as to be one of the treasures of the ages.

In a quest that takes Madriani from California to Mexico and the Guatemalan border, he discovers that while the motive to kill may be driven by distant, exotic, and ancient artifacts, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand.

Baker & Taylor
When a lawyer friend and his client are murdered outside the San Diego courthouse, attorney Paul Madriani fears he may have been the actual target and takes the case of a suspect he believes may hold the answers.

Blackwell North Amer
Defense attorney Paul Madriani tackles the most challenging case of his career - the chilling murder of a friend on a crowded city street - in this suspenseful new novel in the bestselling series.
After a friend and fellow lawyer is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, attorney Paul Madriani takes on another client, who, he suspects, is involved at the edges of the double murder. Madriani wants to know who killed his friend and why. He is torn by questions of conflict between his duty to a client who may be a killer and the need to know the truth, for Madriani must wonder whether he himself had been marked for death, only to have a friend die in his place.
Madriani finds himself drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas. Without realizing, he is suddenly riding the crest of a dangerous wave involving a family of wealthy international developers and people who murder for money. When the police focus on the wrong motive for the killings, thereby threatening to close the book on another unsolved crime, Madriani sets off on a deadly quest that takes him from California to the steaming jungles of Mexico and the ancient cultures of the Yucatan. There he discovers that while death may be driven by distant and exotic motives, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, c2002
ISBN: 9780399148781
0399148787
Branch Call Number: FICTION MARTINI
Characteristics: 402 p

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hermlou Dec 01, 2010

Lawyer Paul Madriani's friend Nick is killed along with a client. Paul works with Nick's jilted ex-wife and current bubblehead wife to split the insurance proceeds, and he learns about a project Nick was involved in. The search involves drug dealers and jungles in Mexico where Mayan artifacts are being looted. There are lots of bad characters, threats, and action. Paul is more like a private eye than a lawyer, but the characters are interesting.

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