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The Arraignment (Paul Madriani #7)

3.83  ·  Rating Details  ·  2,176 Ratings  ·  103 Reviews
When a lawyer friend, Nick Rush, is killed along with a client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse, attorney Paul Madriani is determined to find out the truth behind the double murder. Tortured by the possibility that he himself had been marked for death, only to have a friend die in his place, Madriani casts a suspicious eyes in all directions - at Rush's ...more
Paperback, 505 pages
Published July 7th 2003 by Headline Book Publishing (first published 2002)
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Anne  (Booklady) Molinarolo
Steve Martini fans will enjoy THE ARRAIGNMENT. Nick Rush, a somewhat flamboyant criminal lawyer at the prestigious San Diego R D D law firm, asks friend Paul Madriani to take on Gerald Metz as a client. Nick states a conflict of interest as the reason. After a conference with Metz, Paul declines. He suspects Metz is going to be indicted on money laundering and Madriani doesn’t do drug cases. But his friend and Metz are soon gunned down in front of the courthouse prior to Metz's arraignment. Dana ...more
Lynn Pribus
Acquired this one at the O'Hare USO en route home from visiting younger son and family. (We had a 7-hour wait for our flight. Thanks, USO for breakfast and a quiet room to crank back the recliner and read a book on my iPod.)

Martini writes a reliably entertaining law-and-courtroom book with some flair. This one had sufficient legal wrangling in the first part to be engaging, but then devolved into a mish-mash in Mexico. Plausible, but not as interesting to me as previous books.
May 01, 2016 Gerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I waited eagerly for months for this to come out, as I've enjoyed all of Martini's previous books. The Arraignment started off strong, and was interesting for the most part. Paul Madriani witnesses a drive-by shooting in which a friend/colleague is killed along with his client, a client Madriani had just declined to represent. Feelings of guilt compel him to investigate the shooting, but nothing is quite as it seems in this story. But when an author needs to take the entire last chapter to expla ...more
Apr 01, 2013 Dee rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This book is very good. very well written and fast paced. I stayed up late into the night reading this one. Great series and this is all very beleivable. This is just a quick understated review of my thoughts that wont do justice to the book. So read it and find out how great it is.
Nov 25, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steve-martini


Paul Madriani, one of his recurring heroes, turns into an unlikely action hero, rather than the clever lawyer. In fact, he never even makes it to court.

Madriani hands off a case (likely involving drug smuggling) that on the surface is a money laundering case-- to another lawyer. Madriani has principles, he never
Jul 22, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shabby Martini: good first 3rd of book goes nowhere after...

This is our fifth and last Steve Martini. Propelled by his first novel, "Simeon Chamber", which we enjoyed, we've tried four others with only lackluster results, including this, one of his several defense attorney Paul Madriani series. Our author just can't seem to get it all right at one time in one book. Either his premise is weak and generates little interest; his plot suffers from inactivity; or we just don't care about the charact
Amanda Patterson
Fans of courtroom thrillers may find The Arraignment exciting and engrossing enough. As per usual, Madriani is the ethical heroic attorney who goes the extra mile and works for free to see that justice is served.
He agrees to defend a suspicious character because he may know something about the death of Madriani's lawyer friend. The case soon goes international, involving not drugs or guns but priceless pre-Columbian art.
I’ve had an ambivalent opinion of Martini’s writing for some time now. I’ve
Jul 31, 2011 Bob rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Paul Madriani meets a fellow lawyer and acquaintance for lunch and is asked to take over a client. Paul agrees to talk with him but decides not to take the case. The lawyer leaves the restaurant first and as Paul is paying the tab he finds the smart phone left on the table and hurries out to try and catch him. He sees him talking across and down the street talking to the client Paul does not want to help and Paul hesitates then calls out ,but a passing bus drowns him out. The next thing he knows ...more
Aug 31, 2008 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 19, 2016 Christi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The ArraignmentI was a bit surprised that Paul and Harry, both attorneys, put themselves in harms way and also withheld evidence, but I enjoyed the story and all of the characters. The audio version brought all of the characters to life. If I had to point out a negative it would be the machine gun scene at the pool.
Julie Marks
Dec 17, 2013 Julie Marks rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
San Diego attorney Paul Madriani is back with partner Harry Hinds in another exciting story of legal haranguing, suspense and deception. When Paul's friend and colleague, Nick Rush, is killed in a drive by shooting while standing in front of the courthouse with a client of questionable background awaiting arraignment, he is determined to find out if his friend's death was accidental or intentional. Digging deep into the backgrounds of Nick's wife, business and legal acquaintances and now decease ...more
Probably my least favorite of the Madriani series.

Maybe it's the sequence of other books recently read. This one just really strained credulity, imo. Why would a criminal attorney go to these lengths to investigate? Even one whose colleague was killed? And then have his partner and his own investigator taking these risks as well? I just don't think so.
Nov 11, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was the second audio book I’ve ever listened to, and I enjoyed it immensely. At first I didn’t think much of the reader but by the time I was done I liked him a lot. He did a pretty good job with differentiating all the voices and accents. Actually, there was one exception: two characters that had nearly identical voices. It wasn’t so bad except that there were more than a couple scenes involving both those characters, but it was still not a big deal. I guessed the killer really early on an ...more
Marcia Chocinsky
I read this awhile back but I think it had good plotting, etc. I do want to read another book by Steve Martini before I express an opinion. It obviously doesn't stand out in the extreme good or bad so I shouldn't do much in the way of a review at this time. It wouldn't be fair.

Date is estimated as I don't recall exactly when I read it.
Sep 18, 2015 Daniel rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mr. Martini really stretches the limit as to what a lawyer would do to find out the truth in a murder. A friend of Paul's is murdered and he tries to find our what really happened. He risks his life several times as if a lawyer would really do something like that and he forgets that he has a daughter the depends on him
Bernard Mcdonnell
I knew it would be about a lawyer handling a case and the mystery would reveal itself as the story unfolded. A simple story becomes complicated as more clues are unveiled, unfortunately when the setting moved to Mexico it began to stretch a thin story line a bit thinner.
I like Martini's use of off-handed descriptions like Catholic calisthenics (attend a Mass) to his vivid description of characters in their sartorial splendor. The language is taunt and appropriate to the characters and setting.
Mar 20, 2010 Ed rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Legal Thriller fans
Started slow, then picked up the pace considerably. Haven't read much of Martini but this was pretty good.

Paul Madriani, a lawyer, gets involved with an acquaintance who asks him to take a case. Madriani eventually refuses, only to be nearby when his friend is gunned down outside the courthouse, along with the client.

The story takes off from there as Madriani tries to find out who did it and also insure that all the dead man's heirs receive the insurance money due them. The plot quickens and co
Don Paske
This is my second Madriani book. It was ok; nothing special. I would have liked a bit more legal stuff and less detective stuff, but that is probably just me. It was interesting, having just been to Cancun a few months ago to relive some of the topography...
Although I loved the first part of the book -- all legal and courtroom stuff -- the second half was a mish-mash of shoot-em ups in Mexico ... Have to give this a minus-3 instead of my usual 4+ for another in the Paul Madriani series ...
Phyllis Wright
May 21, 2015 Phyllis Wright rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
It took me a bit to remember the arraignment at the beginning of this book, but I did remember. Paul sure does put himself in some very interesting positions and amazingly get himself, and Harry, out of trouble at the last possible moment. Enjoyed this one immensely!
-#7 of the Paul Madriani series-A colleague of Paul’s, and a client of his, are fatally shot, during a drive-by on a busy San Diego street. Paul is trying to figure out if this was a matter of being at the wrong place at the wrong time or if this man was the actual target. An intricate web is woven while Paul starts to piece together the last few months of the victim’s life. There is action and suspense in this thriller and the normal sprinkle of humor between Harry and Paul. This is what I most ...more
Feb 24, 2011 Dyana rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Steve Martini is usually good for a fast-paced courtroom scene. Not so in this book. It starts out with an exciting beginning, a very boring middle, and returns to a fast-paced ending. He uses the epilogue to fill us in on the reasons for what happened in the rest of the book which I, personally, needed for comprehension. A good friend and fellow lawyer, Nick Rush, asks Paul Madriani to take on a case. Madriani refuses because he does not do drug cases. The friend and the client are then gunned ...more
Fredrick Danysh
Nick Rush is a lawyer with a big firm. When his trophy second wife asks for help for a friend he tries to farm the job out but the man is indicted for money laundering. Nick meets a tragic accident that results in his death before he can expose wrong doing in his firm.
Ashley McCabe
May 06, 2016 Ashley McCabe rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Worse of his series

Soooooooooo boring. Went on and on ,couldn't keep up with the plot throughout. Then he explains the plot at the end and I was still yawning.
David Wilding
Jun 10, 2015 David Wilding rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
A very good read. My first Martini book on the exploits of Paul Madrianin and I love the character and his somewhat cynical outlook on 'legal life'.
Jul 09, 2014 Jc rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Fast moving story that can't decide too be action/adventure or serious crime, settled for fast. Could have done without the last chapter.
Katharine Ott
"The Arraignment" - written by Steve Martini and published in 2003 by Putnam Adult. Satisfactory legal/courtroom drama.
Jul 16, 2014 Peter rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
(entered this years after reading; read this before Goodreads)

Probably enjoyed it.

Aurora library.
Sep 13, 2007 John rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: John Grisham & Scott Turow fans
Steve Martini is an interesting author; my favorites of his are the Paul Madriani series. Madriani is an ex prosecutor turned criminal lawyer. Earlier in the series he starts out in Sacramento, but The Arraignment happens after he moves his practice and his family to San Diego. Some of the writing is extremely sharp, some of the best Martini has ever done. The plot gets a bit overheated near the end (you'll have to read it to see what I mean as I don't want to give it away), but there's no denyi ...more
Average meat-and-potatoes legal thriller with an ancient Mayan mystery thrown in.
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