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The Attorney (Paul Madriani #5)

3.97  ·  Rating Details ·  3,455 Ratings  ·  131 Reviews
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. ...more
Mass Market Paperback, 430 pages
Published January 1st 2001 by Berkley (first published January 10th 2000)
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Tea Jovanović
May 10, 2013 Tea Jovanović rated it really liked it
Nije Grišam ali piše dobre "legal" trilere... :) Vredan je pažnje ljubitelja tog žanra...
Cathy DuPont
Mar 04, 2014 Cathy DuPont rated it it was ok
Ahhh, another series I'm reading and I'm not even counting them anymore. Just going through them one by one and enjoying every one. Well, almost every one.

After discovering Steve Martini's character, lawyer Paul Madriani, I was in heaven. Madriani is now a widower (wife died between #4 and #5) with a seven year old daughter he adores. He's not a particularly top notch or highfalutin attorney but he's very clever, has morals and there's a line he won't cross for anyone.

This is the first book in
Jul 22, 2010 Jerry rated it liked it
Slow to get going, long wait til surprise ending; fair drama...

This is our third Martini -- er, the author's books that is. We enjoyed "Simeon Chamber" (his first outing), but felt the "List" was too dry and set too sluggish a pace for our taste. We tried the "Attorney" to see if the defense attorney Paul Madriani series, which now has some half dozen entries, might be more entertaining. Alas, a rather mundane plot gets us off to a lackluster start -- Jonah Hale's granddaughter Amanda, of whom
Sep 04, 2012 Sandie rated it really liked it
In this, the fifth book of Martini's Paul Madriani series, Paul has moved to San Diego to be near his new love, Susan McKay. Susan is the head of the county's Child Protective Services agency, and they met at a conference about children's rights. Now they are pitted together in a case that will strain their relationship.

One of Paul's old clients, Jonah Hale, comes to him for help. Since the first time Paul helped him, Jonah has won a lottery and is now newly rich. He and his wife continue to liv
Apr 30, 2008 Maurean rated it really liked it
Martini pens a very suspensful legal thriller! This book had me riveted to the pages.

The case: A CA state lottery winner has gained custody of his granddaughter when the childs mother, his daughter, is imprisoned on drug-smuggling charges. Upon her release, she elicits the aid of a vigilante group called Vanishing Victims in order to steal the child back. Because it is a 'kidnapping' by a parent, the state offers no aid in getting the child returned. When the head of the organization is found de
Nov 10, 2009 Dan rated it really liked it
Another Martini book, another great read. Had a hard time putting this one down. Started it one day, finished it the next, including staying up until 2:00 or so reading (I had made the mistake of napping earlier in the evening and wasn’t too sleepy; I sure was today at work though). I knew who the killer was right from the get-go, but it doesn’t really matter because it’s still fun to see how it all plays out and how the killer manipulates things. Hopefully the library will have some more Martin ...more
Dec 08, 2011 Momm rated it really liked it
I enjoy the Paul Madriani mysteries. This time a murder is connected to a "vigilante" who abducts children from their supposedly abusive guardian/parent and hides them, usually in Mexico. The grandparents have legal custody because their daughter/mother has a drug addiction problem. It all gets mixed up with Mexican drug cartel operatives.
Feb 20, 2009 Stephanie rated it really liked it
For some reason, I am a sucker for the protagonist in this - Paul Madriani. I sort of wondered where this one was going, but followed it as it went and enjoyed the trip to San Diego in my mind...I'd recommend this one.
Sep 09, 2012 Glenda rated it really liked it
The clue to who done it came early in the story. That being said, I think the story was still full of action and well written, and, if you missed the early clue you may have been surprised by who done it.
Jennifer Junker
Apr 10, 2013 Jennifer Junker rated it really liked it
This is the fourth book about the lawyer Madriani that I've read and I just love how real the characters seem. They have very human attitudes and problems and feelings. The courtroom scenes seem extremely realistic, and the stories keep me up late!
May 05, 2013 Tom rated it really liked it
Recently finished this title. I've enjoyed other Martini novels before and enjoyed this as well. It was not my favorite of the series but still I'm glad I took time for this book.
Jackie Simons
Read 5/00
Raquel Fitzgerald
May 04, 2017 Raquel Fitzgerald rated it really liked it
If you like legal thrillers, you will love this one.
Susannah Carleton
Mar 23, 2017 Susannah Carleton rated it really liked it
Well written and tightly paced with lots of courtroom drama as well as adventures outside the courtroom.
May 24, 2015 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: steve-martini
This is our third Martini -- er, the author's books that is. We enjoyed "Simeon Chamber" (his first outing), but felt the "List" was too dry and set too sluggish a pace for our taste. We tried the "Attorney" to see if the defense attorney Paul Madriani series, which now has some half dozen entries, might be more entertaining. Alas, a rather mundane plot gets us off to a lackluster start -- Jonah Hale's granddaughter Amanda, of whom he has legal custody, is kidnapped by her recent ex-con natural ...more
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May 27, 2013 Dindy rated it liked it
Shelves: audio, mystery
I found this to be a very annoying book-- I listened to it on audio, and it did hold my interest enough, but I was frustrated at the stupid mistakes made by attorney Paul Madriani and his girlfriend, Susan.

Sleuthing attorney Paul Madriani is surprised when a client from his past, Jonah, contacts him to enlist his help in the return of his granddaughter, who has been kidnapped by her cokehead mother, Jessica, with the help of a fanatical activist Zolanda Suade.

Suade and Jessica are prepared to p
Jun 17, 2012 Dale rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Published by Simon & Schuster in 2000
Read by Chris Meloni
Duration: 4 hours, 41 minutes

I am a relative newcomer to the works of Steve Martini, this being my third book, the second one as an audiobook.

As a listener, I can tell that Martini's craft has improved quite a bit - my first experience with a Martini audiobook (The Judge) only accentuated Martini's overuse of the simile (he moved like a cat, etc.) - it was so obvious that I began a running count of how many times I heard them!
Sep 29, 2008 Kristen rated it liked it
Well, I had this one figured out about halfway through. It was the first Martini book that I did have figured out before the end, though. Maybe I've read enough that I'm getting used to his style now or something. I don't know. It was still a very good read, though.

I really like the character of Paul Madriani. Actually, I like Harry Hinds a lot, too. I think they make a good team, and I like the snark between the two. In some ways, it reminds me of the snark between Bones and Spock. =) I wish H
Martin Baggs
Oct 19, 2014 Martin Baggs rated it really liked it
Finished book 5 in the Paul Madriani series by Steve Martini. This time he has moved south from Northern California to San Diego and is romantically entangled with Susan McKay. I don’t recall her from earlier installments but perhaps she was there. At any rate she is integral to the story.

A former client and friend who has won the lottery wants to hire Madriani and his side-kick Harry Hinds to find his missing grand-daughter who has been kid-napped by his junkie daughter, an ex-con who only want
Oct 20, 2016 Naomi rated it liked it
Paul Madriani has as his client, Jonah Hale. Hale wants him to find his missing daughter and granddaughter. Hale had won the lottery to the tune of 80 million dollars. His daughter, a drug addict among other characteristics has taken her daughter Amanda away so that Jonah will be forced to give her money if he ever wants to see Amanda again. Zo Suade helps his daughter to accomplish this because she has lost a child herself to her abusive husband and without any legal authority does this type of ...more
Nancy Rogan
Jun 25, 2013 Nancy Rogan rated it liked it
I am not really sure why this book didn't rate very high with me, but I can only call it average. There was much too much description of places and things for me. I can get the picture if the author says an area was bustling with activity. I don't need to know all the different kinds of people who are bustling and what they are all doing. On the other hand the mystery was intriguing and I have to say the ending was a total surprise to me - even though I didn't LIKE the ending and I felt a lot wa ...more
Sep 05, 2011 Marsha rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
In this novel, the author was detailed-oriented, covering all his basis. My favorite scenes were those that took place in the courtroom. The court scenes moved swiftly due to lots of dialogue. The attorney Paul Madriani's client Jonah Hale is accused of murdering a woman named Zo Suade, who helped Hale's drug-addicted daughter Jennifer disappear with his granddaughter, Amanda. All leads show him guilty, but is he?

The author Steve Martini was a practicing California attorney before writing fictio
Jan 08, 2015 Michele rated it really liked it
I'm shy with giving out five stars, but this one comes close. Paul Madriani is hired to find a young girl whose drug-addicted mother has carried her off from her grandparents, her rightful guardians. But the story quickly escalates to a tale of murder and courtroom drama when an over-zealous women's rights advocate is found dead. Well done fast-paced story that made me want to listen as much as possible. And an excellent reader who had just the right touch and voices to fully enliven the story.
Feb 20, 2010 Annie rated it liked it
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The story line flowed well but the story line itself was weak. I struggled throughout the book to try to put together the attorney's defense (and so did the attorney). If you like Martini this is not one of his best but you need to read it to add it to the list of Martini books you've read.

P.S. I'll miss Dick Francis. My mother introduced me to Dick Francis novels when I was a teenager. He passed away this week and it feels like another link to my mother is gone. Thanks Mr. Francis for many many
Erin Carey
Probably my least favorite thing about these types of books is that I'm always aware that it's never the person it's set up to be so I spend most of the book looking for the slight clues which will lead me to the true killer. This book was no different. While I enjoyed the book, I felt the most excitement happened in the last 10 pages. However, Martini seems to throw it all out so fast it loses some of the effect. Overall, it was an enjoyable courtroom read that for the most part, kept me guessi ...more
Feb 13, 2011 Marleen rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audiobooks
Being a fan of Chris Meloni, (the actor), I purchased this Audio book (from mainly because he’s narrating this one. This is my first encounter with this author, Steve Martini, and, although I wasn’t all that impressed by the story, it wasn’t so bad either. Overall it was a nice listening experience. Chris Meloni does a good job as a narrator. It deserves a three stars rating, also because that little twist in events at the end was pretty good. I had my suspicions about “you-know-who ...more
J. Ewbank
Nov 12, 2013 J. Ewbank rated it really liked it
This book by Martini is a wonderful story about a gifted lawyer and one of the toughest cases he could have. Will not tell you about the story itself because others will do that. If you like myster and susense you will enjoy this story. The characters are belivabl and the plot is one that keeps you turning the pages.

J. Robert Ewbank author "John Wesley, Natural Man, and the Ism" and "Wesley's Wars"
Shawn Bryan
Jun 30, 2015 Shawn Bryan rated it liked it
This was my first exposure to Steve Martini, and I was fairly pleased with the introduction. His writing style is reminiscent of Jonathan Kellerman's sparse, fragmented prose, and the story moves along at a rapid clip. Legal thrillers are not really my thing, the chances of me picking up another Martini novel are slim, but any fan of the genre (or anyone looking for a fast summer read) should be satisfied.
Frank Dodds
Aug 24, 2016 Frank Dodds rated it really liked it
It was a very good story, especially the last fifty pages. I was correct about the actual killer. My only problem was there was a veeeerrrrry long area of the book that was just too much courtroom crap for my liking. It seemed to go on forever. I guess it had to be there to set up the story, although it seemed to drag on for too long. Overall a good story with lots of action in places, just pretty slow in others.
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Martini's first career was in journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, the largest legal newspaper in the country covering the state, the local courts and the civic center beat. In 1970 he became the newspaper’s first correspondent at the State Capitol in Sacramento and later its bureau chief. There he specialized in legal and political coverage. During this ...more
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