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Shadow Of Power (Paul Madriani #9)

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New York Times bestselling master of suspense Steve Martini returns, ensnaring defense attorney Paul Madriani in a web of terror and death being spun in the shadows of America's most sacred and secretive institution—the Supreme Court.

A writer is savagely slain while on a publicity tour—a literary provocateur who craved headlines, but whose last book may have gone too far.
Paperback, 464 pages
Published March 31st 2009 by Harper (first published May 27th 2008)
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See this review (and others) at The DomestiChick.

I enjoy a good legal thriller or suspense novel, and I am always looking for a new one to read. I had never, surprisingly enough, read any Steve Martini novels. The novel was okay but it did not make an overwhelming impression. If I had not read other reviews, I am not sure I would jump up to buy another novel by Mr. Martini.

The book started with some interesting scenes, just vague enough to leave you wondering what would happen. At the introduct
Mary Ahlgren
Mar 18, 2017 Mary Ahlgren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I had just had a conversation with someone during which I realized how little I remember about the US Constitution so this was a timely and interesting read for me. Timely also in its commentary on The Supreme Court, and how important it is for it to be as non-partisan as possible.
Feb 07, 2017 John rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read a few of the Paul Madriani series book but this one started good for me and dragged in the middle - I just couldn't finish it.

My new rule is to stop and start another book. I did enjoy steve Martini books in the past.
Chris Matney
I listened to this book as an audio book. I picked Shadow of Power because it looked like a good courtroom thriller - accused murderer, mysterious historical letter that would rock the Constitution to its roots, government cover-ups - yeah, it sounds like a good book to listen to on a long drive.

Unlike most thrillers, this book had no action at all. It was entirely based on court proceedings. While this, in itself, isn't enough to kill the book for me, it does take some of the "thrill" out of th
Aug 20, 2013 Sue rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I love a good legal thriller, but this one just didn't do it for me. Perhaps it's because it's part of a series and I hadn't read the earlier ones, but I found myself really not caring about any of the characters.

The basic premise of the problematic book written by the victim is preposterous. Anyone who has had middle school history knows how the constitution works, and what early American history entailed. Oooh, scratch that. In this world of Faux News and lack of education, I guess it's plausi
Jeanette Scrimshaw
Martini has created a very interesting character in Paul Madriani. I have enjoyed getting to know him and look forward to more of his complicated exploits.
Eileen Moss
Feb 08, 2017 Eileen Moss rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quite interesting! Learned tons on the Constitution and our founding fathers.
Robert Berry
Jan 15, 2017 Robert Berry rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
missing letters of thomas jefferson and the supreme court
I knew it was a bad sign when about 50 pages into the book I described it to a friend as "trying to see if the story outweighed the stupid." Answer: not really.

The premise is that an author writes a controversial book about race and is then found murdered. The rest of the book told from the point of view of one of his two lawyers who is trying to build a defense for his client.

The problem with Shadow of Power is that the controversial book written by the murdered author is a book about the fact
Yuli Pritania
The satisfaction for my long-waiting-for-a-good-politic/law/American thing-book. I love this kind of genre and Martini presented all parts which I wanted in this kind of genre. It's not a light reading, it's even hard although I read the Indonesian version, especially for the beginning chapter. Need re-read some sentences before I can continue to the next pages. But it made me satisfied, extremely satisfied, if I can say. There are so many surprises, but it's fun too to guess some of the 'secret ...more

I almost quit reading/listening but something keep me into the story. 2.5

The protagonist is, like in my first Martini novel (Doubletap), defending a troubled young man accused of murder. Courtroom drama with an after-court resolution of the loose threads. The originality for me (as a Canadian, because many US base
Dec 17, 2009 Elizabeth rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 52-in-2009
Shadow of Power by Steve Martini (pp. 416)

Shadow of Power has all the elements of a Law and Order episode on steroids. A less-than-educated, angry young man loosely associated with a Neo-Nazi fringe group is accused of murdering a publicity hungry and unlikeable author whose latest bestseller is generating national rioting by claiming that the Founding Fathers made it purposely impossible for the language of slavery to ever be removed.

The main character, the defendant’s lawyer is likeable and ha
Sep 02, 2012 Ferne rated it it was amazing
Without a doubt, it is a compelling legal thriller - Steve Martini with fan favorite lead character, attorney Paul Madriani. However, there is an editing error in which I was so surprised to discover in a NY Times Bestseller & from a master author. Part of the error must be accepted by David Highfill, editor, who is recognized in "Acknowledgments" by the author at the end of the novel "for his careful attention to detail". David, you missed it as did other staff at Harper! The error does not ...more
Aug 16, 2011 Michèle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The protagonist is, like in my first Martini novel (Doubletap), defending a troubled young man accused of murder. Courtroom drama with an after-court resolution of the loose threads. The originality for me (as a Canadian, because many US based reviewers already know that) is to base the mcGuffin on slavery language still embedded in the US Constitution. Nifty!

I guessed as the nature and origin of the famous Jefferson letter very soon, but the courtroom drama and the characters were entertaining
Jul 01, 2010 Sue marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred—and secretive—public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.

Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's—that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is bruta
Alexander Inglis
The presence of Perry Mason is a persistent thread in my life as long as I can remember: watching original shows if I was allowed up that late, then reruns, then the Return of Perry Mason as TV movies (the early ones filmed right here in Toronto), buying occasional hardcover anthologies and later collecting original paperbacks on eBay (even old TV Guide cover story issues), and most recently devouring the DVDs as they are released, a half a season at a time, every six months. I love the back and ...more

A different approach to a murder mystery. The trial becomes secondary to the search for the missing letter which could be the key to everything.

Having recently read Brad Thor's The Last Patriot I was interested in seeing how this story would play out. The two titles are very dissimilar in their plot lines. This novel focused on the attitudes of Jefferson and his colleagues as they developed the Constitution. A highly informative "Afterword" gives what I believe is a summation of Martini's resea

May 12, 2008 Dana rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Terry Scarborough is a notoriety seeker who has written a book about the American Constitution. Scarborough writes about how even in this current day and age the constitution stills contains inflammatory references to slavery. Scarborough also hints at a letter written by Jefferson which would be even more scandalous than his current book. He goes on a book tour in which every city there are riots and violence. Part way through the tour he is murdered in a San Diego hotel room.

The room service b
Terence Scarborough is an author whose recent bestseller reveals that there is still language in the U.S. Constitution supporting the practice of slavery. This revelation creates an uproar in the country and riots ensue in many large cities. While on a promotional book tour, Scarborough hints that in the sequel to this book, he will reveal a document which will cause even more outrage. Soon after, Scarborough is brutally murdered in his hotel room. A room service waiter whose bloody boot and fin ...more
Brent Soderstrum
Steve Martini, the poor man's Scott Turow, comes out with another Pual Madriani book. Madriani and his partner Harry Hinds are representing a man accused of killing an author who has incited riots all over the US based on his book that talks about how the US Constitution contained language in it still which is insulting to African-Americans. He also hints at a letter written by Thomas Jefferson that will cause an even bigger uproar.

I have a hard time seeing how the country would riot based on la
Ramkumaar Shanker
Jul 08, 2012 Ramkumaar Shanker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The second in the Martini series.I thought this was a brilliant read. It has the perfect legal angles and the touches of the making of a strong case much on the lines of a Grisham novel. Paul Madriani as a lawyer brings in the finest nuances of legal cases as a central plot in the entire storyline. What starts as a simple murder trial, clearly a case of a possible plausible suspect being on a crime scene slowly unravels into a bigger plot, a plot that is political, one that is full of red tape a ...more
Charissa Wilkinson
Jun 02, 2015 Charissa Wilkinson rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thrillers
Overview: Does an evident neo-Nazi deserve a fair trial when he is accused of murder? That is the question facing Paul Madriani this time around. What complicates the situation is that the murder victim was an activist and legal correspondent from Washington D.C.. And that doesn’t touch the riots that followed the victim’s book tour.

Likes: Herman’s football playing days came into play this time around. He was good on cross-examination as well.

Both Paul and Harry showed how far they are willing t
Dec 05, 2013 Eva rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
akhirnya selesai juga.. hehe..
sebenarnya kisah di awal menarik, hanya saja seperti biasa jika sdh sempat dihentikan maka utk melanjutkan butuh mood yang baru muncul bbrp waktu kemudian..

untuk isi, menurut saya all in dalam buku ini, ada monoton nya beberapa puluh halaman, ada alur yang dinamis seperti kisah Perry Mason, ada bagian yang seru, dan bahkan yang lucu nggak ketinggalan..
untuk bagian lucunya mencakup kisah Suki Kenoko dengan karakternya yang unik, Herman juga memiliki karakter yang uni
Aug 03, 2013 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: audio
I liked this book for all the reasons one reads mysteries and legal thrillers- good suspense and well developed characters.

Story: Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's—that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Die
Ryan Wieser
The Shadow of Power
By Steve Martini

The Shadow of Power is about a defense attorney, named Paul Madriani, who has to defend a neo-Nazi, named Carl Arnsburg’s, of the murder of a black author that happened to stay at the same hotel the young man worked at. Paul had to travel the country to find witnesses and to find evidence to prove Mr. Arnsburg’s innocents.

I really liked this book towards the end. The beginning of the book was kind of slow starting up and I had a tough time staying focused on t
Craig Swartz
Nov 26, 2014 Craig Swartz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
First of all, thanks to Goodreads for sending me this book. I love free books!

I've read maybe half a dozen or so Steve Martini books. Sometimes I find his books so low-key that they're not interesting. Not this one.

His protagonist, Paul Madriani, is a defense attorney. He is hired to defend a man accused of killing a high profile author, who wrote a book about wording in the constitution that allows slavery. It also involves a letter Thomas Jefferson supposedly wrote regarding the same thing.

Mar 04, 2016 Marianne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a very thought provoking story -- another in attorney Paul Madriano series. Author Steve Martini takes us to a murder case using the U.S. Constitution as the catalyst ... without revealing any spoilers, it was most enlightening (read Article 1, Section 2) that original verbiage remains intact even though a subsequent Amendment changed the provision. In all other laws, the original language would be physically stricken as if it was never written. In addition we are taken through the para ...more
Edwin Farrell
Jun 10, 2009 Edwin Farrell rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
To be honest I did not finish this book. I didn't bother finishing this, because of a scene in the book with Jay Leno where he says to the a murdered guy's agent, on the Tonight Show, "Looks like we got ourselves a bonafide murder mystery on our hands."
Furthermore, the premise is not believable. The premise is that people are going crazy, because they realize that the US Constitution still has all the old language about slavery in it. Though this is true, I think most people who went to school
Aug 20, 2008 Evelyn rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Steve Martini brings his vast experience practicing law in California in both state and federal courts, as an administrative judge and supervising hearing officer to the printed page and spins it into a captivating novel that can't be put down.

The court room drama, investigative persistence, and deductive reasoning are minutely revealed in fascinating clarity. Though not to be called an historical novel, the research into the origination of the Constitution of the United States and the personal
Amy (amyb2332)
I didn't realize this was a part of a series until I was almost finished with the story, however, I think this book could be read as a stand alone. I thought parts of this were really slow, not necessarily in a bad way. For example, the trial was very detailed and I thought that was enjoyable. But truthfully, by the time I got to the end and the big mystery was revealed I was sort over it. Also, I really didn't care for the big reveal. It was way too complicated and felt like it came from no whe ...more
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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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