Shadow Of Power (Paul Madriani #9)
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. ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...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 ...more
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 ...more
I guessed as the nature and origin of the famous Jefferson letter very soon, but the courtroom drama and the characters were entertaining ...more
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 ...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...more
The room service b ...more
I have a hard time seeing how the country would riot based on la ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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 ...more
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.
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 ...more
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 ...more