Shadow of Power by Steve Martini
A Paul Madriani Novel (Paul Madriani Novels)

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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 brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn't to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.

As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter—and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation's founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani's chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.

 

About Steve Martini

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Steve Martini is the author of numerous New York Times bestsellers, including The Rule of Nine, Guardian of Lies, Shadow of Power, and others featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani. Martini has practiced law in California in both state and federal courts, and has served as an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer. He lives in the Pacific Northwest.
 
Published October 13, 2009 by HarperCollins e-books. 465 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror. Fiction

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Book Reporter

Steve Martini demonstrates how the news media can create mass hysteria using 30-second sound bites and old video footage, and how media whores like Scarborough stand ready to exploit them.

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Huffington Post

The McGuffin here - the thing that everyone is after - is a smoking-gun Thomas Jefferson letter that supposedly institutionalises racism in the Constitution.

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Bestsellersworld

Somehow Martini manages to present us with wonderful legal thrillers, some great legal proceedings, some great sleuthing and some great historical adventure – all the while remembering the highly sensitive subject matter and the fact that this is, after all, meant to entertain and thrill us.

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Bestsellersworld

BOOK REVIEWS, BOOK GIVEAWAYS, AUTHOR SERVICES AND MANY OTHER INTERESTING PLACES TO VISIT Paul Madriani with his partner, Harry Hinds, is at it again.

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About.com

As well, the side story about how prosecutor Bob Tuchio got the nickname "Bob the Tush" seems campy compared to the rest of the book's subtle humor.Shadow of Power's resolution is interesting in itself, but it's the journey getting there - with unusual twists, historical mysteries, clever legal s...

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Mysterious Reviews

Review: Shadow of Power, Steve Martini's ninth legal thriller featuring San Diego criminal defense attorney Paul Madriani, is so meticulously researched and well written that it is virtually impossible to discern where fiction ends and fact begins.Madriani and his team take on the defense of Carl...

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Scarborough was planning to spill the beans as a guest on an upcoming episode of “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.” On the day of the show, Scarborough is brutally murdered with a hammer.

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