This novel is a far cry from earlier ones by this author which revolved around excellent courtroom dramas. Instead, this novel featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani is more a thriller with an occasional legal principle thrown in. It all begins when Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, take on a client, Alex Ives, at the behest of Paul’s daughter. Alex was found unconscious in his car, having crashed into another auto in which a woman who was a partner in a powerful Washington, D.C., law firm died in a fiery blast.
From a simple case of possible vehicular manslaughter the plot develops into a massive conspiracy involving offshore bank numbered accounts, tax avoidance, political corruption, international intrigue and other forms of power plays. It falls to Madriani, at his own personal peril, to unravel all these elements to exonerate his client.
The underlying theme allows the author time and time again to espouse his political views, which add little to the story and more resemble shouts from a soapbox. It is quite a tale, and the reader should be excused if he or she takes much of it with a grain of salt. Of course, the action is non-stop leading up to an abrupt ending, as if the author got tired and just wrapped it all up quickly. Nevertheless, it is suspenseful thriller fiction, just not the type of legal thriller one would have expected from Steve Martini. But it is recommended as an interesting read....Continua