SHADOW OF POWER: A PAUL MADRIANI NOVEL
ISBN# (10)0061633046/(13)978-0061633041 (10)0061230898/(13)978- 0061230899
April 1, 2009
Harper (An Imprint of HarperCollins Publishers)
10 East 53rd Street, New York, New York 10022-5299
Rating: 4 Cups
Paul Madriani works with Madriani & Hinds, and is a good partner with Harry. Most of the cases he handles are criminal defense. He lost his wife, Nikki, almost fifteen years ago.
Harry Hinds is the law partner of Paul’s. They have been associates for many years and friends for nearly twenty. He has been like an uncle to Paul’s daughter, Sarah.
Paul has shared good times and bad with Harry. They work hard to protect the innocent. Terry Scarborough is popular, and as he prepares to be on ‘Leno,’ he considers leaking something about the ‘J’ letter. He has already stirred up much controversy in his book about the ‘J’ letter, since it had something to do with the secret of slavery. There are some who do not stand behind Terry’s reasoning to leak out the ‘J’ letter. Carl Arnsberg has a light criminal record, at twenty-three, and when blood is on his pants, and shoes, he becomes a suspect in the murder of Terry. Carl only found the body when he was taking lunch to the room. Yet, Carl never phoned the police. It is up to Paul and Harry to prove Carl’s innocence, as the twist in the case only intensifies, when the investigation begins.
Shadow of Power is a thrilling read. One cannot almost see the pandemonium that attacks the courtroom with all the people, not to mention the media circus, eager to push for a story. Paul and Harry have likeable personalities with a friendship grounded and firm. They emit believable actions in all their endeavors and know about the judicial system. Steve Martini brings action into the forefront in this story that brings on the courtroom drama. The story flows at a good pace, with a dynamite plot that keeps the reader glued from beginning to end. This reader was hooked, wondering if the defendant was innocent, or guilty, and if Paul could really win this case.
Reviewer for Coffee Time Romance & More