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The Arraignment

Steve Martini

"Lean, speedy and packing a wallop of a plot twist" was Publishers Weekly's verdict of Steve Martini's The Jury. Now Martini crafts yet another legal nail-biter featuring perennial favorite attorney Paul Madriani. After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why. Madriani is tortured by questions of conflict, his duty to a client who may have killed is friend, and the need to know the truth, wondering whether he himself had been marked for death only to have a friend die in his place. Soon he is drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas. As he searches for the killer, Madriani rides the crest of a dangerous wave of international drug deals and people who murder for money. Suddenly he realizes it is not heroin or cocaine that resulted in the murder of his friend, but a priceless piece of pre-Columbian art - something so dazzling in the information it holds as to be one of the treasures of the ages. In a quest that takes Madriani from California to Mexico and the Guatemalan border, he discovers that while the motive to kill may be driven by distant, exotic, and ancient artifacts, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand.

"Lean, speedy and packing a wallop of a plot twist" was Publishers Weekly's verdict of Steve Martini's The Jury. Now Martini crafts yet another legal nail-biter featuring perennial favorite attorney Paul Madriani. After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why. Madriani is tortured by questions of conflict, his duty to a client who may have killed is friend, and the need to know the truth, wondering whether he himself had been marked for death only to have a friend die in his place. Soon he is drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas. As he searches for the killer, Madriani rides the crest of a dangerous wave of international drug deals and people who murder for money. Suddenly he realizes it is not heroin or cocaine that resulted in the murder of his friend, but a priceless piece of pre-Columbian art - something so dazzling in the information it holds as to be one of the treasures of the ages. In a quest that takes Madriani from California to Mexico and the Guatemalan border, he discovers that while the motive to kill may be driven by distant, exotic, and ancient artifacts, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand.
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"Lean, speedy and packing a wallop of a plot twist" was Publishers Weekly's verdict of Steve Martini's The Jury. Now Martini crafts yet another legal nail-biter featuring perennial favorite attorney Paul Madriani. After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend the man, but to find out who killed his friend and why. Madriani is tortured by questions of conflict, his duty to a client who may have killed is friend, and the need to know the truth, wondering whether he himself had been marked for death only to have a friend die in his place. Soon he is drawn into a vortex of crime that spans the Americas. As he searches for the killer, Madriani rides the crest of a dangerous wave of international drug deals and people who murder for money. Suddenly he realizes it is not heroin or cocaine that resulted in the murder of his friend, but a priceless piece of pre-Columbian art - something so dazzling in the information it holds as to be one of the treasures of the ages. In a quest that takes Madriani from California to Mexico and the Guatemalan border, he discovers that while the motive to kill may be driven by distant, exotic, and ancient artifacts, the killer, like a serpent, lies much closer at hand.

Language:

English

Narrators:

Erik Bergmann

Length:

12h 19m


Chapters

Free Sample

05:00

Introduction
Introduction

00:39


Chapter 1
Chapter 1

28:17


Chapter 2
Chapter 2

18:17


Chapter 3
Chapter 3

32:40


Chapter 4
Chapter 4

24:17


Chapter 5
Chapter 5

22:18


Chapter 6
Chapter 6

26:23


Chapter 7
Chapter 7

09:03


Chapter 8
Chapter 8

20:35


Chapter 9
Chapter 9

18:22


Chapter 10
Chapter 10

24:44


Chapter 11
Chapter 11

28:36


Chapter 12
Chapter 12

17:53


Chapter 13
Chapter 13

22:59


Chapter 14
Chapter 14

18:15


Chapter 15
Chapter 15

09:26


Chapter 16
Chapter 16

38:48


Chapter 17
Chapter 17

11:52


Chapter 18
Chapter 18

22:56


Chapter 19
Chapter 19

20:36


Chapter 20
Chapter 20

16:58


Chapter 21
Chapter 21

30:36


Chapter 22
Chapter 22

25:31


Chapter 23
Chapter 23

15:40


Chapter 24
Chapter 24

15:36


Chapter 25
Chapter 25

19:22


Chapter 26
Chapter 26

20:41


Chapter 27
Chapter 27

23:50


Chapter 28
Chapter 28

23:04


Chapter 29
Chapter 29

22:17


Chapter 30
Chapter 30

20:24


Chapter 31
Chapter 31

16:59


Chapter 32
Chapter 32

19:11


Chapter 33
Chapter 33

31:40


Chapter 34
Chapter 34

19:24


Chapter 35
Chapter 35

00:51