Search Results: "Steve Martin"


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PRIME WITNESS by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 14, 1993

"Good medium-grade beach fare."
Defense attorney Paul Madriani (Compelling Evidence, 1992) signs on for a brief stint in the Davenport, California, prosecutor's office—then finds himself condemned to try a high-profile serial killing. Read full book review >

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THE ALPHABET FROM A TO Y WITH BONUS LETTER Z! by Steve Martin
ABC BOOKS
Released: Oct. 23, 2007

"Like Shirley and Milton Glaser's The Alphazeds (2003), any resemblance to a title for tots is coincidental. (Picture book. Adult)"
This high-profile crossover will slide effortlessly onto the bestseller lists, but it's not likely to win its creators many new adult fans—or any child ones. Read full book review >

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UNDUE INFLUENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: July 6, 1994

"The resulting thrust-and-parry assures virtually nonstop courtroom pyrotechnics— even the most innocuous testimony turns into a ballet of blindsiding and body blows—and leaves plenty of room for a dazzling climax. (Literary Guild main selection; authour tour)"
California attorney Paul Madriani is back. Read full book review >

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COMPELLING EVIDENCE by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 1, 1992

"Martini is no Scott Turow—his characters are thinner, his prose flabbier—but his legal intrigue will probably keep you up just as late. (Book-of-the-Month Dual Selection for Spring)"
A year after he's fired from the California law firm of Potter, Skarpellos by Ben Potter, who's found out he's having an affair with Ben's wife Talia, corporate-turned-criminal lawyer Paul Madriani is asked to join Talia's defense—on a charge of murdering Ben on the eve of his nomination to the Supreme Court. Read full book review >

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CRITICAL MASS by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Sept. 21, 1998

"Any resemblance to books that haven't been made into movies is purely coincidental."
Courtroom specialist Martini, last seen reveling in the unlikely trials of ghostwriting (The List, 1997), tries his hand at a Tom Clancy premise: an errant Russian nuclear bomb in the hands of home-grown terrorists. Read full book review >

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THE ARRAIGNMENT by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Jan. 6, 2003

"Despite the crackerjack opening movement, Paul's first instinct was right: No thanks."
A highly suspect client takes San Diego attorney Paul Madriani (The Jury, 2001, etc.) farther from the courtroom than he's ever been—maybe a little too far. Read full book review >

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PURE DRIVEL by Steve Martin
BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Sept. 16, 1998

"Lighter-than-air mockery. Often ingenious."
Martin (Cruel Shoes, 1979), star of stage and screen, and a guy once glimpsed with an arrow through his cranium, here toys with ink and paper. Read full book review >

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THE LIST by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Feb. 10, 1997

"Absolutely irresistible balderdash—The Pelican Brief for everybody who isn't John Grisham. (First printing of 400,000; $350,000 ad/promo; Literary Guild/Mystery Guild main selection)"
So you thought it was all fun and games having a breakout novel? Read full book review >

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THE JURY by Steve Martini
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 25, 2001

"The outline for a much better novel is here: glamorous victim, well-connected defendant, bulldog prosecutor, resourceful defender, weighty issues. What a shame that everything that would make it memorable has been left blank, right down to the jury."
The San Diego power shortage must be affecting Paul Madriani: his latest high-profile legal suspenser is his weakest yet. Read full book review >

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BLOOD FLAG by Steve Martini
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: May 17, 2016

"Martini holds serve with his 14th Paul Madriani thriller, in which Hitler's evil legacy continues to haunt survivors of World War II."
After World War II veteran Robert Brauer dies under mysterious circumstances, San Diego attorney Paul Madriani—hired to defend Brauer's daughter on charges of assisting a suicide—discovers the old man was not the only member of his former Army unit to meet with a suspicious end. Read full book review >

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SHOPGIRL by Steve Martin
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 1, 2000

"It's more reassuring to think of the author not as surgeon or astronomer, but as a concerned parent who gently heads off every answer readers could possibly have about this bedtime story of loneliness faced and conquered before he finally turns out the light."
Comedian/playwright/essayist Martin (Pure Drivel, 1998, etc.) adds still another string to his bow with this winsome fairy tale of ill-matched love in Beverly Hills. Read full book review >