The name Paul Madriani refers to a series of novels written by Steven Martini. The books follow a defense attorney operating out of California.
Order of Paul Madriani Series
|1||Compelling Evidence||1992||Description / Buy|
|2||Prime Witness||1993||Description / Buy|
|3||Undue Influence||1994||Description / Buy|
|4||The Judge||1996||Description / Buy|
|5||The Attorney||2000||Description / Buy|
|6||The Jury||2001||Description / Buy|
|7||The Arraignment||2002||Description / Buy|
|8||Double Tap||2005||Description / Buy|
|9||Shadow of Power||2008||Description / Buy|
|10||Guardian of Lies||2009||Description / Buy|
|11||The Rule Of Nine||2010||Description / Buy|
|12||Trader of Secrets||2011||Description / Buy|
|13||The Enemy Inside||2015||Description / Buy|
|14||The Second Man||2015||Description / Buy|
|15||Blood Flag||2016||Description / Buy|
|16||The Secret Partner||2018||Description / Buy|
Paul Madriani primarily works with criminal cases, though he has been known to dabble in civil law. The attorney stands out because of the impressive nature of his investigative skills. Paul is the one attorney that can always see the most minute pieces of the complicated puzzles that come his way, and he has garnered a reputation for eliciting successful results out of some truly difficult cases.
Crucial to Paul’s work are the people in his life. They include his law partner Harry, his estranged wife Nikki, and daughter Sarah. Paul initially lives in Sacramento but he eventually makes the move to San Diego.
When Paul Madriani is first introduced in Compelling Evidence, the first book in the Paul Madriani series, he is a rising star looking to conquer the legal arena as a corporate lawyer. Things take a terrible turn when Paul’s short-lived affair with the wife of a senior partner at his firm comes to light.
Paul loses everything, including his place at the firm. However, his past mistakes draw him back into the fold when one of the senior partner’s at his former law firm is murdered and his wife, the same woman with whom Paul was having an affair, asks him to act as her defense attorney.
Any thinking man might have chosen to stay as far away from the case as possible. However, since his dismissal, Paul Madriani had tried and largely failed to attract new clients as a solo lawyer. To survive, Paul is forced to accept his former lover’s request, this thrusting him into contention against an eager District Attorney who is determined to get Paul’s client the death penalty.
The 1992 novel was supposed to be a standalone story. However, it was such a massive success that the author was convinced to write another novel in the Paul Madriani story, this opening the way for the Paul Madriani series.
Each new Paul Madriani book finds the defense attorney making new enemies as his prominence rises in the legal field.
Paul Madriani Books into Movies/TV
Steve Martini has had the pleasure of seeing two of his novels receive live action adaptations. The first was Undue Influence, a book from 1994 that became a two-part TV Miniseries which aired on CBS in 1996.
The Second was The Judge, a 1996 novel that also became a two-part TV Miniseries in 2001.
Best Paul Madriani Books
Steve Martini never expected to write so many Paul Madriani books, but the stories of his first few novels had a far greater impact on readers than he expected, with some of the best books in the Paul Madriani series including:
Undue Influence: Paul Madriani is a defense attorney whose sister-in-law is fighting her way through an unpleasant custody battle with her ex-husband. When the ex-husband and his new young wife are murdered, Paul is drawn into a complicated situation.
The fourth Paul Madriani novel finds Paul fighting to keep the sister of his late wife out of prison. With her ex-husband’s trophy wife dead, the desperate woman is suspected of having been driven by the bitter nature of her custody battle to commit murder.
Paul fights to protect her against the accusations of a determined female prosecutor with a lot to prove. Paul is drawn into the messy situation because, on her death bed, his wife made him promise to take care of her sister.
The Judge: Judge Armando Acosta is in a spot of trouble. He solicited a prostitute, or so it is claimed, and now he is being indicted for it. When Paul Madriani is forced to take the case, he thinks he has a fighting chance of winning.
Things grow complicated when the officer that arrested Judge Acosta ends up dead; now Paul cannot help but wonder if the judge was involved in the murder.
The fifth book in the Paul Madriani series finds Judge Acosta in a situation where he must turn to Paul Madriani, his least favorite lawyer, for help.
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