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The Jury by Steve Martini
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A perfectly serviceable courtroom thriller but nothing memorable. ( )
  TadAD | Aug 14, 2016 |
Paul Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, are defending a brilliant research doctor who won't tell them anything about what he is working on saying it is confidential. He is accused of killing one of the researchers he supervised who was obviously trying to undermine him and get his job and his research money. Madriani and HInds are stymied by a client who isn't very cooperative. They only got into it because of the family of one of his daughter's friends who have a child dying of Huntington's chorea. The client is heading a research project into this disease but it is made up of adults. The chlld's family asks for Madriani's help because they are afraid the project will be shut down and they are trying to get their child in as the child's only chance. Just as they are beginning to think their client is guilty, a key witness dies - an apparent suicide. The prosecutor's office is going to have to dismiss. Madriani and Hinds finally figure it out that the child's father cracked under the pressure and blamed both victims for his daughter not getting into the project and was responsible for the murders. They stop him from killing anyone else - he jumps off a cliff and they never reveal what they know. The child dies and her mother inherits from a life insurance policy held by the father for several years.
  taurus27 | Jun 4, 2016 |
Read worse, read a lot better...passed the time when no other books available. ( )
  GailL | Feb 29, 2016 |
Pretty good one. I thought I had it figured out, but I definitely didn't. Good characters. Good plot. What's not to like? ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 21, 2014 |
Attorney Paul Madriani has ample reason to suspect he's representing a guilty man. Dr David Crone is charged with the murder of his colleague: Kalista Jordan whose body washed up on a beach in San Diego Bay. When a key witness for the prosecution dies unexpexctedly it seems the case may be closed. ( )
  Lynngood | Jul 4, 2010 |
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Her head rested against the concrete coving at the edge of the pool as she gazed up at the stars under a moonless sky.
Offend people at a cocktail party, and they'll give you a dirty look and walk away. Offend people on a jury and they may lock you away for the rest of your life, or worse.
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So much of the action in this courtroom thriller happens outside the jury's purview that it makes one wonder if there's a touch of irony intended in the title. Paul Madriani, the lawyer-hero of five previous Martini novels set in San Francisco, has moved to San Diego for reasons that are never made clear. He's taken on the case of David Crone, a doctor involved in mapping the human genome, who's been charged with the murder of his colleague, a young African American research physician whose ambitions threatened Crone's career.

Crone seems to have had ample motivation for killing Kalista Jordan: witnesses have testified to the friction between them, and Crone himself seems less concerned about the capital murder charge than about what may be going on in his lab. When a key witness for the prosecution dies in what looks like a suicide and leaves a note confessing to the murder, Crone is freed. And in an O. Henry-like twist in the last chapter, a most unlikely killer emerges and threatens Madriani's life.

But even this doesn't do much to enliven this slow-moving novel. There's very little tension on the page or in the plot, and neither the narrative nor the characters offer the reader the kind of excitement found in Martini's previous novels. --Jane Adams

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Paul Madriani agrees to represent Dr. David Crone, a respected geneticist accused of murdering a young colleague. An incriminating note left behind by a dead key witness seems to confirm Crone's innocence. But when Madriani hits upon a scandal from Crone's past, an ethical nightmare threatens: the possibility of defending a guilty client.… (more)

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