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Undue Influence by Steve Martini

Undue Influence

by Steve Martini

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In my opinion, a far better writer than Grisham. I had figured out a few pieces of the puzzle and recognized them as significant and I had even figured out "whodunit," but I certainly never was able to put all the pieces together. The plot was intricately woven. Loved it. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 23, 2014 |
I think Martini is better than Grisham, particularly his courtroom scenes. In Undue Influence, Paul Mondriani is defending is sister-in-law, Laurel Vega, who has been accused of murdering the new wife of her erst-while husband, a state legislator who is under investigation by the feds for bribery. Laure|’s two children become pawns in a tense drama that pits her attorney unwittingly against the mob and a local police lieutenant who hates the contents of his abdominal cavity. The evidence against Laurel is overwhelming ,and the case has some neat surprises for the reader. ( )
  ecw0647 | Sep 30, 2013 |
His worst short story collection, but he still gets a 3 out of 5. Some stories are average, and some are exceptional. It's still a good book. ( )
  Anagarika-Sean | Sep 25, 2010 |
Recently widowed attorney Paul Madriani becomes caught in another family tragedy when he defends his sister-in-law, Laurel, of murdering her ex-husband's new wife. The evidence mounts but she refuses to reveal where she was on the night. Paul begins to wonder if he is defending a guilty woman. ( )
  Lynngood | Jul 4, 2010 |
A challenging legal story about a murdered woman whose husband accuses his ex-wife of the murder. The accused's brother-in-law is the lawyer. It is full of twists and turns to the very end, where it gets even more convoluted. ( )
  lopemopay | Jul 26, 2007 |
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 051511605X, Mass Market Paperback)

Defense attorney Paul Madriani is mired in a complex web of intrigue and murder when the sister of his late wife, embroiled in a bitter custody battle with her former husband, becomes the prime suspect in the murder of her ex-husband and his new young wife.

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As lawyer Paul Madriani's wife lies dying, leaving him with two children, she asks a favor: protect her younger sister, Laurel, mired in a bitter child custody battle with her former husband, a powerful state senator. When the senator's new wife is murdered and police arrest Laurel, Madriani sets out to keep his promise and discovers a Laurel no one knew. By the author of Compelling Evidence.… (more)

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