Shadow of Power

Shadow of Power

A Paul Madriani Novel

Book - 2008
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The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred--and secretive--public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.

Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution--and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson's--that threatens to divide the nation.

Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn't to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.

As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter--and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation's founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani's chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780061230882
Branch Call Number: MAR
Characteristics: 390 p. ;,24 cm

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Woodley
Nov 09, 2017

Very dense legal details, boring in their extent. Fascinating concept, a neo Nazi charged with a hate murder. But it is very hard to get involved with the case, for this reason. I couldn't sustain interest in the book when I failed to have any sympathy for the defendant. In this disappointing work, the author expects the reader to plow through all these details for the sake of a principle. But that's not what novels are for. I actually skipped 100 pages in the middle, and was still not lost. Which tells you how much editing this book needed.

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JLHCKY
Aug 16, 2017

Author Steve Martini at his best. We have tantalizing snippets of the case at the start but what it all means, the reader is at a loss. A US Supreme Court Justice gets in trouble swimming in the Caribbean and a waiter with issues which come back to haunt him, slips on blood in the suite where a controversial author is staying. Is there an18th century "J" letter secretly supporting the continuation of slavery and written by one of the authors of the US Constitution? Was there back-room collusion to preserve its continuation? Great courtroom action revealingly described by the waiter's lawyer Paul Madriani with a bang-up finale.

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rahmmie
Nov 28, 2013

This is one of the Paul Madriani series that I've liked the most. Maybe it was the seamless mix between the courtroom drama and the historical fiction

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blossom21
May 24, 2010

Intriguing story, good read

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