Book Review: “The Enemy Inside” by Steve Martini

May 14, 2015 at 7:27 am | Posted in Books | 1 Comment
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Steve Martini in his new book, “Enemy Inside book coverThe Enemy Inside” Book Thirteen in the Paul Madriani series published by Harper gives us another adventure with Paul Madriani.

From the back cover: Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini.

One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she’s killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore.

Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani’s daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna’s death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can’t remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He’s still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he’s sure he didn’t kill her.

To save an innocent young man’s life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients—no matter how unsavory—a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike again.

Yay, Paul Madriani is taking a legal case again. For the past three books he has been acting like James Bond. So you figure that once he has a client he will be back to being a lawyer. Sigh, the answer is yes and no. “The Enemy Within” is actually a very good book. It is very exciting and quite complicated which makes it interesting. I just wish Madriani would focus primarily on lawyer activities. The theme of this book is government corruption.  “The Enemy Within” is a fast-paced, exciting mystery thriller. There is a lot going on in this book so once you get started you are not going to want to stop until you finish so I recommend you start early.

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Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Partners In Crime.   I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255 <http://www.access.gpo.gov/nara/cfr/waisidx_03/16cfr255_03.html> : “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts on this thriller with us. I agree, I prefer the legal elements of this series much more than the action ones, but it’s still a great series overall.


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