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“A tense and witty courtroom drama.”—San Francisco Chronicle
About the Author
- ASIN : B008YSEOI4
- Publisher : Berkley; Reprint edition (November 1, 1996)
- Publication date : November 1, 1996
- Language : English
- File size : 669 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 548 pages
- Lending : Not Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #167,016 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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MY REVIEW THREE STARS***
I have been a fan of Steve Martini's legal thrillers featuring Paul Madriani since the 1990's. Last year I thought that it would be enjoyable to read the Madriani books in chronological order. COMPELLING EVIDENCE, the intended standalone thriller that introduced Madriani, was such an overwhelming financial and critical success that the stage was immediately set for an encore performance. I finished books two and three the latter part of last year (PRIME WITNESS and UNDUE INFLUENCE).
I was only a little surprised that it is the summer of 2019 and I just finished reading THE JUDGE  a few nights ago. It is of course the fourth installment in Martini's book series featuring attorney Paul Madriani. I bought this book (and the movie adaptation on DVD as well). Martini's debut novel with Madriani was a home run right out of the ball park. But the truth is books two and three were not on the same level. Nevertheless I was still very excited by the prospect of Paul being in a position of defending his arch nemesis "The Coconut" (Judge Armando Acosta) in the fourth installment of the series.
The gist of the storyline is that Judge Acosta is charged with solicitation and then subsequently the female police decoy is murdered. Paul finds himself in the unenviable position of defending his least favorite judge on planet Earth for capital murder.
Paul of course narrates the story in present tense, and he is witty, intuitive, and interesting as always. Martini's ability to spin a compelling courtroom drama has not deserted him in this one, either. Having said that, though, I didn't feel a pressing need to turn the page. The characters were not all that interesting, albeit I think that Acosta could have been given some fleshing out by the author. The plot line was, well, let's just say that Paul and his new partner did something unforgivably stupid very early on that I was not able to set aside. The ending was not expected, i.e., the identity of the killer, but then it wasn't all that believable either. Martini did not "sell" me on the ending, OR the stupidity of his two lead characters (Paul and Lenore). I would say this novel is 3-Stars, and that is generous.
Problems: Two major characters do something early on that is so mind-numbingly stupid that it undermines their credibility with the readers for the rest of the book. You just can't believe they would do something this dumb.
Another problem has to do with the ending. It's something Martini readers have seen before. This is why it's a better novel if you have not read the previous books in the series. Hard to believe Martini felt safe drawing from the same well.
My final problem with this article has to do with the title character. Judge Armano Acosta was introduced in earlier novels as a real son-of-a-.... You know the rest. He was a caricature more than a character. But in this novel, he's not just a supporting character, and the author is obliged, it seems to me, to explore him more fully. But he doesn't. Armando Acosta is as much a caricature at the end of this novel as he is at the beginning. We still do not understand what drives him, why he is so mean to Paul Mardriani, whether he is aware of his reputation or ignorant, etc. Acosta remains a two-dimensional character, and that is unfortunate.
On its own, four stars. As part of a series, two stars for recycling a used ending.
Really I should give four stars because there is a little bit too much detail in the courtroom, sometimes a whole paragraph is dedicated to how the D.A. or defense attorney walks across the floor, turns, looks askance at the jury. Just a little too much. But I will continue to read every book Martini has written because I like that an unlikely person committed the crime. Suspenseful to the last page.
Top reviews from other countries
弁護士Paul Madriani シリーズ第四弾です。
第一作はCompelling Evidence 。