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Like my prom date, it was almost a 4
Reviewed in the United States on August 11, 2018
I really wanted to give this book a 4-star review but somehow couldn't do it. If Amazon had halfsies, I'd give it a solid 3 and a half. It was a good book, my first by Steve Martini. It was the first featuring his series protagonist Paul Madriani. The story was interesting but I didn't find myself looking forward to reading it. Martini was a practicing attorney and journalist and obviously knows this material but I thought some of the legalese made the story drag at times. There were some uneven themes like the occasional mention of a call girl that I assumed would impact the story more than she did. It's dated (early 90's), and some aspects are a little offputting, like phonetically spelling out the testimony of an African American janitor that seemed a bit racist. He also refers to attorneys with expensive pens as "spear chuckers." Not in a racial way but it still doesn't sound good. He mentions things like pay phones that make you have to stop and remind yourself of when this story takes place. Good writing, solid character development, clever conclusion, definitely held my interest throughout. Liked it a lot, just didn't love it. I got a Goodreads deal on this book for $1.99. That seemed appropriate.