Steve Martini, a former trial attorney, has worked as a journalist and capital correspondent in the California State House in Sacramanto. He has been engaged in both public and private practice of law. He lives on the US West Coast with his wife and six-year-old daughter. Steve Martini is the author of the highly acclaimed courtroom drama Compelling Evidence, and The Simeon Chamber.

Book List in Order: 20 titles

  • Defending a medical researcher accused of murdering a colleague raises one of the most difficult ethical questions attorney Paul Madriani has ever faced: how far should science go to find a cure for our most life-threatening diseases? When medical...


  • When Emma Brauer is blamed in the mercy killing of her aged father, Robert Brauer, Paul Madriani steps in to defend her. Insisting she’s innocent, Emma tells Madriani about a package sent to her father by a fellow World War II veteran, containing o...


  • 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. ...


  • Navy SEALs are the military's elite--highly trained, deadly, and sworn to secrecy about the details of their dangerous and confidential missions. So when one of the men goes public about a high-profile assassination abroad, all of his comrades are th...


  • In California, two men argue in a parked car ... as the plot unfolds to profitably transfer secret technology into malevolent hands. In Ohio, a young woman slips away from her protectors for a morning run -- unaware that the killer she's being pro...


  • The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use ...


  • A woman is looking for a way to flee a darkened San Diego beach house where she has been held a virtual prisoner by a wealthy man ... just as a killer enters the mansion on a terrifying mission of blood and carnage. Fate has bound attorney Paul Ma...


  • New York Times bestselling master of suspense Steve Martini returns, ensnaring defense attorney Paul Madriani in a web of terror and death being spun in the shadows of America’s most sacred and secretive institution--the Supreme Court. A writer ...


  • The Arraignment was called "Martini's best Paul Madriani novel to date" (Booklist). But now, the author takes legal thrillers to a new level -- in a novel of a soldier's secrets and a government's lies... A beautiful businesswoman, founder of a hi...






  • After a lawyer friend is killed along with his client in a hail of gunfire outside the federal courthouse in San Diego, Madriani takes on another client who he believes is involved at the edges of the double murder. He takes the case not to defend th...


  • Paul Madriani has ample reason to suspect he's representing a guilty man. Dr. David Crone, a respected medical researcher and principal in mapping the human genome, is charged with the murder of a young colleague: twenty-six-year-old Kalista Jordan, ...


  • Defense attorney and sleuth Paul Madriani is back, and on his most challenging case in this riveting new legal thriller by the author of 'The Judge' and 'Undue Influence'. A drug-addicted mother goes up against her daughter's newly rich grandfather i...


  • A burned-out public defender from L.A., Joselyn Cole has opted for a quieter life in the San Juan Islands of Washington State. Barely making ends meet, she is pleasantly surprised when entrepreneur Dean Belden shows up in her office--tempting her wit...


  • Steve Martini turns his talents on the seductive world of entertainment, where a lawyer-turned-novelist has concocted the ultimate scheme to outwit the biggest players in New York and Hollywood. Nothing will stop her rise to the top. And nothing will...



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    When Judge Armando Acosta is charged with soliciting a prostitute, attorney Paul Madriani is less than sympathetic. Nevertheless, Madriani is forced to defend his old nemesis. And when the policewoman who snared Acosta is brutally murdered, he wonder...


  • Paul Madriani made a deathbed promise to his wife to help her sister Laurel win a custody battle against Jack Vega. But when Jack's new wife is found shot to death in her bathtub-and Laurel is caught fleeing with crucial evidence--things heat up. Mad...


  • In the space of five days the rural college town of Davenport is rocked by four brutal murders: Two couples - undergraduates - their bodies are found tied and staked out on the banks of Putah Creek. Then two more bodies are discovered. This time the ...


  • Sharp defense attorney Paul Madriani was on the rise with the firm of Potter, Skarpellos - until a short-lived affair with Potter's wife cost him his job. Now, Potter's wife is accused of his murder - and Paul is thrust back into the big time, as he ...


  • Lawyer Sam Bogardus thought it was a routine adoption case. His client believed her natural father had died years ago in a bizarre accident. But now, she has received a message that her father is still alive. The message is attached to four pages of ...