Double Tap

Double Tap

Book - 2005
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Penguin Putnam
Paul Madriani's defense of a soldier on trial for murder-and the explosive government secrets it could reveal-propel Steve Martini's latest thriller.

The Arraignment, Steve Martini's most recent bestseller featuring defense attorney Paul Madriani, has proved his most popular yet. Now Madriani is faced with daunting ballistics evidence: a so-called "double tap"-two bullet wounds tightly grouped in the victim's head, shots that could have been made only by a crack marksman. Paul's client, Emiliano Ruiz, is an enigma-a career soldier who refuses to discuss his past though it is clear that he is a battle-tested pro. Ruiz is accused of killing a beautiful businesswoman and guru of a high-tech software empire catering to the military. A key to the case: the murder weapon is one used solely in special operations, where the "double tap" has become the signature of the most skilled assassins.

Ruiz is sitting on secrets-there's a seven-year gap on his military résumé, for which Madriani can find no details. And, more troubling, he discovers that the victim and her company were involved in a controversial government computer program designed to combat terrorists. Madriani finds himself in a deadly legal quagmire-with a client who is unwilling to cooperate and prosecutors who stonewall his every question about the victim's shadowy business and his client's past. Justice, and the unvarnished truth, has never been so elusive-or so dangerous.

Baker & Taylor
Defense attorney Paul Madriani takes on the case of Emiliano Ruiz, a career soldier on trial for the murder of a beautiful businesswoman and the head of a high-tech software company with a number of military contracts, only to discover that his uncooperative client refuses to discuss his past and that the murders could be tied to a number of explosive government secrets. 250,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Attorney Paul Madriani defends a highly decorated soldier who is on trial for murder, and unwittingly steps into a maze of secrets and lies that the government - and even this client - would rather leave hidden and undisturbed.
Madriani is faced with arcane ballistics evidence, the so-called double tap - two bullet wounds tightly grouped to a victim's head, from shots that can have been made only by a crack marksman. Madriani's client is an enigma, a career soldier who refuses to talk about his past, though clearly he is a battle-tested pro. The victim was an alluring businesswoman and software tycoon whose empire catered to the military, and the most damning evidence is the weapon that killed her: a handgun used solely in special operations where the double tap is the trademark of the most skilled assassins.
Madriani begins to have new fears about his client, a man who would rather sit on a legal time bomb than talk about his past and get a chance at acquittal. And yet more troubling, Madriani discovers that the victim was involved in a controversial government contract to combat terrorism by combing through the private computer records of millions of American citizens.
Madriani faces a wilderness of mirrors in a courtroom battle where every witness can hide behind "national security," where information is power and digital information is absolute power. It is a war in which the scales of justice are being tipped by evasion, deceit - and murder. Finding the unvarnished truth has never been so elusive - or so dangerous.

Baker
& Taylor

Defense attorney Paul Madriani takes on the case of Emiliano Ruiz, a career soldier on trial for the murder of a businesswoman and the head of a high-tech software company, murders that could be tied to explosive government secrets.

Publisher: New York : Putnam, c2005
ISBN: 9780399150920
0399150927
Characteristics: 420 p. ; 24 cm

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rahmmie
Nov 10, 2013

I found this book to be one of my favourites in Martini's Paul Madriani's series. It is well-paced, the dialogue and the courtroom action are well timed and keep the reader wanting to turn to the next page. Nice twist at the end.

hermlou Jan 10, 2012

Exciting courtroom drama features Paul Madriani and his partner Harry Hinds. They are defending Emiliano Ruiz on the charge of murder of a CEO of a corporation with ties to the U.S. military. Evidence is hiding behind claims of national security. The characters are interesting, and the subject of individual privacy is huge.

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blossom21
May 09, 2010

Excellent courtroom drama with a surprise ending.

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