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Publication Order of Paul Madriani Books

Compelling Evidence (1992)Description / Buy at Amazon
Prime Witness (1993)Description / Buy at Amazon
Undue Influence (1994)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Judge (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Attorney (2000)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Jury (2001)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Arraignment (2002)Description / Buy at Amazon
Double Tap (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
Shadow of Power (2008)Description / Buy at Amazon
Guardian of Lies (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Rule Of Nine (2010)Description / Buy at Amazon
Trader of Secrets (2011)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Enemy Inside (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Second Man (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Blood Flag (2016)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Secret Partner was originally scheduled for 2018 however has not been released yet.

Publication Order of Paul Madriani Short Stories/Novellas

Surfing the Panther (With: Linda Fairstein) (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Publication Order of Anthologies

About Steve Martini:

While there are a great many authors of legal thrillers and courtroom dramas on the New York Times Bestsellers list, Steve Martini is perhaps one of the most prolific, and certainly one of the most well-liked of them all. With his pithy yet engaging style and his unmatched ability to create and sustain tension-filled plotlines, Martini is without doubt a master storyteller. However, it can easily be argued that his real pull with the reading populace comes from his solid understanding of the nuances and intricacies of American jurisprudence, which lends his works an air of authority and that crucial touch of realism that all readers of legal dramas look for.

A Childhood Amidst the Dead

Steve Martini was born in San Francisco on February 28, 1946, to Ernest Martini, a lifelong rancher, and his wife, Rita. Steve spent the first decade of his life in a small town just south of San Francisco, known as Colma. Cheerfully regarded as the West American equivalent of the Valley of the Kings, Colma was originally a small, rural town but soon came to serve as a necropolis for the overburdened populace of San Francisco. Beginning in the early 1900s, cemeteries began to mushroom up around the town and before long Colma grew to be a veritable city of the dead. Indeed, the town’s entire economy was based on the business of burial, and virtually every living resident was involved in the industry in one way or another. It must have been a truly dismal place for a young boy to grow up in, and in 1956, the family moved further south to Los Angeles County, where his father continued to run and manage ranches, while his mother took up a post as a librarian.

A Passion for Writing

As a young boy, Steve focused primarily on his education, graduating first from San Gabriel Mission Grammar School, and later from San Gabriel High School. Steve then went on to college, enrolling as a freshman at Pasadena City College. However, he soon transferred out to the more prestigious University of California at Santa Cruz, where he studied political science, graduating in 1968 with a BA in Government.

After completing his undergraduate degree, Steve began to explore his passion for writing with a career in journalism. He moved to Los Angeles and accepted a post as a reporter for the Los Angeles Daily Journal, which is a niche newspaper that focuses on legal news and information pertaining to California in general, and Los Angeles in particular. It was the ideal job for the budding legal student, as it combined his interest in political science with his unparalleled skills as a writer. He certainly excelled at his work, and in 1970 he was granted the coveted position of being the paper’s first Capitol correspondent. Over the next few years, he reported primarily on legal and political news, and was soon promoted to the newly created position of Sacramento Bureau Chief.

The Law Takes Hold

It was during his tenure as Bureau Chief that Steve began to seriously entertain thoughts of embarking on a career in law. He kept his day job as a journalist, but he began attending night school at the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, graduating in just a few short years with a law degree. He passed the Bar the next year in 1975 and gave up his promising journalism career for one in private and civil law. As with everything else he touched, Steve Martini found success in his new field and over the next several years, he gained an unimpeachable reputation as a highly skilled attorney, whose knowledge of the finer points of law was genuinely astounding. Apart from a lucrative practice, Steve served in a number of public roles as well, including acting as special counsel for the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program.

Of Simeon, Madriani, and More

Steve Martini excelled at the practice of law, but he still remained passionate about writing and in his spare moments, he turned his hand to crafting his first legal thriller, entitled The Simeon Chamber, which was first published in 1987. This first novel was followed four years later by the first installment in Martini’s famous Paul Madriani series, Compelling Evidence. It instantly received critical acclaim, and Martini went on to write eleven more books in the series, the latest of which, Trader of Secrets, was published in 2011.

While Martini has written a few stand-alone novels, including The List and Critical Mass, he is best known for his Madriani novels, which center on the personal and professional life of Paul Madriani, a private attorney whose life has been thrown into turmoil following an ill-advised affair with his mentor and boss’ wife.

The Madriani Novels

The first novel in the series, Compelling Evidence opens just after Paul has been fired from his position at the prestigious law firm run by his mentor, and finds the erstwhile attorney scrounging to make a living as an attorney in private practice, while simultaneously trying to win back the affections of his estranged wife. His life is made even more complicated when the sudden murder of his ex-boss and mentor forces him to defend the man’s wife, his ex-mistress, when she finds herself accused of the crime. With his razor sharp perception and legal genius, Paul Madriani deftly uncovers the shocking identity of the true killer against the background of a sharply paced, tense courtroom drama.

Encouraged by the sensational success of Compelling Evidence, Martini decided to continue with the Madriani character in his next novel, Prime Witness, which was published in 1993, a bare year after its forerunner was released. In this second installment, Madriani finds himself investigating a series of six brutal killings in Davenport, California. Confronted with an enemy from his past and the possibility of having two separate suspects for the crimes, Paul is forced to untangle a sinister web of legal intrigue to arrive at the truth.

Popular Success

With the release of the next two books in the series, Undue Influence and The Judge, Steve Martini became firmly established as one of this generation’s leading authors in the genre of legal fiction. In fact, his work is so popular that these two particular novels were each made into a miniseries for television. However, his work is not without its share of critics. While his writing is generally praised for its legal intricacies and courtroom scenes, many critics regard his style as inconsistent, marked by strongly crafted passages interspersed with cheesy, almost campy scenes.

Regardless of these criticisms, Martini’s novels, in particular the Madriani series, continue to hold a great deal of popular appeal and Martini’s fans are truly legion. And if the recent success of his latest Madriani novel, Trader of Secrets, is anything to go by, Martini is sure to enjoy his commercial popularity for many years to come.

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5 Responses to “Steve Martini”

  1. Lily: 10 months ago

    I enjoyed every novel so much I reread them again. They are like eating a fine desert, reading slowly and savoring it to fully enjoy. I wish Steve Martini would continue writing more novels!

  2. karenemerson: 11 months ago

    you are great! can’t put your books down for anything!

    • Cathy M: 7 months ago

      Love all of Steve’s novels – please keep writing more!

  3. Lynda Ellingwood: 1 year ago

    My daughter and I spend quality time together listening to your books I purchased a few years ago on disk, nook, and …Overdrive Media(which no longer works). We read to each other the 2 in my nook, or pop in a disc after a busy day.
    She has a degree in Criminal Justice, and Social Work she previously used to work as a court appointed child advocate. Now, she can relax and enjoy your stories as much as I still do, and when I have a question about something legal you’ve written, she explains. The books are quite an eye opener, and always spellbinding.
    I appreciate this opportunity to tell you how much we enjoy your stories.
    Thank you!

  4. Kevin: 3 years ago

    I love these books. I have read about 8 and they are so good. Lots of action. I read a lot of Lisa Scottoline too. Both authors are great . Please keep writing with Paul and Harry.


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