In all seriousness and truth, I am not a big fan of mystery/thriller type novels. But the written description for this novel by the publisher was just too hard to deny a request to read an advanced copy.
Imagine my surprise getting this novel (and another! different one of course), when I hadn’t received anything in ages.
Anyway, I had never heard of the author before reading this novel. And thankfully it was perfectly fine as a standalone novel. I might not be able to see Madriani, as he was in the past, but Martini still carried the personality quite well, and by the mid point of the novel, I was convinced I knew this character quite well!
Anyway, as written by Amazon.com
“The Supreme Court is one of our most sacred—and secretive—public institutions. But sometimes secrets can lead to cover-ups with very deadly consequences.
Terry Scarborough is a legal scholar and provocateur who craves headline-making celebrity, but with his latest book he may have gone too far. In it he resurrects forgotten language in the U.S. Constitution—and hints at a missing letter of Thomas Jefferson’s—that threatens to divide the nation.
Then, during a publicity tour, Scarborough is brutally murdered in a San Diego hotel room, and a young man with dark connections is charged. What looks like an open-and-shut case to most people doesn’t to defense attorney Paul Madriani. He believes that there is much more to the case and that the defendant is a pawn caught in the middle, being scapegoated by circumstance.
As the trial spirals toward its conclusion, Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds, race to find the missing Jefferson letter—and the secrets it holds about slavery and scandal at the time of our nation’s founding and the very reason Scarborough was killed. Madriani’s chase takes him from the tension-filled courtroom in California to the trail of a high court justice now suddenly in hiding and lays bare the soaring political stakes for a seat on the highest court, in a country divided, and under the shadow of power.”