The Attorney

Version: Abridged
Author: Steve Martini
Narrator: Christopher Meloni
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: January 2000
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Paul Madriani is back!

Having moved to San Diego to be closer to the woman in his life, Madriani takes on the case of Jonah Hale, an elderly man in dire straits. Because of the longtime drug addiction of their only child, Jessica, Jonah and his wife have been raising their eight-year-old granddaughter, Amanda. After Jonah wins a multi-million dollar state lottery, Jessica revives her interest in mothering. When Jonah won't deal-maternal rights for a megabucks payoff-Jessica pulls out all the stops.

Enter Zolonda Suade, a flamboyant feminist activist with a talent for making children and their "victimized" mothers disappear. When the next move turns deadly, Madriani finds himself drawn into a web of deceit and high-stakes action, in and out of the courtroom.

Rich with characters drawn from today's headlines, driven by motives both obvious and subtle, "The Attorney" marks the much-anticipated return of Paul Madriani.

Reviews (13)

good story

Written by karen g from Bowmanville, ON on June 25th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Wasn't overly impressed with this download. It seemed to start in the middle of sentence and the narration lacked the flair i've come to expect from Paul Madriani. Good story. Bad Audio.

A good read

Written by Keith on May 6th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 3/5

It was a nice "read" but I felt that there were too many red herring clues that pushed the limits of my believability. It may have been better in the longer form recording.

I'm a fan

Written by Southeastern Wisconsin on August 18th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 5/5

I'm a fan - this is a great book - the first of the series, if I'm not mistaken.

The Attorney

Written by Kathy on January 11th, 2009

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was not spellbinding by any means, but it was a pleasant enough way to pass time while driving. Chris Meloni is an ok narrator, although he can be a little flat.


Written by Anonymous on November 18th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

This book was okay but really not worth the time. It was mildly entertaining.

The Attorney

Written by Jean from Santa Cruz, CA on June 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

This was a bit different story. Enjoyed the court room drama and the hunt for the child. Thought the ethics was a bit loose. Enjoyed listening to the drive around the San Diego area. Looking forward to his next book.

Still a Madriani fan . . . BUT

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on June 16th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

The ending in this one was at the same time WAY to melodramatic and WAY to anticlimatic. Sound impossible? Well it paints an unbelievably dramatic and unexpected twist at the VERY end, but then drops it there with no further detail. Good 3 star listen, and the narrator makes it better than it would have been, but it isn't MArtini's normal high standard. Good but not close to GREAT!


Written by Anonymous on April 28th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

An Attorney, a Private Detective, Father & Lover - All rolled into one guy. Story was fun to listen to, but not very probable.


Written by Lee Werley from Chapel Hill, NC on November 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I always enjoy his books and this was no different. Good but not great. Keep it up

Surprised me!

Written by Anonymous from Woodbury, CT on September 2nd, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed the story, but especially enjoyed that it was an "oh, yeah." In other words, when I found out what had happened, I realized I should have figured it out, but I didn't. Very entertaining.

Author Details

Author Details

Martini, Steve

"Steve Martini was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area and Southern California. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, Martini?s first career was in journalism. He worked as a newspaper reporter in Los Angeles and as a correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento, specializing in legal issues, before gaining his law degree from the University of the Pacific?s McGeorge School of Law.

In 1974 he entered private law practice in California where he appeared in both state and federal courts. During his law career he worked as a legislative representative for the State Bar of California , served as special counsel to the California Victims of Violent Crimes Program, and was an administrative law judge and supervising hearing officer.

In 1984, Martini turned his talents to fiction. COMPELLING EVIDENCE, the novel that introduced attorney Paul Madriani, was published by Putnam in 1992. A national bestseller, that novel earned Martini a critical and popular following. "