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Paul Madriani

The Secret Partner

A Paul Madriani Novel

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About the Book

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 researcher Michael Givens is charged with the murder of a colleague he turns to Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds to defend him. The murder victim, a noted chemist and genetic specialist, was on the cusp of one of the great medical discoveries of history, a cure for cancer—a genetic silver bullet. Prosecutors are convinced that Givens coldly planned and carried out the murder, and that the motive was professional jealousy. Madriani doesn’t buy it.

A longtime criminal defense attorney with a keen eye for assessing clients, he is convinced that Givens would not commit murder, and certainly not with the crude explosive device that was used. But someone else did. Digging into the victim’s work and his personal life, Madriani discovers a web of deceit and lies. Rumors surface of serious ethical violations in the testing program required to pave the way to vast riches for those who hold the patents on the new drug. Whispers abound that the dead doctor crossed moral boundaries not only in his professional life, but in his personal affairs as well, conduct for which others might well have killed him.

Concerns are voiced that the new wonder drug may prove so successful in eradicating cancer that global mortality rates could plummet. If so, could a population explosion of huge proportions result, leading to economic and political upheaval, violence, and war? Every silver lining has its dark cloud.

Behind all of this is a sinister web of intrigue into which the lawyers tumble as they fight to defend their client and discover the truth. It is a trial unlike any they have seen before, a cauldron of conspiracy that threatens to destroy Paul and Harry along with their client.

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Critical Praise

“The novel boasts the sure-handed, suspenseful storytelling that Martini’s fans have come to expect. Martini holds serve with his 14th Paul Madriani thriller, in which Hitler’s evil legacy continues to haunt survivors of World War II.” —Kirkus Reviews on Blood Flag

“Steve Martini’s writing is smooth, clear and easy to become immersed in. The integrity he writes into his characters feels as fresh as a Pacific Ocean breeze. A rewarding read with strong characters and an outstanding sense of realism.” —Mystery Scene on Blood Flag

“The spooky, conspiratorial tone and nature of “Blood Flag” harks to those great Robert Ludlum international romps. . . . A slam-bang tale with as many twists as pages. A perfect summer read.” —Providence Journal on Blood Flag

“Mr. Martini knows how to spin a tale. . . . Well done, Mr. Martini.” —Washington Times on Trader of Secrets

“With plenty of surprises waiting just around each corner, Blood Flag is a fast-paced thriller that picks up steam on its way to a shocking, climactic ending that most readers will not see coming.” —Therealbookspy.com on Blood Flag

“Martini knows how to craft suspenseful and twist-filled legal thrillers. Martini knows how to craft suspenseful and twist-filled legal thrillers. . . . The tight and personal stories are so juicy. . . . One of the better mysteries in the Madriani series.” —Associated Press on Blood Flag

“Martini keeps getting better and better.” —Tennessean (Nashville)

“Martini is a crafty pro.” —Washington Post

“Get ready for a great read…. If 10 stars could be given, Martini rates them all.” —Suspense Magazine on Blood Flag

“Suspenseful, high-stakes, high-octane adventure. . . . Martini’s proven formula for best-seller success combines the appeal of the legal thriller (Martini is a former prosecutor) with the high-concept adventure of Vince Flynn and James Rollins.” —Booklist on Trader of Secrets

“Richly interesting characters, masterful plots, and beautiful writing.” —Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Martini expertly pulls all the threads together as Madriani navigates an assortment of physical and professional challenges.” —Publishers Weekly on The Enemy Inside

“A terrific series. . . . Steve Martini is an expert at good old-fashioned, gimmick-free storytelling.” —Steve Berry

Product Details

  • ISBN: 9780062413192
  • ISBN 10: 0062413198
  • Imprint: William Morrow
  • On Sale: 05/23/2017
  • Pages: 400
  • List Price: 17.99 CAD
  • BISAC1: FICTION / Thrillers / Legal
  • BISAC2: FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense

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