THE RULE OF NINE
BY STEVE MARTINI
The Old Weatherman dreams of a plan that could be his swan song, an attack to drive a stake through the heart of the right-wing establishment and bury it for good. Now he's found the money, the ideal weapon, and the professional who knows how to use it. And he has set his sights on the perfect target at the very seat of the United States government, in the heart of downtown Washington. It will be a strike heard round the world.
San Diego defense attorney Paul Madriani is still reeling from the trauma of a near nuclear explosion he helped avert at the naval base in Coronado. Threatened by federal authorities to keep quiet about the close call in California, Madriani is now faced with a new problem in the steely-eyed and alluring Joselyn Cole, a weapons control expert, who believes he has to go public with what he knows if they have any hope of stopping a similar event in the future.
But Madriani has been linked to the murder of a Washington, D.C., political staffer, and authorities believe a shadowy figure called Liquida—a hired assassin known as "the Mexicutioner"—may be responsible. And this man, as the last survivor of the attack in San Diego, might be driven by a bizarre and horrifying star-crossed vendetta, and might now be looking for Madriani himself. What Madriani and Cole begin to fear is that the Old Weatherman and this madman have joined forces and intend to pull the city—and the country—into a vortex of terror before Madriani and Cole can find answers to the enigma that is "the rule of nine."ABOUT THE AUTHOR:
Steve Martini was born and raised in the San Francisco Bay area. An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, he holds a law degree from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law.
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. In 1974 he entered private law practice in California, where he appeared in both state and federal courts. During his legal 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, quickly earning positions on bestseller lists. All but his first book spent time on the New York Times Bestsellers list. To date, he has authored twelve novels, including eight featuring his popular lawyer alter ego, Paul Madriani.
In 1996 Undue Influence aired as a four-hour miniseries on CBS, followed by The Judge on NBC in 2001.
Martini lives on the West Coast.MY REVIEW:
Steve Martini has followed his bestseller, GUARDIAN OF LIES, with a new book already on its way to the top. In THE RULE OF NINE, readers will be thrilled to find Paul Madriani, California lawyer, up to his neck in suspense, intrigue, and danger. After the San Diego defense attorney helped to prevent a nuclear explosion in California at the naval base in Coronado, Madriani was warned to not discuss it but he finds that hard to do. Instead, he is being convinced by Jocelyn Cole, a weapons control expert, to tell what he knows to help stop any more attacks. Madriani realizes that those in power aren’t aware of the very real danger they are facing and so after making sure his daughter Sarah is hidden safely away, he and Herman Diggs, Madriani’s partner, as well as Cole take on the case and do their own investigating.
The excitement grows when a talented terrorist known to readers only as Thorn wants to destroy America, and using Liquida, a hired assassin known as “the Mexicutioner“, to help him, tries to bring about total annihilation in the heartland. Thorn has limitless funds and powerful friends to support his cause giving him a very good chance to run a successful campaign of terror.
The novel is fast paced, “hold your breath” reading that never stops until it comes to a shocking conclusion that leaves the reader wanting to know more. With the assassin Liquida and the Old Weatherman involved, THE RULE OF NINE should be the next adventure you add to you TBR (To Be Read) list.
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