Shadow of Power

by Steve Martini | Mystery & Thrillers |
ISBN: 9780061230882 Global Overview for this book
Registered by wingAceofHeartswing of Mississauga, Ontario Canada on 5/9/2008
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Journal Entry 1 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 09, 2008
From the Publisher
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 …+ read moreThe 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.

Journal Entry 2 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Friday, May 09, 2008
Terry Scarborough is a notoriety seeker who has written a book about the American Constitution. Scarborough writes about how even in this current day and age the constitution stills contains inflammatory references to slavery. Scarborough also hints at a letter written by Jefferson which would be even more scandalous than his current book. He goes on a book tour in which every city there are riots and violence. Part way through the tour he is murdered in a San Diego hotel room.

The room service bellhop, Carl Arnsberg is charged. The evidence is overwhelming; fingerprints, shoes prints and motive. Paul Madriani and his partner, Harry Hinds are his attornies. Is Carl just a scapegoat and have the police just found the first criminal available to pin the crime on?

Paul and Harry must find the missing Jefferson letter before the trial ends and find out who really killed Scarborough.

This is a tremendous court room drama mystery. The detail of the the trail is amazing. A definite page-turner!!

Journal Entry 3 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Reading now.

Journal Entry 4 by HoserLauren from Burlington, Ontario Canada on Wednesday, May 28, 2008
When a controversial author is found murdered in his hotel room, the police waste no time pointing the finger at Carl Arnsberg, an employee of the hotel that happened into the author's room. Paul Madriani is the defense for the case and quickly delves into the controversy that the author left behind. This includes a potential letter written by Jefferson that has the potential to shock the USA and set the country into a race war.

The book goes through the case laid out by the district attorney and shows how Madriani and his team counter the arguments. At the same time, they are frantically searching behind the scenes to find the letter and determine who the real killer could be. While the arguments that are presented are interesting, I was disappointed that once Madriani had the chance to present the most important evidence to the jury, the author doesn't even put it in the book. He skips over a couple days and goes straight to the jury being locked away making a decision. With all of that build up, I was expecting something more.

I haven't read many courtroom dramas, but overall I enjoyed this one. The dialog was interesting and the counter arguments brought up were ones I would never think of - maybe why I have no interest in being a lawyer!

Journal Entry 5 by wingAceofHeartswing from Mississauga, Ontario Canada on Monday, June 09, 2008
This book is back with me :)

Journal Entry 6 by HoserLauren at Toronto, Ontario Canada on Tuesday, August 10, 2010
I will be taking it out to Lake Louise with me to put in welcome bags for my wedding guests!

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