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Over just five days, the rural college town of Davenport, California, is rocked by two sets of brutal murders. When two more bodies are discovered, Paul Madriani, the brilliant defense attorney from Compelling Evidence, is tagged as the special prosecutor who must find the murderer, dubbed "the Putah Creek Killer" - and quickly. Following a trail of mounting physical evideOver just five days, the rural college town of Davenport, California, is rocked by two sets of brutal murders. When two more bodies are discovered, Paul Madriani, the brilliant defense attorney from Compelling Evidence, is tagged as the special prosecutor who must find the murderer, dubbed "the Putah Creek Killer" - and quickly. Following a trail of mounting physical evidence, Madriani and the police are led to a college security guard, who is arraigned on multiple charges of murder. But things begin to spin out of control when Madriani confronts Adrian Chambers, the suspect's defense attorney, who harbors a checkered past and a deep-seated vendetta against Paul. Even worse, while the evidence linking the suspect to the first four slayings is irrefutable, something is clearly different with the last two murders.As the trial slowly proceeds, Madriani begins to realize there is another killer at large. Only during the trial - when he is fighting for the conviction of one killer and the identification of another - does Madriani discover terrifying answers that go far deeper than anyone imagined.Answers that will shock, mesmerize, and hold the reader captive until the last page....

Title : Prime Witness
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ISBN : 9780515112641
Format Type : Mass Market Paperback
Number of Pages : 406 Pages
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Prime Witness Reviews

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-02-23 01:29

    The second in the Paul Madriani series, Martini is the thinking man's writer in regard to courtroom procedures and drama.I'm a fish on a line for the specific genre and Martini is among the best I've found. Storyline, A+; characters, A+, being so real; pacing, A+; and setting, A. With those grades in my mind, hard to give anything other than five stars. I love the character Paul Madriani and have decided to drop a couple of guys on my ongoing series list, in favor of Paul. Not, of course, that I have to, I can keep the 15 on the list but some on my series list are getting old, repetitive and simply boring to me. Paul is anything but that being fresh and logical. Paul, as a lawyer is clearly drawn by Martini (also a lawyer) and made me a fan of Paul and those around him. For all of these reasons I have been drawn to this series. A "heads up" though; if you don't like courtroom drama, skip this because it's there; Courtroom with a capital C and Drama with a capital D. I read the last couple of chapters twice they were so "slap me in the face" surprising. The writing was simply great, clear with little in the way of superfluous words which I favor. While I noticed Martini gave John Grisham a nod of thanks, and I've read Grisham, in my opinion Martini rises above Grisham. Please don't bring the dogs out because as we know, it's simply my opinion, folks.

  • Una Tiers
    2019-02-18 18:25

    Slow plot, legal terms misused. Shame on the author.

  • Samyuktha jayaprakash
    2019-03-10 18:25

    This book should have got a 3 but for its plotting and the gripping issues aand obstacles. What I found interesting in this book is that , while normal books involve lawyers making tough cases look simple , this makes a simple , open and shut case become complicated in a natural way.I did feel guilty when I got bored with the book in the starting , and had strong urges to close it.I am happy that I didn't . This showed me the other/real side of law and the politics involved in any job

  • Marianne
    2019-02-25 21:12

    A real page-turner ... and unsuspecting ending ... Martini's going on my must read list of authors!!

  • Laura
    2019-03-10 23:35

    It took me much longer to read this one as I would have liked, I just kept falling asleep reading it even though it was interesting! (And I figured out "who done it" before it was revealed!!)

  • Ron
    2019-03-11 23:22

    What can go wrong will go wrong in Madrianni's law adventures. It just gets worse and worse until the surprise end.

  • Kellie
    2019-03-01 20:13

    (2nd in the Madriani series)- "When Paul Madriani agrees to fill in temporarily as Special County Prosecutor, he has no idea that he will become involved in a serial murder case. The search for the "Putah Creek Killer" leads to the arrest of a college security guard, Andre Iganovich. Adrian Chambers, the defense counsel, has a shady professional past and a deep-seated dislike for Madriani, who was instrumental in the attorney's previous suspension from the bar association. As the evidence unfolds, discrepancies between the first two double murders and the third one become apparent, leading the prosecution to believe that a copy-cat murderer is on the loose. Threats against Madriani's family, legal posturing, the identification of a witness to the third set of murders, and a killer's desperation combine to produce a thrilling story."To me, Martini is a master at writing courtroom drama. He is excellent about explaining everything so the reader doesn’t feel lost. I liked this a lot better than the 1st one.

  • Kristen
    2019-03-19 20:12

    If you love legal thrillers, this one is a good one for you. There's a lot of drama, action and suspense in this one. We're really involved with Paul Madriani's world in and out of the court room. We can really set him keep his emotions and check and keep it all together. There's non-stop shocking surprises to keep you guessing, right to the twist you didn't see coming in the end. When six murders rocks a college town, it's up to Paul in the DA's office to find the killer and stop his case from falling apart at all angles. Even death threats to his wife and daughter and other obstacles are tossed along the way. Great legal drama to hook you from hook to the end.

  • Emily Higgins
    2019-02-19 21:34

    Attorney Paul Madriani has agreed to serve as a temporary District Attorney while a colleague recovers from heart surgery. Then the colleague dies and Paul has the job indefinitely. Four college students have been murdered and the case is coming to trial. All of this takes up so much of Paul's time that it is putting a strain on his relationship with his wife Nikki, with whom he recently reconciled.

  • Scott Wright
    2019-02-27 01:25

    This was a little different from the first book. For one thing, our lead is now prosecution rather than defense. It was odd that this story went the way it did. There was a lack of cohesion in this one. Too many people playing on the wrong side for thier own reasons and no one could figure out who. It all was just a little too much, but an interesting enough story anyway.

  • Laurie D'ghent
    2019-03-07 20:22

    I really enjoyed this book! I've read a lot of lawyer-thriller-type-thingies, but this one was unique. It wasn't overly graphic, no sex was involved, relatively little swearing, and the main character was actually approachable, not some all-powerful jerk-face lawyer guy. I would definitely read more by Martini.

  • Kathleen Messmer
    2019-03-21 01:13

    I generally like Steve Martini books, but this book was so NOT action packed and boring that it was a huge chore to get through it. The only saving grace was that I totally did not see the ending coming. And that was the only reason for two stars. It would have been one otherwise.

  • Raquel Fitzgerald
    2019-03-13 23:19

    Edge of your seat drama and courtroom maneuvers that will make you take a deep breath.

  • Chick Marks
    2019-03-18 01:24

    With Paul Madriani, Harry Bosch, Dismas Hardy and others I have enjoyed meeting them in mid-career and going back to fill in the story lines.

  • Sheila
    2019-02-25 19:31

    will write

  • Ken Heard
    2019-03-14 18:38

    This was one of the better courtroom thrillers that I've ever read. Steve Martini delves into the psychology and strategy of trial work, explaining several steps that the protagonists use during courtroom battles. He writes in first person, present tense, so it adds to the immediacy and the sense of the clock of the procedures needed to prepare for trial and then the actual trial itself.This should be a primer for pre-law students. Some authors, like Grisham, would write of voir dire proceedings and bore their readers. Despite its seeming insignificance when considering the bigger story, Martini really gets into the processing of selecting the right potential juror and he details why some were chosen. There's even a twist in the process that makes for fun reading.One thing to note, though. Martini resorts to "making a face" when he writes of someone responding to something. He does it multiple times. I counted at least 40 references before losing track and making a face of my own.Overall, this is a great book that gets into how lawyers prepare and conduct a capital murder trial. An excellent read.

  • Alice Harbin
    2019-03-11 21:21

    This is my kind of mystery from the standpoint that I didn't know who did it until I read it. However, I found the "Lawyerese" a bit daunting and at times it came fast and furiously. I've read books about the process of prosecuting a criminal before, so I was already somewhat familiar with the process. This was a bit too much. I dislike gruesome descriptions of horrific crimes and the detailed description of the crime scenes. Perhaps that sells well. However,the pace of the plot was riveting. His marital discord seemed a bit irrelevant to the greater plot and in fact is almost dropped from the narrative after a bit. His wife's character is not well developed and their interactions minimally described. Paul Madriani is so well developed in contrast, that i felt I would recognize him if I passed him on the street.

  • Connie
    2019-02-24 17:11

    This is the second book I have read in the series and this one moved along at a pretty fast speed. I knew how did the Schofield killing pretty quickly, but didn't know the why and really liked the ending to this book. I love the courtroom drama and all that goes into the preparation and the questioning of the witnesses. This is very well written and I really enjoyed this part of the book the most.I am giving this 5 out of 5 stars and can't wait to read the next in the series.

  • Paul Bolton
    2019-02-18 22:12

    Good book, just found that the first half really dragged for me. Lots of sub-plots and diversions that really, I feel, did not add anything to the overall story. Did not, to me, feel like the trial was the centrepiece of the book, the fluff got to much in the way. When it did come (the trail) I enjoyed it, but again because the book has the fluff all around the story, the ending and wrap up felt very rushed. Good but a ultimately disappointed.

  • Jeff Dickison
    2019-02-27 19:26

    A good courtroom drama/murder mystery that would have gotten a 5-star rating if Martini hadn't given Madriani too many bad guys to overcome. The final twist was also a little over the top, but the book is fast-paced and exciting with some unusual touches. Recommended to anyone who likes a good murder mystery or a lawyer up-against-the-wall tale.

  • Larry Whaley
    2019-02-20 23:15

    Great book.Easy read, hard to put down. With a great evening. Thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks thanks

  • Nancy
    2019-03-16 17:33

    Good, no frills, courtroom procedural. Although the action doesn't actually move to the courtroom until around page 300, there's plenty of legal wrangling leading up to the trial.

  • Joan
    2019-03-01 18:25

    Always a twist. I found this book exciting and the perfect genre for me to read while recovering from pneumonia.

  • Doug
    2019-03-10 22:23

    As a rule I don't like Courtrooms, judges, lawyers, trials and especially the wife from hell. I think there was probably a good whodonit in there somewhere but I couldn't stick around to see.

  • Mad Leon
    2019-03-17 17:29

    Fairly average murder mystery, with a lot of lawyering. It's a quick read and satisfying.

  • Kathy Govreau
    2019-02-28 21:25

    Could not put this book down.

  • Karen
    2019-02-21 01:13

    I really had a run of crappy books there. And this is one of them.

  • Πάνος Τουρλής
    2019-03-20 17:18

    Η πανεπιστημιούπολη του Ντάβενπορτ συγκλονίζεται από 4 άγριους φόνους που συμβαίνουν μέσα σε διάστημα 5 ημερών. Τα θύματα είναι δεμένα και καρφωμένα στο χώμα στις όχθες του Πούτα Κρικ. Αργότερα ανακαλύπτονται άλλα δύο πτώματα. Η Αστυνομία συλλαμβάνει έναν ύποπτο, ένα Ρώσο μετανάστη, φύλακα του πανεπιστημίου αλλά η υπόθεση κρύβει πολύ περισσότερα. Η ανάμιξη του Ρώσου στις δύο τελευταίες δολοφονίες αμφισβητείται. Μάλλον κάποιος αντέγραψε τον δολοφόνο, κρύβοντας τα δικά του κίνητρα.Μην περιμένετε ανατροπές και αγωνία σε πραγματική δράση και χρόνο. Όλα διαδραματίζονται κυρίως μέσα σε δικαστικές αίθουσες. Ανατροπές, πλοκή κλπ. μόνο με δικανικούς ορους και παραθυράκια του νόμου. Ο Ρώσος έκανε τους φόνους κι ένας άλλος τον αντέγραψε για να καλύψει τα δικά του ίχνη. Αυτό είναι δεδομένο από την αρχή. Από κει και πέρα πότε θα δικαστεί, βάσει ποιων μαρτύρων, τι δολοπλοκίες και ιστοί εξυφαίνονται για την επίλυση της υπόθεσης και κυρίως ποιος είναι ο δεύτερος δολοφόνος όλα εκδικάζονται και ανατρέπονται πριν ή μετά τις ακροαματικές διαδικασίες. Πολύ καλή η ανατροπή και η τελική αποκάλυψη και οι σκηνές κυνηγητού μες στο δικαστικό μέγαρο. Όντως δεν περίμενα ότι αυτός θα ήταν ο δολοφόνος και είναι και πολύ καλά δομημένο το προφίλ του και η συμπεριφορά του στο βιβλίο. Το βιβλίο είναι καλό και αγωνιώδες μόνο αν έχεις διαβάσει Γκρίσαμ και σου αρέσουν τα έργα του. Είναι καλό θριλεράκι αλλα κλειστοφοβικό και με πολλούς δικανικούς όρους και ανατροπές επί των δικών και επί των εγγυήσεων κλπ. που ίσως κουράσουν και ξενίσουν.Στα ελληνικά από τις εκδόσεις Bell το 1996 (Ουσιώδης μάρτυρας).

  • Chris
    2019-03-18 19:22

    I had to listen to the abridged version (cassette) and I realized I do not care for these. I read one and it was great, this was not. Giving them one more try..may have to skip over these in the futureTHIS SUMMARY/REVIEW WAS COPIED FROM OTHER SOURCES AND IS USED ONLY AS A REMINDER OF WHAT THE BOOK WAS ABOUT FOR MY PERSONAL INTEREST. ANY PERSONAL NOTATIONS ARE FOR MY RECOLLECTION ONLY2nd in the Madriani series)- "When Paul Madriani agrees to fill in temporarily as Special County Prosecutor, he has no idea that he will become involved in a serial murder case. The search for the "Putah Creek Killer" leads to the arrest of a college security guard, Andre Iganovich. Adrian Chambers, the defense counsel, has a shady professional past and a deep-seated dislike for Madriani, who was instrumental in the attorney's previous suspension from the bar association. As the evidence unfolds, discrepancies between the first two double murders and the third one become apparent, leading the prosecution to believe that a copy-cat murderer is on the loose. Threats against Madriani's family, legal posturing, the identification of a witness to the third set of murders, and a killer's desperation combine to produce a thrilling story."To me, Martini is a master at writing courtroom drama. He is excellent about explaining everything so the reader doesn’t feel lost. I liked this a lot better than the 1st one. (less)

  • David
    2019-02-25 19:31

    This entry in the Paul Madriani series is a bit earlier than some of the others. Madriani takes a temporary position as a special prosecutor while the current D.A. recovers from heart surgery, but alas-- the D.A. dies and nobody will let Madriani out of the contract. In addition, a serial killer has brutally killed six people. Soon Madriani finds himself facing a nemesis in the courtroom who is bent on obtaining vengeance because of a State Bar discipline that was brought to light by Madriani. Madriani is at his best in in the courtroom, and it would be great if Martini would keep him there. It makes compelling reading to see the legal case either come together, fall apart, or expose a new clue to the mystery. Madriani, of course, figures out who the murderer is, there is a physical confrontation... (One of these days, Madriani will learn that he gets wounded in almost every book, so he probably needs to learn to call the cops) and I was disatisfied with who the actual villain was.Despite those minor drawbacks.. This was a satisfying, page-turning read and I enjoyed it.