The Enemy Inside: A Paul Madriani Novel by Steve Martini

Reviewed by Jud Hanson

The Enemy InsideA car crash on a lonely California highway results in the death of a prominent D.C. lawyer, Olinda Serna. The driver of the 2nd car, Alex Ives, claims to have no memory of the accident; the last thing he remembers is being at a party he was invited to by an attractive woman he met by chance and whose name he can’t remember. Paul Madriani’s daughter knows Alex and asks her father to help him. There is much more at stake, however, then simply a young man’s freedom, as Paul discovers that Serna may, literally and figuratively, know where the bodies are buried regarding malfeasances committed by some of D. C. highest ranking public figures. Thus begins a race against time save Alex Ives from a murder conviction and to find out the identity of whoever is willing to kill to keep the secrets known by Serna from being made public.

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The Enemy Inside by Steve Martini is part of a series that should be compared in quality to John Grisham’s work. Martini has created a cast of recurrent characters that have generally worked well for him and he excels at novels where the majority of the action centers around the courtroom. In this case, however, I’m forced to agree with other reviewers in that The Enemy Inside started off strong and ended going off on multiple tangents, which created a lack of cohesiveness. With that in mind, I can only give this book 3/5 stars.

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