About Steve Martini

About Steve Martini

Steve Martini is an American writer of legal and suspense thrillers, best known for The Judge and Undue Influence . In 1984, Martini turned his talents to fiction. Compelling Evidence, the novel that introduced attorney Paul Madriani, was published by Putnam in 1992. A national bestseller, that novel earned Martini a critical and popular following.

Steve Martini was born in 1946 in San Francisco, California, and raised in the Bay Area and Southern California. Martini currently lives in the Pacific Northwest and travels extensively.

An honors graduate of the University of California at Santa Cruz, 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, after he graduated from the University of the Pacific’s McGeorge School of Law, he entered private law practice in California where he appeared in both state and federal courts. During his law 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.

He is currently works full time as an author of best selling legal thrillers.

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Steve Martini Books

Steve Martini Book List

Paul Madriani Series

1. Compelling Evidence (1992)
2. Prime Witness (1993)
3. Undue Influence (1994)
4. The Judge (1996)
5. The Attorney (1999)
6. The Jury (2001)
7. The Arraignment (2003)
8. Double Tap (2006)
9. Shadow of Power (2008)
10. Guardian of Lies (2009)
11. The Rule of Nine (2010)

Stand Alone Novels

* The Simeon Chamber (1987)
* The List (1997)
* Critical Mass (1998)

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William Coughlin Books

William Coughlin Book List

Information online suggests that 16 books were written before Coughlin's  death in 1992 so I have a feeling this list is just slightly incomplete.

Charley Sloan Series

Shadow of a Doubt (1991)
Death Penalty (1992)

Posthumous Publication

The Judgment (1997)
The Court (1999)
Proof of Intent (2002) (with Walter Sorrells)


Dividend Was Death (1968)
The Destruction Committee (1971)
Grinding Mill (1973)
No More Dreams
The Widow Wondered Why
Day of Wrath (1980)
The Stalking Man (1981)
Twelve Apostles (1984)
Her Honor (1987)
Her Father's Daughter (1987)
In the Presence of Enemies (1990)
Heart of Justice (1994)

As Sean A. Key (pseudonym)

Cain's Chinese Adventure
The Mark of Cain

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About William Coughlin

About William Coughlin

William Jeremiah Coughlin was born in 1929 and lived in Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan with his wife, Ruth, who was also an author and a book critic.

William Coughlin was the popular author of novels such as as The Twelve Apostles, Her Father's Daughter, Her Honor and Shadow of a Doubt and creator of character Charley Sloan.

He also wrote Cain's Chinese Adventure and The Mark of Cain under the pseudonym Sean A. Key.

William Coughlin was a former defence attorney and a United States administrative judge in Detroit for twenty years. This experience as a judge inspired his law and courtroom themed thrillers with authenticity and he was a best selling novelist of his time. He died in 1992, but several more novels were published posthumously.

A consummate storyteller, Coughlins earlier books are now less well known than his series of Courtroom Thrillers with the main character Detroit attorney, Charley Sloan. A thrice-married, recovering alcoholic, Charley Sloan lost his practice, his wives, and his fortune due to booze.

Coughlin skillfully writes fine characterizations with a sensitive touch, giving his characters quiet insights in times of unanticipated tragedy.

After the death of the award-winning author Coughlin, Walter Sorrels, a fine mystery writer in his own right, began writing more courtroom thrillers starring Charley Sloan, staying true to the character, and writing excellent courtroom scenes.

In his final work, In the Presence of Enemies, William J. Coughlin combined an insightful look into the US legal system with a beautifully crafted authentic and powerful legal drama with twists and surprises right up to its stunning conclusion.

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About John Lescroart

About John Lescroart

John Lescroart was born in 1948 in Houston, Texas and is an American author best known for two series of legal and crime thrillers featuring the characters Dismas Hardy  and Abe Glitsky.

Lescroart graduated from Junípero Serra High School, San Mateo, California and went on to earn a B.A. in English with Honors at UC Berkeley in 1970.

Lescroart has said in interviews that he draws greatest inspiration for his books while observing oil rigs near his  home! He has apparently written over 500 songs and enjoys playing guitar (having written over 500 songs).

He has also written several screenplays, including a musical adaptation of T.S. Eliot's Murder in the Cathedral.

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