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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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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John Lescroart Books

John Lescroart Book List

A list of books by  John Lescroart who writes legal and police thrillers or dramas. Most of his novels are in one series with the same main characters.

Sunburn (1981)

Auguste Lupa Series

In the Auguste Lupa series, the main character Lupa, is son of Sherlock Holmes and Irene Adler and it is strongly hinted that he later becomes Nero Wolfe, although Wolfe is never mentioned by name.

Son of Holmes (1986)
Rasputin's Revenge (1987)

Legal Thriller Series

Lescroart's legal thrillers are based around San Francisco, beginning with Dead Irish. They center around ex-cop and lawyer, Dismas Hardy, and his best friend, officer Abe Glitsky. Though both characters are usually included in the novels, the books can be sorted and read in order of publication date or selectively by the main protagonist if the reader prefers.

Dismas Hardy, ex police and lawyer,

Dead Irish (1989)
The Vig (1990)
Hard Evidence (1993)
The 13th Juror (1994)
The Mercy Rule (1998)
Nothing But the Truth (1999)
The First Law (2003)
The Second Chair (2004)
The Motive (2004)
Betrayal (2007)
A Plague of Secrets (2009)

Abe Glitsky, police officer

A Certain Justice (1995)
Guilt (1996)
The Hearing (1999)
The Oath (2002)

Wyatt Hunt, private investigator

The Hunt Club (2005)
The Suspect (2007)
Treasure Hunt (2010)

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About John Grisham

About John Grisham

John Grisham writes fiction novels, legal thrillers in the crime genre. Always an avid reader, Grisham has cited John Steinbeck as an influence and John le Carre as a favourite author.

John Grisham is a best selling author whose books, as of 2008, have sold over 250 million copies worldwide. Grisham writes at least one novel a year, and seven of his books, and bestselling novels reached no 1. His ingenious action plots are perfect for movies many of which are now available on dvd. Thirteen of his books have now been filmed.

Before becoming a fiction writer, John Grisham was a successful lawyer and politician. He earned his Juris Doctor degree from the University of Mississippi School of Law in 1981. During law school he switched from tax law to criminal and general civil litigation and upon graduation he entered a small-town general law practice. For nearly a decade in Southaven, he focused on criminal law and civil law. As a young attorney he spent much of his time in court proceedings representing a broad spectrum of clients.

Encouraged to start writing by his mother, he began to work on his first novel after witnessing the harrowing testimony of a 12-year-old rape victim in 1984, and it "explored what would have happened if the girl's father had murdered her assailants." A Time to Kill, finished in 1987, was initially rejected by many publishers but was eventually published in June 1989 by Wynwood Press. A Time to Kill was filmed in 1996 with Morgan Freeman and is shortly to hit Broadway.

John Grisham began work on his second novel, The Firm, the story of a young attorney fresh out of law school, enticed to join what appeared to be the perfect law firm, and forced to find an ingenious "out" from his contract when he discovers that it is not what it appeared." The Firm was filmed in 1993, with Tom Cruise & Gene Hackman.

Other movies that followed included The Pelican Brief (1993) with Sandra Bullock, The Client (1994) with Susan Sarandon and Runaway Jury (2003) with Demi Moore.

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Around 1991 Grisham took a hiatus from practising law to concentrate on writing but returned briefly in 1996 to represent the family of a railroad brakeman killed when he was pinned between two cars. He continues to hold his seat on the Board of Directors for the Innocence Project, an organization dedicated to exonerating the innocent through DNA testing after they have been convicted.

John Grishams  latest book, due out in May 2010, is for kids, and is called Theodore Boon - Kid Lawyer

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