The Enemy Inside

The Enemy Inside : A Paul Madriani Novel

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Defending an innocent young man, defense attorney Paul Madriani uncovers a morass of corruption and greed that leads to the highest levels of political power in this electrifying tale of suspense from New York Times bestselling author Steve Martini. One of the most successful lawyers in the country, Olinda Serna is a master at managing money as well as her influential clients. After years of fierce combat in the political trenches, Serna knows all the dirty secrets, where the bodies are buried, and how deeply they are stacked. When she's killed in a roadside crash in the high desert of Southern California, powerful heads in Washington begin to panic, worried that their secrets may not be safe anymore. Alex Ives, a friend of Paul Madriani's daughter, is accused of vehicular manslaughter in Serna's death. Ives claims he had only one drink on the night of the accident, yet he can't remember anything between the time he left for a party north of San Diego and the moment he woke up in a hospital the next morning. He's still dazed and a little bruised, but also obviously very afraid. After all, a woman is dead, and he's sure he didn't kill her. To save an innocent young man's life, the brilliant defense attorney must uncover everything he can about Serna and her clients--no matter how unsavory--a search that will lead him into a vortex of corruption, and at its center, a devious killer poised to strike more

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  • Paperback | 610 pages
  • 165.1 x 241.3 x 38.1mm | 635.03g
  • HarperCollins Publishers Inc
  • HarperCollins
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • Large type / large print
  • Large type / large print edition
  • 0062392867
  • 9780062392862
  • 1,501,218

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When young Alex Ives is implicated in a deadly car crash, Paul Madriani joins a case as tangled as any he's ever taken. Alex swears he only had one drink, but can't remember the evening in question. Ives is being charged with drunk driving and manslaughter. When Paul discovers that Alex was investigating the deceased, a hard-charging lawyer named Olinda Serna, Madriani realizes that Alex could be facing a murder charge. In Washington, D.C., attorney Cletus Profitt, who worked with Serna, knows that she held dark secrets reaching the highest levels of national politics. Profitt will go to any lengths to ensure that this dirt dies with her. Senator Maya Grimes, who is implicated, also begins crafting her own web of deceit to suffocate anything that might come back to bite her. Now others want to kill Alex and the only way to save him is for Madriani to uncover the corruption that surrounds Serna's friends and find her more

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