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Double Tap

Written by:
Steve Martini
Narrated by:
Joe Mantegna

Abridged Audiobook

Release Date
July 2005
4 hours 57 minutes
Attorney Paul Madriani defends a soldier on trial for murder and unwittingly steps into a maze of secrets and lies that the government -- and even his client -- would rather leave undisturbed.
Madriani is faced with arcane ballistics evidence, a so-called 'double tap' -- two bullet wounds tightly grouped to a victim's head, shots that can only be made by a crack marksman. Madriani's client is an enigma, a career soldier who refuses to talk about his past. The victim was an alluring businesswoman and software tycoon whose empire catered to the military. The case's most damning evidence is the weapon that killed her: a handgun used only in special operations where the 'double tap' is the trademark of the most skilled assassins.
Madriani faces a wilderness of mirrors in a courtroom battle where every witness can hide behind 'national security,' where information is power and digital information is absolute power. It is a war in which the scales of justice are being tipped by evasion, deceit -- and murder. Finding the unvarnished truth has never been so elusive -- or so dangerous.
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My issues began early with this book. My download had the CD's out of order. It turned out #1 was #2 and #3 was #1 and #2 was # 3. 4 and 5 were okay. The actual story was tepid, but I aways enjoy listening to Joe Montagna, so it wasn't a total losss.

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This book violates the basic deal between mystery writer and reader - that the facts that you learn during the story will give you what you need to solve the mystery. Perhaps due to the abridgment, the ending is filled with facts that were never mentioned in the book, and were critical to the solution. Very disappointing. However, the narrator was riveting, so it was interesting until the denouement. So while it enjoyably killed a couple hours of drive time, don't expect a satisfying ending.

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Michael Manning

poorly read. an average story. Don't waste your time.

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Shane Nixon

Second in a row of the Paul Madriani series that has me wanting to shoot an "abridger". This is to short, to jumpy, and I needed the usual Martini detail. As usual, loved the plot and characters, just got hung up with the TERRIBLE cut off by abridgment. What do we have to do to get them to read the "whole thing" on these books?

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I must have enjoyed this book since I finished listening to it but found it to be not one of Martini's best.

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Lee Werley

Double tap or double trouble. It was not one of Steve's best. A lot of violence and not as much story line as in others.

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