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Double Tap

Abridged Audiobook

Written By: Steve Martini

Narrated By: Steve Martini

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2005

Duration: 4 hours 59 minutes


Now Madriani is faced with daunting ballistics evidence: a so-called "double tap"-two bullet wounds tightly grouped in the victim's head, shots that could have been made only by a crack marksman. Paul's client, Emiliano Ruiz, is an enigma-a career soldier who refuses to discuss his past though it is clear that he is a battle-tested pro. Ruiz is accused of killing a beautiful businesswoman and guru of a high-tech software empire catering to the military. A key to the case: the murder weapon is one used solely in special operations, where the "double tap" has become the signature of the most skilled assassins.

Ruiz is sitting on secrets-there's a seven-year gap on his military résumé, for which Madriani can find no details. And, more troubling, he discovers that the victim and her company were involved in a controversial government computer program designed to combat terrorists. Madriani finds himself in a deadly legal quagmire-with a client who is unwilling to cooperate and prosecutors who stonewall his every question about the victim's shadowy business and his client's past. Finding justice, and the unvarnished truth, has never been so elusive-or so dangerous


  • KarenG

    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.

  • Anonymous

    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.

  • Michael Manning

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

  • 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?

  • Anonymous

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

  • 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.