The Jury

Version: Abridged
Author: Steve Martini
Narrator: John Slattery
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2001
# of Units: 5 CDs
Length: 5 hours
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Lawyer Paul Madriani is called on to defend a brilliant research physician -- who just may be a killer -- in the most daunting capital case of Madriani's career.

Paul Madriani has ample reason to suspect he's representing a guilty man. Dr. David Crone, a respected medical researcher and principal in mapping the human genome, is charged with the murder of a young colleague: Kalista Jordan, an African-American research physician whose dismembered body was found in a nearby bay.

Madriani's defense is hindered by the secrecy surrounding Crone's research -- which has involved his controversial use of genetic racial profiling. The murdered woman had filed charges of sexual harassment against Crone. Paul is left to piece together a defense while Crone and his colleagues conceal parts of the puzzle.

When a key witness for the prosecution ends up dead, Crone's acquittal is all but assured. Paul's nagging doubts concerning his client are answered with a stunning revelation and a shattering climax.

Reviews (5)

What Jury?

Written by Southeastern Wisconsin on February 8th, 2008

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Where's the Jury? If the book has as little to do with the Jury as the recording does, it must just have been a convenient title for the series. Nevertheless, I am a Martini fan!

First Martini Experience

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on January 25th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 4/5

LOVED IT!!!! I have this image of Paul Madriani in my head, and I would love to meet him. This particular story gives me such a personal side. I even like his partner, Harry. I think the narrator did a remarkable job here, and that always helps, but this story is really good. I would have even liked for it to be a little longer, for a development of one or two of the side stories, but I was completely satisfied as is. GREAT BOOK! Excellent. I will read others by Martini, starting today!


Written by Anonymous from Murrieta, CA on September 18th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Usually I love Steve Martini's books, but this one did not keep my attention. I finally managed to get through the whole thing, but his other books are so much better.

The Jury

Written by Nanette on March 9th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

As with the other Steve Martini books, this was good. The ending I didn't see coming, but I like surprises!!

Interesting Legal Story

Written by Daniel Wainwright from Fresno, CA on March 8th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

An enjoyable read. Interesting characters, plot and twists. Pretty good analysis of the courtroom process.

Author Details

Author Details

Martini, Steve

"Steve Martini was born in San Francisco and grew up in the Bay Area and Southern California. 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, before gaining his law degree from the University of the Pacific?s McGeorge School of Law.

In 1974 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.

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. "