Undue Influence

Version: Abridged
Author: Steve Martini
Narrator: Harry Hamlin
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2001
# of Units: 3 CDs
Length: 3 hours
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Overview

Paul Madriani, the brilliant defense attorney from Compelling Evidence and Prime Witness, is back in a complex web of murder and deceit -- this time within his own family. His wife Nikki has just died of cancer. On her deathbed, Nikki made Paul promise to look after her younger sister, Laurel Vega, who is mired in a bitter child-custody battle with her ex-husband, a powerful state senator.

When Jack Vega's new wife is found slain execution-style, Laurel becomes the prime suspect. Paul -- remembering his promise to his wife -- has no choice but to take Laurel's case. But as he tries to mount a defense and probes deeper into the lives of those involved, he discovers a trail of betrayal and duplicity that hides the truth at every turn.

A gripping drama that spirals toward its shattering conclusion, Undue Influence is a brilliant work from the author hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "the newest superstar among fictionalizing attorneys."

Reviews (12)

Not as bad as I was led to believe

Written by Anonymous on July 8th, 2010

  • Book Rating: 4/5

After reading the other reviews I was almost tempted to toss this in the mailbox rather than the CD player. However, I had a three hour drive to my daughter's house so I gave it a shot. I was pleasantly surprised. It was an enjoyable listen and just long enough to cover my drive.

Chop shop abridgement!

Written by ratest on September 22nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 2/5

I love a good legal thriller, and Martini knows how to spin a tale. I wonder how he allowed his story to be butchered by this poor abridgment. I would say that this reads like a summary of the cliff-notes on the book. Stick with the unabridged version.

The Ending must have been written "Under the Influence"

Written by Timothy Higgins from Cincinnati, OH on January 2nd, 2008

  • Book Rating: 3/5

I generally like Steve Martini, although after the last few books of his I've listened to, I'm having trouble remembering why. It was a good story and I cared about the characters, but the ending, WOW, details and plot elements we had no idea of, no hint of, and seemed to be thrown in at the end just fabricate an ending. It was like the ending from a different book. Maybe that's what happened, on the way to the editor, he tripped, and the endings from two different books got mixed up. Maybe if I listen to enough of his stories, this one will eventually make sense.

Good story - bad chop

Written by Southeastern Wisconsin on August 1st, 2007

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Story was chopped up in the abridgment. Liked Harry Hamlin reading Steve Martini.

Reasons Abridgement should be illegal

Written by Shane Nixon from Burlington, NC on January 30th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Well, this was my least favorite of Martini's series with Madriani even without the HORRIBLE abridgement, but with that, this was BAD. Someone who isn't a Paul Madriani fan did the cutting to make up this abridged version and they butchered it. I am glad most of the other Martini works offer the unabridged version. The story, as suggested, isn't the best in this series, but would be good enough for a 3 (at least) if we could read enough of it. Narrator was good enough. The more I write the more I realize how much the abridgement (alone) made this bad for me!

Undue Influence

Written by Molly Rhea on October 7th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Good listen and interesting story. Just a bit much to be believable.

Undue Influence

Written by Lucy on December 19th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

I enjoyed this book, even though it was abridged, it allowed me to listen to the whole thing in one sitting. I always enjoy Steve Martini's stories, and this abridged version, while lacking in character development and detail, told the story without leaving out vital information and was still easy to follow. Harry Hamlin's narration was interesting enough, no exaggerated women's voices which can be quite irritating. He was reading the book, not acting out the roles, so it was fine. I don't usually like abridged versions, but I do recommend this one.

Undue Influence

Written by David Levesque on December 4th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 1/5

Brutal abridgement. No character development and very litle plot development. I found myself having to re-listen to parts just to track who the characters were... even at the end with the person who did it.

Undue Influence

Written by Anonymous on July 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Great listen. Could have been improved by another CD or 2

Undue Influence

Written by Jack H. from Scottsdale, AZ on May 16th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 4/5

Another excellent Martini tale. It would have been better if the abridgement had been lengthened to 5 or 6 CD's to include more detail, however, it was still well worth the read.

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. "