Attorney Paul Madriani defends a highly decorated soldier on trial for
murder and unwittingly steps into a maze of secrets and lies that the
United States government - and possibly even his client - would rather
leave hidden and undisturbed.
In his new outing, Madriani is
faced with daunting ballistics evidence, a so-called "double tap" - two
bullet wounds tightly grouped to the victim's head, shots that could
only have been made by a crack marksman. Madriani's client, Emiliano
Ruiz, is an enigma, a career soldier who refuses to talk about his past
though clearly 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.
One key to the case that's especially damning
for Madriani's client: the murder weapon is one used only in special
operations where the "double tap" has become the signature of the most
Ruiz is sitting on a story he says he's not at
liberty to tell - a seven-year-gap on his military resume for which
Madriani can find no details. And more troubling, Madriani 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 refuses to
help and prosecutors who stonewall 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.