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Blood Flag: A Paul Madriani Novel    by Steve Martini order for
Blood Flag
by Steve Martini
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William Morrow, 2016 (2016)
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* *   Reviewed by Hilary Williamson

In this fourteenth entry in the popular legal thriller series, attorneys Paul Madriani and Harry Hinds take on as client sixty-three year old Emma Brauer, who has been accused of the mercy killing of her elderly father Robert.

Emma tells the lawyers that all the problems started after her father received a package in the mail from a 'buddy in his army days' with a safe deposit box key inside as well as a note and a picture. Late night phone calls followed, after which the old man looked worried. There was also a burglary.

But as Emma relates all this, the police arrive to arrest her. Paul's legal assistant Sofia, a lovely young 'paralegal sidetracked on her way to law school' immediately offers to look after Emma's car and to take care of her father's miniature Schnauzer, Dingus.

While this goes on, readers share the perspective of a hired gun, foiled in his plan to enter Emma's home by the San Diego police presence there - what is he after? Another killing soon follows.

Paul tries to make contact with Robert Brauer's old army buddies, to learn that none have survived. The last also died in a nursing home (in Oklahoma) and his son, Anthony Pack, suspects foul play. Paul starts to work with Pack and they find a connection to Hitler's Blood Flag, worth a fortune if it can be found and authenticated.

All these characters dance around each other, trying to locate the loathed historic artifact, now connected to several modern murders. And as always, the author tosses in some big surprises for readers - and danger for his leads - before it's all over. Another intriguing and engrossing read from Steve Martini!

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