Steven P. Martini: Best-selling mystery novelist

'68 Cowell College, politics graduate and best-selling mystery novelist

May 16, 2011

By Andrea Cohen 

Steven P. Martini

Steve Martini is a best-selling mystery novelist, with 14 legal thrillers released to date. After graduating from UCSC, Martini's first career was in journalism, including a stint as correspondent at the California State Capitol in Sacramento specializing in legal issues. He went on to earn a law degree, then had a successful private law practice in California where he appeared in both state and federal courts. He also 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, drawing on both of those earlier careers. Compelling Evidence, the novel that introduced fictional attorney Paul Madriani, was published by Putnam in 1992. That book was a national best seller and earned Martini a wide critical and popular following. His most recent Paul Madriani book is The Rule of Nine (2010).

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