Despite this cool spring, the promise of some great summer reading unfolds in the latest Steve Martini novel, "Trader of Secrets." (William Morrow, 392 pages)
Attorney Paul Madriani squares off with the assassin, Muerte Liquida (Liquid Death), in the jungles of Mexico's Yucatan peninsula.
The story begins as Madriani's private investigator, Herman Diggs, is in critical condition in the hospital following an attack by the evil Liquida. Liquida has escaped from Herman and has his sights set on murdering Madriani's daughter, Sarah.
Convinced the only way they can safeguard Sarah, Madriani and his law partner, Harry Hinds, decide to track down the villainous hitman.
They become embroiled in a plot involving two errant NASA scientists peddling technology for the ultimate weapon of mass destruction to a terrorist state.
In this high-tech, gripping thriller, Martini reveals his genius for incorporating and weaving such diverse subjects as the intricacies of astronomy to the gritty underworld of the drug cartels and contract killers in such a way as to deliver a book the reader will not find easy to put down.