Undue Influence - Steve Martini I think Martini is better than Grisham, particularly his courtroom scenes. In Undue Influence, Paul Mondriani is defending is sister-in-law, Laurel Vega, who has been accused of murdering the new wife of her erst-while husband, a state legislator who is under investigation by the feds for bribery. Laure|’s two children become pawns in a tense drama that pits her attorney unwittingly against the mob and a local police lieutenant who hates the contents of his abdominal cavity. The evidence against Laurel is overwhelming ,and the case has some neat surprises for the reader.