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The Defense

Buffa, D. W.

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ISBN 10: 0805053077 / ISBN 13: 9780805053074
Published by Henry Holt and Company, New York, 1997
Condition: Fine Hardcover
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Title: The Defense

Publisher: Henry Holt and Company, New York

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hard Back

Book Condition: Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition.

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Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli is a stranger to defeat. Until Judge Rifkin asks Antonelli to defend Johnny Morel, a con man and convicted drug dealer accused of raping his 12-year-old step-daughter, Michelle. The prosecution's case is riddled with inconsistencies. Antonelli never confused the legal system with justice, so it should have been routine to defend a man he knew was guilty. And it should have ended there. No one suspected it would end in murder.


There are occasional echoes of Scott Turow and John Grisham in this debut thriller by Oregon lawyer D. W. Buffa, but for the most part his voice is as refreshingly original as the sinuous plot line. "I never lost a case I should have won, and I won nearly all the cases I should have lost," says the arrogant but undoubtedly gifted criminal defense lawyer Joseph Antonelli. When his friend and mentor, Judge Leopold Rifkin, asks him to defend Johnny Morel, a man accused of raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter, Antonelli agrees. Morel is obviously guilty, but aided by the girl's lying, amoral mother, Antonelli plants enough seeds of doubt to get the sleazeball off. Years later, after the girl has disappeared, the mother is shot to death--in Judge Rifkin's living room. Under Buffa's sly direction, these twists and turns add up to a wonderfully rich story.

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