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The Defense

Buffa, D. W.

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ISBN 10: 0805053077 / ISBN 13: 9780805053074
Published by Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A., 1997
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FIRST PRINTING # LINE TO 1. AUTHOR'S FIRST BOOK Fine gray quarter-cloth. Fine white color pictorial DJ. 1997, 8vo, (ix), 309pp. [1]. Bookseller Inventory # 008230

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Title: The Defense

Publisher: Henry Holt & Co, New York, New York, U.S.A.

Publication Date: 1997

Binding: Hardcover

Book Condition:Fine

Dust Jacket Condition: Fine

Edition: First Edition First Printing

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A first novel in the vein of Scott Turow introduces defense attorney Joseph Antonelli, who has never lost a case, until he is presented with Johnny Morel, accused of raping his stepdaughter, and Antonelli thinks it is just another routine case, but the verdict is murder. 100,000 first printing.


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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