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The Prosecution: A Legal Thriller


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ISBN 10: 080506107X / ISBN 13: 9780805061079
Published by Henry Holt 1st printing, NY, 1999
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Title: The Prosecution: A Legal Thriller

Publisher: Henry Holt 1st printing, NY

Publication Date: 1999

Binding: Hardcover

Dust Jacket Condition: Dust Jacket Included

Signed: Signed by Author(s)

Edition: 1st Edition

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From the best-selling author of The Defense, a spellbinding sequel.

It was a one-way ticket out of his self-imposed isolation and into the courtroom on the right side of justice. It was a favor for his old friend Judge Horace Woolner. It was a once-in-a-lifetime chance to serve as special prosecutor in a case against a man sworn to uphold the law, Marshall Goodwin, the chief deputy district attorney accused of having his former wife murdered. It was an opportunity Joseph Antonelli couldn't walk away from.

But Antonelli is walking into more than he bargained for. The Goodwin case renews his appetite for the practice of law, and although Antonelli is determined to remain on the side of justice, there are many shades between right and wrong. And Antonelli may be over his head when Russell Gray, an urbane, worldly, and wealthy man from a prominent Portland family, is found murdered in his living room. Horace Woolner's wife stands accused of the crime. With justice and love on the line, the stakes couldn't be higher. In this stunning look at our legal system and our hearts, D. W. Buffa delivers on the promise of The Defense and takes us into the dark recesses of our courtrooms and our souls, where there are no easy answers.


If you liked D.W. Buffa's debut legal thriller The Defense, you should love this sequel. It's virtually the same blend of courtroom razzle-dazzle and backstage manipulation, beautifully written, and studded with deep philosophical thoughts. Joe Antonelli, the ace Portland, Oregon, defense attorney who could get even the most guilty of villains off the hook, has been so shattered by the events of the first book that he's retired, sitting in the house he inherited and reading lots of classic literature. Then his best friend, Judge Horace Woolner, arm-twists him into coming back to work--this time as a special prosecutor, investigating the distinct possibility that the city's deputy district attorney hired a man to kill his wife. The case, of course, is fraught with political overtones. And no sooner has Joe done this dirty job than another disturbing case pops up for him to handle: Judge Woolner's wife is charged with shooting a man who might have been her lover.

Buffa, a former professor of political theory and Portland criminal lawyer, is also a world-class writer who knows how to plant vital evidence and then snatch it away or turn it on its head. He also is sly enough to realize that Antonelli might become a bit of a prig if left unchecked, so he drops in the occasional little jest among the deep thoughts from time to time. In an elevator, Joe quotes a line from Thomas Hobbes to Judge Woolner:

"Life is 'a perpetual and restless desire of power after power, that ceaseth only in death.'" "Ceaseth," Horace repeated, laughing at the way it sounded. "You have to understand," I said, as the elevator door slid open, "in the seventeenth century everyone talked with a lisp."
--Dick Adler

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