Attorney Joseph Antonelli dives into a case of White House intrigue, intimacies not forgotten, and suspicions dark and deep in this legal thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series called "adroit and often elegant" (Los Angeles Times).
The novels of D. W. Buffa featuring attorney Joseph Antonelli have become some of the most avidly praised of the legal thrillers being written today, called "absorbing" (Orlando Sentinel), "suspense-laden" (Houston Chronicle), and "electrically charged" (The New York Times). The Judgment, the third in the series, was nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year.
In Breach of Trust, Antonelli is seduced into taking a case that has dangerous implications not only for the upcoming United States presidential race but also for a group of friends who thought they had put the sudden death of a young woman behind them long ago. When Antonelli attends a Harvard Law School reunion at Manhattan's Plaza Hotel, he doesn't suspect how disturbing his return will be-for it was at a party in this very hotel that a lively young woman fell from a window to her death. The event had been ruled an accident at the time, but the case is about to be reopened, and a possible witness is wary of its potential to ruin his political chances-a man with promise and ambition in equal measure, the vice president of the United States. When the trial begins, the nation's eyes turn to the accused, the downtrodden James Haviland, and to the unseen powers both within and without the White House who want to bury him. It's up to the shrewd and sharp Antonelli to uncover just where the secrets lie-and exactly who is playing whom.
About the Author
The New York Times called The Defense 'an accomplished first novel' which 'leaves you wanting to go back to the beginning and read it over again.' The Judgment was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel of the year.
D.W. Buffa lives in Northern California. You can visit his Official Website at dwbuffa.net.
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Harvard Law School graduate Joseph Antonelli agrees to come back for a reunion only because his old roommate Thomas Browning, the Vice President of the United States, asked him to attend as a favor. At the reception, Thomas says glowing, but untrue things about Antonelli. Afterward Antonelli meets Jimmy Haviland, who blames Thomas for the death of another student, Annie Malreaux who fell to her death from the eighth floor of Manhattan¿s Plaza Hotel. The police ruled it an accident.................................. Later that night Antonelli meets Browning who asks for his help. Apparently, the death of Annie is being reopened as a witness has surfaced claiming murder occurred. Browning feels his run for the Oval office could die with the scandal that he was part of a cover-up even if it proves false later. He wants Antonelli, the best defense attorney in the country, to defend whoever is accused of the homicide. Antonelli wants to say no, but agrees to handle the case especially since the accused is Jimmy, a person who never really recovered from the death of his beloved Annie...................................... Fans of legal thrillers will take immense delight from the wonderful BREACH OF TRUST. The story line is loaded with action in and out of the courtroom and the White House. The cast is fabulous and is led by a remarkable caring hero though much of the show is stolen by the charismatic VP. Readers will never guess who did what to who as the ending is so buffed.............................. Harriet Klausner