Death's Witness: A Novel

Death's Witness: A Novel

by Paul Batista


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USA Today best-selling author

Awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association

A legal thriller so authentic, it reads like tomorrow's headlines.

When Tom Perini, a legendary Heisman Trophy winner turned criminal lawyer, is found brutally murdered in Central Park, his widow Julie Perini suspects a wider conspiracy. Not only was her husband part of the defense team for a Congressman on trial for bribery, her intuition also tells her that the FBI is not too eager to find the killer.

Relying on her skills as a journalist, Julie begins her own investigation and soon discovers her late husband's secret underworld associations: ties that now threaten her and her toddler's lives. Fighting grief and a sense of betrayal, Julie is pulled into an inescapable labyrinth of organized crime dealings, political corruption, brutal power grabs and murder.

Desperate, Julie turns to Vincent Sorrentino, Tom's defense partner, for help, and the two discover a shocking and terrifying truth that threatens to paralyze them. But it may also hold the key the only key to saving the lives of Julie and her daughter.

Renowned attorney Paul Batista seamlessly combines crack legal expertise with suspenseful storytelling to produce a pulse-pounding action story and a first rate courtroom procedural.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608092086
Publisher: Oceanview Publishing
Publication date: 01/26/2016
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 382
Sales rank: 1,018,319
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.00(d)

About the Author

Paul Batista, novelist and television personality, is one of the most widely known trial lawyers in the country. As a trial attorney, he specializes in federal criminal litigation. As a media figure, he is known for his regular appearances as guest legal commentator on a variety of television shows including, Court TV , CNN, HLN and WNBC. He's also appeared in the HBO movie, You Don't Know Jack , starring Al Pacino.

A prolific writer, Batista authored the leading treatise on the primary federal anti-racketeering statute, Civil RICO Practice Manual , which is now in its third edition (Wiley & Sons, 1987; Wolters Kluwer, 2008). He has written articles for The New York Times , The Wall Street Journal , and The National Law Journal.

Batista's debut novel, Death's Witness , was awarded a Silver Medal by the Independent Book Publishers Association (IBPA). Batista is a graduate of Bowdoin College, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa, and Cornell Law School. He's proud to have served in the United States Army. Paul Batista lives in New York City and Sag Harbor, New York.

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Death's Witness 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 29 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This outstanding book, as Alan Dershowitz and others have said, has the feel of the real, since it's written by a very experienced criminal lawyer who is also a widely published poet and able to write a consummate thriller.
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Enjoyed reading this well crafted story.
ctfrench on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Former Heisman winner turned lawyer Tom Perini is shot at close range while jogging in Central Park. Perini had been part of the defense team for Congressman Danny Fonseca, who is being tried on charges of bribery. Perini¿s wife Julie is questioned by FBI agent John McGlynn, who leaves Julie with the impression that he is not willing to put much effort into finding her husband¿s killer. Julie decides to use her skills as a journalist to begin her own investigation into her husband¿s death and starts with his case files. Subsequently, Perini¿s client Selig Klein, an alleged mobster, is gunned down, and Julie is sure the two murders are connected and that somehow McGlynn is involved. When the FBI subpoenas her husband¿s files, hinting they believe he was involved with money laundering, Julie implores Tom¿s defense partner Vincent Sorrentino to help her stop McGlynn from ruining her husband¿s reputation. What the two discover is not only shocking but may be the only way to save the lives of Julie and her daughter.Death¿s Witness is the debut novel for Paul Batista, criminal defense attorney and media pundit. The mystery, although easily solved, is filled with twist and turns, and Batista entertains the reader with an onslaught of red herrings to consider. Although the ending is somewhat predictable, this is overall a good read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intriguing plot with just the right amount of legal suspense.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Intense and intelligent thriller.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Could not put it down . Well written characters and plot .My only complaint is that the ending was somewhat predictable
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Boring to begin and hold attention in the first chapters. Story line begins two thirds into the book. The ending four chapters saves the book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
good read
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A good story about the dangerous world of big time criminals and their lawyers.
crazyreaderAP More than 1 year ago
if you like cop/legal stuff read this author. extremely good. excellent.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Author/lawyer Paul Batista has made a gteat first impression on this reader. He has crafted an exciting and thrill packed adventure that will more than give you your money's wotth. I eagerly await reading his next book. I am positive that it will be just as enjoyable. J M Lydon
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What a great read...!!!!!!! Kept me VERY INTERESTED right to the final page!!!! Can't wait to read 'Extraordinary Rendition'... Got to be another GREAT READ...WORTH EVERY PENNEY...!!!!! Hope he writes more...One of my favorite authors!!!!! Thank you Mr. Battista....!!!!!
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First time I read something from this author. Will be looking for more of his books. Kept my interest throughout the book.
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Had a hard time putting it down