It s a legal thriller Very much in the same style of John Grisham This is the first book by D W Buffa, an Oregon defense attorney turned author It reads so well for a first novel, that I m thinking Buffa is going to be around for quite a while.The best part of this book is the main character Joe Antonelli who is a defense attorney One thing that separates him from most other defense attorneys, however, is the fact that he s never lost a case and he s proud of passing this information on to anyone interested I usually find this lack of humility in characters to be less than endearing but, for some reason, I think it adds to Antonelli s overall makeup it suits him As is usual with most legal thrillers, there are enough twists and turns to give you a stiff neck This case involves a less than desirable subject matter as Joe defends Johnny Morel, who is accused of raping his 12 year old stepdaughter He has agreed to represent Morel at the request of his mentor, Judge Leopold Rifkin The events surrounding this case will cause disastrous ramifications years down the road for all involved The saying what goes around, comes around is definitely evidenced in the end of the book Unfortunately, some innocent people will be hurt and an attorney will be left disenchantedthough it s temporary lasting until his next unwinnable case that he takes which I can only presume is the basis for his next book Overall I liked Antonelli and will most likely read from this author. PROTAGONIST Joseph Antonelli, defense attorneySETTING Portland, OregonSERIES 1RATING 3.75WHY Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli strongly believes that it is his job to get an acquittal for his clients, regardless of their guilt or innocence or how reprehensible their crime may be He rarely loses a case When his mentor, Judge Leonard Rifkin, asks him to take on a con man named Johnny Morel who has been accused of raping his daughter, Antonelli readily agrees and does his usual magic However, there are many repercussions which he couldn t possibly see The book spans several years and other trials, with Morel allegedly murdered by his equally duplicitious wife The book dragged until the point when Antonelli takes on the defense of his mentor, Rifkin Rifkin was a thoroughly admirable character but I could have done without Rifkin s various lectures I ended up liking the book much than I expected to There are many questions posed to which there are no easy answers, and Buffa did a good job of keeping the reader guessing. This book, the first in the Joseph Antonelli series, starts out quite slowly However, once you get past the first couple of chapters, the pace picks up to a point where you truly can t put it down Having listened to the book as an audio recording, I especially found this to be the case.Joseph Antonelli, the main character and narrator, is a Portland defense attorney who does t lose Unfortunately, in the case that leads off this story, he should vve lost However, as we all know, in the world of fiction, if he had lost, the rest of the story never would ve come together.The story starts with his longtime friend, Judge Leopold Rifkin, asking him to take the case of a loser stepdad being accused of molesting his stepdaughter It s pretty obvious to the reader that the stepdad s guilty as sin It s likely obvious to Antonelli and Rifkin as well, but everyone gets an attorney, right This scumbag just happened to get the best.Fast forward some years later to a couple of murders, the judge accused, and Antonelli having to do some of the best, and most questionable, work of his life to prove his friend innocent of one charge of homicide.I initially picked the book up due to its northwest setting Being an Oregon native, that s what sparked my interest when I was cataloging the book at work I decided to give it a listen, and have listened to the rest of the series At the time of this review, I m currently finishing up the final book in the series.If you like legal thrillers in the vain of John Grisham, Scott Turow, or Steve Martini, these books will satisfy you nicely. Like the other Buffa books, the story line was very good and the courtroom scenes were very descriptive Buffa does a nice job of explaining the law as a part of the narration of the characters in the story and that made everything interesting. What a great debut novel This was my first Buffa novel, I picked it up in a free bookshelf in a hotel I was staying in and was hooked from the first page I definitely will be reading by D W Kudos D W., kudos Deeper and DeeperDefense attorney Joseph Antonelli is great at what he does Questioning, investigating, planning, writing, and practicing until all the pieces fall into place perfectly, and the jury says, not guilty But what if that s the wrong answer What happens to the victim What befalls the guilty What becomes of the brilliant, charming attorney Relentless, driving storytelling Irresistible characters Magnificent book. Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli is asked to defend a scumbag accused of raping a judge s 12 year old stepdaughter The judge, Rifkin is greatly admired by Antonelli His fact finding in defense of the case leads to the discovery of corruption, back stabbing and murder. One of the best books I have ever read. Dynamite Defense Attorney Joseph Antonelli Has Never Lost A Case Or Felt The Sting Of Conscience For Letting The Guilty Go Free I Can Deceive Anyone, He Says, And No One Quickly Or Completely Than Myself Now The Man He Most Admires, The Honorable Judge Rifkin, Has Asked Him A Favor Defend A Drug Dealer Accused Of Raping His Twelve Year Old Stepdaughter Yet Antonelli S Acceptance Of The Case Sets In Motion An Explosive Chain Of Corruption, Betrayal, And Murder That Will Leave No One Unscathed Went back and read the first, since Trial by Fire was so good It is a little bogged down, but a good start to a series and it also has a great ending.
D.W Buffa full name Dudley W Buffa was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area After graduation from Michigan State University, he studied under Leo Strauss, Joseph Cropsey and Hans J Morgenthau at the University of Chicago where he earned both an M.A and a Ph D in political science He received his J.D degree from Wayne State University in Detroit Buffa was a criminal defense
- 320 pages
- The Defense
- D.W. Buffa
- 15 September 2017 D.W. Buffa