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by D. W. Buffa,Ron McLarty

A novel of murder and suspense centers on the assassination of Judge Calvin Jeffries, a case in which charismatic criminal defense attorney Joseph Antonelli soon finds himself playing a key role.
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ISBN: 1586211021
ISBN13: 978-1586211028
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Thrillers & Suspense
Author: D. W. Buffa,Ron McLarty
Language: English
Publisher: Warner Adult; Abridged edition (May 1, 2001)
ePUB size: 1994 kb
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Rating: 4.5
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This is the third book this author has written and I have read and very much enjoyed them all. He is without peer in describing courtroom action and the dialogue is spot on, both in it's literary quality and it's legal accuracy. This is an interesting mix of love and revenge which finds Attorney Joseph Atonelli right in the center of the whirlwind. It starts with the funeral of Judge Calvin Jefferies, one of the vilest human beings to ever ascend the bench. Fittingly enough the good judge has died in a way that brings some joy to those he has mistreated during his career - he has been murdered in a knife attack - and for good measure he is disembowled, or as Antonelli points out in a question to a witness - "You mean he was gutted?"
The killer is arrested based on an anonymous tip that he would be found "under the bridge" where the homeless live. He confesses to the crime and a short while later he is found dead in his cell - an apparant suicide. Not long after that his successor is also murdered in a knife attack and another tip is recieved that the murderer can be found "under the bridge" in the homeless community. Sure enough, the police find a young homeless man with a knife that has the victim's blood on it. It is the defense of this accused person that provides Antonelli with the biggest challenge of his career and you will just have to get the book to see how this is woven into a plot which will keep you reading to the end and sorry when it is reached.
"The Judgment", Dudley W. Buffa, NY, Warner Books, 2001 ISBN 0-446-52737-8, HC, 418 pg., 9 1/4" x 6 1/4".

This 3rd Joesph Antonelli novel finds the protagonist defense attorney ruminating about the evil nature of Judge Calvin Jeffries, a man recently murdered & whose funeral is in session. Afterwards, Antonelli is beseiged to reveal his personal legal encounters with Judge Jeffries by columnist Harper Bryce & Jeffries' associates Asa Bartram & Jonah. Antonelli delves into the Larkin case -- a court appointment to defend Mrs. Janet Larkin against charges of incestous sex with son Gerald since age 7, in the courtoom of Judge Jeffries. Here, Antonelli is found guilty of contempt of court!

He recalls the Judge's widow Jean Jeffries had been the wife of former partner, Elliot Winston, the latter charged with attempted murder, judged insane, & locked up. When Judge Quincy Griswald is stabbed & eviscerated, Antonelli defends a young abused suspect & discovers similarities in the deaths of both judges what implies a mastermind. The storyline continues at fast pace & is interwoven with the love story of Jennifer, who'd "married badly, divorced well", his live-in true love with marriage in the offing but undercut with a cluster of headaches...

We have accountings of intrigues: -- infidelity, jealousy, & lust for power. The novel is well-written, full of suspense & has a full cargo of colorful characters. The courtroom drama is relentless & supercharged. This 3rd Antonelli saga follows "The Defense" & "The Prosecution."
It's been a year since I have read the Judgment and I have just finished reading his next book, Legacy. I wasn't much thrilled with either book and was all the more surprised to see the 5 stars or 4 stars reviews written for both books. Then I noticed that most of the reviews come from reviewers very highly rated by the website. Even the #1 reviewer Harriet Klausner was thrilled with the book. I wondered whether there was something wrong with my opinion, but then I read Harriet's little autobiography. It says, among other things: "I am a speed reader ( a gift I was born with) and read two books a day." Therein lies the problem. The speedreader understands that modern fiction is obsessed with unnecessary details. (oh no, here comes the preaching (-; ). Modern fiction seeks to provide descriptions of every room a hero enters, every piece of clothing the hero might wear, every street address the hero might drive to, etc. A speedreader knows and skips ahead to the relevant stuff. That is what one must do to enjoy Buffa's Judgment and Legacy. That is what one cannot possibly dare to do when reading Buffa's Defense and Prosecution.
The fact of the matter is that the Judgment is an adequate thriller; it is your run-of-the-mill paperback that you throw out after reading or take back to your nearest used bookstore. And that is how first time readers of Buffa will react to it. But those familiar with Buffa's earlier work have been captured by his careful characterizations and his social studies - writing that doesn't waste a word, will be disappointed, to say the least. Buffa's first two books are shorter, to the point and cannot be speedread (much like speedreading Kafka's Metamorphoses would defeat the purpose of reading it - just an example). Thus, unless you are an avid reader that knows how to avoid useless descriptions, read Judgment with proper reservations - or better yet, read Buffa's first two books instead. I must agree with the "Did We All Read The Same Book?, June 9, 2001" review and the "not buffa's best, December 29, 2001" review - they are reviews of those who have read Buffa's other works and who are disappointed by Buffa's new bad habits.
Antonelli is a great character, and unlike most lawyer characters, he doesn't always win. A very good book.
another good one Buffa
I was in the mood for a light bit of suspense fiction... nothing brilliant, but a good airport read. Seeing all the positive reviews this book had gotten, I figured I'd give it a try. WOW... what a mistake! Buffa spends the first 70 pages setting up back-story. The writing is so bad that it's actually funny at times. I read passages aloud to my friends to show them just how bad it was. Now, maybe it evolved into something remarkable in the second half, because I only made it halfway through before deciding that life is too short to spend on something this bad. But I'll tell you this.. although I don't think Grisham is a "great" writer, per se, at least he knows how to keep things moving along and his dialogue (isn't bad). Grisham is entertaining, in a 'light' kind of way. Buffa, however, is not.
good shape and was good reading.