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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Hachette Audio (May 1 2001)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1586211021
  • ISBN-13: 978-1586211028
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 2.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)


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I have spent years defending some of the worst people who ever lived, but the most evil man I ever knew was never once accused of a crime. Read the first page
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Format: Mass Market Paperback
"The Judgement" is my first exposre to the world of Joseph Antonelli and D.W. Buffa and I must admit that I am impressed. The mystery centers around Joseph Antonelli, an Oregonian attorney who finds himself drawn into the murder of two circuit court judges that appear to be related. Add a possible connection to the past and you have yourself a fine novel with deeper character development than you see out of the typical mystery. Enjoy!
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By A Customer on April 24 2004
Format: Hardcover
FLAW? Why didn't Joseph Antonelli stop them from committing Elliott Winston to an insane asylum when he was charged with Antonelli's attempted murder? Wasn't he called as a witness? Didn't he have any say so as to whether Winston would be charged or not? Couldn't he have refused to press charges? Or am I wrong?
Why didn't he do anything to help his good friend Winston? I mean Antonelli hired Winston cuz he thought he was the best young lawyer going and as the years go by comes to really like this kid. Yet stands by and does nothing when Winston needs him. He doesn't even visit him in the asylum for 12 yrs. Doesn't make any sense to me. What kind of a friend is that? Doesn't make the character of Antonelli very appealing.
I've read a couple of Buffas's Joseph Antonelli books and have yet to really feel/know any of the characters. For such a successful lawyer he doesn't seem to have his act together, do any serious investigating etc. . He just seems to stumble onto information.
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Format: Hardcover
Judge Calvin Jeffries, an egomaniac with a vindictive nature, is murdered. He is stabbed in the courthouse parking garage. The judge had enough enemies so the suspect list would be voluminous. However, an anonymous phone call alerts the authorities to arrest a homeless man and escaped mental patient who confesses to the crime then commits suicide. It appears to be an open and shut case until two months later when Judge Jeffries' successor is killed in the same location in a similar manner. Joseph Antonelli, defense attorney, agrees to defend the man accused of the crime, another mental patient who was so abused in his past that he is almost unable to communicate. As Joseph looks into the case, he finds that events in his own past plays a pivotal role in the case.
There are many legal thrillers published each year. In fact, it is considered a strong dynamic subgenre of the mystery field. I just wonder what made this particular volume stand out in the mind of the Edgar Committee for best novel. THE JUDGEMENT is a competently written, yet overblown work. Characterizations, especially that of the first person narrator, Joseph Antonelli, are skillfully done and is the major strength of the work. The plot, itself, is reasonably compelling yet so very long and, at times, aimless, that reader interest could tend to wane. Courtroom scenes appear realistic, yet, they are a bit too detailed such as the judge's instructions to the jury on courtroom proceedings. The solution, when it comes at last, is ambiguous enough to cause frustration. Perhaps I am being overly critical, however, I think if a book is nominated for the prestigious Edgar Award it should be held to a higher standard. I feel THE JUDGEMENT does not meet that standard. Nonetheless, it is a very entertaining book and a good pick for summer reading.
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This was a pleasant enough read, but I figured out "whodunnit" long before the second murder (less than 200 pages into it), mostly because the main plot is something of a transposition of a device used by others--e.g., Katzenbach's "Just Cause." Buffa's transposition is clever enough, but still, if you see it developing you know what's going on.
The more "philosophical" theme--kind of a meditation on mental illness vs. normalcy--would be more persuasive if (a) that debate had not moved past Buffa's apparent perspective thirty years ago and (b) his accounts of mental illness showed more knowledge of the subject. While the caricature of shrinkdom offered in Elliot's shrink is great, Elliot's dissembling and successful defrauding of the shrink for twelve years strains credulity (though such things have been done in some famous research for shorter periods). That's a minor sin, though--it's not entirely ridiculous, and it IS entertaining. The "love interest," though-- a woman who comies back into Antonelli's life after many years-- bears no relation to any psychiatric diagnosis or syndrome, least of all to "manic depression," as he calls it. (That he uses this long outdated term may be revealing, since it dates from the time when Buffa's meditation might have been timely.) The ways Buffa draws parallels between the suffering we call mental illness and various phenomena of everyday life are just naive and mistaken.
The book's structure is odd--takes a long time to get to its main plot, for instance. I didn't really mind that, but don't expect this to be a grab-you-by-the-throat piece of suspense.
I wouldn't say to avoid this book, but within its genre, it is definitely only B-team work.
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By SDRTX on June 19 2003
Format: Mass Market Paperback
Attorney Joseph Antonelli's life is intertwined with the lives of murdered judges Clavin Jeffries and Quincy Griswold. After a seemingly innocent mentally deficient man is being railroad for the latter murder he decides to take up his defense and find out why and by whom the judges were murdered.
This is one of the best legal thrillers I read in quite a long time. The story is gripping with enough plot twists and turns that you never know what will happen next. We get a glimpse of Antonelli's early law years involving the judges. The early years' story is as interesting as the later present time story. It's almost like getting two good books in one. This story keeps the reader involved until the very last page.
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