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But the police find the killer, a homeless man with the murder weapon and a willingness to confess, who promptly commits suicide after being taken into custody. The legal community breathes a sigh of relief--until a second judge is murdered in the same manner. When another homeless man is arrested, Antonelli's "bizarre coincidence" antennae start to quiver, and he offers his services to the defendant. So convinced is he of Danny's innocence that he plunges undercover into the vagrant's world, searching for evidence of a setup. But his discoveries seem to point directly to the impossible--for how could Elliott Winston, safely tucked behind bars, be the murderer?
At some point during The Judgment (the exact moment will vary according to individual tolerance), you may find yourself putting the book aside and picking up an Elmore Leonard for an emergency infusion of quality dialogue. Along with everyone with whom he comes in contact, Antonelli suffers from an apparent speech impediment that usually makes him sound like a particularly pompous 19th-century pundit.
When author D.W. Buffa lets his courtroom savvy take center stage, the novel moves along briskly (even though Antonelli takes some rather remarkable legal liberties, it's all in good fun). The subplot involving the return of Antonelli's high-school sweetheart, however, feels less integral than afterthought-ish. Though Buffa tries to tie everything together at the end with a heavily contrived twist that probably set O. Henry yawning in his grave, the novel's final note isn't one of ringing irony. It's more like a dull thud. --Kelly Flynn --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information, Inc.--This text refers to the Hardcover edition.
"The Judgement" is my first exposre to the world of Joseph Antonelli and D.W. Buffa and I must admit that I am impressed. Read morePublished on May 6 2004 by Gary Turner
Attorney Joseph Antonelli's life is intertwined with the lives of murdered judges Clavin Jeffries and Quincy Griswold. Read morePublished on June 19 2003 by SDRTX
I was in the mood for a light bit of suspense fiction... nothing brilliant, but a good airport read. Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2002 by GLBT
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This was my first D.W. Buffa book and I was not disappointed really liked the battle in the start ( antonelli has with judge jeffries) About half way thru i had kind of figured who... Read morePublished on Sept. 18 2002 by T. A Kelley
It's been a year since I have read the Judgment and I have just finished reading his next book, Legacy. Read morePublished on Aug. 2 2002 by J. Janko
D. W. Buffa returns with another superb legal thriller, The Judgment, that reaffirms his position as the 'Scott Turow of the new millennium. Read morePublished on June 30 2002 by Narayan Radhakrishnan
As entertainment novels go, this is a good 'un. Joseph Antonelli is a defense attorney who smells a rat after two judges are killed in the same manner, and offers his services to... Read morePublished on March 11 2002 by Sue