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Breach of trust
Buffa, Dudley W., 1940-
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New York : G. P. Putnam's Sons, [2004]

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371 pages ; 24 cm
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"A Joseph Antonelli novel"--Cover.
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Attorney Joseph Antonelli dives into a case of White House intrigue, intimacies not forgotten, and suspicions dark and deep in this legal thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series called adroit and often elegant.--Los Angeles Times

Author Notes

D. W. Buffa served as a defense attorney for ten years. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago. He is the author of the Joseph Antonelli series. Buffa's other books include The Last Man, Evangeline, The Grand Master and The Dark Backward. He also writes under the pseudonym of Lawrence Alexander (Rubicon, 2008).

(Bowker Author Biography) D. W. Buffa served as a defense attorney for 10 years. He has a doctorate in political science from the University of Chicago & currently lives in Napa, California, where he is at work on his next book.

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Booklist Review

Even though he is one of the best defense attorneys in the country, the ever-modest, plain-speaking Joseph Antonelli dreads attending his Harvard Law School reunion at New York's Plaza Hotel but agrees to show up at the behest of his law-school chum, Thomas Browning, now the vice president of the U.S. Browning's keynote speech praises Antonelli for being a model attorney, but the two friends have been estranged for 20 years, dating back to an incident at the Plaza when their classmate (and Browning's girlfriend) Annie fell to her death from an eighth-floor window. Returning to the Plaza rekindles interest in the suspicious nature of Annie's death, which is precisely why Browning wanted Antonelli there, for the veep suspects that he might be indicted, if not for murder then at least for conspiring to cover up a murder. Antonelli reluctantly agrees to represent the accused, whoever it may be. Buffa's series has been a hit-or-miss thing for the last few episodes, but this time maddening suspense, captivating courtroom scenes, and a marvelously twisted ending suggest that he's jumped to the next level. --Mary Frances Wilkens Copyright 2004 Booklist

Publisher's Weekly Review

A U.S. vice president is accused of covering up a 38-year-old murder at the rousing start of Buffa's sixth courtroom thriller (after Star Witness) featuring San Francisco trial lawyer Joseph Antonelli. Attending a Harvard Law School reunion, Antonelli is approached by former classmate Thomas Browning, heir to a legendary Detroit auto empire and lately vice president of the United States. Browning wants Antonelli to defend another classmate, Jimmy Haviland, who is going to be indicted by a Manhattan grand jury for the murder of a beautiful law student who fell from an eighth-floor window during a Christmas Eve party in 1965. Long since ruled an accident, the affair obviously has been unearthed to enable forces in the White House to discredit the v-p (who was at the party, too), clearing the way for the Republican president to choose a new running mate. Because of his loyalty to his classmates, Antonelli reluctantly takes the case, which is being prosecuted by an ambitious Brooklyn Catholic district attorney. Buffa writes with careful attention to detail and nuance, but lengthy description and reflection sabotage the novel's pacing, particularly in the first half. The story gains momentum when Antonelli meets a beautiful, intelligent young German reporter in D.C. and the action moves into the courtroom. Political intrigue abounds and new love stirs bittersweet memories as the case comes to a truly surprising end. Agent, Wendy Sherman. (June) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved

Library Journal Review

The long-ago death of a young woman at a Harvard Law School reunion may not have been accidental-and it may have bearings on Antonelli's new case. (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.