Books by D.W. Buffa

HILLARY by D.W. Buffa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Oct. 11, 2016

"A plodding, smarmy attempt to cash in on election-year politics that readers of all political persuasions will find tasteless."
Buffa aims for a sexy, "ripped-from-the-headlines" approach in this Washington-based political thriller. Read full book review >
TRIAL BY FIRE by D.W. Buffa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: April 21, 2005

"In his seventh Antonelli outing (Breach of Trust, 2004, etc.), the often prosy Buffa has found an effective balance. His murder plot is a McGuffin for interesting ruminations on 21st-century justice."
Righteous Frisco attorney, unwillingly drawn into the world of celebrity lawyer punditry, defends a younger version of himself on a murder charge. Read full book review >
BREACH OF TRUST by D.W. Buffa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: June 1, 2004

"Buffa's front-loaded plot relies on character nuance more than courtroom dramatics, while his elaborate prose will strike some readers as profound and others as pretentious."
Brilliant criminal defense attorney reluctantly helps his law-school roommate, who just happens to be vice president of the US, through a murder trial about a decades-old crime. Read full book review >
STAR WITNESS by D.W. Buffa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 1, 2003

"Buffa writes with authority but not economy, with little sense of character or suspense. He tells us how special and brilliant his characters are but doesn't convey it in his prose."
Criminal defense attorney Joseph Antonelli returns (The Legacy, 2002, etc.), in a fifth legal thriller as pretentious and plodding as its predecessors. Read full book review >
THE LEGACY by D.W. Buffa
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: July 1, 2002

"Not all legal thrillers have the sound of money."
In a lumbering courtroom thriller, criminal lawyer Joseph Antonelli becomes convinced that the murder of a US senator resulted from an international plot. Read full book review >
THE JUDGMENT by D.W. Buffa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: May 22, 2001

"Building his case more through anecdote and apothegm than through evidence or linear narrative, Buffa produces exactly the ending savvy readers will have seen coming all along."
Portland attorney Joe Antonelli, the hero of two lackluster legal thrillers (The Prosecution, 1999, etc.), comes back for thirds in this case of the murdered judges. Read full book review >
THE DEFENSE by D.W. Buffa
MYSTERY THRILLER
Released: Oct. 1, 1997

Ham-fisted, corpse-clogged legal procedural from defense- lawyer/first-novelist Buffa. Joe Antonelli is just too good a lawyer to be true: He's won about every case he's ever taken, including those involving clients so obviously guilty that his mentor, Senior Circuit Judge Leopold Rifkin, compares him to Athenian pretty boy Alcibiades, the air-headed contemporary of Socrates with whom, Rifkin insists enigmatically, Antonelli shares an ``erotic'' persuasiveness. Instead of recommending that Rifkin double-check his Plato for this kinky misreading of Greek social ethics, Antonelli accepts Rifkin's challenge to defend Johnny Morel, an especially loathsome piece of human slime who's accused of raping his 12-year-old stepdaughter Michelle. Morel insists he's innocent, and, despite flunking a lie detector test, demands that Antonelli refuse a plea bargain and go to trial. While doing background work, Antonelli fends off the seductive advances of Michelle's drug-addled mother, Denise. Meanwhile, Denise's estranged lesbian lover, Myrna Albright (``Funny,'' she tells Antonelli, ``you don't look like a court-appointed lawyer''), hints darkly that there's more to this case than he thinks. Soon enough Johnny is found dead, followed by Denise. Judge Rifkin, of all people, is accused, and picks Antonelli to defend him. As has become typical for the genre, Buffa has Antonelli cynically jigger the system to acquit a client with whom Antonelli's interests are conflicted, only to have Antonelli discover that someone has been manipulating him all along. Cool courtroom high jinks mired in forced plotting, clumsy dialogue, and the author's clear loathing of the legal trade. (First printing of 100,000; author tour) Read full book review >