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Publisher Comments:

Attorney Joseph Antonelli tackles a case overflowing with greed and glamour, moviemaking, and murder in this new thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series.

Star Witness is about a man on trial for murder-a man recognized as one of the film industry's most successful writer/ directors, a man of almost mythic drive and talent, and someone who looks more guilty with every passing witness. Attorney Joseph Antonelli-suave, philosophical, fearless-takes up the director's defense for the murder of his wife, the actress every woman wants to be and every man wants to possess. Despite Antonelli's examination of the prosecution's witnesses, the jury finds fewer and fewer reasons to doubt. Then the director shows Antonelli the script he considers his masterpiece-a re-imagining of Orson Welles's Citizen Kane-with a visionary film director as its hero. In this story-within-a-story, the accused reveals his version of the tragedy-the secrets of his marriage, and the ominous events that led to his wife's death. In it we see the way art can imitate life-and unmask a killer even the court can't find.

Star Witness is a stunning novel about the nature of fame and the ever-confusing intersection of truth and fantasy, dream and desire-a rich tale of Hollywood unlike one you've read in many years.

Review:

"[U]neven....While the plot is solid, the first half of the thriller is considerably slowed by windy, repetitious description and exposition....The pace does pick up when the action shifts to the courtroom, but this effort isn't up to Buffa's best." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"Although Buffa writes like he's getting paid by the word, he overcomes a slow start to create compelling complications and, eventually, even suspense....Buffa's idea of Hollywood is dated, and with few plot twists, it's a coin toss whether we're anxious to learn the ending or anxious to be done with the book." Keir Graff, Booklist

Review:

"Though Buffa...draws realistic courtroom scenes, this novel is less a legal thriller than a story influenced by the golden age of Hollywood....The mystery of who killed Mary Margaret Flanders, however, will keep readers guessing until the end." Library Journal

Synopsis:

Attorney Joseph Antonelli tackles a case overflowing with greed and glamour, moviemaking, and murder in this new thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series.

About the Author

D. W. Buffa served as a defense attorney for ten years. He is the author of four acclaimed novels: The Judgment, nominated for the Edgar Award for Best Novel of the Year, The Legacy, The Prosecution, and The Defense.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780399150340
Author:
Buffa, D. W.
Publisher:
Putnam Adult
Location:
New York
Subject:
San Francisco (Calif.)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
San francisco
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
Antonelli, Joseph (Fictitious character)
Subject:
Antonelli, Joseph
Subject:
General Fiction
Copyright:
Edition Number:
1st
Edition Description:
Hardback
Series Volume:
NASA/TM-2001-211027
Publication Date:
April 24, 2003
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
400
Dimensions:
9.3 x 6.34 x 1.3 in 1.5 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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Product details 400 pages Penguin Putnam - English 9780399150340 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[U]neven....While the plot is solid, the first half of the thriller is considerably slowed by windy, repetitious description and exposition....The pace does pick up when the action shifts to the courtroom, but this effort isn't up to Buffa's best."
"Review" by , "Although Buffa writes like he's getting paid by the word, he overcomes a slow start to create compelling complications and, eventually, even suspense....Buffa's idea of Hollywood is dated, and with few plot twists, it's a coin toss whether we're anxious to learn the ending or anxious to be done with the book."
"Review" by , "Though Buffa...draws realistic courtroom scenes, this novel is less a legal thriller than a story influenced by the golden age of Hollywood....The mystery of who killed Mary Margaret Flanders, however, will keep readers guessing until the end."
"Synopsis" by , Attorney Joseph Antonelli tackles a case overflowing with greed and glamour, moviemaking, and murder in this new thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series.
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