Star Witness

Star Witness

Book - 2003
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Attorney Joseph Antonelli tackles a case overflowing with greed and glamour, moviemaking, and murder in this new thriller in the Edgar Award-nominated series. The novels of D. W. Buffa have been lauded for their "emotionally driven twists and . . . unflinching narration" (Entertainment Weekly) and their "resonance that continues to play on the reader's mind" (The New York Times). But none have prepared us for the brilliance of this new novel, a haunting tale of near-Fitzgeraldian eloquence set amid the vaulting ambition and passion of Hollywood. 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 c
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, 2003
ISBN: 9780399150340
039915034X
Branch Call Number: BUF
Characteristics: 388 p

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cameralover53
Mar 28, 2014

In this fifth book in the Joseph Antonelli series, the lawyer is asked to represent a famous movie director from Hollywood, accused of the murder of his famous wife, an actress. I am not a fan of anything Hollywood, so thought I'd have difficulty getting through this story. I was pleasantly surprised, again, by Buffa's ability to hook me in to the story almost immediately. We are never sure, throughout the book, if the character, Stanley Roth is guilty of the murder. This is yet another book that is difficult to put down once you have begun to read it. Excellent book! I have the next one, "Breach of Trust" on hold and can't wait to read it. I love this author, and I especially love the character, Joseph Antonelli!

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Russ_A
Jun 21, 2010

At least as entertaining as The Brass Verdict by Michael Connelly, which is almost a rip-off of this book. Buffa's came first. The plot lines differ but the characters are almost identical: high-profile criminal defense attorney, powerful Hollywood producer, movie stars, and the basic crime set-up - murder of the producer's glamorous wife resulting in him being accused and refusing to cooperate with his attorney - are near clones. This one goes into the lifestyle and mindset of the characters more, and is not so plot driven.

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