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The Judgment | [D.W. Buffa]

The Judgment

When Judge Calvin Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot, the crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Soon a second judge is stabbed to death. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. Also available abridged.
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Publisher's Summary

No one had a more brilliant legal career than Judge Calvin Jeffries. And no one cared less about the law and more about power. That is, until Jeffries is found murdered in a courthouse parking lot. The crime shocks the community, but justice is swift. Jeffries's killer is caught, confesses, and then unexpectedly commits suicide in his jail cell. The case is closed.

Soon a second judge is stabbed to death under identical circumstances. And like the Jeffries murder, the killing appears to be an open-and-shut case, and a copycat crime as well.

Yet there's one attorney who knows both sides of Judge Calvin Jeffries too well to believe the murders were simply random acts of violence. Attorney Joseph Antonelli agrees to defend the accused. What he discovers challenges everything he knows about crime and punishment...and himself. He uncovers a twisted trail of retribution and obsession that leads to the real killer - and a plan even more chillingly flawless than the mythical "perfect crime."

Also available abridged.

©2001 by D.W. Buffa, All Rights Reserved; (P)2001 by Time Warner AudioBooks

What the Critics Say

"A crackling good psychological thriller." (James Patterson)
"Buffa once again produces a fast-spinning tale that jolts and veers enticingly...Well-developed characters...add depth to this excellent thriller." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 03-16-14
    Tony Miami, Fl, United States 03-16-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Richly layered, complex story and characters"

    How did I live so long without reading anything by Buffa? I thought this book was amazingly well written and well read. The intricate meandering plot took many fascinating detours which all added depth and complexity. The characters were interesting, unique and believable. Half way through I stopped listening to check what else he had written and add them to my wish list. I was disappointed that the first two books in the series don't seem to be available on Audible. I highly recommend this if you like legal dramas with fascinating characters.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 03-30-05
    Rajesh Johanneburg, South Africa 03-30-05 Member Since 2015

    Listening since 2004. Mystery, thrillers and anything that can blend with a walk, jog, exercise, long drive or a wait at the airport.

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    "Predictable"

    A somewhat predictable thriller. Only suspense is how Mr. Buffa will end what we have predicted. I heard this book without any eagerness to listen to what is next nor did feel compelled to give up the book as a total bore. A perfectly mediocre thriller. Skip it if you are a real lover of mystery fiction.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Krazie65 Austin, TX 06-14-14
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    "Definitely Not Grisham!"
    What did you like best about The Judgment? What did you like least?

    First three-quarters of this book I thought was boring. Even thought about quitting. I picked this book because of all the good reviews. One reviewer said Buffa was as good as John Grisham... in my opinion not even close! Nothing outstanding about the narrator either. Although I will say the last quarter of the story made this book a marginally worthwhile listen.


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    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-06-14
    Polly Philadelphia, PA, United States 06-06-14 Member Since 2010

    An avid reader, demanding of the story, characters and narrator. Mysteries and historical fiction are my favorites.

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    "Great Narrator but Blah Story"

    I REALLY had high hopes for this book. I love courtroom dramas, and the narrator hooked me from the first few paragraphs.

    However:
    the story (murder) leaves nothing to the imagination. All is known from the beginning; it is just a question of whether the lawyer can convince others.

    The secondary story is a love story that leaves me cold.

    Some of the secondary characters are well drawn, but overall, this was a snore.

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    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 04-17-14
    Millie Mission, Tx, United States 04-17-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Beautiful story!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Absolutely! It is a masterfully written and wonderfully narrated story. Excellent character development that makes it seem as if we actually know these people.


    What other book might you compare The Judgment to and why?

    I've read several courtroom dramas but this is by far the best one.


    What does Dennis Predovic bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Dennis does an excellent job of narrating this story. We can easily differentiate the characters and their emotions. He is a great narrator!


    Any additional comments?

    Loved the courtroom drama, the twists and turns of the story but most of all how Joseph Antonnelli stays true to the love of his life.

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    Fran Pearson 03-10-14
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    "Boring"
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    Boring, philosophical blather, no plot or story. I was expecting Connolly or Grisham.
    Couldn't finish the first half.

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    Rodney Brisbane, Australia 09-28-11
    Rodney Brisbane, Australia 09-28-11 Member Since 2010
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    "Solid !!!!"

    This book has it all. Very very good & sad....
    Good characters good narration. Highly recommended.

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    Jane 05-03-11
    Jane 05-03-11
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    "Intriguing and sad"

    Intriguing. Good characters. Sad ending and sad but true that our justice system can be so very much about power and not so much about justice.

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    James Ballwin, MO, United States 01-03-11
    James Ballwin, MO, United States 01-03-11
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    "It was ok"

    My first crack at D.W. Buffa and I thought it was OK. I got used to the narration (my favorite is Scott Brick), and I liked the main characters. The legal stuff was fun (I like courtroom dramas) and the underlying storyline was good. Suspension of disbelief is required when it comes to some of the relationships, but this book is worth the listen--not a waste of time.

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    M.W. SW USA 11-18-10
    M.W. SW USA 11-18-10 Member Since 2009
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    "Not as bad, not as good..."

    as other reviewers have made it out to be. It was not well written enough, not suspenseful enough, nor interesting enough to warrant 5 stars, or to say that I would listen to it again. The love interest that was introduced was ridiculous, gratuitous and took away from the rest of the book. The general plot was ok and the characters were ok. I had no problem finishing the book and consider it better than just average (which would warrant 3 stars from me.) It's not a waste of a credit, for sure, but also not something that I would say "hey, you have to listen to this one!"

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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