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Breach of Trust
Putnam, Jun 2004, 24.95, 384 pp. ISBN: 0399151907 Harvard Law School graduate Joseph Antonelli agrees to come back for a reunion only because his old roommate Thomas Browning, the Vice President of the United States, asked him to attend as a favor. At the reception, Thomas says glowing but untrue things about Antonelli. Afterward Antonelli meets Jimmy Haviland, who blames Thomas for the death of another student, Annie Malreaux who fell to her d...
Star Witness
Putnam, May 2003, 24.95, 400 pp. ISBN 039915034X She is a world famous movie star married to the director who gave her a break that turned her into an American icon. When she is found murdered in her swimming pool, a stocking around her neck and her throat slit to the bone, the husband calls famous defense attorney Joseph Antonelli because he thinks the police will arrest him for the crime of premeditated murder. Joseph meets his client Stanley...
The Defense
This is the first book in the series about Joseph Antonelli, the Oregon criminal defense attorney who never loses a case. Judge Leopold Rifkin, asks Antonelli to represent Johnny Morel. Morel is accused of raping his 12 year old stepdaughter. Antonelli is fairly sure that Morel is guilty, but he defends him and gets a not guilty verdict. A few years later, Morel is murdered. His wife, Diane, is accused of the murder. She asks Antonelli to represent h...
The Judgment
Both the defendants who come before him and the attorneys who represent them hate Judge Calvin Jeffries, an arrogant and cruel tyrant. So when he is murdered, many in the legal community assume it was a revenge killing. They are surprised when a homeless drifter is found with the knife that was used. The drifter confesses, then kills himself. Case closed. Then Jeffries's replacement, Quincey Griswald, is murdered under very similar circumstances. Both w...

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The Legacy
Warner, Jul 2002, 25.95, 448 pp. ISBN: 0446527386 In San Francisco, someone assassinates US Senator Jeremy Fullerton. The police spot a young black fleeing the scene. They fire, wound, and arrest Jamaal Washington for killing Fullerton. Surprisingly, without any obvious let alone remote connection to the accused, elderly local lawyer Albert Craven brings in Portland, Oregon attorney Joseph Antonelli to defend Jamaal. After hearing Jamaal's ...
Trial by Fire
Putnam, April 2005, 24.95, 304 pp. ISBN 0399152814 Famous defense attorney Joseph Antonelli and Berkley law professor Justin Sinclair met on the talk show “The Bryan Allen Show”, with lawyer Paula Constable and San Francisco assistant district attorney Daphne McMillan. There was a rapport between Antonelli and Justin from the start. Joseph represents all the goodness humanity has to offer while Justin admires the defense attorney and thinks of ...


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