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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."

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

"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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By Michael on 06-30-03

Buffa's Best

The Judgment is an excellent book - and a captivating audible! While I will admit that I figured out "who dunnit" about half-way through, I loved the depth with which Buffa told his story. The first two sections (telling Antonelli's first encounters with Judge Jeffries) and that of Elliot Winston were remarkable. The book totally draws you in - and causes you to want to know exactly where the author is going with the story.

Sadly, I think this is the only one of Buffa's books really worth reading. I read (in paper, gasp), The Legacy, and his new one Star Witness, and neither came close to The Judgment. They both left me wanting more of the brilliance of The Judgment. You NEED to listen to this book. You will not regret it.

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By Steven on 02-14-03

Brilliant storytelling

I was captivated. Buffa's storytelling capabilities were a surprise and a delight, given that I had no idea what to expect. And the reader - wonderful! Combine Buffa's skill with words and construction, imagery and character, with Predovic's performance and development of the characters as people, and it's truly spellbinding. This is a must-read in its genre!

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By Allan on 09-03-06

Thank you Audible!

My thanks are because I had never heard of this author before listening to The Judgment and now would recommend D. W. Buffa's books to everyone who enjoys legal thrillers, as well as anyone who likes a really good story. The narration is excellent and I will certainly listen and re-listen to this Audible book in the future.

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By K J PAYNE on 09-28-06


As good as Grisham and Turow at their best. Superb narration. Highly recommended.

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By Paul on 07-26-17

One of the Best Legal Thrillers written

D.W. Buffa has crafted one of the best legal thrillers that has three-dimensional complex and interesting characters, a well woven plot full of twists and, story-weaving that leaves many satisfying 'ah-ha' moments as the story unfolds. It is a story you finish with mixed emotions of satisfaction and post-partum melancholy at leaving the characters as the cover closes. Highly recommended story and author.

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