STAR WITNESS by D. W. BUFFA
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.
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