The Defense

The Defense

Book - 1997
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Baker & Taylor
A first novel in the vein of Scott Turow introduces defense attorney Joseph Antonelli, who has never lost a case, until he is presented with Johnny Morel, accused of raping his stepdaughter, and Antonelli thinks it is just another routine case, but the verdict is murder. 100,000 first printing.

Blackwell North Amer
Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli is a stranger to defeat. There doesn't seem to be a case - no matter how implausible - that is beyond him. Until the phone rings one crisp April morning and Judge Leopold Rifkin asks Antonelli to defend Johnny Morel, a con man and convicted drug dealer accused of raping his twelve-year-old stepdaughter, Michelle. The prosecution's case is riddled with inconsistencies, and Michelle's history of sexual abuse could be the perfect straw man for the defense. With the testimony of Morel's luscious wife, Denise, there just might be a way out of a conviction.
Antonelli has never confused the legal system with justice, so it should have been routine to defend a man he knew was guilty. And it should have ended there. No one suspected it would end in murder.
The Defense is a psychological study in suspense. In a world where morality has been reduced to a hefty legal fee and truth to a commodity, The Defense is about the strengths of passion, the elusiveness of truth, and the lethal repercussions of injustice.

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Defense attorney Joseph Antonelli thinks he is taking on another routine case when he defends Johnny Morel, who is accused of raping his stepdaughter, but the case ends with a murder

Publisher: New York : Henry Holt, 1997
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780805053074
Characteristics: 309 p. ; 24 cm


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