As in The Defense
and The Prosecution, Buffa, a former defense attorney, focuses
his third novel on the life and work of attorney Joseph
First, an old
nemesis of Antonelli's, a judge who once made his life a living
hell, is murdered. A suspect is quickly apprehended and makes a
full confession. Several months later, another judge is murdered
in the same fashion, and Antonelli agrees to represent the man
accused of the crime.
The police seem
certain that it is nothing more than a copycat killing, but as
Antonelli delves into the case, he begins to think that
something more sinister is afoot.