The riveting new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award nominee D.W. Buffa!
It was a strange case, a great case, a case that, once it got to trial, might well change forever the history of the United States. Other presidents had been murdered, but no one who had killed a president had ever been brought to trial. I did not want any part of it.
NECESSITY is the riveting new thriller from bestselling Edgar Award nominee D.W. Buffa in which criminal defense attorney Joseph Antonelli finds himself embroiled in the most controversial and explosive trial in American history, representing the man accused of murdering the President.
When renowned lawyer Joseph Antonelli--the defense attorney who has never lost a case--takes on the most shocking and controversial case of his storied career, he has no idea of the depths of trouble he’s about to get into. A man has murdered the President of the United States, but has invoked the “Law of Necessity,” which states that a crime is justified if it serves the greater good and thus prevents a greater harm from occurring.
As the nation watches the trial of the century, Antonelli must try a case with all eyes on him...and his own life on the line.
NECESSITY will enthrall half of the country and infuriate the other half. Everyone, however, will want to read it.
A lack of subtlety undermines Buffa's provocative eighth legal thriller featuring attorney Joseph Antonelli (after 2005's Trial by Fire), in which senator Kevin Fitzgerald of California stands accused of fatally stabbing President Walter Bridges, a "mindless narcissist" suspected of conspiring with the Russians, on Air Force One while the plane was parked at the San Francisco airport. Fitzgerald claims he had to kill Bridges to save the country, invoking the legal doctrine of necessity ("there are times when it is not only your right, but almost your duty to kill"). Fitzgerald's wife is sure he's innocent, despite his confession, and persuades a reluctant Antonelli to take on her husband's defense. The trial bafflingly takes place in state court, given that the murder of a president is a federal crime. Despite Buffa's own legal experience, the courtroom scenes are unconvincing, and a subplot involving an extramarital affair that Antonelli conducts with a knockout named Tangerine can't rescue the main story line. Even readers opposed to President Trump and his policies will find little to like in this outrageous scenario.