Lunatic Carnival (Hardcover)

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"D.W. Buffa has taken the legal thriller one step further - endowing it with an eerie and stylish noir sensibility...masterfully crafted and people with characters you won't forget." --Jonathan Kellerman
D.W. Buffa's first novel, The Defense, left the New York Times "wanting to go back to the beginning and read it again." Lunatic Carnival, Buffa's latest riveting and thought-provoking thriller, does that and more. In Lunatic Carnival, Buffa paints an unforgettable and timely portrait of an age in which nothing is thought more important than fame and money, a world in which immorality has become the trademark of success, and murder just another business decision. A professional athlete, T.J. Allen, is charged with the murder of Matthew Stanton, the owner of the team. Antonelli agrees to take the case only after the trial court judge tells him that Allen is innocent and that "All of America contributed to the making of Matthew Stanton." The evidence is firmly stacked against Allen: he was found standing over Stanton's dead body, the murder weapon still in hand. The only way to prove Allen is innocent it is to find the real killer and their motive. Who had a reason to kill Matthew Stanton? What had he done, or what was he planning to do, that made the real killer think he had no choice? As Joseph Antonelli prepares for the most difficult case of his career, he will learn that the answer to that question will change not only the outcome of this trial, but could change the world as we know it. D.W. Buffa's novels have been "filled with remarkable prose and jaw-dropping suspense." In Lunatic Carnival, a trial for murder becomes an indictment of a world gone mad in a compelling novel that will keep you in suspense until the very last page, and then, like only D.W. Buffa can do, it will make you want to go back to the beginning and read it all over again.

About the Author

D.W. Buffa was born in San Francisco and raised in the Bay Area. After graduation from Michigan State University, he studied under Leo Strauss, Joseph Cropsey and Hans J. Morgenthau at the University of Chicago where he earned both an M.A. and a Ph. D. in political science. He received his J.D. degree from Wayne State University in Detroit. Buffa was a criminal defense attorney for 10 years and his seven Joseph Antonelli novels reflect that experience. The New York Times called The Defense 'an accomplished first novel' which 'leaves you wanting to go back to the beginning and read it over again.' The Judgment was nominated for the Edgar Award for best novel of the year. D.W. Buffa lives in Northern California. You can visit his Official Website at
Product Details
ISBN: 9781951709839
ISBN-10: 1951709837
Publisher: Polis Books
Publication Date: August 22nd, 2023
Pages: 352
Language: English