Set against the seductive backdrop of Hollywood glamour and deception, charismatic attorney Joseph Antonelli, finds himself defending Stanley Roth, the most prominent film director in LA, against a charge of first degree murder. The victim? Mary Margaret Flanders, the stunningly gorgeous, most famous actress in LA and also Stanley Roth's wife.
Despite Antonelli's flawless examination of the prosecution's witnesses, the jury finds fewer and fewer reasons to doubt as the facts are laid bare in front of them. Then the defendant shows Antonelli a script he has been working on for years: the story of a man's rags-to riches climb to the top. In this fascinating story-within-a-story, the accused reveals his version of the tragedy, the secrets of his relationship with the deceased, and the ominous events that led to her death. Throughout the course of the trial, Antonelli learns that even he isn't immune to the excesses, glory and power plays of LA, a fact which will compromise his courtroom performance and jeopardise his client's future.
Star Witness is a gripping legal thriller about the nature of fame and the ever-confusing intersection of truth and fantasy, dream and desire - a rich tale of Hollywood where art can imitate life and unmask a killer even the court can't find.
From the acclaimed author of The Legacy, The Judgment, The Prosecution and The Defense, Star Witness is D.W. Buffa's fifth novel. Buffa served as a defence attorney for ten years.