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Semiautomatic: A Novel
Robert Reuland’s hard-edged yet elegant writing has drawn comparisonsto that of writers as far-flung as Chandler, Hemingway, and T. S. Eliot, but his voice is all his own. With Semiautomatic, Reuland delivers another fist-in-the-gut novel set inside the courtroom and on the darkened street corners of Brooklyn. Drawing on his experience as a homicide prosecutor, Reuland cap ...more
Paperback, 242 pages
Published September 27th 2005 by Ballantine Books
(first published June 8th 2004)
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This book just infuriated me. there was a lot of moments where our heero was frustrated that people were not telling him things about his case and not finding out what they were, which is so annoying because we are just reading pages waiting for something to occur or be explained and yet not until the near end to we realize what is going on in the case. And the ending where the bad guy is punished is a very unrealistic deus ex machina. I went through this wondering why I was bothering
I had a really, really hard time trying to finish this book. The plot is interesting, the characters are quite well drawn, there is a lot of humor in the book, and, most importantly, the "seamy and seedy world" of Brooklyn DA office politics is shown with incisive insight. Mr. Reuland worked in the exact office he is writing about, so I tend to believe his portrayal of corrupt lawyers/politicians who care only about their careers and are ready to offer lives of other people on the altar of furth ...more
The description makes it sound like a thriller. But it ain't. It's about an average guy in the Brooklyn DA's office. He never has a thought or observation he doesn't think worthy of telling the reader. That fills in the ordinariness of DA life, but can't say it's thrilling. Yes, he wrestles with his conscience, and so do others to various degrees. It's all about struggling with doing the right thing on a small scale. No superheroes or superbaddies. No dramatic action sequences. No tense standoff ...more
Jan 20, 2008 Robert rated it really liked it · review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of the original "Law & Order." People who love Chandler.
Recommended to Robert by: Robert Reuland
(In the interest of full disclosure Reuland is a friend. ) Reuland's second book brings back his hero/antihero, Andrew Giobberti, a prosecutor in Brooklyn, New York. Following a failed case, Giobberti is shuffling work in prosecutorial Siberia in the Academic Appeals Office—his career seemingly over and his alienation almost total—when he is offered a lifeline, another murder case to try. But there a catch, catches, something's rotten in Brooklyn, and Giobberti won't play the sacrificial lamb. R ...more