ROBERT REULAND is a criminal attorney in Brooklyn specializing in homicide defense. For many years he served as a senior assistant district attorney in the Homicide Bureau of the Brooklyn District Attorney's office. A graduate of Cambridge University and the Vanderbilt University School of Law, he lives in Brooklyn with his wife, Christine, and their two children.
He is the author of three crime novels set in Brooklyn:
Hollowpoint Semiautomatic Represent
Rob recently published The Convict Maiden, an historical novel set in Australia in the 1820s.
Robert Reuland brings depth and complexity to crime novels. Although that appears to be the genre, it's unfair to pin that tag on his books. They are so much more. Reuland writes literature. The crime aspect is a setting, one with which he is familiar as a lawyer.
He keeps the story realistic, faithful to what goes on in the criminal part of Brooklyn's world. He presents people and events that many of his readers probably have had little exposure to. His plots are inventive, clever, and full of surprising twists. His rich setup forms the basis for the fireworks at the climax.
Like the good writers of literary fiction, his story is a vehicle for exploring, illuminating, and puzzling over human nature. Good literature is another way of approaching what is covered by other fields such as philosophy, psychology, or sociology, for example.
Reuland develops, details, and fleshes out his characters. He brings them to life. He gives them the challenges, difficulties, emotions, and "moral ambiguities" that we all have to wrestle with in some way. Reuland's interior monologues are some of the best that I have ever read.
Reuland's books make us think. He poses questions, but knows better than to try to answer them. He spurs us to ponder at the same time he perplexes us.
Represent is the third book in his series. He puts his protagonist in different situations, doing different tasks within the scope of practicing criminal law. But Andrew Giobberti is no wooden serial character. He changes, grows, and learns.
They're all great books. With the realism, and the clever plots, Reuland's books are the best of both worlds.