- Paperback: 176 pages
- Publisher: Vintage; 1st Vintage International ed edition (January 26, 1999)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0375701141
- ISBN-13: 978-0375701146
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.4 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 6.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 82 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #347,659 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reviewers who are giving this book poor ratings should be aware that this book is part in college curriculum. Some readers might need to re-read the book several times to understand it, but at some point they would get a clear understanding what feeds police brutality and led to all these gruesome shootings in recent years. This book is not a HBO's CSI plot, it is real world police procedure. No knight in shining armor, no dragon to slay. No clear good guys or bad guys, just characters whose moral compass is somewhere in between.
Amis does a great job showing the reader who these people are instead of telling us with an abundance of adjectives. This was a quick read and enjoyable from start to finish. You become engaged from the very beginning, unaware of the passing of time until you close the back cover and finally look at the clock.
Questions, getting at the facts, finding answers, these are what Hoolihan does. She's a pro. Like a scientist, she's open-minded. Not dogmatic. Doesn't adhere to convention. Maybe, just maybe, she wonders, the appropriate question is not why, but, why not? Why not? Why not do the unthinkable? Jump into the emptiness? Why not? Why not? The answer, it seems, depends on whether you believe suicide is a way in or a way out. So, where does that leave our hard-boiled cop? Her unconventional answer comes rushing at you in the form of a 175 page suicide note entitled Night Train.