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Semiautomatic Paperback – May 25, 2011
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Top Customer Reviews
After Hollowpoint, we saw a down on his luck assistant DA do his best to insert the right outcome into a case he was handling for the prosecutor's office. The author's prior work as a DA there lent a lot of charm to the first book and all of that continues here. As with the first book, the protagonist is handled a 'simple' case that turns out to be anything but. He's pared with a partner who has no experience in prosecuting murder cases, and they develop a very tentative and complex relationship while they try to move forward with the case. As you might expect, there are bigger forces and a larger agenda here at work. Watching them figure this out and what they're prepared to do about it is a real treat.
I wrote in my review of Hollowpoint that the sense of place for Brooklyn was strong. It's even stronger here. You can practically smell the steam of the summer shower coming off of the still hot pavements.
Reuland is an author to keep an eye on. I for one will be following him.
Already on the case is inexperienced junior prosecutor Laurel Ashfield, who's never tried a homicide. Most of the book revolves around Giobberti and her getting a feel for each other and the case. Almost immediately, Giobberti (and the reader) realizes there's something not quite right about the case, and it takes an awfully long time for the specifics to be revealed. Once revealed, the specifics end up being woefully uninteresting, revolving around the completely unshocking reality of cops and DAs playing fast and loose with the truth in order to put away bad guys in order to score political points. The theme of corrupt a corrupt legal system and bent cops has been exhaustively explored in film and fiction for over a century, and Reuland brings nothing new to the table here.Read more ›
Except... Mr. Reuland absolutely refuses to use a contraction (e.g. "won't" or "can't") so ALL the dialog (uneducated criminals included) is unbearably stilted. "She will not tell me, and I cannot insist, because we had not...". Nobody talks or thinks like this. How an otherwise perceptive writer could be so obtuse or so self-indulgent - and his editor permit it - is beyond me. It's like avoiding every word with the letter 'e'. Even in the excellent reading by Jason Collins this soon becomes excruciating. I soon began listening as much for an exception to this as to the relatively modest plot. Result: one contraction noted in the entire book.
Also, as mentioned by another reviewer, conversations between the principals are often unrealistically fragmented. People are constantly breaking off just when they're about to explain something important. This authorial trick creates many misunderstandings to advance the plot, but after a few of these the reader is thinking "just spit it out, for heavens sake!".
Mr. Reuland is a talented author and could easily do without the idiosyncrasies I'm criticising. I hope he'll iron these out of his future books. But, what author ever pays attention to the lay reader's opinion?
A bodega owner has been murdered in what seems to be an open-and-shut case. As Gio digs deeper, though, he senses that something is rotten underneath the surface. There's a reason he was assigned to this murder and, once he learns it, his outrage leads him to take on his corrupt bosses.
There are times when Semiautomatic suffers from an excess of personality, with machinegun sentences and clipped dialogue assaulting readers so fast they hardly have a chance to catch their breath. That is also part of the book's charm, though, as Reuland breaks out of the typical urban crime mold with his fresh, compelling protagonist and idiosyncratic style.
Semiautomatic is recommended to anyone who is tired of the usual, run-of-the-mill legal thriller and wants to read something that tells it a little more like it really is.
Reviewed by David Montgomery, Chicago Sun-Times
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I have loved all of Robert Reuland's novels that I have read in this series. I only hope he writes more!!!!!!!Published on May 29, 2013 by Kim Schroeder
My son wanted this book for Christmas, so I looked it up, ordered it, and received it very quickly. Thanks!Published on January 17, 2013 by Malissa Renee Regan
Brilliant, insightful page-turner on what it is like to prosecute murders in an overworked big-city homicide unit. Reuland is a superb writer and must be one heck of a good lawyer. Read morePublished on June 13, 2009 by Ralph Adam Fine
It's hard to believe that Random House actually published this total waste of time. I don't believe this writer is capable of even writing a coherent obituary! Save your money!Published on April 30, 2006 by John C. Watts
I thoroughly enjoyed this book. At no point did I sense that the author was trying to put one over on me, playing for a reader reaction, or throwing in standard thriller plot... Read morePublished on April 16, 2005 by George R. Beinhorn
this book was like watching paint dry. there was little to no suspense. if the author would have taken as much time developing the characters as he did over describing every... Read morePublished on January 1, 2005 by poetic paws
SEMIAUTOMATIC is Robert Reuland's second book following on from his impressive debut with HOLLOW POINT. Read morePublished on October 9, 2004 by Untouchable
Reuland's first book Hollowpoint hooked me with the throw-away line, he was so tough, 'he saved with a badger'. Read morePublished on September 17, 2004 by Steven Megannety
It would be a mistake to call this a legal thriller, just as it would be a mistake to believe that what happens in most American courtrooms is legally thrilling. Read morePublished on June 30, 2004 by Gary Delsohn