“Hollowpoint” by Rob Reuland (Random House, 2010)

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The first novel from the Brooklyn assistant district attorney, Hollowpoint is about the murder of a fourteen year-old girl in the slums of Brooklyn.  The question is who is the killer?  The case is left to be solved by the main character (also an assistant district attorney) Andy Giobberti.

Though the language is somewhat lacking in structure, drive, and colorful imager, the book maintains the important issue of remaining realistic.  That is what makes this book readable; the reader is constantly telling themselves that this is a story and nothing else, except they keep questioning the validity of this thought.

Reuland has been associated with John Grisham in writing Hollowpoint and though the personal events may be similar (Grisham was a lawyer, then he began writing books about lawyers), the writing styles are totally different.  The language is amateurish and almost annoying in some cases, but the book remains true and that is what spurs the story along.

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Originally published on September 4th 2001 ©Alex C. Telander.

Originally published in the Long Beach Union.