BOOK REVIEW

SEMIAUTOMATIC - ROBERT REULAND

Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giobertti has been working in the Appeals Office in Brooklyn.  Giobertti's job in this bureau was so routine and boring - you never see a jury, never see a defendant and never see a judge.  This, by no means, compared to the excitement of working in homocide.  Giobertti ended up in appeals because of a botched case, the difficult time he had over his daughter's death and the separation from his wife.  Normally, when someone is sent to the appeals division, they are there until they retire.

Much to Giobertti's surprise, he was made an offer that sounded too good to be true.  Giobertti is told that he can return to homicide if he will prosecute the case of the death of a bordega owner.  Giobertti is suspicious as to why he was being asked to take this case.  It was previously in the hands of prosecutor Laurel Ashfield.  Was he just being paranoid or was something not quite right with this offer?  No matter what, Giobertti knew this was a chance to redeem himself.

Giobertti wants to be sure to follow the rules on this case.  However, he is finding it very difficult.  He is assigned to work with Laurel Ashfield which is a big mistake because these two just don't like each other.  Giobertti has one annoying habit - he is good at uncovering the truth.  Is this really what everyone wants?

Does Giobertti redeem his past?  Does he succeed in finding out the truth?  Why does the District Attorney have so much interest in the trial?

This novel is a real legal thriller.  Robert Reuland does an excellent job of making the reader feel they are part of the action right there on the streets of Brooklyn.  This is Robert Reuland's first novel and he shows that he is a very talented writer.  He creates a murder story that also has some comedy to it.  If this book is any indication of this writer's talent, we can look for many more novels like this one.  This book is recommended for your reading list.

REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON

DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT PERMISSION OF THE REVIEWER, NANCY EATON

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