Random House, March 2001, 24.95, 273 pp.
The mother Nicole Carbon looks more like a senior citizen than a person under forty years old. Assistant District Attorney Gio Gioberti knows that East New York will age you fast. Nicole informs Gio and the NYPD detective accompanying him that Lamar “LL” Lamb killed her teenage daughter Kayla Harris in the bedroom of their home in the Cypress Hills projects.
To Gio's chagrin, the evidence points more towards Nicole rather than the drug pushing LL. Though Gio prefers to hang LL, the case eerily reminds the Assistant District Attorney of his own negligence that will haunt him forever. Last year he was driving with his five-year old daughter in the family Oldsmobile when a relatively minor accident occurred. Not wearing a seat belt, the child died and his marriage along with it. Will Gio do the legally right thing or will he obfuscate justice with an effort to redeem himself?
Though a police-procedural legal thriller, HOLLOWPOINT is more exciting as a character study of an individual in the final stages of self-destruction seeking a last chance at redemption. The investigative aspects are well done especially the inside look at the projects, Franklin K Lane High School, and the East New York section of the Big Apple because Rob Reuland holds nothing back. Still, this tale belongs to Gio who provides focus and humanity with his flawed personality desperately needing forgiveness from the one person he cannot get it from: his deceased child.
This report prepared by Harriet Klausner