Semiautomatic Book Review Summary

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Random House, Jun 2004, 24.95
ISBN: 0375505024

Following his bungled prosecution of a homicide case (see HOLLOWPOINT) Assistant District Attorney Andrew Giobberti toils in the surreal Brooklyn Appeals Office, the Siberia where those whose careers are over are exiled until they retire, quit, or die. His personal life feels as if he is at rock bottom but also still in freefall as he still mourns the death of his daughter and the separation from his wife.

However, he is given a second chance at redeeming himself and a return to the Homicide 0ffice if he prosecutes the suspect in the murder of a Brooklyn bodega owner. Elation turns to distrust and he wonders if he is being paranoid as he ponders why this particular case was given to him. No one will say a word to him especially why him, not even Laurel Ashfield, who had the prosecution before Giobberti received his so-called reprieve.

SEMIAUTOMATIC is a fabulous legal noir that gives the audience an intriguing taste of Brooklyn, home of “the dumbest killers in the world". Andrew is a marvelous lead character as he struggles with a horde of maggots that eat away at his heart. Still the key to this unique story line is that the plot hits the audience on three fronts. The obvious legal thriller is enhanced by the in-politics of the DA Office and by a human salvation story all tied together by Andrew.

Harriet Klausner
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Plot & Themes

Composition of Book descript. of violence and chases 10%Planning/preparing, gather info, debate puzzles/motives 50%Feelings, relationships, character bio/development 30%How society works & physical descript. (people, objects, places) 10% Tone of story    -   suspenseful (sophisticated fear) Time/era of story:    -   2000+ (Present) Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Legal Thriller    -   Yes Legal Plotlets    -   finding out whether someone is really guilty

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   a lawyer creature Age:    -   20's-30's Ethnicity/Race    -   White/American


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Northeast

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   generic/vague references to death/punishment Amount of dialog    -   significantly more dialog than descript

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