“Rob Reuland writes beautifully — about sadness and cities and injured dreams . . . he has renewed my faith in the health and future of the urban crime novel.”
— Dennis Lehane
With "Represent," acclaimed novelist Robert Reuland returns to form with the third in his Brooklyn series featuring wise-cracking ex-prosecutor Andrew Giobberti. Himself a real-life criminal attorney and former Brooklyn DA, Reuland brings to "Represent" a verisimilitude unique in crime fiction.
Reuland's elegant, hard-edged, and often funny writing inspired one critic to name him the "bastard child of Raymond Chandler and Ernest Hemingway." All of this talent is on vivid display in "Represent," which puts Giobberti in the uncomfortable position of defending a man he jailed for murder five years earlier.
Having quit the DA's Office, Giobberti finds himself missing the rough-and-tumble world of criminal law when he finds a way to return — through the back door. "Lord Urbane" is a rap star known to the whole world, but to Giobberti he is just Frank Comberbatch, a young thug he put in jail while serving as chief of the Brooklyn Homicide Bureau. Freed on appeal, Comberbatch catches a new murder rap and desperately needs Giobberti's help. A beautiful woman shows up on Giobberti’s doorstep with a big check as a convincer.
Despite the ringing alarms, Giobberti takes the case, which pits him against his former colleagues in what quickly becomes a chase for the truth against a white-hot backdrop of fame, power, wealth, and sex. Alone, out in the cold, Giobberti soon finds he can trust no one — or himself — to do the right thing.
"Represent" follows "Hollowpoint" and "Semiautomatic," and is the first novel by Robert Reuland to be published exclusively as an ebook.
- Robert Reuland, April 2011
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