January 05, 2007 at 05:00 AM EST

Blood and Circumstance

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Frank Turner Hollon
publisher
MacAdam/Cage
genre
Fiction
We gave it a C+

In Frank Turner Hollon’s Blood and Circumstance, a psychologist delves into the head of Joel Stabler, a man charged with his brother’s murder. Joel obliges with tales of gothic family dysfunction — his brother and father were both apparently insane — and blowsy philosophizing.

Deep Thought ”The realistic man, who grasps and holds the idea that nothing matters…creates his own reality.”

Lowdown Joel’s mind is more tiresome than enigmatic; a final twist leaves readers feeling swindled.

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