Blood and Circumstance
By Frank Turner Hollon
(MacAdam Cage, Hardcover, 9781596921962, 200pp.)
Publication Date: February 6, 2007
Other Editions of This Title: Paperback
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The pretrial interview sessions between a killer and a doctor create an intricate tale of murder, mercy, and madness.
Joel Stabler takes the life of his beloved brother Danny in what appears to be a mercy killing. When Joel’s lawyers assign a psychologist to determine his sanity at the time of the shooting, the full story of the brothers’ past — and long family history of mental illness — begins to unfold.
Told entirely through Joel’s pre-trial interview sessions with Dr. Andrews, Blood and Circumstance takes on the argument of nature versus nurture, closely examining the factors that prompted this murder. And as Joel responds to the doctor’s probing questions, he, in turn, begins to evaluate the doctor, stealing glimpses of his notes and speculating about his personal life. Listening in on their conversations, it becomes less and less clear whom to trust, what is certain, and where the truth actually lies.
With his signature prose and unwavering attention to detail, Frank Turner Hollon’s latest achievement examines the uncertain search for identity through the crisscrossing paths of blood and circumstance.
Frank Turner Hollon is the author of The God File, The Pains of April, Life Is a Strange Place, and A Thin Difference. His short stories have appeared in Stories from the Blue Moon Café and The Alumni Grill. He lives with his wife and family in Baldwin County, Alabama, where he practices law.
Praise for Frank Turner Hollon:
“Frank Turner Hollon writes with authority about lawyers…[he] has the reader turning the pages as Jack struggles to straighten out his life, his business, and his client’s case.”
— Southern Living
“…compellingly humane, a book by a writer who appears to be maturing with each new work…a touching and humane contemplation of the questions we all have, a book made all the more poignant by Hollon’s rough poetry and his belief that the answers to our questions are out there.”
— The Anniston Star
“…a suspense-filled, meticulously written story of destruction and salvation that will most assuredly mesmerize readers….Step aside, John Grisham and Scott Turow! Frank Turner Hollon is, quite honestly, a much better story-teller, and The Point of Fracture is an exquisite novel.”
— Mystery News
“…compelling legal thriller…even veteran readers of legal dramas will be surprised by how it all plays out.”
— Publishers Weekly