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Blood and Circumstance by Frank Turner Hollon

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Blood and Circumstance by Frank Turner Hollon

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A psychological mystery. Joel Stabler kills his beloved brother Danny in what appears to be murder in the name of mercy. When Joel's lawyers assign a psychologist to determine his sanity at the time of the shooting, the full story of Joel's family's past, and the long line of mental illness in that history, begins to unfold. Told mainly through Joel's pre-trial interview sessions with Dr. Andrews, Blood and Circumstance takes on the argument of nature versus nurture. And as Joel responds to his doctor's questions, he begins to evaluate the doctor, stealing glimpses of the session notes and noticing aspects leading to speculations about the doctor's personal life. As the reader listens in on their conversations, it becomes more and more difficult to decide what to believe, who, if either, is trustworthy, what happened for certain, what is truth? With his signature prose and unwavering close-up lens, Frank Turner Hollon's novel examines the uncertain search for identiy through the criss-crossing paths of blood and circumstance.


“Reading like an offbeat criminal justice version of the talking-head film My Dinner with Andre, attorney Hollon's latest takes an intriguing look at the nature of mental capacity....The author's gift for understated dialogue makes the conversations between doctor and patient particularly compelling.”

Publishers Weekly


The Point of Fracture [is] easily Hollon’s most accomplished, probably his best, novel to date...absolutely astonishing.”

Anniston Star, of The Point of Fracture

“Pack[s] in so much depth...a testament to the author’s ability to spin layers of meaning in deceptively simple prose.”

Baltimore Sun, of The Wait


Frank T. Hollon is the author of The Pains of April, The God File, A Thin Difference, Life is a Strange Place (Barry Munday), The Point of Fracture, Blood & Circumstance, Glitter Girl and the Crazy Cheese, The Wait, Austin and Emily, The Book of Neil and Jamestown, Alaska. Two Novels, Life is a Strange Place (Barry Munday) and Blood & Circumstance have been adapted to film. Frank lives and practices law in Alabama.