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Blood Harvest

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What drives a small town in New England in the late 1920s to lynch a man? Nick DeCosta embodied the immigrant success story. Arriving penniless from Sicily, he became a successful NYC restaurateur. When too many of his fellow countrymen wanted a piece of his business, he fled to rural Massachusetts and married Mary Elizabeth. Prohibition is when Nick comes into his own. He ...more
Hardcover, 286 pages
Published May 1st 2008 by Capital Crime Press
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Sherry Chandler
Apr 28, 2008 Sherry Chandler rated it really liked it
With Klan lynchings, moonshine wars, oversexed teenaged girls, and Native Americans seeing visions, this book might be set in some Georgia backwoods. You might think it was written by some descendant of Faulkner or Erskine Caldwell. But it is, in fact, set in Massachusetts in 1929 and the moonshiner/bootleggers are in competition with the Kennedys.

It is a novel filled with an oddly bequiling mix of humor and horror. It is a murder mystery without a detective in which no one is quite what s/he se
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Andi
Jan 05, 2009 Andi rated it liked it
Often when I agree to review books for this blog, I do so because the story sounds engaging and different than anything I would normally read. Often, also, I expect that these books will not be great; perhaps I’m being cynical, but if the book was amazing, I think, wouldn’t someone at the Times be reviewing it. This time, however, my cynicism went unrewarded. Brand Randall’s book Blood Harvest is both a good read and an interesting peek into history.

Randall used a story from his own family as we
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RATING: 3.75

Mary Elizabeth MacKay was always the wild child in the family. At the age of 15, she ran off with a local immigrant wine grower named Nick DeCosta, which caused a permanent estrangement, with her family, who run the show in the small New England town of Peony Springs. The economy relies heavily on the contributions of Granny MacKay, who is a moonshiner. With Prohibition in full effect in the early 1920s, Granny has become a force to be reckoned with.

One evening at a local dance for t
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Larry
Jul 21, 2008 Larry rated it really liked it
This novel is a dark tale of xenophobia and small-town corruption in 1929 Massachusetts. Immigrant Nick DaCosta begins the trouble when he marries Mary Elizabeth MacKay, daughter of the dominant moonshining family of Potemkin County and carries her to a neighboring county. There, the bad will is intensified by Nick competitive moonshine business. So it continues, until the teenaged son of Nick and Mary Elizabeth is caught in the bushes with one of the MacKay girls. The MacKays beat the boy ...more
Dana *
Aug 16, 2010 Dana * rated it liked it
This is a fictional story with elements of several historical events woven into one.
The style is interesting, told in interview/narrative from the POV of many characters, even from a dog and a bird.
The subject is lynching by the KKK, and the events surrounding such a hanging.
Well done, interesting, a quick read. An unhappy time in America, when any new immigrant was a target for the existing 'Americans' who forgot they were immigrants not that long ago.

You may be surprised that the subject of th
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Cheryl
Jun 03, 2008 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
I thought Blood Harvest was a good hard hitting book. Well written. It incorporates the KKK but in a way that it makes the reader feel sorry for the people who had to put with this group back in the days.
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Brant Randall is a pseudonym for Bruce Cook, who teaches Communication at Woodbury University. He originally worked as a physicist / mathematician at Northrup University. He later earned his MS and PhD in Communications.

Brant has served as consultant on dozens of independent feature films. He recently designed a course titled Globalization of Media. Currently he is teaching Theology of the Horror
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