It is spring 1929, and Prohibition is in full swing. So when Ruben and Jeddy find a dead body washed up on the shore of their small coastal Rhode Island town, they are sure it has something to do with smuggling liquor. Soon the boys, along with Jeddy's strongwilled sister, Marina, are drawn in, suspected by rival bootlegging gangs of taking something crucial off the dead m...more
The story is told through a modern day kid interviewing an old-timer - a la Titanic. (James Cameron's version, that is...)
It's historical fiction. You can read about it in an old issue of Time Magazine. What with the advent of the digital age, everything is now online.
Of course, with the advent of the digital age, print media is going out of business, so Time is now requirin ...more
He finds an old man who was alive during the days of the Prohibition. From this point, the novel becomes the old man's story, and David's story becomes a thinly applied series of intermissions.
This is a great novel. I really enjoyed it. A neat historical fiction book to pick up f ...more
"Money it's a crime
Share it fairly but don't take a slice of my pie
Money so they say
Is the root of all evil today"
"It's odd how a shocking sight can shake your mind so you don't at first register the whole, just the small, almost comical details. Like the hand complete with fancy gold wristwatch, wedding band and neatly clipped fingernails we saw bobbing on the water's surface as we came towa ...more
Opening line: “A rumrunner had lived in town, one of the notorious outlaws who smuggled liquor during the days of Prohibition, that was the rumor.”
David wants to be come a reporter and so he decides to look into the story. Over time he forms a connection with Ruben Hart, who tells him what happened to the Black Duck, a famous rumrunning boat, all those years ago.
This was a book that I probably should have liked a bit more than I did. It takes an interesting time in a America ...more
I really really really enjoyed this book. It's a story within a story, opening when a kid from nowadays wants to get a job with the local paper, and to prove himself, he goes to get a story from the one surviving man in town that might have been part of th ...more
The story is told in flashbacks from Reuben who is telling his tale to a freshman boy who wants to be a journalist versus working for his father. Reuben has never told anyone what happened with the Black Duck, a notorious smuggling boat and what part he and his best friend ...more
In this book, Black Duck was a rum-running vessel during Prohibition-era Rhode Island. I liked the book's concept - it started with a newspaper article telling you that the Black Duck's crew were found by the Coast Guard one night, and three of the four crew members died. The plot is then told in two ways - third-person persp ...more