Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Blood Harvest by Brant Randall

Blood Harvest by Brant Randall is a mystery novel and historical fiction. The point of view shifts between multiple characters as they react to an attempted murder trial in the northeastern US in 1929. KKK members, bootleggers, politicians and a veteran of the Civil War narrate the tale. At a church function a 13 year old girl is discovered fooling around in some bushes. Her relatives throw her suitor off of a nearby bridge. The Klan becomes involved since he is from Southern Europe and is therefore not considered white. The idea itself is an interesting one.

The problem is the execution. The characters come off as satire. We have all sorts of stereotypes here from the not so innocent girl to the scheming lawyer. The book also concludes on the strange note the narrative wanders into fantasy Territory with sections from the point of view of a police dog and Crow. I'm not really sure what to make of that.

Not recommended.

Note: this was provided for review purposes by a PR outfit.

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