David Peterson is fascinated by rumors of rum-running during Prohibition on the beach near his town. He is intrigued by the Black Duck, the most notorious rum-running boat in the area. Then, he learns that Ruben Hart, who lived during that time, is still alive. At first, Ruben won't talk to David, but finally tells a fascinating story of Prohibition, rum-running, and the daring captain of the Black Duck. When they were children, Ruben and his friend Jeddy found a dead body washed up on the beach. Rival bootlegging gangs thought that Ruben and Jeddy removed something important from the dead man's pocket. Soon, Ruben, Jeddy, and Jeddy's sister, Marina, became involved with some very dangerous characters as they tried to keep themselves safe. A fascinating book based on the true story of the Black Duck.
Date read: 4/28/2009