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Blood Feud
     

Blood Feud

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by Daniel Harris
 

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This is a simple story. It begins with an immigrant grocer selling vegetables from a pushcart and ends in a court case with two billion dollars at risk. Two brothers, sons of the founder, inherit equal shares of a burgeoning food chain. One dies, and his widow, suspecting that she is being short-changed from profits earned, sues to recover.

Now it becomes

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This is a simple story. It begins with an immigrant grocer selling vegetables from a pushcart and ends in a court case with two billion dollars at risk. Two brothers, sons of the founder, inherit equal shares of a burgeoning food chain. One dies, and his widow, suspecting that she is being short-changed from profits earned, sues to recover.

Now it becomes complicated. The author, an insider with over thirty years working in the food industry, spins a yarn of a twisting, turning labyrinth that features a love tryst, intrigue, betrayal, and greed. The characters and dialogue are real, authentic, and they draw you from the printed page into the middle of this fast-moving action.

Russell Riley is the highest-ranking non-family member of this company and it’s his job to protect and grow the business while the two families duke it out in court. But even he can’t stay entirely above the fray because he owns stock that could provide the swing vote for control.

If you are in the mood for an insider’s take on a nasty and vitriolic family food fight that ended in a celebrated court case, Blood Feud is it.

Editorial Reviews

Kirkus Reviews
2014-10-09
Control of a successful, multigenerational family enterprise fuels this rousing tale of greed, animosity and corporate rivalry. Harris' (Capital Crimes, 2002, etc.) third novel follows the churning melodrama surrounding the Galetti clan's $2 billion supermarket chain. Right from the opening pages, there's a legal battle brewing between co-CEOs and estate heirs Joe Galetti and his deceased brother Dom's wife, Maria, over stocks and profits the company has made and failed to share with her side of the family. The story's narrator, Galetti company executive Russell Riley, is curiously not a blood relative but rather a faithful employee who becomes embroiled in the family's domestic disputes. Riley's version of events contributes a unique, semioutsider's perspective of the tense squabble, which is presented with an effective combination of present-day court proceedings paired with Riley's fond flashbacks of growing up with Dom as a boy in the Galetti flagship market outside Boston and then, as an adult, while tensions grew as the business expanded. As the court case simmers, Joe becomes an embittered tyrant, and truths are revealed about the business and the nature of familial loyalty. Peripheral yet richly drawn characters—Joe's genial nephew Trip; Helen Cortez, a highly compromised court clerk; demure law partner Diane Dunbar; scorned business partner Maria—add texture and flourishes of levity to a familial melodrama that intensifies as Harris amps up the messy courtroom antics in the novel's fiery, scandalous and surprising conclusion. With an economy of words and spry dialogue, Harris' novel doesn't skimp on action, subtle romance or satisfying suspense. A sordid tale of sparring bloodlines that will entertain fans of family dramas.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781434973832
Publisher:
Dorrance Publishing
Publication date:
08/28/2012
Pages:
180
Sales rank:
710,696
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.50(d)

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Blood Feud 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
jayfwms More than 1 year ago
A richly-detailed analysis of the meltdown of a large family business, as seen through the eyes of a long-term employee. The characters are very well portrayed, and it is easy to align with the main narrator. The story itself is detailed and exciting, and the ending is kept in doubt right to the very end. It is an excellent study of how human nature can destroy the greatest of enterprises and the closest of families. I found it a little extreme that every woman in the story is beyond the 99th percentile beautiful, and from the description mostly clones of each other. All the rest of the characters were identifiable as real people, and the presentation of human nature at both its best and worst was very satisfying. I enjoyed the book and recommend it for a pleasant read.