Easter Weekend

Easter Weekend

by David Bottoms
     
 

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One Easter weekend in Macon, Georgia, two brothers--with big dreams--kidnap a rich college kid for ransom. But a murderous gangster raises the stakes. In this gritty novel of loss, violence, and redemption, a distinguished American poet explores the dark world last seen in the novels of James M. Cain, where death lurks everywhere and a new beginning is always just out

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One Easter weekend in Macon, Georgia, two brothers--with big dreams--kidnap a rich college kid for ransom. But a murderous gangster raises the stakes. In this gritty novel of loss, violence, and redemption, a distinguished American poet explores the dark world last seen in the novels of James M. Cain, where death lurks everywhere and a new beginning is always just out of reach.

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Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Carl Holtzclaw and his brother, a failed boxer, botch the kidnapping of a rich college student when a local gangster tries to collect on one of Carl's bad gambling debts. According to PW , scenes of graphic violence, ``somewhat platitudinal dialogues and quietly impressive prose passages'' characterize this novel. (Dec.)
Library Journal - Library Journal
Set in Macon, Georgia, this novel-length character study covers three days in the life of ``nice guy'' Connie Holtzclaw, small-time prizefighter and would-be dreamer turned kidnapper. Connie and his older brother Carl, the mastermind behind the scheme, kidnap and hold a rich college kid for $200,000 ransom. With his hoped-for cut of the money, Connie intends to lure Rita, his waitress-girlfriend, to Montana to start a new life together. As dark events unfold, Connie's naivete is juxtaposed against a reality of double murder and betrayal. At tale's end, Connie, hiding in a cemetery on Easter Sunday morning, has lost what little he had in life. A somewhat unusual central character, Connie, the savage innocent, holds the reader's attention throughout this otherwise largely unsentimental novel. By an established poet and novelist, this is recommended for select collections.-- James B. Hemesath, Adams State Coll. Lib., Alamosa, Col.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780671733025
Publisher:
Washington Square Press
Publication date:
11/15/1991
Pages:
208

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