When the Killing's Done: A Novel (Paperback)

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APRIL 2013

Commonly recognized as the Mark Twain of our century, T.C. Boyle
chronicles the contemporary human condition. Whether you are a
naturalist, riparian, environmentalist, or just believe in action for
cause, you will find yourself able to see both sides of the political
hot button topic in this coastal California drama. I promise you will never perceive a raven the same way again. Available in bargain hardcover or quality paperback.

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— Marla

March 2011 Indie Next List

“T.C. Boyle is so articulate and skillful at plotting that he has the reader turning the pages of this entertaining book at record pace. In an effort to restore the indigenous flora and fauna, scientists on the Channel Islands off the California coast are at work eliminating species that have been introduced to the islands. Meanwhile, an activist group attempts to stop the killing of any creatures. Opening with a calamitous boating accident in which only one survivor washes ashore, this book doesn't let up detailing the often fatal effects of man vs. nature until the very last page.”
— Sarah Bagby, Watermark Books, Wichita, KS


T.C. Boyle's most powerful and fully realized work yet-"terrifically exciting and unapologetically relevant" (The Washington Post).

Principally set on the wild Channel Islands off the coast of California, T.C. Boyle's new novel is a gripping adventure with a timely theme. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist spearheading the efforts to save the islands' native creatures from invasive species. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a local businessman who is fiercely opposed to the killing of any animals whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert her plans. As their confrontation plays out in a series of scenes escalating in violence, drama, and danger, When the Killing's Done relates a richly humane tale about the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world.

About the Author

T. C. Boyle is the author of eleven novels, including World's End (winner of the PEN/FaulknerAward), Drop City (a New York Times bestseller and finalist for the National Book Award), and The Inner Circle. His most recent story collections are Tooth and Claw and The Human Fly and Other Stories.

Product Details
ISBN: 9780143120391
ISBN-10: 0143120395
Publisher: Penguin Books
Publication Date: February 28th, 2012
Pages: 384
Language: English