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ISBN13: 9780143120391
ISBN10: 0143120395
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Publisher Comments:

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.

Review:

"Character, science and history co-evolve marvelously here in a tale of fanaticism gone literally overboard. Boyle's devotees will find everything they expect in the way of manic plotlines, flamboyant obsessions and cool comeuppance outlandishly delivered....This is a smart and rollicking novel, with suspense and shipwrecks galore, in which no character ever quite understands the stakes and no challenge is perfectly answered." Barbara Kingsolver, The New York Times

Review:

"Boyle is no stranger to environmental fiction....Boyle's characters are challenging, to say the least, for they are complicated and often inconsistent. While the desire to preserve and protect nature does not defuse many of the conflicts between the two, their ethical similarities invite the reader to question where these two ideologies ultimately clash. Boyle uses the conflicts between his characters to explore the changing philosophy of human and animal relationships." Library Journal

Review:

"Boyle (The Women) spins a grand environmental and family drama revolving around the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara in his fiery latest. Alma Boyd Takesue is an unassuming National Park Service biologist and the public face of a project to eradicate invasive species, such as rats and pigs, from the islands. Antagonizing her is Dave LaJoy, a short-tempered local business owner and founder of an organization called For the Protection of Animals. What begins as the disruption of public meetings and protests outside Alma's office escalates as Dave realizes he must take matters into his own hands to stop what he considers to be an unconscionable slaughter. Dave and Alma are at the center of a web of characters — among them Alma's grandmother, who lost her husband and nearly drowned herself in the channel, and Dave's girlfriend's mother, who lived on a sheep ranch on one of the islands — who provide a perspective that man's history on the islands is a flash compared to nature's evolution there. Boyle's animating conflict is tense and nuanced, and his sleek prose yields a tale that is complex, thought-provoking, and darkly funny — everything we have come to expect from him." Publishers Weekly

Review:

"In one of his richest and most engaging novels, Boyle(The Women, 2009, etc.) characteristically combines a dark sense of humor and a subversive streak as he illuminates the dark underbelly of all-American idealism....The novel never reduces its narrative to polemics — there are no heroes here — while underscoring the difficult decisions that those who consider themselves on the side of the angels must face. Narrative propulsion is laced with delicious irony in this winning novel. Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Boyle's terrifically exciting and unapologetically relevant When the Killing's Done...demonstrates that it's possible to write an environmental novel that provokes discussion instead of merely thumping away on conventional wisdom....When the Killing's Done presents a smarter, sharper vision of our environmental challenges than [Boyle's] doomsday novel, A Friend of the Earth. By corralling all these pigs, rats, dwarf foxes, golden eagles and human beings into one stormy tale, he's created a raucous exploration of the clumsy role that even the best-intentioned people play in these fragile environs." The Washington Post

About the Author

T.C. Boyle is the author of twelve novels, including The Tortilla Curtain, World's End, Drop City, and The Women, and nine short story collections. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.

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711peterhoffman, November 26, 2013 (view all comments by 711peterhoffman)
This novel is an insightful, and often funny, look at the environmental movement. The book revolves around the tale of two lives, one a passionate animal rights activist fighting perceived injustice and another an environmental scientist with her own passions for what is "right." As these two opposing forces come into conflict the differences, and similarities, between the two make for some very thought provoking storytelling. T.C.Boyle's trademark flair and mastery of prose is on full display.
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woodcuts, January 22, 2012 (view all comments by woodcuts)
Once again, T.C. Boyle hits it out of the park with a carefully crafted, thoroughly researched not-so-fictional novel. Perhaps of uniquely special interest to those of us on the left coast, it left me wanting to explore the "other" wilder Channel Islands...apart from Santa Catalina. Riveting as always!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780143120391
Author:
Boyle, T. C.
Publisher:
Penguin Books
Author:
Boyle, T. Coraghessan
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
Mass Market
Publication Date:
20120231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 12
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
8.44 x 5.6 x 0.85 in 0.69 lb
Age Level:
from 18

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"Review" by , "Character, science and history co-evolve marvelously here in a tale of fanaticism gone literally overboard. Boyle's devotees will find everything they expect in the way of manic plotlines, flamboyant obsessions and cool comeuppance outlandishly delivered....This is a smart and rollicking novel, with suspense and shipwrecks galore, in which no character ever quite understands the stakes and no challenge is perfectly answered."
"Review" by , "Boyle is no stranger to environmental fiction....Boyle's characters are challenging, to say the least, for they are complicated and often inconsistent. While the desire to preserve and protect nature does not defuse many of the conflicts between the two, their ethical similarities invite the reader to question where these two ideologies ultimately clash. Boyle uses the conflicts between his characters to explore the changing philosophy of human and animal relationships."
"Review" by , "Boyle (The Women) spins a grand environmental and family drama revolving around the Channel Islands off Santa Barbara in his fiery latest. Alma Boyd Takesue is an unassuming National Park Service biologist and the public face of a project to eradicate invasive species, such as rats and pigs, from the islands. Antagonizing her is Dave LaJoy, a short-tempered local business owner and founder of an organization called For the Protection of Animals. What begins as the disruption of public meetings and protests outside Alma's office escalates as Dave realizes he must take matters into his own hands to stop what he considers to be an unconscionable slaughter. Dave and Alma are at the center of a web of characters — among them Alma's grandmother, who lost her husband and nearly drowned herself in the channel, and Dave's girlfriend's mother, who lived on a sheep ranch on one of the islands — who provide a perspective that man's history on the islands is a flash compared to nature's evolution there. Boyle's animating conflict is tense and nuanced, and his sleek prose yields a tale that is complex, thought-provoking, and darkly funny — everything we have come to expect from him."
"Review" by , "In one of his richest and most engaging novels, Boyle(The Women, 2009, etc.) characteristically combines a dark sense of humor and a subversive streak as he illuminates the dark underbelly of all-American idealism....The novel never reduces its narrative to polemics — there are no heroes here — while underscoring the difficult decisions that those who consider themselves on the side of the angels must face. Narrative propulsion is laced with delicious irony in this winning novel.
"Review" by , "Boyle's terrifically exciting and unapologetically relevant When the Killing's Done...demonstrates that it's possible to write an environmental novel that provokes discussion instead of merely thumping away on conventional wisdom....When the Killing's Done presents a smarter, sharper vision of our environmental challenges than [Boyle's] doomsday novel, A Friend of the Earth. By corralling all these pigs, rats, dwarf foxes, golden eagles and human beings into one stormy tale, he's created a raucous exploration of the clumsy role that even the best-intentioned people play in these fragile environs."
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