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When the Killing's Done

When the Killing's Done (Paperback)

By Boyle, T. C.

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The latest masterpiece from the unstoppable T.C. Boyle, a sweeping epic of family, ecology and the right to life - no matter what the fallout

ISBN 9781408821701
Barcode 9781408821701
Published 1 April 2012 by Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Format Paperback
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ISBN-13 9781408821701
ISBN-10 1408821702
Stock Available
Status Indent title (internationally sourced), usually ships 4-6 weeks
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Imprint Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Publication Date 1 April 2012
International Publication Date 1 March 2012
Publication Country United Kingdom United Kingdom
Format Paperback
Author(s) By Boyle, T. C.
Category Fiction
Modern Fiction
Number of Pages 384
Dimensions Width: 129mm
Height: 198mm
Spine: 32mm
Weight 265g
Interest Age General Audience
Reading Age General Audience
NBS Text General & Literary Fiction
ONIX Text General/trade
Dewey Code 813.54
Catalogue Code 250344

Description of this Book

'How can you talk about being civil when innocent animals are being tortured to death? Civil? I'll be civil when the killing's done.' The island of Anacapa, off the coast of California, is overrun with black rats which are threatening the ancient population of ground-nesting birds. Alma Boyd Takesue of the National Park Service is the spokesperson for a campaign to exterminate these man-introduced rodents once and for all. Alma, highly self-disciplined with a stubborn streak, speaks as a conservationist, though the fact that her grandmother was once stranded on Anacapa for three weeks with nothing but thousands of crawling rats for company might explain some of her zeal. With days to go before the aerial rat-poisoning, Alma's plan is in danger of sabotage. Dave LaJoy and Anise Reed, a pair of notorious environmental activists, are recognisable from a distance by his knotted dreadlocks and her flame-red cyclone of hair. Dave is an electronics salesman with barely-controlled rages, for whom the plight of the rats is yet another of life's many injustices, along with lazy tramps and second-rate wine. Anise is a struggling folk singer with her own, terrible reasons for getting involved in 'the cause'. From the outset, Alma, Dave and Anise are at ideological loggerheads. But when Alma's sights turn to the infestation of non-native pigs on Santa Cruz - where Anise was brought up by her single mother and a clan of ranchers - the stakes are raised, and the debate threatens to boil over into something much more real...When the Killing's Done is T.C. Boyle's blistering new novel, a sweeping epic of family, ecology and the right to life - no matter what the fallout.

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Awards, Reviews & Star Ratings

NZ Review 'A life-and-death story of evolution, shipwrecks and dominion over the earth ... Boyle's devotees will find everything they expect in the way of manic plotlines, flamboyant obsessions and cool comeuppance outlandlishly delivered' Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review 'An often brilliant and always thoroughly entertaining satirical eco-thriller which poses questions at the heart of the ecological debate ... Boyle is one of America's best contemporary writers and this novel doesn't disappoint' Daily Mail 'A tremendous subject for a novel. And a tremendously dramatic one' Guardian 'Boyle's sprawling eco-saga pitches animal rights activists against biologists and watches the fur fly ... Boyle writes with a conversational ease and fluidity that is enviable, and often breathtaking' Financial Times
UK Review Bertrams Star Rating: 3 stars (out of 5)

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Author's Bio

T.C. Boyle's novels include World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The Tortilla Curtain, Riven Rock, A Friend of the Earth, Drop City (which was a finalist for the National Book Awards), The Inner Circle and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Women. His short story collections include After the Plague, Tooth and Claw and Wild Child, and his stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Granta and the Paris Review. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. T.C. Boyle was recently inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in California.

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