When the Killing's Done
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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.
Publishers Weekly Review
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Ok, but not his best
I'm a huge fan of T.C. Boyle, having first read his short story "Greasy Lake" as a freshman in college. I was hooked and fascinated ever since. Boyle shows his uncanny ability to capture local detail and exhibit almost innate knowledge of his subject in this novel. His character development is also, as usual, quite strong. However, I don't think Boyle ties the various story lines that he engages in together well enough; the reader is left wanting a bit more finality and resolution. As with "tortilla curtain", I was so excited toward the end of the book, only to be disappointed and bewildered by the ending, as if Boyle simply decided that the book was getting too long, and he should simply end the story. I had hoped for a little more follow-through toward the end. This is a solidly average book, but nothing more.