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Hard Rain Falling

Carpenter, Don (Book - 2009 )
Average Rating: 4.5 stars out of 5.
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Don Carpenter's Hard Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, but never down for good--a Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the middle class--married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their troubled pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end.
Authors: Carpenter, Don
Title: Hard rain falling
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2009
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. ;,21 cm
Statement of Responsibility: Don Carpenter ; introduction by George Pelecanos
ISBN: 9781590173244
1590173244
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARPENTER 2009
Subject Headings: Problem youth Fiction Swindlers and swindling Fiction Portland (Or.) Fiction
Genre/Form: Noir fiction
Topical Term: Problem youth
Swindlers and swindling
LCCN: 2009012732
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Hard Rain Falling follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon.


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Aug 30, 2013
  • mrmervis rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really liked this book. Written in an easy going style that seems to fit the characters well.

Jan 18, 2011
  • ahsimlibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

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Oct 20, 2010
  • ahsimlibrarian rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

George Pelecanos reading Carpenter

George Pelecanos, who wrote the forward to Hard Rain Falling, reads parts of the book aloud

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