Hard Rain Falling

Hard Rain Falling

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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.
Publisher: New York : New York Review Books, c2009
ISBN: 9781590173244
1590173244
Branch Call Number: FICTION CARPENTER 2009
Characteristics: xii, 308 p. ; 21 cm

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A classic noir about a runaway and a hustler who dwell in the shadier sides of Portland.

You have to read this remarkable novel about two teenage friends surviving on the streets.

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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mrmervis Aug 30, 2013

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

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