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When the Killing's Done
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When the Killing's Done
A Novel
Edition: Unabridged
Creators: T. C. Boyle, Anthony Heald
Publisher: Blackstone Audio
Imprint: Blackstone Audio, Inc., and Buck 50 Productions, LLC
Pub. date: 02/22/2011
Lib. SRP: 49.95 USD
Ret. SRP: 27.95 USD
Format: OverDrive MP3 Audiobook
Lib. ISBN: 9781483072357
Ret. ISBN: 9781483072364
DRM Level: Media Operation & Rights Access License
Min. Version: OverDrive app 3.0 (Windows) / 1.0 (Mac) / 1.0 (Windows Mobile)
File size: 456314 KB
Duration: 16:11:51
Languages:
   English
Subjects:
   Fiction, Thriller
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Short Description:
   

From the bestselling author of The Women comes an action-packed adventure about endangered animals and those who would protect them.

Principally set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, T. C. Boyle's powerful new novel combines pulse-pounding adventure with a socially conscious, richly humane tale regarding the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the islands' endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

Their confrontation plays out in a series of escalating scenes in...

Full Description:
   

From the bestselling author of The Women comes an action-packed adventure about endangered animals and those who would protect them.

Principally set on the wild and sparsely inhabited Channel Islands off the coast of Santa Barbara, T. C. Boyle's powerful new novel combines pulse-pounding adventure with a socially conscious, richly humane tale regarding the dominion we attempt to exert, for better or worse, over the natural world. Alma Boyd Takesue is a National Park Service biologist who is spearheading the efforts to save the islands' endangered native creatures from invasive species like rats and feral pigs, which, in her view, must be eliminated. Her antagonist, Dave LaJoy, is a dreadlocked local businessman who, along with his lover, the folksinger Anise Reed, is fiercely opposed to the killing of any species whatsoever and will go to any lengths to subvert the plans of Alma and her colleagues.

Their confrontation plays out in a series of escalating scenes in which these characters violently confront one another, contemplate acts of sabotage, court danger, and tempt the awesome destructive power of nature itself. Boyle deepens his story by going back in time to relate the harrowing tale of Alma's grandmother, Beverly, who was the sole survivor of a 1946 shipwreck in the channel, as well as the tragic story of Anise's mother, Rita, who in the late 1970s lived and worked on a sheep ranch on Santa Cruz Island. In dramatizing this collision between protectors of the environment and animal rights activists, Boyle is, in his characteristic fashion, examining one of the essential questions of our time: Who has the right of possession of the land, the waters, the very lives of all the creatures who share this planet with us?

When the Killing's Done will offer no transparent answers, but like The Tortilla Curtain, Boyle's classic take on illegal immigration, it will touch you deeply and put you in a position to decide.

Reviews:
  Publishers Weekly (starred review)
      "[Boyle's] sleek prose yields a tale that is complex, thought-provoking, and darkly funny—everything we have come to expect from him."
  AudioFile Magazine
      T.C. Boyle excels at rollicking black humor, and humanity's attempt to control the environment provides him with ample fodder. Alma Boyd Takasue is a National Park Service biologist who is bent on ridding the islands off the coast of Santa Barbara of vermin to return it to a natural environment for the native birds and foxes. (Such hubris!) Opposed is the equally zealous but more unpleasant David LaJoy, who believes that killing any animal is wrong. Narrator Anthony Heald dials up the irony an extra notch. He employs a strident tone to capture LaJoy's volatility and slightly increases his pace for LaJoy's inner dialogue, though which the biologist expresses constant irritation with life's inconveniences. Heald's hippy-dippy voice for LaJoy's friend, Wilson, is marvelous fun, although Takasue's New Zealand feral pig-hunting ally is less successful. A.B. (c) AudioFile 2011, Portland, Maine
  Publisher's Weekly
     

Starred review from December 20, 2010
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.

  Library Journal
     

July 1, 2011

The Channel Islands off the coast of California provide the backdrop for PEN/Faulkner Award-winning author Boyle's 13th novel, following The Women (2009), also available from Blackstone Audio. The book begins with a shipwreck that tests the mental and physical strength of one of the novel's tough female characters and then moves back and forth in history, telling the story of a family and the irrevocable ways its members both affect nature and are affected by it. Awash in recurring images of violence and death, the narrative is arranged as separate stories that swirl around the family like the waters around the islands, offering up a tangled net of conflict among incompatible interests: ecological well-being, animal rights, and the human impulse toward intervention. Actor/narrator Anthony Heald's (anthonyheald.com) mellow voice helps to weave the story into a cohesive, gripping drama and provides a welcome respite from the sometimes exhausting action of the plot. Recommended. ["Whether we regard this work as environmental fiction or a philosophical treatise on land ethics, Boyle has delivered yet another quandary to ponder," read the review of the Viking hc, LJ 1/11.--Ed.]--Beth Traylor, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Libs.

Copyright 2011 Library Journal, LLC Used with permission.

Creator Marketing:
  Anthony Heald     
     

Anthony Heald, an Audie Award–winning narrator, has earned Tony nominations and an Obie Award for his theater work; appeared in television's Law & Order, The X-Files, Miami Vice, and Boston Public; and starred as Dr. Frederick Chilton in the 1991 Oscar-winning film The Silence of the Lambs. He lives in Ashland, Oregon, with his family.

  T. C. Boyle     
     

T. C. Boyle is the author of more than a dozen novels, including Drop City, which was a finalist for the National Book Award, and World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award. He has also written nine short-story collections. He lives near Santa Barbara, California.

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