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When the Killing's Done

(2011)
A novel by

 
From the bestselling author of The Women comes an action- packed adventure about endangered animals and those who 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 island's 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, 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.

 
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Used availability for T Coraghessan Boyle's When the Killing's Done


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Hardback Editions

March 2011 : UK Hardback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4088-1148-0 / 978-1-4088-1148-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

March 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: When the Killing's Done (Thorndike Core)
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4104-3494-X / 978-1-4104-3494-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Thorndike Press
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA Hardback
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 0-670-02232-2 / 978-0-670-02232-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Viking
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Paperback Editions

March 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4088-2170-2 / 978-1-4088-2170-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Paperbacks
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 0-14-312039-5 / 978-0-14-312039-1 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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February 2012 : UK Paperback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4088-2616-X / 978-1-4088-2616-4 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2012 : UK Mass Market Paperback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): Tom Coraghessan Boyle
ISBN: 0-14-312089-1 / 978-0-14-312089-6 (UK edition)
Publisher: Penguin Lcc Us
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA Paperback
Title: WHEN THE KILLING S DONE
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 0-670-02260-8 / 978-0-670-02260-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Penguin Books
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February 2011 : UK Paperback
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4088-1418-8 / 978-1-4088-1418-5 (UK edition)
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

Audio Editions

February 2011 : USA Audio Cassette
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4417-7522-6 / 978-1-4417-7522-1 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel (Library Edition)
Author(s): T C Boyle
ISBN: 1-4417-7523-4 / 978-1-4417-7523-8 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2011 : USA Audio CD
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T Coraghessan Boyle
ISBN: 1-4417-7524-2 / 978-1-4417-7524-5 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA   

February 2011 : USA MP3 CD
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T Coraghessan Boyle
ISBN: 1-4417-7525-0 / 978-1-4417-7525-2 (USA edition)
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA Audio edition
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon   

February 2011 : UK Audio edition
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Availability: Amazon UK   

Kindle Editions

March 2011 : UK Kindle edition
Title: When the Killing's Done
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
Availability: Amazon UK   

February 2011 : USA, Canada Kindle edition
Title: When the Killing's Done: A Novel
Author(s): T C Boyle
Publisher: Penguin Books
Availability: Amazon   Amazon CA   



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