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Hard Rain Falling

(1968)
A novel by

 
 
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 confinement. 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.

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Paperback Editions

September 2009 : USA Paperback
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Title: Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Don Carpenter
ISBN: 1-59017-324-4 / 978-1-59017-324-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: NYRB Classics
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March 1987 : USA Mass Market Paperback
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Title: Hard Rain Falling
Author(s): Don Carpenter
ISBN: 0-345-33903-7 / 978-0-345-33903-4 (USA edition)
Publisher: Ballantine Books
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Audio Editions

May 2016 : MP3 CD
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Title: Hard Rain Falling
Author(s): Don Carpenter
ISBN: 1-5113-9777-2 / 978-1-5113-9777-3
Publisher: Audible Studios on Brilliance
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December 2010 : USA Audio edition
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Title: Hard Rain Falling
Author(s): Don Carpenter
Publisher: Audible Studios
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December 2010 : UK Audio edition
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Title: Hard Rain Falling
Author(s): Don Carpenter
Publisher: Audible Studios
Availability: Amazon UK   


Kindle Editions

May 2010 : USA, Canada, UK Kindle edition
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Title: Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics)
Author(s): Don Carpenter
Publisher: NYRB Classics
Availability: Amazon   Amazon UK   Amazon CA