Hard Rain Falling

ISBN-10: 1590173244

ISBN-13: 9781590173244

Edition: 2009

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Description: Don Carpenter'sHard Rain Fallingis a tough as nails account of being down and out, but not quite down for gooda Dostoyevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Leavitt, an orphaned teenager living off his wits in the fleabag hotels and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Leavitt befriends Billy Lansing, a young black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist gone wrong gets Jack sent to reform school, from which he emerges embittered by years of abuse and solitary confinement. In the meantime Billy has joined the bourgeoisie married, fathered a son, acquired a business and a mistress. But neither Jack nor Billy can escape their misfit pasts, and they will meet again in San Quentin before their strange double drama comes to a violent and revelatory end. Carpenter was a writer of searing honesty and deep compassion. This reprint of his most famous novel reintroduces one of the most distinctive and gripping voices of postwar American literature.

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List price: $22.95
Copyright year: 2009
Publisher: New York Review of Books, Incorporated, The
Publication date: 9/8/2009
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 336
Size: 5.00" wide x 8.25" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.968
Language: English

George Pelecanos was born in Washington, D.C. in 1957 and graduated from the University of Maryland at College Park. After having a string of menial jobs, he published his first novel, A Firing Offense, in 1992. His other works include Nick's Trip, Shoedog, King Suckerman, Right as Rain, Hard Revolution, Drama City, The Night Gardener, and The Turnaround. He has received numerous awards including the Raymond Chandler award in Italy, the Falcon award in Japan, and the Grand Prix Du Roman Noir in France. Hell to Pay and Soul Circus were awarded the 2003 and 2004 Los Angeles Times Book Prizes. He has served as producer on the feature films Caught (1996), Whatever (1998) and BlackMale (1999). He was a producer, writer, and story editor for the HBO series, The Wire, which won the Peabody Award and the AFI Award. He was also a writer on the HBO World War II miniseries The Pacific.

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