Hard Rain Falling
A hardboiled novel about life in the American underground, from the pool halls of Portland to the cells of San Quentin. Simply one of the finest books ever written about being down on your luck.
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 conÔ¨Ånement. 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.
Published: in USA in 2009
Publisher: The New York Review of Books, Inc
ISBN 13: 9781590173244
ISBN 10: 1590173244
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