When the Killing's Done

Author(s): T. Coraghessan Boyle


The island of Anacapa, off the coast of California, is overrun with black rats which are threatening the ancient population of ground-nesting birds. Alma Boyd Takesue of the National Park Service is campaigning to exterminate them once and for all, but her systematic plan is in danger of sabotage by two notorious environmental activists, Anise Reed and Dave LaJoy. But when Alma's sights turn to the infestation of non-native pigs on the island of Santa Cruz - where Anise was brought up by her rancher mother - the stakes are raised and the debate threatens to boil over into something much more real...


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T.C. Boyle tackles a highly topical subject - animal rights and conservation - and returns to the themes of beloved classics such as A Friend of the Earth and Tortilla Curtain T.C. Boyle is a prize-winning author with a loyal readership: review coverage guaranteed The Tortilla Curtain sold 17,000 copies; Drop City sold 13,500 copies; Talk Talk sold 10,000 copies (BookScan)

'A life-and-death story of evolution, shipwrecks and dominion over the earth ... Boyle's devotees will find everything they expect in the way of manic plotlines, flamboyant obsessions and cool comeuppances outlandlishly delivered' Barbara Kingsolver, New York Times Book Review 'An often brilliant and always thoroughly entertaining satirical eco-thriller which poses questions at the heart of the ecological debate ... Boyle is one of America's best contemporary writers and this novel doesn't disappoint' Daily Mail 'Part historical eco-thriller and part meditation on the law of unintended consequences. [...] An absorbing novel, full of plausible and involving human drama' Daily Telegraph 'Boyle's sprawling eco-saga pitches animal rights activists against biologists and watches the fur fly ... Boyle writes with a conversational ease and fluidity that is enviable, and often breathtaking' Financial Times

T.C. Boyle's novels include World's End, winner of the PEN/Faulkner Award for Fiction, The Tortilla Curtain, Riven Rock, A Friend of the Earth, Drop City (which was a finalist for the National Book Awards), The Inner Circle and, most recently, the highly acclaimed The Women. His short story collections include After the Plague, Tooth and Claw and Wild Child, and his stories appear regularly in most major magazines, including the New Yorker, Esquire, Harper's, Granta and the Paris Review. His work has been translated into twenty-five languages. T.C. Boyle was recently inducted into the Academy of Arts and Letters. He lives in California.

General Fields

  • : 9781408821701
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
  • : January 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : T. Coraghessan Boyle
  • : Paperback
  • : 384