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Don Carpenter's Hard Rain Falling is a tough as nails account of being down and out, but not quite down for good; a Dostoevskian tale of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. The novel follows the adventures of Jack Leavitt, an orphan and 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. Billy in the meantime 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. Don Carpenter was a writer of searing honesty and deep compassion. This reprint of his most famous novel reintroduces one of postwar American literature's most distinctive and gripping voices.

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The New York Review Books list of resurrected classics motors from strength to strength ... Tarmac-tough dialogue and road-novel deliquent action is customised with a tender intensity about both friendship and sexual passion.  Often savage, never cynical, Carpenter brings gold to the grit. --Independent - Boyd Tonkin

A passionate novel, devoid of cynicism, about the relationships between disaffected, marginal men and their various institutions, whether imposed (orphanages, prisons) or self created (dive bars, pool halls)... Carpenter slid into obscurity after his suicide in 1995. With luck, this inspired reissue will bring him to a wider audience. --The Guardian

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Don Carpenter (1931-1995) was born in Berkeley, California. In 1947 he moved to Portland, where he finished high school, went to college, married, and became the father of two children. He wrote articles, stories, and screenplays. Richard Price is an American novelist and screenwriter. His novels include Clockers, which was nominated for a National Book Critics Circle Award, and made into a movie directed by Spike Lee; The Wanderers, which was adapted into a movie by Philip Kaufman; and most recently Lush Life.

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