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When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
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Sep 20, 2011

really liked it
Read in September, 2011

I can understand why this novel is compared to his earlier "Tortilla Curtain" since both present two (or more) sides of a controversial issue with a smattering of right and wrong on each side. Here, the clash is over eradicating rats and pigs from two of Southern California's Channel Islands. The National Park Service wants these two non-native species removed from the ecosystem in order to save and reintroduce the native flora and fauna. On the other side of the battle is a small but militant animal rights group that sees the killing of any animal as wrong. The story is interesting and the writing is superb. The character of the animal rights group leader is a bit over-the-top; he's a man with quick judgments and an even quicker temper, and he lets his goal get in the way of protecting human life. He doesn't seem to like people at all and treats most very badly. He was not likeable! For me, this book was often tough to read due to the violent fate of many of the animals.
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