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When the Killing's Done by T.C. Boyle
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Feb 22, 2012

it was amazing
Read in February, 2012

I enjoyed seeing one of my favorite writers portray these 2 different characters. Alma Boyd Takesue, a Park Service staff person in charge of irradicating invasive species--of animals--which means killing them. She was very sympathetic and kind, a person I could see myself being friends with. On the other hand, Dave LaJoy, Alma's foil, was a mean, petty, unkind and inscrupulous person. He was an activist for a PETA-like organization, but his only positive traits were being animal-lover and a vegetarian. In short, TC Boyle made me dislike the Good Guy with the White Hat, and the cute-fuzzy animal-killer a person I actually liked.
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