When the Killing's Done

When the Killing's Done

Book - 2011
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Traces an incrementally violent confrontation between a National Park Service biologist who would eradicate invasive wildlife on the Channel Islands and two locals who are fiercely opposed to the killing of any creatures.
Publisher: New York : Viking, 2011
ISBN: 9780670022328
Branch Call Number: FIC BOYLE 2011
Characteristics: 369 pages : maps ; 24 cm


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WestSlope_TheaH Aug 21, 2018

This is a superb novel by one of my favorite fiction authors. I wrote my undergraduate thesis on invasive species management and found this a highly compelling story that is thought-provoking, suspenseful, and darkly humorous and pits environmentalist against environmentalist. (A historical fiction streak in this book is a bonus!)

Jan 14, 2018

Uneven writing and length of this book make it a reading project. Scientists and activists collide over the eradication of non-native pigs on an island near Santa Barbara.

Dec 27, 2016

A forceful narrative style combined with good characterizations that that is a little weak in the conflict and drama. The conflict between restoring an original environment by slaughtering human introduced species versus animal rights advocates was thought provoking but the individual conflicts and the denouement were a bit disappointing. Read it if you are interested.

Nov 02, 2012

Interesting story, but the writing style was over the top for me. But that's just me. If you're into science and ecology, it's an excellent read.

Mar 01, 2012

Great Writer, It's one thing then another, causation

Nov 16, 2011

Fairly complex, and raises some interesting issues about ecology and conservation, but not very compelling as a book.

fictionfanne Nov 02, 2011

Another great "issue" book from T.C. Boyle. This time it's animals rights v. the invasion of non-native species. Great characters, great setting.

patienceandfortitude Aug 12, 2011

This is an enjoyable read. Not my favorite of his books (which is Drop City) but worthwhile. Boyle puts interesting people together in conflict. In this case it is environmentalists vs animal rights folk in the setting of Santa Cruz Island. Fun and at times riveting.

debwalker Feb 23, 2011

"Boyle's 13th novel is an eco-themed thriller. The Channel Islands off Santa Barbara is the setting for a Darwinian struggle" between environmental advocates and animal rights activists.
Dan Smith
Toronto Star Feb 20, 2011


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