The Harder They Come

The Harder They Come

Book - 2015 | First edition.
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Set in contemporary Northern California, The Harder They Come explores the volatile connections between three damaged people -- an aging ex-Marine and Vietnam veteran, his psychologically unstable son, and the son's paranoid, much older lover -- as they careen towards an explosive confrontation.
Publisher: New York : Ecco, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2015]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780062349378
Branch Call Number: BOYLE
Characteristics: 384 pages ; 24 cm


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Apr 26, 2017

I think as Mr. Boyle gets older his writing is becoming more restrained. Mellowed. Effortless. T.C. tells a story of modern extremists way out on the west coast in an imaginary world with dire consequences. Illegals, ecology of grow-ops, private animal preserves, tourism, acting out on ones own interpretation of the U.S. constitution. It begins and ends with Sten Stenson, a retired principal and ex-marine. He stops a mugging when he's on a vacation with his wife and comes home to publicity, but then things start happening with his mentally disturbed son that draw negative attention to him and his wife, Carolee. Thanks, Loved It! Took about five days to read.

Jul 15, 2016

Twisty little character study, compelling plot!

Chapel_Hill_KenMc Oct 30, 2015

Boyle is a masterful crafter of plots, and this tense drama doesn't disappoint. The focus here is a young man suffering from paranoid schizophrenia, and when the narration takes his point of view, the ride is at once fascinating, disturbing, and tragic. Boyle populates the novel with plenty of other interesting characters, with violence, bigotry, and miscommunication as central themes. The pace is rapid enough to keep the pages turning, and with great character development and story lines, this novel is a sure winner for a wide range of readers.

Sep 08, 2015

well written, engrossing. couldn't put it down. based on a true story

Aug 22, 2015

Waste of time. Weird storyline. Didn't like the main lead female character. Quite grossed out by Adam/Colter character. The writing style was awkward because it seemed like each sentence was building up to some climactic moment, which never comes. Just a waste of time.

Jul 05, 2015

Brilliant. Interesting and sympathetic characters. The hopelssness of family trying to del with mental illness while at the same time manging their own changing lives. Will read more by this author.

Mar 30, 2015

chronical long review in books in mail and evernote. Not sure if I want to read this or not. See review.

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