By Don Carpenter
Don Carpenter’s tough Rain Falling is a tough-as-nails account of being down and out, yet by no means down for good—a Dostoyevskian story of crime, punishment, and the pursuit of an ever-elusive redemption. the radical follows the adventures of Jack Levitt, an orphaned youngster dwelling off his wits within the fleabag lodges and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a tender black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist long gone mistaken will get Jack despatched to reform tuition, from which he emerges embittered by way of abuse and solitary conﬁnement. meanwhile Billy has joined the center class—married, fathered a son, bought a enterprise and a mistress. yet neither Jack nor Billy can get away their stricken pasts, and they're going to meet back in San Quentin earlier than their unusual double drama involves a violent and revelatory finish.
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He proposal. He took one other drink of whiskey. there has been not anything he might do approximately it now; so he may possibly simply to boot get as inebriated as he may well, have a good time, discover a lady, and fear approximately later later. “Hey,” acknowledged a voice out of the black. “Takin the air? ” “Who is it? ” “Billy. ” They approached one another. Billy, too, had a bottle, and so they stood jointly for a couple of moments, consuming silently. ultimately, Jack stated, “What you doin out right here? Takin the air your self? ” “Yeah. This’s now not a lot of a celebration, is it? ” “Well, you recognize. ” Later, while Jack had lots of time to consider it, he puzzled why he had no longer taken this golden chance to coldcock Billy Lancing and get his cash. He had lots of time to contemplate it, and he went over each attainable purpose in his brain. It wasn’t simply because he and Billy have been associates, or even in the event that they were, Jack observed no cause to not do it; Billy had funds, plenty of it, and Jack wanted funds. And it was once no longer simply because Billy used to be smaller and defenseless, even in a fashion depended on Jack to not reap the benefits of this by chance inner most assembly; no such rationale had ever stirred Jack in his existence. And it definitely wasn’t simply because Jack didn’t think about it, or simply because he was once afraid to, or since it appeared unethical to ask an individual to a celebration after which rob him (that were the unique proposal of inviting Billy). in truth, in forever Jack needed to give it some thought he was once unable to return up with a logical, average resolution. They stood there within the backyard and talked, after which they went again in the home. That used to be all that occurred. It was once inexplicable. greatly used to be occurring contained in the apartment. within the basement get together room, 3 have been dancing, and one lone boy used to be in the back of the bar checking out various unique mixtures of liquor. while Jack got here in for one more bottle, this boy was once keeping up anything greenish in a milk-shake glass and grinning like a mad scientist. Jack took the glass from him and sipped on the drink; it tasted like bitter sweet. He gave the glass again and collected a bottle half-full of Cutty Sark. He checked out the dancers. all of them appeared to be in other places, relocating slowly to the radio enjoying “Dream. ” It appeared so comfortable. He went upstairs. the lounge used to be empty. a number of of the glass animals from the mantelpiece had fallen or been dropped at the fireplace, and have been damaged. the good woman within the white costume with the blue sash seemed out into the empty room with a pleasant, friendly, hot smile, no longer noticing what had occurred to her embellishes. Her appealing Persian rug, too, have been broken through cigarette burns and a few spilled liquor, yet she didn't see it; she used to be having a look off into the gap. Jack saluted her along with his bottle and went into the kitchen. Denny, Billy Lancing, and 3 different boys have been sitting round the kitchen desk, conversing. The room was once choked with smoke. someone were cooking anything at the range, and it had boiled over and burned. there have been lengthy yellowish-black streaks down the facet of the range, and the fuel used to be nonetheless on lower than a blackened pot.