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Acclaimed New York Times best-selling author T.C. Boyle makes his Ecco debut with a powerful, gripping novel that explores the roots of violence and antiauthoritarianism inherent in the American character.

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 toward an explosive confrontation.

On a vacation cruise to Central America with his wife, 70-year-old Sten Stensen unflinchingly kills a gun-wielding robber menacing a busload of senior tourists. The reluctant hero is relieved to return home to Fort Bragg, California, after the ordeal - only to find that his delusional son, Adam, has spiraled out of control.

Adam has become involved with Sara Hovarty Jennings, a hardened member of the Sovereign Citizens' Movement, right-wing anarchists who refuse to acknowledge the laws and regulations of the state, considering them to be false and nonapplicable. Adam's senior by some 15 years, Sara becomes his protector and inamorata. As Adam's mental state fractures, he becomes increasingly schizophrenic - a breakdown that leads him to shoot two people in separate instances. On the run, he takes to the woods, spurring the biggest manhunt in California history.

As he explores a father's legacy of violence and his powerlessness in relating to his equally violent son, T. C. Boyle offers unparalleled psychological insights into the American psyche. Inspired by a true story, The Harder They Come is a devastating and indelible novel from a modern master.

©2015 T. C. Boyle (P)2015 HarperCollins Publishers

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  • 27.09.2016

All of Which Are American Dreams

20 years after The Tortilla Curtain, Boyle yet again uses the stark natural beauty of California as a backdrop for the crumbling American Dream. Boyle's a masterful story teller, and while none of the characters are particularly likeable, I find myself gripped by their struggle to do the right thing and make sense in an increasingly confusing world (and, fail terribly.)

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T.C. Boyle mit einem weiteren Meisterwerk

Wieder ist dem Meister der zeitgenössischen amerikanischen Erzählungen ein großer Wurf gelungen. Spannende Story mit den für Boyle typischen parallelen Erzählsträngen, die einmal wieder Gegenwart und Vergangenheit zusammenbringen.

Graham Hamilton ist genau der richtige Sprecher. Perfekt wie er den düsteren Charakteren Leben verleiht.

Unbedingt in der englischen Version hören!!!

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