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Richard LipezIt's been a while since I've read an American story that's so raw and unsentimental but still manages to brim with heart and soul. Originally published in 1966 and long out of print, Don Carpenter's first novel, about crime and punishment, feels European in the way it grapples with big ideas: Why are we here? Who cares?—but it is thoroughly American in its flat, wiseacre, chip-on-the-shoulder prose and in its willingness to discover the humanity in people to whom most of us, if we met them, would give a very wide berth…Hard Rain Falling is that rarity, a novel of ideas that is also gripping and sexy and dazzlingly atmospheric.
—The Washington Post