By Don Carpenter
Don Carpenter’s challenging 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 residing off his wits within the fleabag inns and seedy pool halls of Portland, Oregon. Jack befriends Billy Lancing, a tender black runaway and pool hustler extraordinaire. A heist long gone unsuitable will get Jack despatched to reform college, from which he emerges embittered by means of abuse and solitary conﬁnement. meanwhile Billy has joined the center class—married, fathered a son, got a company and a mistress. yet neither Jack nor Billy can break out their afflicted 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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After 3 quickly beverages and twenty mins of stressful (for Jack) dialog, they went to mattress. the phone interrupted the dialog two times; the 1st time a lady good friend of Sally’s, the second one time her date for that night, and she or he, her eyes on Jack, acknowledged into the mouthpiece, “No, I’m sorry as hell. My rattling interval simply begun and that i believe lousy. I’m going to take a few Nebs and”—she winked at Jack—”go to mattress with a fats novel. ” After she hung up, Jack stated, “Did it? ” “Did what? ” “Did your interval simply commence? ” “No, yet it’s a great thing about an excuse, isn’t it? Takes the guts correct out of them. ” She stood in the midst of the room, taking a look down at Jack. He was once seated cross-legged on a cushion beside the small fire. “You didn’t come over the following to speak, did you? ” “Well, you stated anything a couple of activity. ” She laughed. “That was once simply to get you over the following. I don’t have any jobs. except you’d wish to be paid for snoozing with me. have you taken funds for it? ” “I’ve by no means had an offer,” Jack stated. He stayed on his cushion. “I’ve by no means met a chick such as you, both. ” “I’m debauched,” she stated. “The coachman acquired me within the again seat of the relations phaeton whilst i used to be twelve; and from there on out it’s been all downhill. ” “Why do you speak such bullshit? ” Jack used to be vaguely aggravated. He had come over right here to rape, no longer be seduced via a fast-talking whore. She had him off-balance and he didn't love it. He felt inferior and younger, or even intimidated by means of the pricy furniture of the house. “Why, isn’t all speak bullshit? ” she requested. She had her arms on her hips, and her face was once in shadow. “I’ve been looking forward to you to claim anything seen, yet you don’t appear to know the way. Don’t you know the way to attain with chicks like me? You’re presupposed to speak in double entendres, after which arise at the back of me whereas I’m blending the beverages, and positioned your hand on my fanny. Then I flip round, grunting like a hog, and lay an enormous fats spitty kiss on you. Then we take off our outfits. ” Jack stood up. “I don’t comprehend what the hell you’re speaking approximately, but when you must visit mattress, let’s pass. ” She grinned. “Just like that? ” “Just like that. ” “Aren’t you afraid I’m making enjoyable of you? ” “No. ” “Well, then; one among us goes to need to lead, and the opposite persist with. one in every of us has to make the 1st movement. Are you the kind that loves to make the 1st movement, or do you wish the ladies to do the entire paintings? Or, i suppose shall we type of stare at one another, and move ` Ooh! ’ and fall into every one other’s hands. ” “I wish it with out the entire bullshit. I haven’t slept with a lady in many years. ” whatever replaced in her eyes, yet her mouth was once nonetheless amused. “Oh, rather? Neither have I. ” “Jesus! ” “Well, why are we status round speaking? ” “How the fuck may still i do know? Let’s cross. ” He took her hand and led her again into the bed room. The mattress used to be unmade. He used to be afraid she used to be going to invite him to disregard the mess, yet he must have identified greater. She broke clear of him, buzzing, and began to undress, slipping out of her slacks like a guy, pulling her sweater over her head and bobbing up to Jack for him to unhook her brassiere.