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 unconventional 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 incorrect will get Jack despatched to reform college, from which he emerges embittered via abuse and solitary conﬁnement. meanwhile Billy has joined the center class—married, fathered a son, obtained 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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Charles Stielow DATE: 1915 LOCATION: West Shelby, New York SIGNIFICANCE: The role of expert witnesses has often been shrouded in controversy. For the most part their evidence is given impartially, but, as demonstrated here, arrogance and greed often cloud purportedly objective testimony. M. on March 22, 1915, Charles Stielow, a German immigrant of enormous strength and feeble intellect, awoke at the farm where he worked in West Shelby, New York. Walking to the barn to begin his day’s work, he discovered the body of Margaret Wolcott, the farm housekeeper.
There were splashes of blood on the floor and running board, and under the passenger seat lay an empty cartridge case. This was handed to Robert Churchill for analysis. Churchill came from a family of London gunsmiths that made and sold sporting guns and rifles, but his real interest lay in the study of weapons and their projectiles. On those rare occasions when Scotland Yard needed to consult a firearms expert, his was the opinion in demand. He identified the cartridge as a Mark IV, an obsolete bullet filled with black powder and manufactured at the Woolwich Arsenal in 1914.
Hard Rain Falling (New York Review Books Classics) by Don Carpenter