Catalina is the most famous and most visited of the Channel Islands off the southern California coast. The others are barely visited and not well known, and yet they've been the scenes of human exploitation, greed, environmental degradation. Now environmental advocates want to return the islands to their natural state, but there have been unforeseen consequences to those good intentions. All that plays out in a new novel by T.C. Boyle called When the Killing's Done (Viking).
Boyle is the author of many novels and short stories, including 2009's The Women, a novel based on iconic architect Frank Lloyd Wright's lovers, and most recently, Wild Child and Other Stories. He won the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988, for his novel World's End. Boyle also teaches English at USC.