Review: T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Harder They Come’

April 17, 2015 2:08 PM

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Review: T.C. Boyle’s ‘The Harder They Come’

Every punch and thrust and gasp in the opening of T.C. Boyle’s new novel demonstrates why he’s one of the greatest storytellers in the country. Despite his prestigious awards and his university job, he still writes like a man with no presumptions on our attention. He fights for it.

The Harder They Come begins with a tourist bus slamming through the Costa Rican jungle. The heat, the rising irritation, the scent of danger — everything signals we’re in Boyle country. Seventy-year-old Sten Stensen is on vacation with his wife. He’s an ex-Marine, a former high school principal, one...

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