James Lee Burke - The Tin Roof Blowdown (2007)
A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Product Details :
Author: Burke, James Lee
Narrator: Patton, Will
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date:July 2007
File Size : 230 MB
Bit Rate: 48Kbps
In the waning days of summer, 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima
peels the face off southern Louisiana.
This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers when he is
deployed to New Orleans. As James Lee Burke's new novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurricane
Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed and New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an
apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a
vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city.
In a singular style that defines the genre, James Lee Burke has created a hauntingly bleak picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and depictions of people at both their best and worst, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only an action-packed crime thriller but a poignant story of courage and sacrifice that critics are already calling Burke's best work.
From Publishers Weekly:
Starred Review. In Burke's meticulously textured 16th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2006's Pegasus
Descending), Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath provide the backdrop for an account of sin and
redemption in New Orleans. When Detective Robicheaux's department is assigned to investigate the
shooting of two looters in a wealthy neighborhood, he learns that they had ransacked the home of New
Orleans's most powerful mobster. Now he must locate the surviving looter before others do, and in the
process he learns the fate of a priest who disappeared in the ill-fated Ninth Ward trying to rescue his
trapped parishioners. Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and
violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of
their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to
this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana
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