As other reviews have said, the descriptions of the destruction and desolation of Katrina are amazing. Beyond that, Burke's characters are complex and well-drawn. They include the good the bad and the ugly, and it's not always apparent which is which. The plot is intricate, neither predictable nor unbelievable.
Burke knows how to put words together with artistry: "The end of summer has arrived with a smell of dust and distant rain and smoke from meatfires across the bayou in City Park but with no hint that south of us a churning white vortex of wind and water so great in magnitude that only a satellite photograph can do it justice is grinding its way toward the Louisiana-Mississippi coast."
This is the first book I've read by James Lee Burke ready more. I intend to read more.
Absolutely amazing. I felt as though I had been through the emotional ringer of Katrina first-hand, even though of course I hadn't. The damage left, both physical and psychological, was aptly approached and examined through the eyes of his deeply flawed characters. Amazing.
this is maybe the best book james lee burke has written.
a virtual account of the effect of hurricane katrina on new orleans.i would definitely recommend this book.