The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux, Bk 16)
The Tin Roof Blowdown - Dave Robicheaux, Bk 16 Author:James Lee Burke 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 as he is deployed to New Orleans. As James Lee Burke's new novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurr... more »icane 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, 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 defies 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.« less
This story takes place in post-Katrina New Orleans. Some events which probably actually took place are woven into the story line. Dave Robicheaux is on the trail of looters, a murderer, and a vigilante - while being hunted by a hitman.
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.
I love James Lee Burke and his character descriptions are always very good but in this particular novel we get a first hand description of the devastation of New Orleans.It was a personal analysis of the effect that hurricane had on the inhabitants of New Orleans. I thought it was a little difficult to get into but once in there I was a prisoner until I completed the book.