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.
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.
Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels are always visceral and gritty; this one is especially tough, since it's set in the aftermath of hurricanes Katrina and Rita. With the usual cast of bizarre characters, and a complex puzzle or two, this is another excellent entry in the series.
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.
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.