James Lee Burke writes so
vividly, I felt like I was in a boat trolling through those eerie flood
waters. In the aftermath of the storm
there is no electricity, no transportation, no clean water. The city is in chaos, laid open to the
predation of looters and men with cruel intent.
The infirm and helpless are at the mercy of the elements and those who
would prey upon them, a mercy in pitifully short supply. Bodies float down the streets, cars sit
submerged, it is a nightmare. Dave
Robicheaux and his buddy Cletus Purcel must wade into this chaos to track down
a rapist and solve the murder of two looters.
James Lee Burke lives in Louisiana and Montana. He cares about New Orleans and it shows in
his writing, this is like a cry of anguish for his beloved city. It is one of his best books.
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, 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, 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.
About the Author
James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-seven novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.