The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Paperback)

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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, 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.

— Deon Stonehouse


Dave Robicheaux returns in an adventure as timely as real life: the fight against crime, and the fight for life in New Orleans in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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 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.

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 has authored forty novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Product Details
ISBN: 9781501198595
ISBN-10: 1501198599
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: February 27th, 2018
Pages: 384
Language: English
Series: Dave Robicheaux