The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
(Robicheaux, Book 16) (Dave Robicheaux)

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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 James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published July 17, 2007 by Simon & Schuster. 385 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Nature & Wildlife, Science & Math, Horror. Fiction

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After hijacking a boat from a junkie priest who was fighting to rescue a crowd trapped in a church attic by Katrina’s rising waters, bail jumper Andre Rochon, together with his teenaged cousin Kevin and armed-robbery specialists Eddy and Bertrand Melancon, runs into both good fortune and bad.

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If I’d been asked to bet on who’d write the definitive crime novel about Hurricane Katrina and the devastation of New Orleans, my money would have been on James Lee Burke.

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The New York Times

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In his latest novel James Lee Burke bears witness to the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

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The Guardian

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The Tin Roof Blowdown, James Lee Burke, Orion, £12.99, pp384 James Lee Burke's writing has always had religious overtones, with its focus on good and evil, forgiveness and revenge and the occasional intrusion of the supernatural.

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The Guardian

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When a policeman tells Purcel that the looters have mistakenly burgled a notorious mobster, he responds: "These pukes just ripped off the most dangerous gangster in New Orleans .

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Publishers Weekly

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Adept as he is at portraying the eccentric, the evil and the endearing characters found in Burke's books, it is the actor's reading of Burke's descriptive passages, whether it be a storm forming off the Louisiana coast or the shock of blood escaping from a gunshot wound, that creates a fully real...

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Entertainment Weekly

Though some of James Lee Burke's recent thrillers have been uneven, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only a top-notch mystery but a moving post-Katrina tribute to his beloved New Orleans.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Throughout the book, the post-storm horrors irresistibly thrust both Dave and Clete back to Nam, with the peculiar effect of deflecting the reader's attention away from the actual victims of the colossal failures of community and government in the wake of Katrina to the suppurating wounds left by...

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About.com

(This character may be based to some degree on Burke's real daughter Alafair, the author of Dead Connection) From the residents of New Orleans who lived through the storm devastation to the millions who read about it from a distance with a mixture of awe and sympathy, the picture they have of the...

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Bookmarks Magazine

Greg Langley Miami Herald 4 of 5 Stars "Set during and after Hurricane Katrina, The Tin Roof Blowdown is a riveting story of evil and redemption, the Burke story for which we’ve been waiting since that terrible day two years ago when sorrow rained down on New Orleans and changed its face for...

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California Literary Review

From the first book I read by him years ago, The Neon Rain to others that included Black Cherry Blues, The Lost Get-Back Boogie, Jolie Blon’s Bounce, and now this one, Burke has played it straight telling his stories and making sure loose ends are tied up when the last page is read.

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