In the midst of it all is Robicheaux, doing his best to help regulate the post-Katrina madness, all the while on a dogged search for a pair of dangerous fugitives, a dope-addicted, fallen priest, and a vigilante insurance salesman who takes his family's protection too far. This promises to be the most taxing and emotional case Robicheaux has had to work.
In his singular style, which defies genre, James Lee Burke has created a haunting picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and vivid descriptions of the destruction and death that gripped the Big Easy, The Tin Roof Blowdown is an action-packed crime thriller as well as a poignant story of what disaster and desperation can do to people.
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"Meticulously textured....dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence." (Publishers Weekly)
You can hear St James Infirmary, you can taste the po boys at Mothers - a great fictional story that feels like it did / could happen.
You Feel Like You're There. If you love Burke's gothic thrillers, you'll love Wil Patton's dirty cop. Yum.
Non Fiction Reader
This book could be reduced by 2/3 if you just eleminated Robicheaux's introspections, self-analysis, self-doubts, Vietnam flashbacks, liberal talking points, self-pity and janudiced personality profiles. This is the same formula Burke used in earlier books and frankly it is tiresome. It's getting to the point that Burke has worn out his themes and is boring.
Having grown up in New Orleans it was interesting to hear the story, however, the narrators extremely slow speech pattern and incorrect pronunciation of cajun/french names shows a lack of preparation and understanding of this area and the people. People in N.O. don't speak with a southern dialect, nor do they speak slowly...it was a distraction from the story.
Northwest mother to a diverse international brood Lover of plants, books, horses and dogs
A good story is always a good find, but when you get it wrapped up in such delicious language and an understanding of the impact of Katrina, it's all the better. The narator adds just the right touch of cajun spice.
Read the book but had trouble with the French and foreign names. The narrator provides a wonderful flare in accent and character. Enjoyed this immensely and have recommended it to my friends that passed the book on to me.
Not only was the story line of this book incredible, the narrator did an amazing job bringing the characters to life. I am often reluctant to immerse myself in fiction relating to real-world events for fear of how distorted those events become. However, this story's setting was believable without immerseing me in the Katrina devastation too much. I'd say Tin Roof Blowdown is a must read for anyone so far removed from the hurricane's devastation that they need and insight into the after-effects. More importantly, it is a must read for those who believe humans have the capacity to do almost anything - good or bad - in the face of disasters.
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