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)
This book spends entirely too much time glorifying New Orleans and blaming all its problems on the President, the Federal Goverment, etc. Story telling is good if you didn't have to listen to all the political diatribes.
James Lee Burke is by far the best descriptive writer I've ever read. This story told around the hurricane is his best. Living in Houston, I went through Katrina and Rita and we are still living with the aftermath so it is especially interesting to me. The characters are so real and the story so engaging, that I hate to stop listening. We are going to New Iberia one day soon and visit Mr. Burke at Victors. JLB, thank you for sharing your talent.
James Lee Burke has yet to disappoint. He has multiple characters interacting directly and indirectly, but ultimately, he ties them together. I would read any book he wrote if Dave Robicheaux was involved. This one is, however, one of his best.
Wow! Terrific story and the reader is wonderful. Being in NO after Katrina the images were vivid and often I recalled my own visions of the 9th ward. Story line holds attention and one finds oneself concerned for characters and their ultimate end.
I've read every Dave Robicheaux novel. They're all entertaining and complex, but this is probably the most artistically crafted of the lot.
Will Patton makes you believe you are listening to an ensemble cast. If ever an author and narrator were made for each other it's Burke and Patton.
I've listened to almost 50 books on tape, but I can't think of another book I've enjoyed more than Tin Roof Blowdown. It plays on all your senses, from revenge to compassion, and the plot never lets up. There have been lots of other reviews written about this book. My advise is simple: READ IT!
Must like the main characters, be intelligently written and feel like I learned something at the end.
I love J.L Burke's novels as he is one of the most talented fiction writers out there. The narrator is also excellent making the author/narrator pair one of the best on Audible. This installment of the Robicheaux series was not as enjoyable to listen to as Burke's main purpose was to decribe what happened to New Orleans during and after Katrina. This was excellent in itself but maybe he should have written a non-fiction book for that purpose. As a result, the storyline and character development seemed to slack off a bit from the previous novels. Last but not least, the ending was a complete fizzle, as if Burke had run of those horrid Katrina decriptions and just decided to end it. I have to admit I do feel much more informed and sympathetic for the people of New Orleans but didn't particularly enjoy the process of it learning about it in a "fiction" novel.
This was my first connection with both the author and the narrater. The picture was always clear, the environment almost touchable. With the skill of Will Patton I stepped into Dave's shoes.The discrptive writing let me "see" the tangle of intrigue and watch while it clarified. To start this "listen" is a daring adventure that will grab you and hold you until the epilog.
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