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The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel | [James Lee Burke]

The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, and bodies float through the streets and hang from trees.
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Audible Editor Reviews

Why we think it's Essential: This is more than just a mystery. Burke hits all the genre high notes while undertaking a pointed examination of post-Katrina New Orleans. Will Patton's narration drowns you in the bayou and brings you back dripping with satisfaction. It is a "perfect storm" of genre fiction and real life tragedy. —Chris Doheny

Publisher's Summary

Dave Robicheaux returns in another Bayou adventure, this one more gruesome and gut-wrenching than any that have come before. Hurricane Katrina has ravaged New Orleans, leaving the streets and buildings flooded and the city awash with opportunists, looters, and vicious criminals. There is no order, no law. Police are shooting randomly at innocent people, prison guards have abandoned their posts, bodies float through the streets and hang from trees, and every drug dealer, murderer, and rapist is out taking advantage of the desperate lawlessness that holds the city captive.

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.

More mayhem? Listen to more of James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux thrillers.

©2007 James Lee Burke. All rights reserved; (P)2007 Simon and Schuster Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

  • Audie Award Winner, Mystery, 2008

"Meticulously textured....dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07
    Charles Atkinson Greensboro, NC, United States 09-17-07 Member Since 2015

    How can the characters in this year's True Detective be worse? Ferrill is asexual, drunk, corrupt, a child abuser and worse!

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    "Incredibly Well Read"

    Will Patton is as eloquent and captivating as Burke's colorful and passionate writing style. It is a tragic story, with so many unusual and ingenious characters, the suspense seems overshadowed.

    This is a book I did not want to end. I love Will Patton's work in the movies,and I am more impressed with his reading skills.

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    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 08-13-07
    Janice LAGRANGE, KY, United States 08-13-07 Member Since 2005

    I am a retired school counselor (middle and elementary) and an avid reader. I am a lover of great mysteries, quirky protagonists, and medical/scientific non-fiction. I travel a lot and love the freedon audiobooks give me to drive, work, and relax while enjoying a good book. On my ipod I have eclectic musical selections as well as audiobooks. I will strive to never steer you wrong in a review.

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    "An elegy to a lost world"

    James Lee Burke has long been a master of language and place. If you visit Southwestern Louisiana after reading one of his books you will certainly experience deja vu, so authentic is the world his characters inhabit.

    I fell in love with New Iberia, Lafayette and the rest of the "Cajun Country" in my teens and have kept a long-distance love affair going ever since. My late husband and I returned to New Orleans often to visit his classmates from Tulane. I have not returned since Katrina.

    The language of this book is beautiful , heartbreaking and heartbroken. I have just finished listening and am starting to listen again. Mr Patton does a fine job of reading the book although I don't think he pronounced "pecan" correctly until almost the final chapter. Well, don't sweat the small stuff.

    I envy you discovering this series of books and I do believe that not since Ross McDonald has there been a finer writer in any genre certainly not this one. Enjoy!

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy Kingston, Ontario, Canada 01-24-08
    Wendy Kingston, Ontario, Canada 01-24-08 Member Since 2008
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    "Not great, not bad"

    I downloaded this because it was listed as one of the best books and had so many positive reviews here...I wasn't entirely let down, but I also wasn't as thrilled as others. The narration was good and the characters voices seem to fit them well. Overall, just not a great, "must read" in my opinion. Something that passed the time well enough to deserve some praise, but not enough for anymore stars.

    11 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    William Beaufort, SC, USA 07-31-07
    William Beaufort, SC, USA 07-31-07 Member Since 2006
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    "Another brilliant Burke novel"

    I downloaded this as soon as it was available, and didn't listen to anything else until I finished it. Burke is a master at his craft and Patton is quickly becoming my favorite narrator.

    The way these two bring the post Katrina Big Sleazy to life is amazing.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-31-13
    B.J. Minneapolis, MN, United States 03-31-13 Member Since 2010

    I hear voices. But maybe that's because there's always an Audible book in my ear.

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    "Burke + Patton = Perfection"

    I've read a ton about post-Katrina New Orleans and nothing has come close to how it's described in this book. With Patton's delivery, it nearly breaks your heart. It's so spot-on, it becomes another aspect of the book.

    Though the relationship that's developed between the characters adds to the richness of the storyline from book to book, I believe this book can stand alone in the series. If you've ever wanted to get your feet wet in one James Lee Burke book, this might be the one. I'm not certain what it's like to read this book rather than listen, but I can tell you for certain that this is one of the finest blends of writing and narration you'll encounter.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-01-10
    Joseph Austin, TX, United States 12-01-10 Member Since 2011
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    "It hurts."

    This is a powerful book by an excellent writer. As always, Burke throws his troubled, flawed heroes into a complex murder story full of vivid characters set in a south Louisiana that outsiders don't fully get. This time, however, the setting was impacted by a catastrophic disaster that changed the lives and realities of everyone in the region, and Burke does a masterful job of working real life into a fictional creation. My family is all from New Orleans, and I grew up in nearby Mississippi, where Katrina destroyed all of my childhood memories, so this book was almost too painful to hear.

    Once again, Robicheaux has to deal with tragedies created by weak people in painful circumstances, not all of which center on the storm, and once again the conclusions and resolutions are as insightful, sad, and relevant as you would expect. Burke's maturation as a writer, and maybe as a person, are clear, as the characters seem less like cutouts from other fiction, and more like people he may have met in real life. If you like where Burke has been going in recent novels, you won't be disappointed.

    Where this one really hurt was in the way the city is reflected in the introspection of the characters, and obviously of Burke himself. Seeing your home, the place you love, devastated like New Orleans or Mississippi (or New York after 9-11) were is something you can't shake, and can't explain, but Burke captures it poignantly. I was in tears reading Purcell's attempts to understand his grief.

    And I have to add, those who want to make this book part of a political issue should have their reviews deleted. This isn't about Bush, it doesn't take one political side over another. Those who blame New Orleans or its residents, may you never feel what they felt. If you can't handle a sample of the reality in a book, the real thing would destroy you. Many cities are built along faults, seacoasts, forests--places prone to disaster. May your perfect world never be disrupted by reality.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 10-31-08
    Dr. Lake Oswego, OR, United States 10-31-08 Member Since 2015
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    "One of Burke's Best"

    If you like Burke, this is one of his best. The writing is excellent and very evocative of the time and place - this time being post-Katrina. You have to be prepared for low life miscreants and gratuitous violence, however. The narration by Will Patton is some of the best in any audio book I've listened to. I highly recommend this book. The only disappointment, however, is the ending - which seems to come too quickly, is not as well developed as the rest of the book, and is not as credible as the rest of the story.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bob Austin, TX, USA 12-20-07
    Bob Austin, TX, USA 12-20-07 Member Since 2003
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    "best yet"

    This is my favorite so far from America's best. JLB's most powerful novel yet. Payton reads JLB so well that I prefer to listen rather than read. I found my myself listening to the same paragraphs over and over again just to feel the beauty of the bayou or the pain and suffering of the destruction. JLB provides descriptions of the chaos left in the wake of Katrina and Rita that should be read be everyone. My thanks and praise to both men.

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    Sharon DeMier 12-18-07
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    "Truly a Blowdown"

    "The Tin Roof Blowdown" is one of Burke's best. I enjoyed listening, the story kept me guessing all the way through. I hope Burke writes more storys with the same back drop.

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    Michelle 12-08-07
    Michelle 12-08-07 Member Since 2010
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    "Tin Roof Blowdown"

    Another wonderful book! I loved it. It really helps understand the destruction and desolation Katrina left in its wake for the city of New Orleans and it's people.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful

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