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The Tin Roof Blowdown Audiobook

The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel

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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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    Of the fifteen books thus far, I found this one impossible to stop reading. New Orleans in the moments after Kristina has been succinctly described so that anyone can understand more clearly the destruction. Also one can see the spite of the ruling class who see no need to rebuild, so they figure ways for cronies to make money, while the poor suffer even more pain.

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