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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.

Review:

"In Burke's meticulously textured 16th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2006's Pegasus Descending), Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath provide the backdrop for an account of sin and redemption in New Orleans. When Detective Robicheaux's department is assigned to investigate the shooting of two looters in a wealthy neighborhood, he learns that they had ransacked the home of New Orleans's most powerful mobster. Now he must locate the surviving looter before others do, and in the process he learns the fate of a priest who disappeared in the ill-fated Ninth Ward trying to rescue his trapped parishioners. Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana better." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"'In Burke's meticulously textured 16th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2006's Pegasus Descending), Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath provide the backdrop for an account of sin and redemption in New Orleans. When Detective Robicheaux's department is assigned to investigate the shooting of two looters in a wealthy neighborhood, he learns that they had ransacked the home of New Orleans's most powerful mobster. Now he must locate the surviving looter before others do, and in the process he learns the fate of a priest who disappeared in the ill-fated Ninth Ward trying to rescue his trapped parishioners. Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana better. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"

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"At the start of James Lee Burke's new novel, Detective Dave Robicheaux describes one of his still-recurring nightmares of combat in Vietnam, and adds his hope that 'I will never again have to witness the wide-scale suffering of innocent civilians, nor the betrayal and abandonment of our countrymen when they need us most.' Then he explains: 'But that was before Katrina. That was before a storm with... Washington Post Book Review (read the entire Washington Post review)

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"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....Burke's elegy is so raw, painful, and eloquent, it's almost hard to concentrate on the case. (Grade: A)" Entertainment Weekly

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"Burke writes about [Katrina's] aftermath as vividly and powerfully as any nonfiction chronicler....[T]he novel's power comes from the way it explores the tragedy of Katrina in a way that is perfectly in tune with the series, a kind of perfect storm brought together by the confluence of fictional and nonfictional realms." Booklist (Starred Review)

Review:

"There's a great deal of pain in Burke's books, as well as a great deal of what some might view as preaching or philosophizing. Burke can do it with the zeal of the newly converted, but it never detracts from rollicking and heartfelt stories about one of the most beautiful and perhaps most permanently damaged parts of the nation." Rocky Mountain News

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"Burke's flair for concocting fictional evil has not been completely compromised by his sadness and anger over the Crescent City's fate....[An] extraordinarily satisfying reading experience." Los Angeles Times

Review:

"The best Robicheaux novel of the past several years." Library Journal

Review:

"Burke masterfully interweaves elements of violence, courage and regret with a deep sense of what makes us good or bad — or both — especially in times of crisis." Miami Herald

Review:

"What's so brilliant about Burke, in the end, is how he manages to show the ways the legitimate and illicit worlds had a special relationship in New Orleans." Denver Post

Synopsis:

Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux returns in an adventure as timely as real life. Detective Robicheaux, driven by a keen sense of right versus wrong in the fight against crime following Hurricane Katrina, has his own demons of alcoholism and rage to contend with as well.

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the author of nineteen books, including the bestsellers Heartwood, Sunset Limited, Cimarron Rose, Cadillac Jukebox, Burning Angel, and Dixie City Jam. He lives with his wife in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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carrita, September 13, 2011 (view all comments by carrita)
tin roof blowdown is the first james lee burke novel i have read of this author which lead me to more and more of his books with Dave Robicheaux and this book describes the hurricane katrina wich devestated new orelans and how the people moved to the super dome for protection and one person was killed there and finding out how it happened. This story gave a geographical description of new orleans (my hubby has lived there) and about the hurricane and is intimately written regarding his characters and the descriptios of the hurricane and the people. Excellent book all the way around as are all Mr. Burke's other books - every one is just excellent.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416548485
Subtitle:
A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Simon & Schuster
Subject:
Louisiana
Subject:
Police
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Hard-Boiled
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - Police Procedural
Subject:
Mystery fiction
Subject:
New Orleans (La.)
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Hardcover
Series:
Dave Robicheaux Mysteries
Publication Date:
July 17, 2007
Binding:
Hardback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
384
Dimensions:
9.25 x 6.125 in

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "In Burke's meticulously textured 16th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2006's Pegasus Descending), Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath provide the backdrop for an account of sin and redemption in New Orleans. When Detective Robicheaux's department is assigned to investigate the shooting of two looters in a wealthy neighborhood, he learns that they had ransacked the home of New Orleans's most powerful mobster. Now he must locate the surviving looter before others do, and in the process he learns the fate of a priest who disappeared in the ill-fated Ninth Ward trying to rescue his trapped parishioners. Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana better." Publishers Weekly (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "'In Burke's meticulously textured 16th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2006's Pegasus Descending), Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath provide the backdrop for an account of sin and redemption in New Orleans. When Detective Robicheaux's department is assigned to investigate the shooting of two looters in a wealthy neighborhood, he learns that they had ransacked the home of New Orleans's most powerful mobster. Now he must locate the surviving looter before others do, and in the process he learns the fate of a priest who disappeared in the ill-fated Ninth Ward trying to rescue his trapped parishioners. Burke creates dense, rich prose that draws the reader into a web of greed and violence. Each of his characters feels the hands of both grace and of perdition, and the final outcome of their struggle is never quite certain. Burke showcases all that was both right and wrong in our response to this national disaster, proving along the way that nobody captures the spirit of Gulf Coast Louisiana better. (July)' Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)"
"Review" by , "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....Burke's elegy is so raw, painful, and eloquent, it's almost hard to concentrate on the case. (Grade: A)"
"Review" by , "Burke writes about [Katrina's] aftermath as vividly and powerfully as any nonfiction chronicler....[T]he novel's power comes from the way it explores the tragedy of Katrina in a way that is perfectly in tune with the series, a kind of perfect storm brought together by the confluence of fictional and nonfictional realms."
"Review" by , "There's a great deal of pain in Burke's books, as well as a great deal of what some might view as preaching or philosophizing. Burke can do it with the zeal of the newly converted, but it never detracts from rollicking and heartfelt stories about one of the most beautiful and perhaps most permanently damaged parts of the nation."
"Review" by , "Burke's flair for concocting fictional evil has not been completely compromised by his sadness and anger over the Crescent City's fate....[An] extraordinarily satisfying reading experience."
"Review" by , "The best Robicheaux novel of the past several years."
"Review" by , "Burke masterfully interweaves elements of violence, courage and regret with a deep sense of what makes us good or bad — or both — especially in times of crisis."
"Review" by , "What's so brilliant about Burke, in the end, is how he manages to show the ways the legitimate and illicit worlds had a special relationship in New Orleans."
"Synopsis" by , Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux returns in an adventure as timely as real life. Detective Robicheaux, driven by a keen sense of right versus wrong in the fight against crime following Hurricane Katrina, has his own demons of alcoholism and rage to contend with as well.
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