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Down in the Flood (Danny Chaisson #3)

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All the top crime writers agree that Kenneth Abel is a spectacular writer: “A gripper all the way,” says Elmore Leonard. “A stunning achievement,” declares James Lee Burke. “Brilliant,” says Robert B. Parker. And now with Down in the Flood, former New Orleans prosecutor Danny Chaisson is back in a third electrifying thriller.

Danny Chaisson's latest case is bid-rigging. But
Hardcover, 352 pages
Published August 4th 2009 by Minotaur Books (first published 2009)
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Linda Lipko
Apr 27, 2015 Linda Lipko rated it really liked it
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Danny is a seasoned attorney who lived in New Orleans, Louisiana all his life. He knows the underbelly, the crime, the bribes and corruption that make this city legendary.

When a friend comes to him asking help to represent his son who is headed for a very nasty prison, Danny agrees to help Sam.

Sam is an engineer at a large cement company and is well aware of the fact that the cement manufactured is not up to standard. The owner of the company can get away with this because he gives bribes to pol
Ron Baird
Nov 06, 2009 Ron Baird rated it it was amazing
I've been waiting 8 years for Abel's next book to come out. And it was worth the wait. There are. like it or not, recurring formulas in mystery/thrillers. For some, it's the same formula over and over. Many of those are perpetually on the NY Times best-seller lists. Others vary and the more they do, the more I like them. Kenneth Abel is one of the best of these and he pretty much broke out of the mold completely.

It features Danny Chaisson, a low-end lawyer, who, in the previous book was a volunt
Sep 27, 2009 Patricia rated it it was amazing
Down In the Flood- 5 Stars
Kenneth Abel
Minotaur Books, 2009, 352 Pages
ISBN No. 978-0312377199

Danny Chaisson, New Orleans attorney, befriends Louis Sams who is asked to testify before a grand jury against his employer, a concrete manufacturer. Danny has experienced testifying before the grand jury and his receptionist asks him to advise Sams. Louis Sams is hesitant to agree but his son has legal problems and Sams is told his son’s problems will disappear if he testifies.

Sams’ employer is rumored t
Iowa City Public Library
Down in the Flood by Kenneth Abel is a real page turner. Danny Chaisson is a New Orleans attorney helping his receptionist’s relative, an engineer working for a concrete company, who the feds are pressuring to give evidence of cut corners and sub-par work against his boss. The boss in turn is getting pressure from a mobster to whom he owes a large gambling debt. These are the players when a little storm named Katrina comes to town. The engineer has disappeared on the eve of grand jury testimony ...more
Erica Payne
Jul 15, 2015 Erica Payne rated it liked it
I like the main character and I'd be interested to read the other books about him, but they would have to have better plot pace to make me a regular reader. This one dragged.
Sep 15, 2009 Viccy rated it really liked it
The language in this book is wonderful. A completely vicarious way to see what happened in New Orleans before, during and after Katrina. It was truly effective in engaging your senses and sensibilities about the horror that was Katrina. The plot of the book revolves around Danny Chaisson, a lawyer who used to be a fixer for a New Orleans politician. Danny is married now and a father. His partner approaches him to help her brother who wants to testify before a Federal grand jury about the bribes ...more
Read this for a crime book discussion group. Third in a series, but it reads fine as a stand-alone. Liked it enough I'd read the earlier titles in the series. If someone wants to read a book set in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina and get a feeling of what that must have been like, I'd strongly recommend this book.
Sep 19, 2011 Rebecca rated it really liked it
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This was one of my 100-pages challenge books, but I didn't need 100 pages to get hooked on it--I don't think I needed 100 words. This is definitely an author that I will be checking out again.
Apr 26, 2011 Debbie rated it liked it
Pretty well done drama about a lawyer trying to find a witness to fraud in the NOLA building business while THE Hurricane floods the city. A few too many coincidences, but enjoyable.
Jo Marie
Apr 30, 2011 Jo Marie rated it liked it
A pretty good thriller with a great feel for what it must have been like for people living in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.
Mar 05, 2010 Carla rated it liked it
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I probably would've liked it more if I hadn't read 9 Lives first. Truth is sometimes more interesting than fiction.
Nov 29, 2013 Joy rated it it was ok
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Set in New Orleans during the Katrina flood. Okay read, too much philosophizing, and a little too wordy!
Feb 24, 2012 Melissa rated it liked it
Really enjoyed this one, for a thriller. Loved it being set post-Katrina.
Oct 04, 2009 Anne rated it really liked it
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A gripping mystery set in New Orleans shortly before and during Katrina.
Mar 23, 2010 Hapzydeco rated it really liked it
Crime thriller which melds human greed and the tragedy of Katrina.
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Pseudonym of Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky.
Sergei Lobanov-Rostovsky has taught at Kenyon since 1993. He teaches courses on Shakespeare, Renaissance poetry, film, and fiction writing. His research centers on the politics of spectacle in early modern drama, and he has also published a series of crime novels under the pseudonym Kenneth Abel. In 2001, he received the Junior Trustee Award for Teaching Excel
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