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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
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Jan 04, 2011

it was amazing
Read in January, 2011

Dave Robicheaux novels are amazing introspections into the soul and in the moment thrillers that probe the never-ending battle between good and evil. James Lee Burke is a poet doubling as novelist and writes so lyrically that the juxtaposition of malevalent intent versus a desire for order and righteousness is all the more stark.

History will likely prove The Tin Roof Blowdown the definitive novel of the National tragedy that was Hurricane Katrina. No American writer has a more proper pedigree to take on the subject and no other writer could do it such justice than James Lee Burke. That he writes such a novel in the context of a
Dave Robicheaux crime novel is all the more amazing.

I can't remember a recent novel in which I reread more passages either to absorb the beauty of the prose or to marvel at the wisdom seeping from the words.

Highly recommended. And an accessible enough novel that one can completely enjoy even if not previously familiar with the character or series.
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