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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
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Aug 03, 2007

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When hurricanes Katrina and Rita ravaged the southern Louisiana coastline in 2005, they left horror and destruction in their wake. Burke is a native and he writes of the storm's aftermath with great emotion. Detective Dave Robicheaux has to deal with multiple problems to deal with in the aftermath of the storm. A looter is murdered and another gravely injured while robbing the house of a local crime lord. A mysterious stranger arrives in town threatening Robicheaux's family, as he struggles to find a friend lost in the storm. The narrative is nearly overwhelmed by the heartbreaking descriptions of New Orleans in the wake of the storms. Burke's writing is evocative and emotional - the book is a dark night of the soul but deserves to be read.
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