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The Tin Roof Blowdown by James Lee Burke
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Sep 05, 07

bookshelves: mystery, fiction, books-about-the-south
Read in September, 2007

It feels redundant to say that this was a brutal and angry book, because most of Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels are -- but this one was particularly brutal and angry, because it's Robicheaux's (and Burke's beloved) New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, and all the anger, fear and frustration that it's clear Burke is harboring for the government's reaction in the wake of Katrina seeps through easily and obviously.

But it's really good anger, it's really good brutality -- I wouldn't recommend this as the only post-Katrina novel or non-fiction that you read, but it's certainly an interesting look at the city in the immediate wake of everything. A string of violent crimes ties Robicheaux and his family up in the horrors that happened in New Orleans after the hurricane, and the whole thing felt very real, very scary, very heartbreaking. I truly enjoyed it.
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