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Down in the Flood by Kenneth Abel
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Jul 23, 2010

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Read in February, 2010

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 and Danny refuses to evacuate as he races the storm to save his client.

Danny is an appealing character. He is a former informant still remembered by many as a traitor. His moral code does not allow him to abandon a client even though his wife, an ATF agent, is assigned to remain in the City, begs him to take their daughter and leave town. He grew up in the Ninth Ward and as the waters rise he sees the best and worst his City has to offer. I’m going back to the beginning and intend the read the earlier two titles in this series. --Susan

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