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by Will Patton,James Lee Burke

In the waning days of summer, 2005, a storm with greater impact than the bomb that struck Hiroshima peels the face off southern Louisiana. This is the gruesome reality Iberia Parish Sheriff's Detective Dave Robicheaux discovers when he is deployed to New Orleans. As James Lee Burke's new novel, The Tin Roof Blowdown, begins, Hurricane Katrina has left the commercial district and residential neighborhoods awash with looters and predators of every stripe. The power grid of the city has been destroyed and New Orleans reduced to the level of a medieval society. There is no law, no order, no sanctuary for the infirm, the helpless, and the innocent. Bodies float in the streets and lie impaled on the branches of flooded trees. In the midst of an apocalyptical nightmare, Robicheaux must find two serial rapists, a morphine-addicted priest, and a vigilante who may be more dangerous than the criminals looting the city. In a singular style that defines the genre, James Lee Burke has created a hauntingly bleak picture of life in New Orleans after Katrina. Filled with complex characters and depictions of people at both their best and worst, The Tin Roof Blowdown is not only an action-packed crime thriller but a poignant story of courage and sacrifice that critics are already calling Burke's best work.
Download The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robicheaux Novel epub
ISBN: 074356751X
ISBN13: 978-0743567510
Category: Mystery
Subcategory: Mystery
Author: Will Patton,James Lee Burke
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; Unabridged edition (July 17, 2007)
ePUB size: 1892 kb
FB2 size: 1489 kb
Rating: 4.2
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This installment of the Dave Robicheaux series starts in the Katrina/Rita damage. It feels like the author witnessed the area firsthand and you can feel his sense of tragedy and the level of destruction (he likely was there at the time). I have enjoyed all of James Lee Burke's books. This one is not one of the best (Black Cherry Blues, for me), but is still just really good reading for me. The "bad guys" are not as creepy as other books, but really the villain in this one was the weather and the destruction wrought by the hurricanes. The people were almost supporting cast. It was recommended to me to read these in time sequence, which I have mostly been doing. I will finish the whole series. I do not completely agree with some critics who say that Burke's books become formulaic and predictable. They are an extension of him. His command of the English language is remarkable and I will eventually read every book he has written!
Southern Lousiana cannot be depicted in a book by someone who visited there once. James Lee Burke provides one of the most satisfying glimpses into a unique culture, dark practices, strange and unpronouceable foods, stirring music, a world dripping with booze, twisted by crime, and inhabited by impoverished people who live in the clutches of a culture that has produced mardigras, boudin, etoufee, and zydeco.

Voodoo, drugs, sex, gambling, and names for common fish that no one has ever heard before; those things make up Southern Louisiana. But it's more than a culture that comprises races of such wonderous mix that music, food, jazz funerals, and the like are mere products of the creative minds of a myriad carefree souls.

I applaud Burke for realizing that the story of Lousians is not a linear telling of history and present practices, or a before and after Katrina comparison, or painting a bleak picture of a subordinated people. No say me, it is a song sung by sea birds, to the rhythm of falling rain and storm winds, to the beat of large fish jumping for bugs and falling back into the water, and listened to by the ears of the soul amid the aroma of fried fish, boiling crabs, crawfish, and blood sausage.

If you want to hear the song and experience one of the most descriptive and colorful literary journeys of your life, read not only this one, but all of Burke's novels. There are many people to hate, those that turn your stomach, those that you'd like to twist thir heads off, and those that you can't hate no matter how hard you try.

One more thing. Not many authors can crawl inside the heads of sychopaths, an alcaholic, a Viet Nam Vet that has seen too much, a killer, rapist, a torturor, an ex-cop, and an impulsive partner that seems out of control. Burke lets it all hang out with these personas; and he does it like a pro or lay psychiatrist.

You must read this book, let the language become an intregal part of the backdrop and get past it, be prepared to stay up late, and have great fun in the process.
With Dave Robicheaux telling the story you can actually feel , see and smell Louisiana . You see everything through his eyes and his heart . Clete Purcell is an open wound that never heals . The love between the two friends keep both their wounds closed. Molly and Alafair make you part of their family . Every character becomes alive . You see how they live and good or bad , you understand them through Dave , especially through his heart and integrity ..But as Clete would say , it's only rock and roll .
Books about the Deep South are some of my most favorite to read--the heat and humidity always seem to just seep right through the pages with their passion and longing and this book is no exception.

Dave Robicheaux is a Louisiana police detective trying to sort out a murder, a burglary and a variety of other crimes that are somehow connected. As Dave is trying to sort through the mess, evil comes into his own home and threatens his best friend, bail bondsman Clete, and adopted daughter. This book was the 17th in the series but I really didn't feel like I was missing anything.

The book is set during the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. While I have read many books about this disaster as a focus or even setting, none made the horror of the crime spree aftermath so very real. The description of the destruction of New Orleans is what struck me most strongly about this book. It seemed to read like a tragedy, almost an ode, to a grand, beautiful lady whose prime time had somehow been robbed of her before her time.

It was a police/procedural mystery that felt as if I were riding right along in Dave's cruiser. It's so realistic and gritty you can feel the sand and dirt swirling around in your brain. The mystery is full of sharp twists and turns and while sometimes these books are too technical for me, this one fit just right.
And, just when you think you know who did it, you find out you didn't even know what 'it' is!

I always love to discover a new author and a new detective to fall for--Dave Robicheaux is now on my "Most Wanted List"--I suppose I've have to go back and read all 16 before and the others since! A small price to pay for a great read.
This tale builds on the past. It harps on the perceived evil resident in bureaucracies whether they are storm driven or humanly inspired. The wisdom of James Lee Burke' s age adds to Dave Robicheaux' s character and reflects a late coming of age not reflected in his character heretofore. Contrasted with Clete Purcell' s character who seems adolescent or stymied by adulthood. Mr. Burke' s almost disregard for his newest wife is heavily contrasted with his apparent ego-involvement with adopted daughter Alf, a nickname too often used thru-out the story as a not so funny piece of levity. Mr. Burke is a great story teller. This book does little to diminish his record or his reputation. I liked it so much I purchased another copy for a good friend who is captivated by Jack Reacher just so he could see true artistry with color, texture, and pallet knife precision of a grand master of the art of mystery writing. Truly a premier product from the pen of one of the best since Hemingway.