Friday, May 18, 2007

Storming the Streets

How in the heck did this forthcoming James Lee Burke novel fail to register on my radar? It at least deserved a spot on my list of the books I’m most looking forward to reading this summer. Here’s publisher Simon & Schuster’s description of The Tin Roof Blowdown:
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 as 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, 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 defies 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.
Together with editor Julie Smith’s recently released collection, New Orleans Noir, Burke’s book provides plenty of memories and new insights to those of us who followed Katrina’s devastation--and the incompetent federal response to it--from afar.

The Tin Roof Blowdown is due out in July. Sign me up for a copy.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

On a sunny afternoon last year, my sister dropped by to visit and noted that I was still reading James Lee Burke's Pegasus Descending. She asked why and didn't I like it! No, no, I replied, if I finish it then the pleasure is over and I have to wait for the next one; so I'm reading real slow. Thank the Lord. I grew up in Abbeville, LA...just down the road from New Iberia, so I know Dave Robicheaux's world. Lyn LeJeune
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