This is James Lee Burke's latest mystery featuring Dave Robicheaux. It is also much more than that. The story begins with the shooting of two would-be looters in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and then follows a motley group of characters - from street thugs to a big-time mob boss, from a junkie priest to a sadistic psychopath - as their ...Read MoreThis is James Lee Burke's latest mystery featuring Dave Robicheaux. It is also much more than that. The story begins with the shooting of two would-be looters in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina, and then follows a motley group of characters - from street thugs to a big-time mob boss, from a junkie priest to a sadistic psychopath - as their stories converge on a cache of stolen diamonds, while the storm turns the Big Easy into a lawless wasteland of apocalyptic proportions. The nightmarish landscape created by Katrina seems the perfect setting for Burke's almost Biblical visions of good and evil - it is as if he had to wait for this disaster to find the occasion to match his emotionally supercharged prose. You can feel the undercurrents of rage and pain beneath the narrative, making this not only his most personal and deeply felt book for some time, but quite possibly his best novel to date. This is not just a superb crime novel, it is potentially THE fictional chronicle of a disaster whose human dimensions America is still struggling to process.Read Less
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Hurricane Katrina, looters, ominous happenings of all shades invade New Orleans as this very descriptive tale ensues. Sub plots unwind around the central incidence. Dave and family, along with Clete, deal with Katrina as the Big Sleazy's underbelly is exposed. Take a ride with home looters, feel their various psyches, deal with the unexpected good, and or bad fortune of a lifetime. See Katrina through Burkes eyes as only a local real life resident could depict it, things you never read about or saw on TV news alarmingly unveiled. The central cast includes Otis Baylor a savvy insurance agent and his sodomized daughter, and new wife Melanie, and a montage of surrounding players. An event within the event. A cyclonic tale.
Sep 3, 2009
The Big Sleasy As She Is!
Best & probably most accurate interpretation of happenings during and around Katrina. Makes me feel I am there again seeing for myself.
Jan 29, 2009
I always enjoy his books. This was a good one. Liberal bias barely comes through.
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