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The 16th novel in the highly acclaimed Dave Robicheaux series.

Hurricane Katrina has transformed New Orleans into a violent wasteland. Criminals capitalise on the devastation as survivors wait for help that never comes.

David Robicheaux - his city in ruins -- is tasked with investigating the murder of a pair of looters: is it a simple case of 'stand-your-ground', or something altogether darker? The dead men's accomplice holds the key but he has disappeared to escape the people hunting him.

As Robicheaux uncovers a brutal catalogue of greed, torture and murder, his own family is threatened and the ravaged city provides the perfect stage for a final confrontation between good and evil. 

©2007 James Lee Burke (P)2007 Simon & Schuster Inc

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"His most gripping thriller to date." (Mirror)

"A beautifully written howl of rage." (Time Out)

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The genius of James Lee Burke

I have been a fan of James Lee Burke for many years, but this was the first of his novels I have listened to. Everything about this novel, & this audio presentation of it, was just outstanding. It was wonderful to hear his prose read with an authentic accent, an accent that rises from his words on the page when you read them. A complicated, gritty, honest, moral look at the catastrophe not only of Katrina, but the handling of it by the American Government. He is one of the only writers I know who can handle real painful life in a way that never resorts to being simplistic. A total gem of an audio book.

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  • 22-09-08

fantastic and addictive

Everyone must listen to this fantastic audio book.It brings the total collapse in 'normality' during hurricane Katrina and spins a thriller of the very highest quality.
I highly recommend this brilliantly written thriller.I have been a keen James Lee Burke reader but this is just superb,I think it is his best one yet and that is saying something.
The plot is full of intrigue and the characters are brilliant and I was addicted.I have since researched hurricane Katrina and wonder what would happen in my sleepy UK town if the same circumstances happened.It is thought provoking and sometimes superbly distrubing but this is a must in any brilliant thriller or suspense novel.

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brilliant

Whether you are already fan of crime novels or not - and i would recommend this to any fan of fred vargas, or even carl hiassen - this book also offers an extraordinary account of the aftermath of hurricane katrina, including the heroic actions of local public services - police, hospitals, coast guards - in the face of the murderous and contemptible neglect perpetrated by washington under the bush administration. next to dave robicheaux, new orleans is the star of this book. it is also smart, wise, cool, funny, stylish, humane - and incredibly well narrated by will patton. one of the best audio books i have ever come across. 6 stars. no, 7.

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After the flood

I cannot recommend this book highly enough, especially Will Patton's wonderful silky voice. The story is complex enough to grip and not to confuse. The description of New Orleans after the destruction by Hurricane Katrina is astounding and I am sure totally true. Don't miss out on this book!

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Emotions were high

Phenomenal piece of writing, brings you close to the characters and even care for the ones that have caused the most harm! Emotional roller coaster. Highly recommend!

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Kept me guessing..

Great narration - some distinctive voices for the different characters and the story was interesting and not obvious. Though the first Dave Robicheaux novel, it's my 2nd listen (after Glass Rainbow), and I'll continue with the other books in the series..

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  • 06-05-09

Tarantino meets Tennessee Williams

A complex, fast-moving story of greed, tragedy, violence and redemption. No, not the tale of the current financial crisis, but a thriller set in the New Orleans area in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. A very well-written, well-paced tale that kept a consistently high level of tension. This is the first time I have read a James Lee Burke thriller, and I will certainly be downloading more. The narrator, Will Patton, is simply stunning. His voice variation is outstanding, and his ability to project the characters has to be experienced to be believed. He probably would struggle with Jane Austen, but he suits this book right down to the ground.I seldom give 5 stars to contemporary novels, but this deserves 5 and more.

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