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The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) Hardcover – Unabridged, 16 Jul 2007

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  • Hardcover: 373 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster (16 July 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1416548483
  • ISBN-13: 978-1416548485
  • Product Dimensions: 15.5 x 3 x 23.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (135 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,058,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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This crime writer wears Faulkner's mantle now (Boyd Tonkin INDEPENDENT)

Brutal, lyrical and brilliant (GUARDIAN)

James Lee Burke is one of our finest writers of crime fiction (DEADLY PLEASURES) --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A powerful evocation of Hurricane Katrina and its devastating effects on New Orleans. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Hardcover
This novel is the latest in the Dave Robicheaux series. Robicheaux is Burkes flawed hero; an ex-alcoholic cop and a man so basically fair and decent that he almost represents another age. A violent man too, when pushed.

The Tin Roof Blowdown takes place against a backdrop of Hurrican Katrina and the destruction it caused to New Orleans. Called from his local district of New Iberia to help out in beseiged Big Sleazy, Robicheaux gets caught up in the dissapearance of a Catholic Priest, a random shooting that turns out to be anything but and the theft of money and jewels from a member of the mob. Burke weaves a story so involving and creates characters that you care for so much that it was difficult for me not to read this book in one sitting.

Burke does not deal in black and white but in the struggle between light and dark (and the grey areas in between) that wages in all of us. His wrongdoers are often people who have made poor choices or ordinary people caught up in circumstances that they feel unable to control.

Dave and Cletus (his ex-partner and the sort of man we'd all love to have at our side when our backs are against the wall)are characters so real in my mind that I can think of very few authors capable of drawing them so vividly. This book is a triumph and although it is part of a series of books about Dave Robicheaux I would not let that stop you reading it. Read it and I guarrantee you'll want to start at the begining and read them all; it really is that good.

James Lee Burke is one of America's finest authors and I would urge you to check him out. Not only is he an excellent storyteller but as a social commentator on the basic human condition and the immense greed and wickedness that thrives in the 21st Century, he has no peers.
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Format: Hardcover
Once again Burke delivers!
We all saw the images of the misery caused by Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans now we can read the thoughts of a man who saw it all.
Once again marvellous characters - some good some bad - ain't we all!
The reader can actually smell the distruction and putrefaction of a society brought to its knees by nature and the failures of the powers that be. Here nature wins - both the elements and the innate "nature" of man!
A book which is very hard to put down but one which you hope never ends!
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Format: Paperback
I fell in love with the writing of James Lee Burke when I came across "Cimarron Rose". At last, I thought, a crime writer who dares to use an adjective here and there, even, gasp, adverbs. Burke has an expressive flow to his prose which carries you along, effortlessly, as though transported on a current of warm air. This makes his work ideally suited to settings in the southern states - the fictional town of Cimarron Rose is located in Texas - where the heat, dust and occasional hurricane provide the ideal backdrop for his laid back style.

For those paying attention the word "hurricanes" was a clue. "The Tin Roof Blowdown" is set in New Orleans at the time of That hurricane. Dave Robicheaux, hero of many previous Burke novels, witnesses the destruction of his city. Then he sees it destroyed a second time, by another blow down. Then a third, by government inaction and the profiteers who descend like vultures on the corpse. Robicheaux's city dies three times, just like his comrades during a fire fight in Vietnam long ago. And there are other deaths too. Two looters are shot in a wealthy suburb and Robicheaux must find the killer, his investigation bringing his own family under threat as powerful men seek to conceal exactly what the looters had stolen.

It's a lot simpler than it sounds. Burke isn't a fan of tight plotting and is quite capable of shamelessly introducing a new suspect two thirds of the way into the tale if he feels the action is starting to flag. He's not averse to the occasional bout of improbability too - how many rapists are stupid enough to leave the stuffed toy carried by their last victim in the back of their van, along with the rope used to bind the victim?
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James Lee Burke is far from my usual reading fare, out of self-preservation really. A too deep and often immersion in this world of constant perfidy and violence, where the oppressed are for the most part so savagely handled that becoming the oppressor seems the only way out, leaves this reader too closely believing that the brutality of our species is all there is, and that the survival of kindness and compassion is an impossibility.

Yet, from rare time to time I do foray into Burke’s books, lured by the power of his writing, and the complex multifaceted layers of his characters.

Dave Robicheaux, Lee Burke’s central and continuing character across a series of Louisiana set books, presently works as a sheriff’s deputy. He is a Vietnam vet, whose experiences in that war and his own early family history took him into some very dark places. He is an alcoholic in recovery. His best friend, a former cop, now working for a bail bondsman, is a still-suffering alcoholic, Clete Purcell.

There are deep and sometimes potentially dangerous bonds of friendship between the two, as their shared history of violence and addiction simmers below the surface for both, erupting most often for Purcell, consciously struggled with through his recovery programme, for Robicheaux, who also is supported by a strong relationship with his wife and adopted daughter. Purcell particularly strays often outside the strict letter of the law, yet there is always some basic honour in him.

The Tin Roof Blowdown has a complicated plot involving a psychopath and sexual predator, a horrific gang rape, and a burglary from someone with Mob connections.
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