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The Tin Roof Blowdown: A Dave Robichauex Novel

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Written By: James Lee Burke

Narrated By: Will Patton

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: July 2007

Duration: 13 hours 5 minutes


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.


  • jay yeast

    I have read most of Burkes books and this one bodes well. The Narrator is excellent. Feels like the character himself!!

  • Ivar Wigan

    The narrator is first class. A wonderful book. I'll be getting all the others by James Lee Burke

  • Lisa Roberts

    Really enjoyed this book. This was my first book by this author, but having enjoyed it so much, I will seek out others. Well written. Easy listening. Holds the attention well. The narrator, Will Patton, does a wonderful job of bringing the characters to life. He is the perfect choice to narrate this book.

  • Anonymous

    This book was very good. It is descriptive, and thought provoking.

  • oodeluph

    I have loved the Dave Robicheaux series; the narrator is wonderful. The author has a certain, political viewpoint but other than being mildly irritating it tends not to get in the way too much. Unfortunately, here, it does. What he did in this book is unconscionable. He lied. Everything was the Fed's fault. He lied about the horrible role city and state government played in the ruin.of N.O. If anything LA stole federal funds meant to protect the levees. The governor wasn't "crying for help", she refused it and wouldn't allow the feds in any earlier.This should have been a good story. It wasn't. The author inserted himself. I'll have to see whether I read any of his stuff in future.

  • Seworiginal

    Really a great story - love all of the layers of different dramas at the same time. The swearing does get a little tedious and overdone at times but I'd still listen to it again.

  • Anonymous

    Fabulous and gritty...Love James Lee Burke Great detail and authentically New Orleans. He can not write Robicheaux novels fast enough.

  • trheyer

    Another Burke classic. You cant go wrong with Burke, the big sleezy, cleat and some mobster action. this novel does not disappoint.

  • Barbara L

    I love listening to the Burke novels. Sometimes I get a bit irritable when I am anxious to get on with the story, and he gives me the background of another minor character that I have no interest in. Then I appreciate the depth of his character development: No one is all bad, no one is all good. Everyone does the best they can in their given circumstances. One bad decision can change the lives of many people. The backgound of this story was particularly difficult, however. Thinking about New Orleans and Katrina makes me cry. Everytime. So I don't think about it. This novel made me cry. Alot.

  • Anonymous

    What a great read. Not only do you get an excellent Burke detective novel but you also learn what really happened during Hurricane Katrina and how devastating the damage is that remains in and around New Orleans.

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