Wednesday, September 8, 2010
"Satan...may build a barrier about us, but he can never roof us in, so that we cann't look up." J. Hudson Taylor
Hurricane Katrina smashes into New Orleans with the "...explosive force several times greater than that of the atom bomb dropped on Hiroshima in 1945."
The tidal surge explodes the levee system and devastates much of New Orleans. Hardest hit of all is the Ninth Ward, an area of occupied by many of the poor members of the city.
People filled the roads in their automobiles attempting to escape the storm and authorities were telling those people left behind to come to the Convention Center. However, there were no services there. Bodies were left outside, toilets didn't work, there was little food or water and the poor suffered worse than anyone.
Looting began and four black men broke into a number of homes that had withstood the storm. One home belonged to one of the more notorious gangsters in the city, Sidney Kovick. The looters took money, a gun, drugs and diamonds that were hidden behind the walls of the home.
Three of these looters were meth dealers and rapists. Other men were organizing into vigilante groups to protect their homes. Outside of Otis Baylor's home, his daughter recognized two of the looters as the men who raped her.
When one of the looters lights a flame, a shot comes from the dark, killing one and crippling another.
This tremendous novel details the heartaches and devastation of New Orleans after Katrina. The reader experiences the feeling of the city resident's desolation and frustration as we follow the hunt for the remaining two thieves by people who want to regain what had been stolen.
Dave Robicheaux becomes involved and shares our sorrow about the circumstances. The action includes his daughter, Alifair and his friend, Clete Purcell.
This is a can't put down book whose story will enthrall and haunt the reader.
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