The Tin Roof Blowdown (Dave Robicheaux, #16) - James Lee Burke

I admit, this was a hard book for me to read. When Hurricane Katrina hit Lousiana, I was glued to the TV in absolute horror. A city that had fascinated me for decades was under water, and it seemed like no one in government cared enough to do anything about it ... and all I could do was throw money at the situation from afar.

Set in the days immediately before, during, and after Katrina, this book finds Detective Dave Robicheaux on loan to the NOPD to help process criminals caught rioting ... and worse. One of the subplots involves a group of teenage African-American kids looting wealthy homes in the Garden District. When one of them is murdered, Robicheaux winds up on the investigation.

This is a gritty, realistic book that is not for the faint of heart. There are murders, rapes and more ... along with the terror of a city that is drowning because the government couldn't be bothered to help. There is more than a passing examination of both racism, and Louisiana's prison system as well.

A hard read, but well worthwhile.