Down in the Flood

Down in the Flood

Book - 2009
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All the top crime writers agree that Kenneth Abel is a spectacular writer: "A gripper all the way," says Elmore Leonard. "A stunning achievement," declares James Lee Burke. "Brilliant," says Robert B. Parker. And now with Down in the Flood , former New Orleans prosecutor Danny Chaisson is back in a third electrifying thriller.

Danny Chaisson's latest case is bid-rigging. But as his investigation proceeds, a gathering storm named Katrina blasts his world apart.

Surrounded by death and the destruction of the city he loves, Danny searches for one man who'd trusted Chaisson to guard his identity when he agreed to testify before a federal grand jury investigating corruption in the city's construction industry.  But someone has leaked the identity of this crucial witness, and as the city begins to empty before the approaching storm, Danny learns that a pair of corrupt policemen hired by the wealthy defendants in the case have begun stalking his client.

Cut off from escape, and unsure whom he can trust, Chaisson's client has gone into hiding in the city's Ninth Ward, where he grew up. Now Danny must race against time, a pair of relentless professional killers, and the rising flood waters to save the man who'd counted on him.

But can Danny save one man as a whole city dies?

Publisher: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780312377199
0312377193
Branch Call Number: Mystery
Characteristics: 346 p. ; 22 cm

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May 09, 2011

Probably one of the best crime novels of the last twenty years. This book transcends the genre to paint a detailed portrait of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina. It delivers a moving description of the physical catastrophe and the erosion of the social fabric that keeps people at one remove from anarchy. It also points a large "j'accuse" finger at all levels of government and the more economically fortunate of New Orleans citizens for the way in which the poor of the city were abandoned by those upon whom they relied.

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