Down in the Flood

Down in the Flood

Book - 2009
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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 destruction of New Orleans, the city he loves, Danny searches for one man who'd trusted Danny 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 policment hired by the wealthy defendants in the case have begun stalking his client.--From publisher's description.
Published: New York : Minotaur Books, 2009.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780312377199
Branch Call Number: F ABE
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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