This book deals with New Orleans just after hurricane Katrina; the society has been destroyed, it seems an easy target for crime.
It was the first book I read by James Lee Burke, but when I encountered this novel in a book sale I wanted to read this book, so I bought it. The story was OK, and as I'd never read of his other books, I didn't know any of the characters, but it didn't feel as a problem. I could feel the author's anger reading this book, because of the way authorities dealt with Katrina. The book is raw and tough, so I don't think it's a book for everyone, but if this is what you like, I think this is quite a good book.
Note: I read a Dutch translation of this book