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Down in the Flood

by Kenneth Abel

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Down in the Flood by Kenneth Abel
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  • Published in USA  Aug 2009
    352 pages
    Genre: Thrillers

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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 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?

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"Starred Review. Brilliantly executed, Abel's exploration of decency and grace in the face of human brutality and natural disaster testifies to mutual respect, the only thing, Danny knows, that keeps the knife from your throat." - Publishers Weekly

"Starred Review. Abel's latest is both a gripping crime thriller about human greed and a tribute to the people of New Orleans." - Library Journal

"Bleak through and through, of course, but it's one of those stories begging to be told, and Abel puts you there." - Kirkus Reviews

"... routinely plotted but rescued by carefully defined characters and a wonderful rendering of the panic on the streets in a New Orleans battered by Katrina." - Booklist

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Kenneth Abel

Kenneth Abel is also the author of the novels Bait and The BlueWall. He lives in Columbus, Ohio.

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