Paperbacks: The Tin Roof Blowdown, by James Lee Burke

When Hurricane Katrina struck Burke's New Orleans patch, it was fated that the social disaster in its wake would breed a Dave Robicheaux mystery.

Yet Burke hits a new peak with the surreal intensity of his vision of ruin (part Bosch, part JG Ballard) and the prophetic fire behind his flawed, fair cop's quest for truth and justice – swept away long before the floods. This crime writer wears Faulkner's mantle now.