As the waters rise and New Orleans descends into chaos, Zigal’s novel unfolds through the eyes of the Grant family, all separated and fighting for their safety.
Hodge Grant, a veteran of Vietnam, must ply the fetid waters in a homemade craft in order to reach his stranded daughter and two grandchildren. Accompanied by his grandchildren’s good-for-nothing father Duval, Hodge enters into the treacherous wreckage left by the storm. Dee and her children are stranded in their attic as the water laps at the hatch. They can only hope for Hodge’s swift arrival.
Hodge’s son PJ and eight thousand other inmates remain incarcerated in the Orleans Parish Jail as the waters begin to rise. Abandoned by the guards, the inmates must break through the bars of their cells or drown. They discover armed guards calmly waiting in boats outside; they pull some men from the water, but PJ knows that this is his only chance to escape. The men scramble for their freedom and rush into the drowning city.
THOMAS ZIGAL is the author of the critically acclaimed Kurt Muller mystery series, which includes Into Thin Air, Hardrock Stiff, and Pariah. His latest novel is The White League, which is the first volume of his New Orleans trilogy; Many Rivers to Cross is the second. A former vice president of the Texas Institute of Letters, he holds an MA degree from the Stanford Writing Program and is a member of the Authors Guild, the Mystery Writers of America, and the Writers League of Texas. Zigal currently lives in Austin, Texas.
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