Brief reviews of mysteries, thrillers, and crime novels.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Hell or High Water, by Joy Castro
Nola Céspedes is a Cuban-American reporter born and raised in New Orleans, waiting for her big chance to break out of society stories and get away from New Orleans. She's angry, edgy, and not New Orleans's biggest fan, and she's been given one last shot at proving herself with a feature story on the thousands of convicted sexual predators who went off the radar after Katrina. She learns and passes on a lot about the the extent of the problem, the perspective (real or feigned) of the paroled sexual offenders, and the lasting impact on the victims. She's close to her mother, three successful "Sex and the Big Easy" friends, and her lovely gay flatmate, but still she's got those anger and trust issues. Castro paints a multi-faceted portrait of New Orleans that I'll remember.