Our characters grew up in some rough parts of New Orleans. Some became paid soldiers in Latin American, some became hitmen for the Mob, but some became detectives like Dave Robicheaux. A family of sharecroppers are ordered off their land, which they have lived on for over a 100 years. Burke weaves a tale that shows the ways of the Old South and how it affects the residents today. A story of cruelty and greed with the old theme of good battling evil. A little difficult to keep the characters straight, but worth the effort.