Book Critique -
Down In the Flood by Kenneth Abel
Patricia Reid
I share my love of reading with my two daughters and my granddaughter. One daughter loves romance, the other loves mystery and my granddaughter, twenty-one, reads a variety of books. Reviewing books has introduced me to many authors that are new to me. When I read a book to review and enjoy it I usually try to obtain other books by that author. I work part-time and my main interest is reading. 
By Patricia Reid
Published on 09/27/2009
An exciting thriller set during the time of Hurricane Katrina

Down In the Flood by Kenneth Abel

Down In the Flood- 5 Stars

Kenneth Abel

Minotaur Books, 2009, 352 Pages

ISBN No. 978-0312377199




Danny Chaisson, New Orleans attorney, befriends Louis Sams who is asked to testify before a grand jury against his employer, a concrete manufacturer.   Danny has experienced testifying before the grand jury and his receptionist asks him to advise Sams.   Louis Sams is hesitant to agree but his son has legal problems and Sams is told his son’s problems will disappear if he testifies.


Sams’ employer is rumored to have mob ties and is suspected of using defective materials.  Just before the hurricane hits, Sams disappears.  Danny is sure that he has been captured by the mob.  Mickie Vega, Danny’s wife and ATF Agent, can’t evacuate because of her duties.  Mickie and Danny send their daughter to safety and Mickie expects Danny to follow but he cannot bring himself to leave without an attempt to save Sams.


Take a trip with Danny as he travels through the devastation brought on by Hurricane Katrina in an attempt to save a man in danger.  The story is thrilling and the descriptions make the reader feel the real horrors of the tragedy named Katrina. 



This is the third Danny Chaisson novel and I intend to read the first two.

Reviewed by Patricia E. Reid