Nola Cespedes, an ambitious young reporter at the "Times-Picayune," finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter.Read more...
Nola Cespedes, an ambitious young reporter at the "Times-Picayune," finally catches a break: an assignment to write her first full-length feature. While investigating her story, she also becomes fixated on the search for a missing tourist in the French Quarter. As Nola's work leads her into a violent criminal underworld, she's forced to face disturbing truths from her own past and is confronted with the question: In the aftermath of devastation, who is responsible for rebuilding what's been broken?
Vividly rendered in razor-sharp prose, this haunting thriller is a riveting journey of trust betrayed and the courageous struggle to rebuild. Fast-paced, atmospheric, and with a knockout twist, "Hell or High Water" features an unforgettable heroine as fascinating and multilayered as New Orleans itself."
Publishers Weekly® Reviews
- Reviewed in: Publishers Weekly, page .
- Review Date: 2012-05-21
- Reviewer: Staff
Post-Katrina New Orleans provides the vivid backdrop for this uneven first novel, the first in a new crime thriller series from Castro (The Truth Book: A Memoir). In 2008, Times-Picayune reporter Nola Céspedes, who’s eager to leave lifestyle fluff pieces behind, takes on the unenviable challenge of reporting on sex offenders still living off the grid after the devastating hurricane. Interviewing potentially dangerous rapists and child molesters isn’t how Nola, who was raised in poverty by her Cuban-born single mother, thought she’d start writing features, but a story is a story. The more involved Nola becomes, to the detriment of her personal life, the more convinced she is that the recent disappearance of 25-year-old tourist Amber Waybridge from the French Quarter is connected to the men she’s investigating. Nola’s obsession with the Waybridge case—and the possible perpetrators—deepens with ominous results. Nola’s gritty appeal compensates only in part for a plot with too many holes. Agent: Mitchell Waters, Curtis Brown. (July)