– Random House
Hurricane Katrina shredded one of the great cities of the South, and as levees failed and the federal relief effort proved lethally incompetent, a natural disaster became a man-made catastrophe. As an editor of New Orleans’ daily newspaper, the Pulitzer Prize—winning Times-Picayune, Jed Horne has had a front-row seat to the unfolding drama of the city’s collapse into chaos and its continuing struggle to survive.
As the Big One bore down, New Orleanians rich and poor, black and white, lurched from giddy revelry to mandatory evacuation.
– Farrar, Straus & Giroux
In a searing anatomy of a New Orleans murder trial and a system of justice gone wrong, Horne investigates the 1984 murder of a white housewife and the black man who spent 14 years on death row, convicted of a crime that may have been an intricately plotted act of revenge.