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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Minotaur Books; First Edition edition (December 6, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0312581815
  • ISBN-13: 978-0312581817
  • Product Dimensions: 9.5 x 6.5 x 1.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 12.8 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,550,074 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

Editorial Reviews

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"A fast-paced, gritty novel in which no one is to be trusted and nothing is as it seems.... his noir take on the thriller will hook readers." - Associated Press

"Powerful as a Category Five hurricane, Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs is a riveting journey into murder, politics, and greed.  Kovacs writes like a master, bringing to exciting life colorful and cosmopolitan New Orleans.  In the aftermath of Katrina, brand-new private investigator Cliff St. James is thrown into a cauldron of lies, felonies, and violence just as Mardi Gras begins.  This is a spicy, thrilling story as unforgettable as an excellent gumbo." - Gayle Lynds, New York Times bestselling author of The Book of Spies

"Hard-edge.  Frenetic.  This tale is fluid, dark, and compelling.  Ed Kovacs is a vivid addition to the thriller genre."- Steve Berry, New York Times Bestselling Author of The Emperor’s Tomb

"Ed Kovacs comes out of the gate with a bang.  STORM DAMAGE is ultra fast-paced, moving, and nicely devious.  Highly recommended."  --Jonathan Maberry, NY Times bestselling author of THE KING OF PLAGUES and DEAD OF NIGHT

“With a penchant for descriptive accuracy, Ed Kovacs provides page-turning excitement in this New Orleans centered murder mystery. In fact, if you allow yourself to become immersed, you’ll probably be able to hear the jazz playing in the background—it’s that intense.” -- John B. Alexander, Ph.D.  author of Future War, and UFOs: Myths, Conspiracies, and Realities

About the Author

ED KOVACS has worked for many years as a private security contractor deploying to challenging locations worldwide.  He is a member of the Association for Intelligence Officers, International Thriller Writers, and Mystery Writers of America.  When not on a contract, he splits his time between his home in Southeast Asia and his aircraft hangar home at a Southern California airport.


More About the Author

ED KOVACS is a member of the Association of Former Intelligence Officers, American Legion Post 299, the International Thriller Writers organization, and the Mystery Writers of America.

He's the author of the critically-acclaimed Detective Cliff St. James mystery/crime series set in New Orleans.

Please visit his Website at www.edkovacs.com

BURNT BLACK:

"The vibrant description of occult doings mixes well with the movements of the earthbound characters, making this Cliff and Honey's best outing to date." --KIRKUS

"What lingers after the demons are downed is St. James' obliquely funny personality. A fine, offbeat procedural." --BOOKLIST

GOOD JUNK:

"The scene of New Orleans are rich and real." NEW YORK TIMES BOOK REVIEW

"Outstanding...powerful prose that evokes a city still struggling to recover its infrastructure and identity elevates this well beyond most other contemporary PI novels." --PUBLISHER'S WEEKLY (STARRED, BOXED REVIEW)

"Kovacs maintains a fast pace, and his descriptions of a steamy, seamy, badly managed city that is failing to recover from Katrina are jolting and plausible." --BOOKLIST

"With so many twists and turns, even the most devoted noir fan may wish they had a map. But it's well worth trying to find the way." --KIRKUS

"Fast-paced, gritty... [Kovacs's] noir take on the thriller will hook readers." --ASSOCIATED PRESS

STORM DAMAGE:

A sleeper here, a beautiful spin on hard-boiled fiction...simply asking questions leads (P.I. Cliff St. James) to hints of a sneaky CIA plot and occasions the kind of cleansing bloodbath that has readers feeling like they've wandered happily into Hammett's Red Harvest. The author works hard to make his world a place you can almost reach out and touch." --BOOKLIST

"Ed Kovacs is a vivid addition to the thriller genre." --Steve Berry, NYT best-selling author

"Ed Kovacs writes like a master..." --Gayle Lynds, NYT best-selling author

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Kind of like reading Louis L'Amour.
Allrie
This was my first intro to Ed Kovacs and I will definitely read more.
Lana L. Fiems
A novel in of a city rich in history and mystery.
Wanda

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

Format: Hardcover
"A collective pathology of quasi post-traumatic stress hung like a cloud over the delta."

Set in New Orleans five months after Katrina, Kovacs' mystery features ex-cop Cliff St. James, nearly homeless in a city known for its surfeit of crime and its attendant vices, all thrown into chaos since the storm, the lack of resources available and the unmet needs of countless people made homeless by the hurricane. St. James has found shelter in his badly damaged dojo, his martial arts students virtually non-existent, his future looking as bleak as the city. His last act as a detective was the night Katrina hit in full force, the scene of a murder at Sam Sui's Tiki Hut, any evidence of the crime- and the body- obliterated by the storm. When Sam's daughter appears at the dojo offering to hire St. James to investigate her father's death, he is grateful for the opportunity to make some money and solve the murder of his friend. What St. James cannot anticipate is the convoluted nature of a case that includes a violent Asian gang, heavy-handed politicians, as ex-CIA operative and any number of bad actors with the power to make his life miserable.

Aided by Sgt. Honey Baybee, chronically incapable of resisting a good fight, Cliff finds himself mired in an investigation fraught with treachery, double crosses and the lies. The result is a quick-paced, well-plotted murder mystery peppered with false purposeful distractions, petty crime and drug wars, the CIA, corrupt officials and the myriad bureaucracies working within the city's "New Normal", the graft and corruption as firmly entrenched as ever. Kovacs does a good job of describing the outrageous condition of a city left too long in disrepair and too quickly forgotten as the world moves on to the next crisis.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Christopher A. Graham on December 21, 2011
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Easily one the best books I read in 2011, and a MUST READ for all the crime fiction, mystery and thriller readers out there. Kovacs takes you on a thrill ride through the gritty underbelly of post-Katrina New Orleans. Detective Cliff St. James is funny and flawed, tough and smart, and just enough of a wise-ass to keep you laughing when you're not cringing. This is a true pageturner, accelerating from the first chapter straight through to the end. It never lets up! The descriptions and accounts of the devastation caused by Hurricane Katrina and the desperate struggle of those who returned to New Orleans, not to mention those who never left, is the icing on the cake. I'm really looking forward to the next St. James installment.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Allrie on January 8, 2012
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I quite enjoyed the book, Storm Damage by Ed Kovacs.--especially being able to relate to the area and it's problems after the Storm. Here in Gulf Coast Texas, Ike was not nearly so hard on us, but that is partly because of what was learned from Katrina! And everyone on the Gulf Coast--and even when we lived in South Arkansas--were aware of the corruptness of New Orleans, especially during Mardi Gras!

CSI--The tests they run vary wildly from place to place. When the TV show first started, my sophisticated sister was visiting us in Richmond, VA and made a desparaging remark about how those tests were all made up...except that in Richmond we had them! Thank you, Patricia Cornwall. That is where she put a great deal of her book profits! However, seldom are they freely used as on TV...they have to or they wouldn't have a show. A DA relative told me once that she starts out always explaining to her juries that they probably won't get information like on CSI--no DNA, usually not even fingerprints!] The author used just enough, but not too much forensic evidence to make it real.

That said...back to my book critique. I do read quite a lot of thrillers, but they usually have a problem, either graphic sex or lots of foul language. Now, I realize that among the 'bad guys' the sex is probably rampent [along with the accompanying diseases!] I appreciate that while references were made as neccessary to the story, it wasn't pushed in my face. Else I'd've tossed the book,gift or not. The same is true of taking the Lord's Name in vain. I do not need to hear [read] the rough talk, and again, too much [and it doesn't take much to be too much] and a book gets tossed.

So the two big hurdles are passed.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Phillips on February 27, 2013
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As a former New Orleans resident, I really enjoyed this book. It's a great look into the "New Normal" of New Orleans, as well as a good old-fashioned P.I. book (and I mean that in the best way)!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lana L. Fiems on February 17, 2013
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Set in post Katrina New Orleans, this is a great mystery, while also giving you a real feel for the damage done to New Orleans. This was my first intro to Ed Kovacs and I will definitely read more.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By duce on February 3, 2013
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A great read.. St. James is a very likeable character..with flaws.. Could picture the scenes in my mind of the back streets and byways of the old city and the horrible hurricane damage.. far worse than what you may have read in news accounts.. bought the next book Good Junk in hardback since it wasn't available in kindle.. Next book up for me..
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By Alex Lane on August 15, 2013
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Clichés abound in novels involving ex-cop detectives, particulary when it comes to interactions with the authorities. Kovacs manages to give some of these a new twist as his character accepts a job to pick up a cold trail that's been washed away by natural disaster, thereby eliciting the unwelcome attention of suspects-a-plenty, ranging from drug dealers, to organized criminals, to crooked politicians, to cops, and beyond. I'm looking forward to reading more of Kovacs work.
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