Detective Cadillac Holland is the cop you call when the case that needs solved might not even be crime. It’s an election year and the local king of gentrification and out of town condominium developers threaten to bring disaster capitalism in the wake of Hurricane Katrina. The ideas the Ninth Ward’s newest builders have about the future of the city’s most troubled neighborhood could once again displace the city’s poorest citizens, many of whom are still grappling with the storm’s economic aftermath. Detective Holland is asked to find the motive behind the offer to buy the homes being built by the Make It Right Foundation, and what he finds stirs the city’s treacherous political waters in ways nobody ever imagined possible.
Louisiana State Patrol Detective “Cadillac” Holland finds more than he was looking for when he sought a simple answer to who wanted to buy homes in New Orleans’ Lower Ninth Ward. It’s a tale of disaster capitalism involving multiple efforts to rebuild the city’s poorest neighborhood as election day approaches. Nobody is who they appear to be and everyone’s motives become increasingly suspect. It’s up to Detective Holland to navigate the political and territorial swamp he finds himself in while just trying to help a friend.
Targeted Age Group:: 18+
What Inspired You to Write Your Book?
I am among the many who left New Orleans in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, finding the recovery to be more dangerous and painful than the storm itself. Property values have skyrocketed in my absence and make it financially challenging to return, despite the city having ample housing and a reduced population. Researching the causes of this situation led me to stories of other cities worldwide that have endured skewed housing markets as well, and decided to find a way to make an interesting story out of a very complicated set of facts and statistics. As one character says "What ought to be illegal ain’t always a crime."