Racial Injustice in “A Cold Day for Murder” and “The Tin Roof Blowdown”


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A Compare and Contrast of the Theme of Racial Injustice in A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and The Tin Roof Blowdown by James lee Burke
This literary study will compare and contrast the theme of racial injustice in the mystery/crime novels A Cold Day for Murder by Dana Stabenow and The Tin Roof Blowdown by James lee Burke. Burke often describes the post-Hurricane Katrina fall out of racial tensions that occur through a white perspective of class divides that separate whites from blacks in New Orleans. However, Burke does provide African American experiences as a part of the racial problems that detective Dave Robicheaux must face in finding the shooters of black looters. Burke’s novel is contrasted by Stabenow’s Aleut Native...
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.....Robicheaux’s methodology. In this manner, it becomes evident that the theme of racial injustice provides a major construct in the characterization of detectives in these two novels, providing the details of racial bigotry and bias that must be overcome in order to find a murderer. With differing racial perspectives found in the main characters understanding of racial identity being crucial to solving these cases, Robicheaux and Shugak provide an objective lens in which to avoid racial pitfalls that would prevent them from further racially motivated injustices in their perspective cases.
Works Cited:
Burke, James Lee. The Tin Roof Blowdown. New York: Simon and Schuster, 2007.
Stabenow, Dana. A Cold Day for Murder. Berkley, CA: Berkley, 1992.