Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans

Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans Review

A charismatic young soldier meets a tragic end in this moving and mesmerizing account of the war in Iraq, Hurricane Katrina, and no-safety-net America

Zackery Bowen was thrust into two of America’s largest recent debacles. He was one of the first soldiers to encounter the fledgling insurgency in Iraq. After years of military service he returned to New Orleans to tend bar and deliver groceries. In the weeks before Hurricane Katrina made landfall, he met Addie Hall, a pretty and high-spirited bartender. Their improvised, hard-partying endurance during and after the storm had news outlets around the world featuring the couple as the personification of what so many want to believe is the indomitable spirit of New Orleans.

But in October 2006, Bowen leaped from the rooftop bar of a French Quarter hotel. A note in his pocket directed the police to the body of Addie Hall. It was, according to NOPD veterans, one of the most gruesome crimes in the city’s history. How had this popular, handsome father of two done this horrible thing?

Journalist Ethan Brown moved from New York City to the French Quarter in order to investigate this question. Among the newsworthy elements in the book is Brown’s discovery that this tragedy—like so many others—could have been avoided if the military had simply not, in the words of Paul Sullivan, executive director of Veterans for Common Sense, “absolutely and completely failed this soldier.” Shake the Devil Off is a mesmerizing tribute to these lives lost.

Title:Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans
Edition Language:English

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  • Lisa

    I have a lot of thoughts about this book and I don't know how to even begin to put them into words. This book is so much more than I thought it was going to be. I bought it because I spend a lot of ti...

  • Humangirl

    I just finished reading this book & agree with Doug that this is short stories; (1) the story of the 527 MP Co. in Iraq & Afghanistan (2) Mr. Brown's experiences living in post-Katrina New Orleans, wh...

  • Carla

    The author finally admits, when the book is almost complete, that he is sympathetic to the murderer. He stops shy of this admission, actually, writing that his wife felt he was, to the point of being ...

  • Dachokie

    Half Crime Story and Half Blame Game ... This book intrigued me primarily because I distinctly remember the initial news story that first drew national attention to Zack Bowen and Addie Hall: Two youn...

  • Halley Sutton

    First of all, let me say that I have huge respect for Ethan Brown. His book on the Jeff Davis 8 was one of the more memorable books I read in 2017 and his reporting is thorough and engaging throughout...

  • Brenda

    I wrote a long, quite possibly fabulous review of Shake the Devil Off and then accidentally deleted it. Basically what I wanted to say was that it was quite clear that Ethan Brown's sympathies were wi...

  • Katrina

    I found parts of this book interesting and I did finish it, so that says something but overall, this book was underwhelming. However Brown tries to draw a parallel between our military's indifference ...

  • Sam Jasper

    As a New Orleanian who saw this story when it hit the news and was also acquainted with both people I read this with great trepidation. I was so glad that Mr. Brown told the story with the no sensatio...

  • Megan

    I vaguely recall reading the headlines a few years ago about this young couple. Fast forward a few years. I see an episode on ABC of a program called Final Witness. It features the commentary of the n...

  • Doug Beatty

    This book is about Zachary Bown, who, on a morning in New Orleans, goes to an expensive hotel and spends the afternoon drinking. After a while he goes up to the roof of the hotel and throws himself of...