Shake the Devil Off

A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans

Ethan Brown

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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.

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Hear author Ethan Brown discuss his true crime book Shake the Devil Off: A True Story of the Murder that Rocked New Orleans. After Hurricane Katrina hit New Orleans, Zackery Bowen, a handsome Iraq War veteran, became a face of hope. But Bowen’s happy-go-lucky persona in the Big Easy concealed a tortured mind…

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Ethan Brown

Ethan Brown has written for New York magazine, The New York Observer, Wired, Vibe, The Independent, GQ, Rolling Stone, Details, The Guardian, and The Village Voice, among other publications. He is the author of two previous books, Queens Reigns Supreme and Snitch. He lives with his wife in New Orleans. 

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

Trade Paperback

Trade Paperback
St. Martin's Press
St. Martin's Griffin
November 2010
Trade Paperback
ISBN: 9781250035226
ISBN10: 1250035228
320 pages, eight page photo insert
$17.99

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Henry Holt and Co.
September 2009
e-Book Agency
ISBN: 9781429992541
ISBN10: 1429992549
6 1/8 x 9 1/4 inches, 304 pages, Includes photographs at the start of each chapter
$7.99
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