A man wrongly imprisoned. A sheriff who wants to keep him there. And a lawyer who will cross every line to get him out. Louisiana is the per capita prison capital of the world. Its incarceration rates are five times those of Iran and thirteen times that of China. One in seven black men is currently on parole, probation, or serving time in New Orleans. Kenneth Cooper is about to become part of that statistic for the third time. When Paul Theriot, a prominent Houston attorney, returns to the muddy waters of Louisiana to reconcile with his dying father, he ends up taking on Kenny Cooper's appeal. In the process, Paul becomes a target of those who profit from a system where prisoners are worth just under twenty-five dollars a day to rural "rent-a-cell" prisons and will protect it at all costs. Is one inmate worth risking his life? A Bird in a Hurricane is the first book in the Paul Theriot series. If you like fast-paced legal thrillers with plot twists and engaging characters, then you will love the first installment in Carlton Downey's page-turning series.