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Dixie City Jam [Mass Market Paperback]

James Lee Burke
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Aug. 1 1995
As a child he was frightened by the stories...

It's out there, under the salt of the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast--a buried Nazi submarine. Detective Dave Robicheaux of the New Ibera Sheriff's office has known if its existence since childhood, when he was terrified by nightmares of the evil Nazi sailors just offshore. Then, as a teenager, he stumbled upon the sunken sub while scuba diving--but for years he kept the secret of its watery grave.

... And now he must face the terrible reality.

But decades later, when a powerful Jewish activist wants the sub raised, Robicheaux's knowledge puts him at the center of a terrifying struggle of conflicting desires. A neo-Nazi psychopath named Will Buchalter, who insists that the Holocaust was a hoax, wants to find the submarine first--and he'll stop at nothing to get Robicheaux to talk.

James Lee Burke looks long and hard into the human heart of darkness in his most electrifying novel yet, a story of terror and courage in a Southern Louisiana where the horrific and the beautiful rise from the same fertile soil.

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After his dreamy sojourn into Civil War history in In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead , former New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux comes up against the residue of Nazism in his action-packed, somewhat rambling seventh adventure. When Batist, who helps Dave run his bait shop, is arrested for the latest in a series of murders of New Orleans drug dealers, Dave must raise money for his bail. For a $10,000 finder's fee, he agrees to search for a Nazi submarine sunk in 1942 off the coast of New Iberia, where he is now deputy sheriff. While the sub search draws the attention of a neo-Nazi sadist who threatens Dave's wife, Bootsie, Dave is distracted by the antics of his former partner, Clete Purcel, who has decided to take on mob interests and, in one instance, destroys a crime boss's mansion with an earth mover. Before a dramatic resolution at sea draws the threads of the plots loosely together, Dave traces an intricate course marked by ritual killings, bouts of torture, Bootsie's anxiety (from which she seeks relief in drink) and racial and gender politics within the New Orleans police force, drawing Dave into the lives of a feisty black woman cop and her teenage son. A standout in the diverting supporting cast is doom-predicting Brother Oswald, who employs a maddeningly roundabout manner of discourse. In this physically demanding, fast moving plot, Dave is less ruminative than when last seen, though he holds on to his trademark melancholy-tinged sensitivity. $200,000 ad/promo; 20-city author tour.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Louisiana sleuth Dave Robicheaux (who made it big in the Edgar Award-winning Black Cherry Blues , LJ 8/89) confronts his nastiest villain yet: neo-Nazi Will Buchalter.
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Best villain ever! May 22 2004
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This book served as my introduction to the Dave Robicheaux series, and it didn't disappoint! The atmosphere and colorful characters was good, but what I liked best was one of the most evil, sadistic and realistic literary villains I've yet come across in a mystery novel. The fear that this character instills in all of the good characters is what drives this book onward, and I didn't want to put it down until the end.
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5.0 out of 5 stars What a book! Feb. 6 2004
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I loved this book! It, along with "In the Electric Mist" are two of my favorites! Tough writing, with characters named Clete, Buchalter, and Robicheaux (what more do you need?) this was a fast-paced novel with excellent plot and development. Also like the dialect--easy to understand and not too much of it. Want a good read and a good mystery along with good writing? This is it.
Also recommended: Bark of the Dogwood and Cold Mountain
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5.0 out of 5 stars Robicheaux, Robicheaux, Robicheaux!! Nov. 27 2002
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What a wonderful read this suspense, thriller and murder mystery was. I really hated to stop the story to eat or to sleep. Dave Robicheau is magnificant in his role as city policeman and hiis assistant Cleat Purcell keep the mystery rolling along. New Orleans, La. was shown to hold as much spice as any can of red hot chiles.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad, but definitely not great. Nov. 13 2001
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As a rabid fan of James Ellroy, I find myself comparing other authors in his genre to the Demon Dog. I heard good things about Burke, and picked this book up.
While certainly not a bad book, it didn't live up to the hype for me. The dialogue seemed unnatural, and the characters seemed extremely one-dimensional. The whole book seemed like an amalgamation of other authors, and didn't really find it's own. I was entertained, but I can't see myself running out to get any more stuff by Burke.
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4.0 out of 5 stars "STREAK" comes through again!!!!!!!! Nov. 8 2001
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This is my seventh Robicheaux book and I think it may b thebest one yet. Dave is his usual, hard as nails, self. Sometimes I would like to slap his buddy Clete myself. He stays in trouble of his own making. Yes, I think I would have pulled the trigger on Will Buchalter. The things he does to Dave and his family will make you want to do the same. Burke is great with his use of the language and description of the country. He makes you feel like you are there. Lots of good characters in this one. Good mystery and lots of action. Can Robicheaux save Clete, what does the German sub have that several people want? A good read.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Lay Off The Discription, J.L.B! Aug. 10 2001
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My first James Lee Burke novel and I wasn't impressed. I heard much about him so I decided to read one of his most beloved mysteries. Dixie City Jam. Hmm. If he's one of the finest of the mystery writer's breed, I guess I don't understand the genre.
The story itself is fine. Dave Robicheaux, a good-guy detective and loving hubby, battles neo-Nazis, mobsters and his impulsive/assinine best friend.
The central story line involves a sunken WWII German submarine that Dave has spotted off the New Orleans coast a few times in his life. Will Buchalter, neo-Nazi and wacko, covets that sub. It will mean much to the cause of tyranny and white supremacy around the world, apparently. So Buchalter goes after Dave hoping he's a sporty guy by telling him where the entombed hero's of yesteryear lie. A couple of encounters, threats, intimidation fill the novel, then ultimatly, climax/resolution.
Meanwhile, Dave's brain dead best friend, Clete Purcel, is stirring up a hornet's nest of trouble with the local mobsters. I swear, Clete has A.D.D. Never thinks through a problem, just reacts. He then writes off potential dangerous ramafications for his bone-headed, destructive behavior with a lazy eyed, "Aww, this'll pass over." Dave to the rescue. He's the greatest.
Burke's insistence on discribing the infinite smells, colors, and textures in every scene in this book had me rolling my eyes. The sky was this color, the ocean was that color, over and over. I'd sometimes scream at Dave Robicheaux in my head, "Just walk to your damn car and get into town!" Too much, and not done skillfully. Whenever the texure of a scene was filled in, the momentum died completely. Burke made a torture scene boring!
His characters are all one dimentional. I didn't believe any of them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Finely tuned evocation of crime in the Big Easy
It can be a terrible thing for the avid reader to discover the works of an already established and prolific author. Read more
Published on June 17 2001 by Stone Junction
5.0 out of 5 stars Another Winner!!
I've working my way through the Robicheaux series, and I must say this is the best by far; I was under the impression that Burke had hit his peak with BLACK CHERRY BLUES. Read more
Published on May 2 2001 by Charles J Horne
5.0 out of 5 stars Some Great Gumbo!
I went to a Borders reading with James Lee Burke and his humble, yet confident voice added new dimension to his characters...as if that's possible. Read more
Published on May 13 2000 by Eric Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars With the first words I'm back in southern Louisiana!
When I heard Will Patton's first sentence of my first Dave Robicheaux novel I really did feel that I was transported to New Orleans and southern La. Read more
Published on Feb. 1 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars What a Read!
This was the first James Lee Burke novel I had ever read and it was so good that within a summer of reading Dixie City Jam, I had read all of his New Iberia novels. Read more
Published on Nov. 16 1998
5.0 out of 5 stars Burke's crime stories are multi-course gourmet meals.
Some crime stories remind me of a fast food experience. Some remind me of technical dissertations on the food science. Burke's crime stories are multi-course gourmet meals. Read more
Published on May 13 1997
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