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Dixie City Jam Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1995

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  • Mass Market Paperback: 512 pages
  • Publisher: Hachette Books (Aug. 1 1995)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889004
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889006
  • Product Dimensions: 10.5 x 2.9 x 17.1 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 204 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars 14 customer reviews
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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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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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It can be a terrible thing for the avid reader to discover the works of an already established and prolific author. If the author is not to the reader's taste, no problem exists; if, however, the author's work grabs the reader by the throat and refuses to let go, the reader is faced with the daunting task of reading everything else the author has written. Such is the case with James Lee Burke and his series of Dave Robicheaux novels; while I already have a sizable list of novels on my summer reading list, I am forced, after reading DIXIE CITY JAM, to seek out more of Burke's mystery novels.
DIXIE is set in and around the city of New Orleans (always a vivid setting for an atmospheric mystery). Dave Robicheaux is a detective with the Sheriff's Office who is juggling many balls at once. In addition to his police duties, he has been hired to locate a WW II U-boat that was sunk in local waters many years ago. He also has the added predicament of helping out his old comrade Clete Purcel stay alive as he constantly and foolishly aggravates local crime figures Max and Bobo Calucci. But things come to a head when he finds himself warding off the unwelcome advances of Will Buchalter, an enormous neo-Nazi who's ultimate motives for terrorizing Robicheaux's family remain frighteningly obscure.
Clearly, Burke has no problem with handling many different plot threads. The narrative leaps from element to element; an ailing gangster who wishes to make amends; a young man who is trying to become more than be believes he can be; an interrogation scene that will make the reader squirm. His management of these disparate elements is so skillful, so loaded with portent, that the eventual solution to Robicheaux's many dilemmas comes off as anti-climactic.
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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. As the series progresses Dave becomes a more intriguing figure--the demons and inner conflicts that Dave deals with mentally whips you by the end of this novel--and the "bad guys" take on an image of pure genius. The novel revolves around a sunken SUB, and the ramifications of Robicheaux knowing the exact location. The book takes off when the trouble invades Dave's home, and threatens to tear the fabric of his marriage. I've read many crime novels and I must say that Will Buchalter is one of the best characters to come about in a long time. The lucky ones that have read the entire series must agree with me when I say Clete Purcel is in rare form in this novel. For the casual Burke fans, this book is being developed into a movie by Tommy Lee Jones; after finishing the novel, I can see why. This is a great book.
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I went to a Borders reading with James Lee Burke and his humble, yet confident voice added new dimension to his if that's possible. Dave Robicheaux and his buddy Clete Purcel just about walk into the room anytime I open the pages of these books. Unfortunately, Burke's antagonists are just as palpable. The evil lurking beneath the surface of certain scenes is dark and frighteningly real. It's hard not to cheer for Robicheaux as he faces his foes and, usually, reacts before he thinks. Burke wraps this gritty realism and dialogue in some of the most beautiful and vivid metaphors around. Some accuse Burke's writing of shallow plotting, and I understand their viewpoint. I choose, though, to wander along with Dave Robicheaux through the heat and sound and smells of his day and see where it may lead us. Somehow this style gives his stories an uncharted realism that I personally appreciate. Like the cajun food Burke writes of, his words are alive with flavor and texture and subtlety beneath a layer of eye-popping spices. And--as his fans well know--your sense of smell will also be invited to the meal. Pull up a chair and savor some good Louisiana cooking.
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