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10 thoughts on “In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

  1. says:

    Burke is one of the few authors who writes a literary mystery. The Robicheaux books (especially the first eight or ten) are wonderful reads filled with atmosphere, vivid descriptions of the settings and characters who come alive on the page. Electric Mist is one of my favorites along with Neon Rain, Heaven's Prisoner and morning for Flamingos.


  2. says:

    3.5 ★
    Most of you reading this know I’m a Robicheaux fan girl but my reception to this one was a bit toned down. I've been wanting to read it so I could watch the film version with Tommy Lee Jones 😍. Of course movies leave out a lot but in this case that worked for me because less was more. I liked it better than the book. Hard to say if TLJ had something to do with that. Levon Helm as General John Bell Hood was excellent also, as was Buddy Guy playing Sam ‘Hogman’ Patin—my dance pheromones kicked in immediately 💃. The film, soundtrack, and audio book are all currently available on Hoopla so I’ll be putting my dance shoes on later and checking out more of the music. Because I finally figured out how to mirror my laptop on to our TV husband watched with me and liked it just as much.

    So was the book to blame or me? I’ve been in a slumpy mood lately and this was supposed to slap me out of it but even Robicheaux was channeling his Tommy Lee side.
    JLB is usually my recreational drug of choice when it comes to reading fun so what was the problem? Perhaps too much of a good thing or maybe I need to start seeing some other guys—mix things up a bit and have some of that spiked Doctor Pepper Dave got himself into?

  3. says:

    "... we had welcomed him back, winking our eyes at his presence and pretending he was not what or who he was."

    The 6th, and maybe the best, in the Dave Robicheaux series thus far. Dave is returning from the scene of a particularly gruesome murder of a young prostitute when he pulls over a drunk driver and a series of events are set in motion. The driver, Elrod Sykes, is in New Iberia to star in a Civil War movie. He tells Dave about a skeleton he saw in the Atchafalaya Swamp while filming. The same location where, in 1957, Robicheaux witnessed the killing of a chained black man by two white men. Soon the body of another young woman is found in a barrel. Haunted by the past and confronting the present day apparent serial killing of young prostitutes Dave partners with FBI agent Rosie Gomez to try and apprehend the psycho. Their investigation connects the recent murders to mobster Julie "Baby Feet" Balboni who has a partnership in the movie production. A movie that is bringing a lot of money and jobs to New Iberia. In fact the mayor and the Chamber of Commerce put pressure on the sheriff to try and get Robicheaux ease up on "Baby Feet". There is also the cold case from 1957 that some would prefer remain in the past. Is there a connection between the murder of a black man in 1957 and the serial killing of prostitutes today? One thing is sure ... Dave Robicheaux will not quit the investigation of either.

    Throughout the story Dave is haunted by a series of dreamlike encounters with General John Bell Hood and a troop of Confederate soldiers. What is the meaning behind these dreams? Is there a message? If so what is it? And Dave is not the only character in the story to have encounters with the Confederate dead.

    In previous books in the series Dave struggled with sobriety. Often times having relapses. In this story his sobriety is strong and he works to help Elrod Sykes get sober. They say the key to sobriety is to help another alcoholic and in helping Sykes, Dave has his work cut out for him. At first Sykes is not very likable but this changes as the story progresses.

    I always enjoy the close relationship between Dave and Alafair, his adopted daughter. And of course Tripod, Alafair's three legged pet racoon. The conversations between Dave and Alafair usually add some levity to an otherwise dark story.

  4. says:

    Dave, Dave, Dave. Your moral compass seems to move constantly depending on the circumstances. The inner demons never go away either so you're in a constant battle with yourself. Maybe easing up on yourself would help? Perhaps, but probably not. And how would you do that anyway? A psychiatrist couch? That's not going to happen.

    Thank god for Alafair and Bootsie who help you keep the hands on the moral compass in the green area and out of the red and yellow although sometimes they can't even help you. You can only help yourself and it's a constant battle, we know.

    And if not for these colorful and crooked old classmates of yours, your life would be less eventful but then I could not enjoy the adventure you take me on each reading when I can't turn the pages fast enough.

    Dave, you had multiple storylines this time around; murder you witnessed 30+ years ago; serial killer on the loose; making of a movie about the Civil War; a drunken actor who insists he's seen war torn solders; your own visions; and an old schoolmate and not so upstanding citizen who moved back to New Iberia for the movie. Looks like he may have a monetary interest in the movie as a scam. Plus, Dave, there are a number of secondary storylines such as your new temporay partner from the FBI, Rosie Gomez, who has her own demons and moral compass to contend with.

    On top of all that's going on, you, dear Dave, through your boss, you have to take the heat from the Chamber of Commerce and other local business owner's because these folks are bringing in money from the picture being shot in the area. Morally, who cares that there are mob connections? Or maybe a murderer among them? They're bringing in money. Oh, my, Dave, another moral dilemma, back off or do your job?

    Dave, you've once again taken me on a wild ride and I thank you. Your description of the beautiful and haunting area you live in, only adds to the atmosphere, dark decisioins and mood of In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead. Once again, it's been great.

  5. says:

    The best Dave Robicheaux so far. Almost too much of a good thing. Too much of Dave’s brooding and too much sensory overload in the prose. But too much of good thing is still a lot of a good thing. The plot is bit more of a procedural but the mystery is good, the villain heinous and the magical realism/supernatural elements push this into what it is, a meditation of the south and its history of violence.(Civil war, civil rights era lynchings, and the squalid presence of Angola prison) Great character names in this one(Julie “Babyfeets”Balboni, Cholo Manelli, Doobie Patout, Bootsie, Cherry Leblanc, Dewitt Prejean, Twinky Herbert Lemoyne, Poteet, Alafair, Sam “Hogman”Patin etc.) Both a celebration of southern life and a look at its underbelly of sleaze and violence.

  6. says:

    This is my favorite James Lee Burke novel and the first I ever read. His use of language in this book was wonderful and he never really replicated that in any of his other books. This was made into a very poor movie starring Tommy Lee Jones. it's another example of how films can't capture the language and nuance of the written word. Highly recommended.

  7. says:

    The best written Robicheaux so far, and that is a huge compliment in itself as the series is known for its silky prose. Burke insists on clawing and pounding at the glass ceiling like it is the coffin in which he has been buried alive till it is shattered and he can set the bar higher still. The writing is mesmerizing, picture it as a pristine lake in the midst of a forest fire, it details a decrepit world filled with corruption, mayhem and despair but still retains an innate beauty. Many authors try to give the setting a vibrant personality of its own (George Pelecanos comes to mind, he describes Washington DC in minuscule detail in each of his novels), some succeed but very few do it like Burke. He describes Louisiana like the city was his unrequited first love. The descriptions are beyond vivid, they are intimate portrayals of life in and around the place.

    The plot has more threads than few of the earlier Robicheaux books put together, organized crime, a depraved serial killer and a cold case combine to keep the narrative moving and the tension rising. Robicheaux is an adept cop but he is no Sherlock so the cases are solved in a procedural manner. However unlike other stories of same ilk, here the investigations don't drag, the excellent hard boiled dialogue, an overlooked part of the series keeps the exchanges terse and always a joy to read.

    No crime series has such a rich cast of supporting characters and like most Robicheaux books the best of the bunch is the villain. Julie Balboni, yet another character with ties to Robicheaux's past is the pick of the supporting cast this time round. And there is Robicheaux himself. He matures with every book, he was lost in The Neon Rain, broken in Heaven's Prisoners, grieving in Black Cherry Blues, discovering a sliver of redemption in A Morning for Flamingoes and slowly losing it again in A Stained White Radiance. In this book, he is angry and tired and he is almost on a crusade against a system that does not work. His morality is the first victim to his sense of justice and and indignant rage. This character development (unlike say Harry Bosch who has only been angry for almost 20 books now) keeps the series feel so rich and realistic in spite of the fact that Robicheaux has more close shaves with death in a day than all the inhabitants of an ICU combined.

    There is a mystical/paranormal subplot where Robicheaux sees a dead army Captain (the titular Confederate Dead) that feels strangely out of place in a gritty crime novel. It adds a surreal sheen to the writing but it is integrated only haphazardly and tangentially to the plot. Stylistically the gamble pays off, it adds to the atmosphere but plot wise it becomes a constant distraction. It is the only reason I refuse to give it the perfect rating. Violence and bleakness as always are constant companion to Robicheaux and unless they turn anyone off, all fans of good fiction should give this series a chance. Rating - 4/5.

  8. says:

    James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels are never 'typical' crime novels. First, there's Robicheaux, a disgraced, former NOPD Homicide lieutenant turned sheriff's detective in Iberia Parish. Robicheaux is a good man with a chequered past; a Vietnam veteran and recovering alcoholic who carries traces of post-traumatic stress disorder and an unspecified, but lingering, guilt from the eruption of his parents' marriage, his father's death and his mother's violent murder at the hands of corrupt, NOPD detectives. His background is working class,backwoods, Louisiana Cajun. He's Catholic. He runs a bait shop and bayou cafe when he's not detecting. He has problems with authority, is single-minded in his pursuit of wrongdoers, corporate polluters and the antebellum remnants of the southern ascendancy.Robicheaux, although an essentially good man, has a violent streak. Some of Burke's other novels, like Two for Texas, are historical explorations of the complex forces that combine to make up Robicheaux's contemporary environment; Louisiana's sub-tropical swamplands, struggling to survive against the elements of natural phenomena like hurricanes, corporate greed and pollution and the complicit dealings of corrupt politicians, police and the Mafia.
    Into this milieu in 'In the Electric Mist', he introduces a story about a violent and sexually perverted, serial killer, an alcoholic, Hollywood actor with psychic leanings and a sociopathic, Mafia boss turned film producer. The actor taps in to Robicheaux's own psychic inclinations by introducing him to the ghost of a one legged, one armed, Confederate general who, along with his ragged bunch of soldiers, haunts the swamps around his home.
    Now he's worried it's just a dry drunk dream or living nightmare or has he conscripted into a new struggle with the Confederate dead, to fight the forces of evil, whether corporate, criminal or perverse or combinations thereof, that threaten his life and the lives of those he love as well as the environment they live in?
    I've read everything I could find of James Lee Burke's and I'm a fan.

  9. says:

    1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

    Stereotypes and tropes galore, I could not wait to leave the southern Louisiana town full of hatred, vitriol, racisim, bigotry, sexism, and where ignorance in general just runs amuck. There was no enjoyment to be found spending literary time in a shoddy place full of weak, despicable people. Not even the paranormal ghost story element could save this one for me, which is normally a fictional favorite for me.

    If it had not been a selection for a local book club, it would have been DNF'd early on, easily and without regret. I never became invested in any of the characters and found almost every character to be dislikeable. To be fair, this was the first book for me in this series, so maybe those that have read the others will have more of an attachment to the characters. I dislike reading a series out of order, but again, it was chosen for a local book club.

    I will say the author developed the characters enough for me to detest spending time with them, which requires more skill than poor characterization with flat, cardboard cut-outs, for which you feel nothing. I'd be open to reading something else by him, but have no inclination to pick up anything else from this particular series.


    Favorite Quote: Maybe we have so much collective guilt as a society that we fear to punish our individual members.

    First Sentence: The sky had gone black at sunset, and the storm had churned inland from the Gulf and drenched New Iberia and littered East Main with leaves and tree branches from the long canopy of oaks that covered the street from the old brick post office to the drawbridge over bayou Teche at the edge of town.

  10. says:

    A convoluted, almost hallucinogenic tale involving a drug-lord, movie-making in the Louisiana swamps and a Confederate army officer who appears to our hero at odd times - or does he?