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As A Child He Was Frightened By The StoriesIt 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 GraveAnd Now He Must Face The Terrible RealityBut 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 TalkJames 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

10 thoughts on “Dixie City Jam

  1. says:

    I have to say that James Lee Burke is the best mystery writer today I m so hooked on his Dave Robicheaux series that I can t read it fast enough His writing is phenomenal and I can t say it enough.

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    If this book was a truck, it would be a heavy duty Ford able to pull a submarine out of the water As number seven in the Dave Robicheaux series, this book, I believe, was the best one yet and that s saying a lot since I ve given them all four or five stars I don t give out five stars easily Happy that I started with book number one because it lays out the development of Robicheaux otherwise I might think the guy is just simply crazy He is certainly prone to violence but doles it out carefully When presented with violence he doesn t sidestep it except when it s to his benefit, however his ex New Orleans PD partner Cletus Purcel barrels right into it like a bull in a China shop.If reading about violence and unseemly characters bothers you, pass this book up The word unseemly isn t strong enough because the main villain is simply evil and Burke s description of him in some passages was downright scary I m not the sensitive sort either The villain and there are a few is a neo Nazi, known worldwide however has avoided capture Some passages just made me uneasy and I know it s a book Burke s writing style is lyrical, singsong in some passages I love his command of the English language In my opinion it is well earned since his degree is in English and he was a college professor of English and creative writing I m drawn towards authors with similar backgrounds and Robert B Parker comes to mind Such writers know how to structure sentences and bring life to the English language for the reader I was struck by the sensuously written love scenes Burke s writing evokes the tenderness or sadness of Dave s feeling at the time They were just lovely passages and some I re read because they were so beautifully written While some readers may find his description of the scenery of southern Louisiana tiresome, I never tire of reading the color of the sun coming up, bouncing off the curtains, or the sky s brightness and when I said lyrical, I m speaking mostly of those passages After Burke s description after a rain you can almost feel the dampness on your arms Burke uses figures of speech in clever ways to draw the reader into the character or scene so the reader feels they re a fly on the wall eavesdropping He brings the events and characters to life for the reader.Clete plays an important role in the plot which had a number of subplots related both closely and peripherally to the main plot, that being the sinking and location of a Nazi submarine off the coast of Louisiana The characters were numerous but all drawn so clearly by Burke that you did not need to make a special effort to remember them Although published in 1994, Burke used the book to make social commentary with references to a national right wing radio personality the homeless, poverty and a number of other issues in the national dialog we read about daily Dixie City Jam was one of those books I had a very hard time putting down.Wanting to savor the series, I chose to read a Dave Robicheaux book every two months or so I want them to last I like that feeling that I m going home when I begin a new one and want that feeling to be drawn out as long as possible Savoring my Robicheaux binge, I know.

  3. says:

    Obviously, not one of my favorites in the series.

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    This is the 7th installment in the Dave Robicheaux series As usual James Lee Burke spins a great story around a colorful cast of characters For those not familiar with Dave Robicheaux he is a former homicide detective with the New Orleans Police Department Dave is now a detective with New Iberia Sheriff s Office and also owns a bait and boat rental business He is also a recovering alcoholic and Vietnam War vet Dave s partner when he was with the NOPD, Cletus Purcel, is now a private investigator Clete s one man war against the mob will have you laughing It was great to see him back I would love to say but that would spoil things Suffice it to say don t let Clete near any heavy equipment.In Burke s last novel, In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead, the author created a story that touched on the Civil War In this outing the story reminds us of World War II and Nazi Germany Somewhere in the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast, there is a sunken German U boat Dave Robicheaux encountered it once when he was a teenager and scuba diving Now decades later he is being pressured to find the sub so that it can be salvaged Dave finds himself in the midst of a powerful Jewish activist who wants the sub raised, a neo Nazi psychopath named Will Buchalte, a black woman cop dealing with gender bias in the workplace and her teenage son, ritual killings, and of course various mob figures This time though the case hits close to home Too close His wife, Bootsie, is threatened and she seeks relief in drink Dave wants to help but he knows she will have to find her own bottom first before she can begin recovery.James Lee Burke is a master story teller This is a story about hate crimes The characters in the story are colorful but they are not pretty For the most part they are either the underbelly of society or the members of law enforcement who have to deal with them on a daily basis The story serves to remind us that although World War II is over the war against hate crimes isn t.

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    Book ReviewI suspect I have an edge as compared to most Burke fans I have resided in the French Quarter so aptly described in the Burke novels I ve seen corruption and the broken infrastructure pre Katrina , smelled the molded heat lifting up from the pavement after a roaring rain, have had my shirt cling to my skin within two minutes of stepping outdoors, choked on the heat surrounding me, a humidity that I could carve with a steak knife I ve seen the above ground cemetery s filled with the bones of history, the languid Spanish moss like many umbrellas above your head, the levees we call them dikes in Holland , the degradation of Bourbon street and Mardi Gras, exotic voodoo parlors, experienced the aura of supernatural practices that bely the belly fat of the city I ve tasted the breeze blowing off Lake Pontchartrain and the Gulf, and spent many a morning sipping coffee and writing in journals in Cafe Du Monde To this day, I always have a canister of Cafe Du Monde coffee in my cupboard, it s distinct flavor reminding me of my exotic and bohemian New Orleans.Here s a personal story that may give you a view into corruption New Orleans style I lived in a studio off Esplanade Avenue One day, arriving home I noticed ambulances and police cruisers blocking the street before a small convenience store across the street I walked up to the first floor and sat down on my patio to watch the action taking place, smoked a cigarette and mused at the scene before me Later, watching the news, I was floored by the actual events that had apparently taken place across the street Turns out that a female police officer, off work, robbed the convenience store and killed the proprietor Unknown to her, the man s son had observed everything from a small alcove in the back The remarkable thing was this after robbing the store, the police officer returned to the police station, donned her gear, and answered the call to her own robbery Justice is not blind though The kid recognized her as she was investigating the scene and she was ultimately convicted of the crime.In Dixie City Jam,Burke s 7th Robicheax novel, we find a sober Dave with the wheels of alcoholism giving our anti hero an unexpected but sorrowful reprieve from temptation For readers of this series, we sort of expect the constant snake s head of alcoholism to tempt Dave, to rob him of all breath, and reclaim his weak and addictive soul Will he again succumb to the bottle, as he has done in previous novels, one asks I don t remark on plot But, suffice it to say that just this once, Dave Robicheaux has the unexpected opportunity to observe his addiction manifested in another, someone close to him.The settings, their descriptions, the imagination of the reader even if they haven t been to Louisiana are set afire with Burke s prose My friend Cathy described this author s prose as causing her to pause just to savor a particular sentence Here we see the genre transcending itself and moving to literature These morsels spread across each page are what gives us the pleasure we as readers should expect There s never too much of it, his style doesn t overpower the plot In particular, I noticed in this novel Burke s unique love scenes written unlike any love scene I ve ever read though they are brief It makes you think, who is this man, James Lee Burke Perhaps his wife of 48 years can answer that question.Only Burke can infuse an American crime novel with Nazism, racism, the mob, police corruption, religious fundamentalism, submarines, a serial killer, contract killings, alcoholism, and city politics and have it read as effortlessly as drinking a cup of coffee One never tires of the effeminate literati sprinkled throughout the novel, islands of reprieve from the horrors that take place elsewhere This is a superb addition to the Dave Robicheaux series Series ReviewJames Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas Louisiana gulf coast He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B A Degree in English and an M A from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U S Job Corps.He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children Jim Jr., an assistant U.S Attorney Andree, a school psychologist Pamala, a T V ad producer and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review And, in case you re a write and often get discouraged, listen to Burke when he says My advice is to never lose faith in one s gift and to never quit An artist must ignore the naysayers and not be discouraged by rejection and never, under any circumstances, give up submitting one s work His novel The Lost Get Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated.Has he won any awards In 1988 James Lee Burke Burke was awarded a John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction 1 Burke received the 2002 Louisiana Writer Award for his enduring contribution to the literary intellectual heritage of Louisiana The award was presented to him by then Lt Governor of Louisiana, Kathleen Blanco, on November 2, 2002, at a ceremony held at the inaugural Louisiana Book Festival in Baton Rouge, LA James Lee Burke has been recognized three times by the Mystery Writers of America MWA The MWA awarded its Edgar Allan Poe Award for Best Novel of the year in 1990 for Black Cherry Blues In 1998 the MWA again awarded its Edgar for Best Novel of the year for Burke s Cimarron Rose Then in 2009 James Lee Burke received the MWA s Grand Master Award It is rare for a mystery novelist to win both an Edgar Edgar Allen Poe Award and a Guggenheim Fellowship.Which of JLB s books have been made into movies TWO FOR TEXAS starring Kris Kristofferson and Tom Skerrit was produced by TNT HEAVEN S PRISONERS starred Alec Baldwin, Terri Hatcher, Kelly Lynch, Eric Roberts and Mary Stuart Masterson IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD, starring Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman and Mary Steenburgen.What else is on the horizon for the Dave Robicheaux series After two so so attempts to adapt James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux terrific mystery novel series into features, the New Orleans based crime saga is being redrawn for cable TV Fox based producer Hutch Parker has optioned Burke s books and is packaging the series After how well FX and Graham Yost did with El Leonard s U.S Marshal Raylan Givens character in the series Justified, cable sounds like just the place for Robicheaux if you re still a believer in cable personally, I think cable is so 20th century and I would guess it won t be around in ten years given Netflix and Hulu s move as of late into developing their own exclusive series I ve been seriously considering shutting down cable Primarily known for his Dave Robicheaux series with his Billy Bob Holland series rapidly catching up , Burke is known for marrying literature with crime fiction while simultaneously standing at the forefront of crime fiction authors with his second to none character development across a series In case you haven t noticed, there s a marked increase in regional crime fiction of which Burke is a pioneer for example the Cork O Connor series set in Minnesota, or the Walt Longmire series set in Wyoming In this series, Burke exposes America to Louisiana and specifically to New Orleans and New Iberia Having traveled quite a bit both within the United States as well as outside of it, it is my opinion that Louisiana is one of those states that most resembles a foreign country Its French ancestry, its Napoleonic law, its parishes, and its Creole and Cajun population infuse this series with a decidedly exotic slant, a perspective that is really driven home when one listens to a competent audio book reading preferably read by Mark Hammer.Every novel in this series delves into moral uncertainty, the menace of uncontrolled human behavior, greed and sloth and violence all delivered via a careful juxtaposition of Louisiana s coastal natural beautfy and its dark underbelly If that were all there is to this series, it would be a fabulous read But, Burke doesn t stop there His novels are a study into the deep recesses of love and loyalty Of family and compassion and in this sense his resembles the work of William Kent Krueger who explores a similar vein in his crime series featuring Sherriff Cork O Connor It is James Lee Burke who stands out as one of the true pioneers in American crime fiction much as his counterparts do by rote in Scandinavia by seriving up a devastating expose of the sociopolitical issues that exist in our nation today, and specifically within the region for which he writes.Unlike Craig Johnson s Walt Longmire series, who delivers a hero rather than an anti hero to the delight of his romantic literature fans , Burke has engaged the help of a decidedly flawed anti hero, Dave Robicheaux, to accomplish his mission on earth It is a calculated move that allows his readers to experience a harrowing journey through the former Napoleonic waters of New Iberia and New Orleans You will not be disappointed and if you re like me New Orleans and its French Quarter is a former home of mine , you will find yourself willfully putting the book downnot because the book s no good, but because it s so good you will want to savor every moment.

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    James Lee Burke is an especially fluid and descriptive writer Dixie City Jam is loaded with wonderful phrasing and exquisite descriptions Being a mystery thriller, it is also full of action and lively characters that intrigues the reader Burke doesn t seem to know how to write a one dimensional character Even the most minor ones are many layered and full of surprises On top of this, add a close and personal knowledge of the Louisiana delta and New Orleans The only other writer I can think of that brings this type of cultural intimacy to the literary thriller is Tony Hillerman in his Navajo mysteries Dixie City Jam is the seventh book in the series that feature police officer David Robicheaux The nominal plot features a Nazi submarine sunk off of the Louisiana coast and a group of seedy people who want Robicheaux s help in recovering it But this is a bit of a MacGuffin , as Hitchcock would say The true interest is in the complex relationship of persons as far afield as crooked detectives to Irish gangsters to psychotic Nazis The novel is a melting pot of ethnic angst and corrupt dreams I was thoroughly entranced with this novel and will no doubt devour the entire series Four and a half stars.

  7. says:

    David Robicheaux knows where a Nazi submarine was sunk off the Louisiana coast during World War II Soon two criminal outfits and a Neo Nazi group are threatening and harassing him along with his family and friends He must battle the evil forces to protect his loved ones.

  8. says:

    This has been the hardest book of the series to read and yet I am still plugging away at it.I definitely felt the ending made up for the slow pace Well worth reading.

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    In this installment Robicheaux draws the ire of Neo Nazis as he is tasked with salvaging a World War II German submarine to pay off a debt Dixie City Jam is much action packed than its immediate predecessor, the comparatively contemplative In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead The plot as always in the Robicheaux series is a vortex that pulls the reader in and throws him in the midst of the criminal underbelly of Louisiana.Burke is the best all round crime writer and there is something in here for everyone Be enad with the lyrical descriptions of New Orleans be assailed by the biting dialogue that aims to shock be immersed in Robicheaux s ruminations about the justice system, morality, sin and everything in between or be awed by characters that are vibrant and vicious but never vapid.Robicheaux remains the rock that holds all the plot tangents together Burke does not gloss over his lead s potential for violence What keeps Robicheaux in line is not restraint or righteousness but a fear that if he succumbs to the temptation of giving in to reciprocating the violence, he is going to lose something intangible but vital These little touches make him humane and even readers who can t love him or the series like I do can surely find something to respect here.The books in this series are filled with unsavory characters but Burke manages to distinguish each of them He does not offer them anything as facile as sympathy but instead he gives the reader an understanding how they ended up where they did The main antagonist is the notable exception, not because Burke could not make him three dimensional He had done it many times before, but he wanted an antagonist that is probably the most frightening and deranged the series had seen so far.The excessive violence in Dixie City Jam stretched my believability and there are plot points which are verbatim re runs of previous books It is not done badly but they have been done equally well before Robicheaux s family walking into the firing line was done to shocking effect in Heaven s Prisoners while Clete Purcell coming in for the last minute save is a tradition going on from Black Cherry Blues They are only minor criticisms that might not even be noticed by a reader whose first exposure to Robicheaux is Dixie City Jam.Burke creates a world where decency is disintegrating and every character s conscience is corruptible So sometimes the violence reaches unsettling levels while the bleakness and decadence makes you feel powerless If you can look past that I implore all admirers of good writing to check this out Rating 4 5.

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    Dave Robicheaux is hunting a fanatical Nazi fanatic who is after the supposed treasure in a sunken WW2 u boat As usual, there is a lot of gratuitous violence, a great deal perpetrated by Clete Purcell A fast paced novel with great descriptions of the Louisianna coast and enough action for everyone.