Dixie City Jam (Dave Robicheaux Series #7)

Dixie City Jam (Dave Robicheaux Series #7)

by James Lee Burke

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Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780786889006
Publisher: Hachette Books
Publication date: 08/28/1995
Series: Dave Robicheaux Series , #7
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 512
Sales rank: 82,081
Product dimensions: 4.12(w) x 6.75(h) x 1.12(d)
Age Range: 13 - 18 Years

About the Author

James 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.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. 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. 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 for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.

Hometown:

New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas

Education:

B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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At the top of his form in Dixie City Jam, a dandy read.

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Dixie City Jam 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Lachanvar More than 1 year ago
The evident joy Burke takes in words, his delight in vicious villains, his brooding sense of place and history -- all combine here to stir up a genuine thriller. Beyond that, there's a certain symmetry to the story that only becomes evident well into the telling. The characters are, as is the case with all his books, simultaneously delicious and outrageous; completely unforgettable. His later preoccupation with psychological underpinning for aberrant behavior is not as evident here, but there are Jungian clouds on the horizon and again, as always, a soft Catholicism lurking in the shadows of the bayou.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Classic JLB. Vivid imagery, exploding prose, and inspiring characters. Tightly written story with a hot boudin flavor.
Anonymous 15 days ago
The story was pretty good. The narration was pretty good but mispronounced a few words such as Metairie. What I found most disappointing was the un-necessary interjection of liberal politics. I read to escape exposure to that insanity.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
regional+dialogue+confusing%2C+constipated+sentences%2C+thin+plot.++how+does+this+author+even+get+published%3F++
Joles on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
I highly enjoyed this book. Between its setting in the jazz city of New Orleans and the washing up of a submarine the action is intense at times while reflective at others. It is a quirky kind of book, but I would definitely read it again.
mazda502001 on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
This is the 7th in the Robicheaux series and once again Burke delivers a good story. I love his descriptions of New Orleans and Louisiana - you can almost feel the heat and sweat.Back Cover Blurb: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 Iberia Sheriff's office has known of 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.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.
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Clete Purcell goes off the beam in this one (and no! he doesn't do it everfy book), as Dave and he investigate what is so important nationally and inmternationally about a Nazi sub burfied off the coast of Louisiana, a leftoverf from the brfigade blockers the Nazi's sent here to destroy our war production.
JBreedlove on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Dave Robicheaux takes on some Nazis in what is not his best but still is another page turner by Burke. Reading this one there were some obvious gaps in logic by some of the characters. A beautiful nun? Where was Batiste the whole time and other. But, still a good Robicheaux novel with action and well written descriptive paragraphs.
merrycoz More than 1 year ago
I'd been trying to remember which Robicheaux novel was such a perfect balance of style and story that I wished I owned it. (I read the library copies of the first few Robicheaux books.) Unfortunately, it wasn't the wonderfully titled In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead. It was this one! (Unfortunately, the ebook was riddled with inaccuracies; it was evidently scanned and poorly proofed, with odd punctuation popping up in unexpected spots. "Alf" is "Alt" a few places, and "corner" is almost always "comer." This kind of lousy editing is an insult to a wonderful writer.) I'd forgotten the plot, which involves the search for a Nazi submarine sunk off the coast of Louisiana. The moments when Dave sees the sub while diving are genuinely creepy. So is the villain, who appears and vanishes like a ghost, terrorizing Dave and Bootsie. The villain is a bit overdone, but the overdone-ness seemed in keeping with the extravagant plot of the search for the Nazi sub. Burke's writing is smooth and descriptive; the landscape is vivid and wonderful (though I'm not used to red fireflies and purple trumpet vine). One thing that's enjoyable about the books is that Burke creates vivid secondary characters. The new characters in each book feel complex and real, even if they're gangsters of a type we see again and again. This time Burke includes a fundamentalist preacher who doesn't becme a stereotype, and a young man trying to prove himself as an adult. The ending of the book is ... hokey. But it's warm and touching and provides a contrast with the ideal world of the book's villains, which may be one reason I remembered this book with fondness, even though I couldn't remember the title. I'm glad I found the book again. It was worth the search.
SlapShot62 More than 1 year ago
This is more like a 2.5 star book. I love Burke and this series and am reading them in order. All have been very good to great so far, but this one is a step or two backwards. The writing is vivid as usual and the characters are always excellent and deep. The plot on this one, along with the subplots, just seem all over the map all the way through. Sometimes that works out fine and sometimes not so much. Dixie City Jam - not so much. I'll stay with the author and series and you should as well. Just don't expect much from this particular novel.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is the second James Lee Burke novel I have read.I enjoyed the first one. I found this one hard to keep up with the plot and subplots and just difficult to read.The only think that kept me in the book was that I know the setting very well and well I hate to give up on a book.
JDubWB More than 1 year ago
Even though Burke isn't new, he's new to me and has immediately become a favorite. The biggest reason is that he is so literate. This guy can just flat out write. Witty, sarcastic, lucid, philosphical, descriptive. What more could you want from a novelist. You can taste and smell Louisiana. You gain an appreciation for the people an the culture (the good, the bad and the ugly). If you like crime novels Burke is the one. If you enjoy stories about people and human nature, Burke is the one. Buy 'em all!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
It's really interesting to have the characters come to life. Although I've read 15 of Burke's books having Will Patton narrating brings the words to life. Typical plot and cast of characters in this book which is why I bought it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago