Dixie City Jam (Dave Robicheaux Series #7)by James Lee Burke, Will Patton
The search for a forgotten Nazi submarine sunk off the coast of New Orleans stirs up old hatreds submerged for just as long, in a brilliant new book by Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke. With Dixie City Jam, the writer USA Today called "the Grisham Alternative" enters the front ranks of contemporary fiction writers . . . and mainstream bestsellers. They're out there,… See more details below
The search for a forgotten Nazi submarine sunk off the coast of New Orleans stirs up old hatreds submerged for just as long, in a brilliant new book by Edgar Award winner James Lee Burke. With Dixie City Jam, the writer USA Today called "the Grisham Alternative" enters the front ranks of contemporary fiction writers . . . and mainstream bestsellers. They're out there, under the salt - the bodies of German seamen who used to lie in wait at the mouth of the Mississippi for unescorted American tankers sailing from the oil refineries of Baton Rouge out into the Gulf of Mexico. As a child, Dave Robicheaux had been haunted by the sailors' images; then, as a young college student, he'd accidentally discovered one of their subs while scuba diving. Years later, in a New Orleans populated by desperate hustlers and millennium-watchers of all stripes, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax. American crime fiction's "finest prose stylist" (Los Angeles Times) is at the peak of his powers in Dixie City Jam as he looks long and deep into the human heart of darkness.
Burke's in top form here.... He evokes the rank, steamy, decaying beauty of New Orleans and evirons better than anyone. Each chapter leaves you panting."San Jose Mercury News"
[Burke is] at the top of his form in DIXIE CITY JAM. A dandy read."Tony Hillerman
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Meet 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.
- New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana
- Date of Birth:
- December 5, 1936
- Place of Birth:
- Houston, Texas
- B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960
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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.
Classic JLB. Vivid imagery, exploding prose, and inspiring characters. Tightly written story with a hot boudin flavor.
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.
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.
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!
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.