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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.
Detective Dave Robicheaux confronts his most fearsome enemy, neo-Nazi Will Buchalter, and, before their face-off is finished, Robicheaux's wife is stalked, a Mafia war explodes, and an interdepartmental struggle sears the police force.
Posted June 10, 2008
Posted November 6, 2012
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted October 26, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted August 29, 2009
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!
Posted June 29, 2009
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.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted February 23, 2009
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.
Posted April 20, 2009
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