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James Lee Burke
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Dixie City Jam (Dave Robicheaux #7)

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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 col

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Published March 1st 2004 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published January 1st 1994)
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Cathy DuPont
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 careful
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I 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
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 ...more
I listen to this series because I enjoy the atmosphere and writing though sometimes the violence and sheer evil of the some of the villains are almost too much. The plot in this entry had quite a bit going on between the Nazi sub, the vigilante killings, and the organized crime angle but everything was well handled. Listened to the audio version read by Mark Hammer whose voice is perfect for Dave.
Mike Hovis
I cease to be amazed at what a great writer James Lee Burke is. I love his descriptions of places and situations. His use of language is wonderful. He often challenges my vocabulary, and I like that.

Dixie City Jam is not the best of the Dave Robicheaux series, but it is a good book. The enemy, Buchalter, is a bit unbelievable. Also the relationship between the fake nun and Bootsie could have been explored more in depth. But we do get to see a lot of Cletus Percell in the book, and Cletus is a f
Kristen Heitzmann
Another reviewer said the events in this story were not believable. The contract a reader makes with a writer we like is to suspend disbelief. The author's obligation is to make that suspended disbelief seem real or else be so enjoyable we accept it anyway. Sadly in this book after six amazing stories, Burke barely manages to carry the plot through. Worse by far, he makes his admirable characters into caricatures that suffer from stupidity, ineptitude, and such bland performance the book became ...more
A very typical Dave Robicheaux but somehow the one that I'v enjoyed most. He does adversarially edgy dialogue and an atmosphere of desperate brutality so well. Not to mention the New Orleans flavor!
Dave Robicheaux, as a kid, finds a Nazi sub buried in the water off the Louisiana coast. Years later when he is in the sherif's department he is caught between two groups that want the sub: A Jewish man and Will Buchalter, a Nazi psychopath. Will threatens Bootsie, Dave's wife. In fear she starts to drink. Cleatis, Dave's friend, is also in trouble with everyone and is threaten with death. Dave has to save the people near him, while preventing Will and his sister from killing more people.
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No one is better at describing people than J.L. Burke. This book was just outstanding
Oh, what to do.... I like Burke's writing, but the sustained darkness and Southern stereotypes is unrelenting and his stories - as I read his Robicheaux series straight through - are a bit repetitive and, at times, over the top. Like this one. German sub. Hum... in reality there could be one in the water off-shore. But would this really provoke so much evil, criminal activity and violence?

Batist is the too-obvious plot set up at the beginning of this book to motivate why Robicheaux would contin
I've always been a huge fan of James Lee Burke. I just love the feeling I get of being swept away down south into the world of Louisiana and New Orleans and the vivid picture he paints of the places and people in his books. Burke's writing is always so descriptive, down to the leaves on a tree and this always adds such a great extra element to his stories and enhances your whole reading experience.

I always get mixed feelings when reading one of Burke's books, and this one was no exception. I gra
There are bad people in this world and then there are really bad (evil) people. This mystery is about evil people.

Dave Robicheaux is a former New Orleans copy who is now a sheriff deputy and bait shop owner. He's been asked to find an old sunken German WWII submarine that is off the Louisiana coast. But,he's not the only one looking for it. A neo-Nazi, a New Orleans jewish businessman/gangster, and a televangelist are after it as well. In addition there are vigilante killings in the projects of
Donna Davis
James Lee Burke thinks that humanity is inherently bad, and that Judas Iscariot is us. I disagree with him, but I loved this book. It is one wild, hyper-literate, frenzied yet introspective, violent romp. Where else you gonna get that, mon?

Yes, Clete Purcel, absent from Robicheaux #6, is back, and in fine form. Purcel refers to himself and our protagonist as "The Bobbsey Twins" (an archaic reference for those of you younger than 45), and it seems to me that it fits. When Purcel misbehaves, Robic
Dixie City Jam is the 7th book in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series - I'm still catching up, as he's written at least that many more since "Dixie City Jam".

If you like Dave Robicheaux and the world in which he lives, you will love this book. Typical vivid descriptions of the scenery, and of the colorful characters that make up his southern Louisiana world. To me, Burke's work reads like an awkward love letter to New Orleans and New Iberia - he spends a lot of time describing their flaws a
It's too bad, really. I find Burke's writing engaging and his storytelling complex and satisfying. The style of writing in the Robicheaux books seems to fit the character perfectly - the matter-of-factness, the description, the somewhat taciturn presentation. I like Dave's strong, but damaged personality. I like other characters and Burke brings most of them to life. I can almost see and smell and taste New Orleans in these books, even though I have never been there. But the vulgarity is just to ...more
Burke does everything right, so it is hard to find the words to praise his work. Brilliant, powerful with a style all his own...raw around the edges....This was a Dave Robicheaux book. Number seven in the series.Dave and his buddy Clete live and fight the bad fight in Louisiana. Dave with the sheriff's and Clete a private eye. Dave plays by the rules while Clete doesn't hear the rules. In this story Dave is looking for a sunken German submarine.He soon finds he is not the only one searching.The ...more
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.

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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 teenage
Rebecca Martin
I generally like or even really, really like Burke's novels, but this one was just too over-the-top for me to find it believable. Though I imagine that the German submarine incident that Burke writes about here did occur, the rest of the plot is sooooooo gothic that it's ridiculous. The characters are such caricatures--and their activities so extreme and ludicrous--that I just could not for one moment believe in them or in the plot. And what's the deal with bringing together the criminal interes ...more
Greer Andjanetta
A more appropriate rating for this book would be 3.5 as it is mildly interesting but far too wordy in too many places. It describes the sordid and unpleasant existence of non-affluent people in Louisiana in the context of a search for a sunken German submarine off the coast of New Orleans plus an almost incidental series of murders in the area. A somewhat confused story, one I was glad to put behind me.
Gifted crime novelist. Funny, sometimes harsh world view honed by military service followed by a lifetime of police work, Dave Robicheaux is the man who sees it all and tries to avert the worst of it with the help of his former partner Clete Purcel. The imagery of the bayou, the gift of capturing real conversation and clever plot lines combined with literary grace is the mark of David Lee Burke.
I like James Lee Burke's writing and his imperfect protagonist Dave Robicheaux, but I can't help notice the little things he gets wrong. For instance, no one owns an air conditioner, and you can drive between New Iberia and New Orleans in less time than it takes to eat lunch. It's not because Burke doesn't now any better, as he's from here, but I suspect because he's writing to an audience that expects certain stereotypes from southern settings. Still, I like hardboiled detective stories and I l ...more
Carol Flatten
James Lee Burke is a great writer for this genre. He keeps you in suspense as to who the real villain is right to the end. This one is no exception. The settings in New Iberia, New Orleans and surrounding areas are very accurately pictured and his characters are nicely developed. If you are looking for a good detective/mystery story, this is an exceptional one.
Rich Durkee
Lots of wonderful descriptions and many colorful characters to go along with an interesting plot make this book a great read. Tons of uses of the f word, most of which is totally unnecessary, make this author and others look childish. Too bad.
Book 7 in the great Dave Robicheaux series. This time Dave is up to his neck in it with Neo-Nazis and Mafia mobmen. Throw in the ritual killings of black drug dealers in the projects and the appearance of Dave's old buddy Clete Purcell (one of the all time great sidekicks) and you have another fine book from James Lee Burke.

All the usual stuff is here, Dave trying to lead an ordinary life with his family but trouble finding him like iron fillings to a magnet, a whole nest of deranged psychos and
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Mike Eckhardt
I love Burke but Robicheaux #5 #6 & #7 seem to be a bit of a low point for the series. He probably could have shaved 100 pages out of this one but the epilogue is beautiful and the follow up, Burning Angel (#8), is fantastic.
Chris Cook
Dave Robicheaux is my kinda guy. I just really enjoy these books. Wished they translated into a good feature film.
This book is pretty good...just have to get past all the Nazis.
Love Cajun Louisiana and the Gulf Coast. Don't know if I'll ever eat oysters on the half shell or go to the alligator races in the Teche in New Iberia, eat fried oysters in Riverside Grill in Lafayette or ride the streetcars and roam the streets of the Garden District or the Quarter ever again without seeing the characters from these books. Kind of scary--even the cops and former cops are a bit worrisome. Oh, well, can't help loving it there but think I'll stay a tourist and watch lovingly and l ...more
Bonnie Irwin
This one kept me guessing with all its twists and turns. Once again, our protagonist was tempted to go down a dark road, but kept his wits about him.
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James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.

Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving
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