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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
Jul 30, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
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 investi ...more
Aug 09, 2013 Harry rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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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
Apr 24, 2016 mark rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: progressives, millennials, crime fiction fans
This book is about human cruelty and degradation, friendship, and rain and sky. It takes place in and around New Orleans in the early 90’s. The protagonist, Dave Robicheaux, is a member of the police, a detective, and an alcoholic in The Program (Alcoholics Anonymous.) He’s 55, lives with his wife, his childhood squeeze, runs a little fishing shack on the Gulf, and has in his orbit, a gaggle of sidekicks – family and co-workers. He’s hunting down a lunatic, sadist, neo-Nazi, psychopath, who is i ...more
May 05, 2011 Marvin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 06, 2016 Havers rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
„Mississippi Jam“ (Original: Dixie City Jam, 1994), eines der früheren Bücher aus der mittlerweile zwanzigbändigen Robicheaux-Reihe des Südstaaten-Autors James Lee Burke. In der Übersetzung von Jürgen Bürger. Erschienen bei Pendragon.

Was hat ein gesunkenes U-Boot der Nazis vor der Küste Louisianas zu suchen? Warum haben plötzlich dubiose Geschäftemacher Interesse an dem Wrack? Und vor allem, was hat Dave Robicheaux damit zu schaffen? Ganz einfach - einer der Interessenten ist Hippo Bimstine, und
Luca Lesi
Oct 19, 2016 Luca Lesi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Non c'è niente di facile nella vita. E però, come dicono, questa vita è un casino, ma nella tomba ci si rimane di più.
Sono giunto al settimo volume della serie di Dave Robicheaux creata da James Lee Burke e, a parte Piccola notte Cajun, tutti i libri meritano 4 stelle.
Da Pioggia al Neon a L'occhio del Ciclone, una sequenza di romanzi tra il noir e il poliziesco, godibilissimi, uno stile unico, ambientazioni straordinarie e quella capacità di far amare un protagonista con la sua forza e le sue d
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 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
Apr 29, 2015 Mike Hovis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Michael Altman
Jan 04, 2016 Michael Altman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read nine of James Lee Burke's mysteries featuring Dave Robicheaux and each one, while leaning on the histories of the previous works still manages to come at the reader in a unique and extremely interesting plot....Some characters remain, book to book, but each seems to grow in the details of the new cases that are presented.

Still, one of my favorite aspects of the series is the relationship between Dave and his adopted daughter, Alifair, as with each new book they both grow older togeth
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
Jan 05, 2016 Mark rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I hate to give this book a sub-par grade since I'm a huge fan of this series, but the author has set the bar so high with previous novels that readers should expect some consistency. The plot is promising; Robicheaux knows of a sunken German WWII submarine in the Gulf, one he found in his youth and has relocated on other dives as an adult. (This is not entirely fictitious. In 2001, the U-166 sub was found in the Gulf, having been sunk in 1942). When word of the discovery leaks out, a neo-Nazi ps ...more
Dec 28, 2009 Sarah rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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!
Nov 08, 2014 Joan rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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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May 12, 2010 Burt rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
No one is better at describing people than J.L. Burke. This book was just outstanding
Roger Verstraete
Feb 06, 2016 Roger Verstraete rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: j-l-burke
Dave Robicheaux: The author’s recurring homicide detective. He once worked for the New Orleans Police Department, but is currently a deputy sheriff in New Iberia, Louisiana. He is a Vietnam War veteran, and suffers from war demons and alcoholism. His first wife was murdered. His current wife, Bootsie, suffers from lupus.
Hippo Bimstine: rich drugstore owner
Nate Baxter: Corrupt NOPD police officer and racist.
Lucinda Bergeron: police officer
Will Buckhalter: A Psychopath interested in a s
I was looking for something to read so one day I found this book at goodwill three novels from James Lee Burke. I started out not sure I really wanted to read it it's like a 20 book mystery series the protagonist is Detective Dave Robicheaux. It's base out of New orleans so it had a lot of southern talk which is a lot different than anything I've read. I found it interesting and the write develops his surroundings and characters so you feel that you know them.

I will read more from this author!
Feb 22, 2012 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: zz2012-read
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
Oct 19, 2013 Andrew rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Nov 27, 2015 Nancy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: mystery
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
Apr 25, 2015 Carol rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
May 20, 2010 Barbra rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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 teenage
Richard Becker
Apr 08, 2016 Richard Becker rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: dave-robicheaux
I read this on the way to New Orleans for a vacation. I thought that I would get in the atmosphere for the trip. It was an enjoyable book with a good atmosphere and an enjoyable cast of characters to follow. Nice and suspenseful lightened with the give and take of the locals. Robichaux is tough, but kindhearted.
I also enjoyed the Nazi angle and the archaeological part.

I like his style of writing, but not as much as his daughter's .
Pat Roberts
Feb 16, 2016 Pat Roberts rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
This book was in the bag of freebies given to me by a friend who works at the library. I was kind of in the mood for a mystery/thriller and the true fact that German submarines had actually parked themselves in the Gulf of Mexico druing WWII sounded interesting.. But nothing much was done with that fact. Way too much time was spent on screwball characters, intense violence, and a heap of loose plots. I wouldn't read another one by this author.
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
Dec 08, 2015 Diogenes rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
4.5 stars : Spellbinding in the beauty of its prose, flawless in the painting of its characters and horrific in the precision of its description of the darkness of evil, Burke writes with such complexity and yet simplicity that one can reread these again every few years and be just as dazzled as the first time. The Robicheaux books present a dilemma: to continue on non-stop to find what happens next and to savor it and make it last as long as possible.
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.
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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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