L'occhio del ciclone
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L'occhio del ciclone (Dave Robicheaux #6)

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Le indagini, mai lineari e prevedibili, condotte dal detective di New Iberia Dave Robicheaux, lo portano spesso a percorrere piste tortuose ed enigmatiche. Anche questa volta la regola non viene smentita: cercando di collegare l’omicidio di una giovane donna selvaggiamente picchiata al ritorno in città di un pericoloso criminale, Baby Feet Balboni, il protagonista si trove...more
Hardcover, Collezione vintage, 384 pages
Published 2009 by Fanucci (first published 1993)
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Cher
1.5 stars - I didn't like it.

Stereotypes and tropes galore, I could not wait to leave the southern Louisiana town full of hatred, vitriol, racisim, bigotry, sexism, and where ignorance in general just runs amuck. There was no enjoyment to be found spending literary time in a shoddy place full of weak, despicable people. Not even the paranormal ghost story element could save this one for me, which is normally a fictional favorite for me.

If it had not been a selection for a local book club, it wo...more
Cathy DuPont
Dave, Dave, Dave. Your moral compass seems to move constantly depending on the circumstances. The inner demons never go away either so you're in a constant battle with yourself. Maybe easing up on yourself would help? Perhaps, but probably not. And how would you do that anyway? A psychiatrist couch? That's not going to happen.

Thank god for Alafair and Bootsie who help you keep the hands on the moral compass in the green area and out of the red and yellow although sometimes they can't even help...more
Jane Stewart
Great author but I’m not enjoying his subject matter and plot choices.

I love this author’s writing style, the phrases he uses, his rich and creative descriptions, and the way he develops characters. In my review of Black Cherry Blues I give examples of some of his phrases. He is a great writer, but his subject matter is too depressing for me. He writes about man’s cruelty to man, torture and killing of blacks, women, prisoners, and others, and getting away with it. I’ve read three of his books,...more
Adam
The best Dave Robicheaux so far. Almost too much of a good thing. Too much of Dave’s brooding and too much sensory overload in the prose. But too much of good thing is still a lot of a good thing. The plot is bit more of a procedural but the mystery is good, the villain heinous and the magical realism/supernatural elements push this into what it is, a meditation of the south and its history of violence.(Civil war, civil rights era lynchings, and the squalid presence of Angola prison) Great chara...more
Lorin Lee Cary
This 1993 novel features Dave Robicheaux, a recovering alcoholic and former New Orleans police officer now serving as a detective in his home town of New Iberia. When a movie company descends on the town, it stirs up more than just curiosity. Mafia ties to a producer who attended high school with Dave, the uncovering of a decades-old murder and the murder of two women provide plenty of action. What lifts Burke's writing above the ordinary is his marvelous dialogue, gift of setting and the authen...more
Lorna
I have read all of his novels. I have even read his daughters first novel, she is called Alafair, the name of Dave Robicheaux's daughter in the books! I have watched his writing mature to its present gravitas. Early on, I admit, I used to rush through his descriptive passages but as he wrote, these became more and more beautiful, and now the darkness of the crimes and violence are melded with the beauty of the landscape. In this book, the psychic element was introduced in an historical invocatio...more
Sandi
This series just keeps getting better with each book. Dave is a fascinating character, the plot of this book was one of the best in the series, and I always enjoy the descriptions of the lush scenery. Listened to the audio version read by one of my favorites the late Mark Hammer.
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Darum geht’s:
In den Atchafalaya-Sümpfen ist ein Jahrzehnte altes Skelett aufgetaucht. Das jedenfalls behauptet der große Filmstar Elrod Sykes. Detective Dave Robicheaux schenkt der Geschichte zunächst keine Beachtung. Denn Sykes, der für seine Trunksucht bekannt ist, nimmt es möglicherweise mit der Wahrheit nicht so genau. Doch dann gerät Robicheaux ins Grübeln: Vor 35 Jahren nämlich war er zufällig Zeuge eines kaltblütigen Mordes an einem Schwarzen.

Ich hätte dieses Buch eigentlich mögen müssen....more
Michael
"In The Electric Mist" is the movie base on JLBs book, starring Tommy Lee Jones, John Goodman, and Mary Steenbergen. Have no idea if the movie is fair or not but figured I would let the the reading public know.

JLB channels both Faulkner and JD Sallinger in his style of writing. He has his own voice to be sure but the depth of his characters and the intimacy which he brings to his novels is far more than many of his peers.

New Iberia, Bayou Teche, and the Atchafalaya Swamp are characters in his bo...more
Kathleen Hagen
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead, by James Lee Burke. A.
Borrowed from the Library for the Blind, talking book. Available on Audible.com as well.

This is a wonderful book about Dave Robicheau in New Iberia perish. In this book he is working for the sheriff’s office. The sheriff asks him to go see a suspected mobster who originally came from New Iberia, and whom Dave had grown up with, and ask him to leave town. Then, it became known that this man was fronting the money to produce a movie...more
Dermott Hayes
James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels are never 'typical' crime novels. First, there's Robicheaux, a disgraced, former NOPD Homicide lieutenant turned sheriff's detective in Iberia Parish. Robicheaux is a good man with a chequered past; a Vietnam veteran and recovering alcoholic who carries traces of post-traumatic stress disorder and an unspecified, but lingering, guilt from the eruption of his parents' marriage, his father's death and his mother's violent murder at the hands of corrupt, NOP...more
wally
this will be the 2nd burke for me. the 1st a month or so ago...what was it? the one w/the cross on the cover....feast day of fools...kindle, that one, this one is a paperback...though the cover on mine is different.

this one looks to be from 1993...does not sound like a first, obviously not the last. onward and upward

update: tuesday morn, the 3rd...finished.

good story. i liked the use of the confederate dead, ghosts from the past. set in louisiana...a movie being made nearby, different breeds of...more
Michael
If I’d not been assigned to read this for my "Master Class" workshop for professional fiction writers, it is unlikely that I would have picked it up, because it is not my favorite genre.

Burke unfortunately uses much vulgarity. Most of his characters are potty-mouths, although, thankfully, the first-person narrative is not potty-mouthed. Not my cuppa tea. There was some graphic violence, which was pretty gross.

It is very well-written. It flows well, and despite a slow area in the middle, it reall...more
rabbitprincess
May 03, 2008 rabbitprincess rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: fans of lush, rich writing; those who enjoy Southern mysteries
Recommended to rabbitprincess by: English prof (and I'm glad she did!)
I recall reading once that James Lee Burke has been described as "the Faulkner of crime fiction". I hate Faulkner more than the Hatfields hated the McCoys, but I love James Lee Burke, thanks to this book.

The story has deep roots in the past: several crimes committed in the New Orleans area are connected to a heinous murder thirty years previous. As Robicheaux investigates the crimes, he starts having visions of Confederate soldiers whose leader provides Robicheaux with oracular pronouncements th...more
Michael
I first read James Lee Burke's fiction in the Esquire magazine and admired his ability to weave such great detail about setting and character into such fast-paced stories.

This novel was no different from that short story in this respect. Burke's Louisiana breathes. The bayous belch. You can smell the flowering trees, the rancid corpses of nutria rotting in gutters. You can see the grime on the clapboard houses, the sweat glistening on every character's skin. You can hear the E major blues progr...more
Clare
Just love James Lee. I probably shouldnt give him 5 stars as the stories, like many mysteries tend to run to the same end and are quickly forgettable having said that he manages it better than most. His language is always evocative and rich and heavy with mood. The thin veil that lies between us and the otherworldly is sketched more strongly in this novel than in others. Somehow Burke seems to stay on this side of the ludicrous(for us recovering romantics) when describing the ghosts that surroun...more
Leah
Almost rated this a 4 for the last few pages alone, which are just pure lyrical grace. But this is another Burke novel where I can't forgive the sloppiness of the plotting (the two cases had little to do with each other, and were "solved" with random violence, which is typical for Burke), and the paranormal element didn't work for me at all--it felt awkwardly tacked on, painful to slog through. Maybe if it had happened as a result of Robicheaux falling off the wagon it'd have made more sense.

Sti...more
Mikel
My first James Lee Burke novel and, having read all of them now, still probably my favorite. It demonstrates Burke's trademark style beautifully. James Lee Burke writes by combining the very gritty reality with a poetic romanticism of the mystical and historical Louisiana. The resulting gumbo makes it occasionally hard to determine the real from the imagined, which is pitch perfect considering the protagonist's viewpoint is that of a reluctant alcoholic. Picture a combination of the magical real...more
Ann
I just love the atmosphere and strong 'sense of place' in James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux's New Iberia, Louisana mysteries! The heat and humidity are so thick you feel as if you're immersed in the bayou with the alligators! In this book, Robicheaux tries to connect recent brutal killings of young women to a 1957 murder of a black man (which he witnessed while working out in the swamp.) Being a Civil War buff, I was intrigued with Robicheaux's encounters with Civil War General John Hood in the...more
Dario
I enjoyed this detective novel that really gives you a feel for Louisiana and the struggles of a recovering addict. The contrast of the different worlds Hollywood , Louisiana and the historic Confederate times are well integrated through the struggle of addiction and trauma. I look forward to more Burke novels.
Madelynhealey
I listened to this on audio CD and it was fantastic!!! The reader was Will Patton and he has a great Louisiana accent which is where this story is based. My first book by James Lee Burke but not my last that's for sure
A.
Burke's best Dave Robicheaux novel, IMHO.
Brandon Hovey
A rich literary tapestry!

This is a brilliant, juxtopositon of characters, setting, and plot!


If you are looking for a grand mystery, filled with local color, and a perfectly flawed protagonist, chose this one.

If you seek perfection in your literary characters' traits please look elsewhere. I cannot stress enough that if you cannot take real humanity in literary characters, please don't bother.Robicheaux's moral compass does change with circumstances, yet he is driven by the right things at the e...more
Paul Schenk
Awesome mystery writer
Denise Hay
James Lee Burke carries on the tradition of Southern Gothic with his Dave Robicheaux novels, though not in the strange, off-kilter way of Carson McCullers or Flannery O'Connor. Not in eccentricity, either, but more in the way he uses language effortlessly that would seem a tad purple or unnatural in another's hands. Robicheaux is the most introspective detective you're likely to find, riddled with demons and memories he can't shake, and these give way to musings that are beautiful. If anyone is...more
Diane
I changed my rating from 3 stars to 4, because this thriller has stuck with me in a way that others don't. I could have done with fewer plot lines and the strain it took to make them interconnect, especially in the final chapters. Yet, I'm haunted (just like some of the characters) by Burke's descriptions of the southern Louisiana landscape, not only visual images, but the sounds and even smells that characterize it. The novel is also deeply rooted in the region's history, from the days of the C...more
TBML
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for June 2005.

This one sizzles and crackles with both potential and kinetic energy and excitement! Ever since I listened to it years ago, In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead has long been one of my favorite books. I can easily understand how it would be included in a collection of James Lee Burke's best.

In this, the sixth Dave Robicheaux novel, a Civil War movie is being made in New Iberia LA. The star of the movie, in a bid to avoid a drunk drivin...more
Mark
This was the Branigan BookClub selection for June 2005.

This one sizzles and crackles with both potential and kinetic energy and excitement! Ever since I listened to it years ago, IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD has long been one of my favorite books. I can easily understand how it would be included in a collection of James Lee Burke's best.

In this, the sixth Dave Robicheaux novel, a Civil War movie is being made in New Iberia LA. The star of the movie, in a bid to avoid a drunk drivin...more
Nolan
If you've never traveled by book down to Louisiana where Cajun detective
Dave "Robicheaux lives and works, you might want to start with an earlier
book in the series. This one's kind of trippy, and those of us who have
been reading Burke for a while won't be put off or surprised by that; but a
new person might be. That said, there's no wrong way to read a Dave
Robicheaux novel, so if plunging in here makes sense to you, do it by all
means.

In this book, Dave must solve the murder of a small cavalcade o...more
Donna
Like everything else James Lee Burke has written, this is done well. It lags a little bit in places, where he gets a bit carried away with scene-painting, something I generally enjoy when he does it.

I was leery of this particular volume, and when I first began reading Burke's work, I pledged that I would skip this one, lest it be filled with sympathies for a cause I despise. However, by the time my son gave this selection to me (not knowing that I had decided against reading it) for Mother's Da...more
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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 a...more
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