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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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Cathrine ☯️
3.5 ★
Most of you reading this know I’m a Robicheaux fan girl but my reception to this one was a bit toned down. I've been wanting to read it so I could watch the film version with Tommy Lee Jones 😍. Of course movies leave out a lot but in this case that worked for me because less was more. I liked it better than the book. Hard to say if TLJ had something to do with that. Levon Helm as General John Bell Hood was excellent also, as was Buddy Guy playing Sam ‘Hogman’ Patin—my dance pheromones kicke
"... we had welcomed him back, winking our eyes at his presence and pretending he was not what or who he was."

The 6th, and maybe the best, in the Dave Robicheaux series thus far. Dave is returning from the scene of a particularly gruesome murder of a young prostitute when he pulls over a drunk driver and a series of events are set in motion. The driver, Elrod Sykes, is in New Iberia to star in a Civil War movie. He tells Dave about a skeleton he saw in the Atchafalaya Swamp while filming. The s
Cathy DuPont
Jun 05, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Jan 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Oct 01, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
A convoluted, almost hallucinogenic tale involving a drug-lord, movie-making in the Louisiana swamps and a Confederate army officer who appears to our hero at odd times - or does he?
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
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,
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
João Carlos
James Lee Burke e o seu detective David Robicheaux são a "descoberta" na literatura policial em 2014.

“Por Entre as Brumas” é o sexto livro da série protagonizada pelo detective Dave Robicheaux, editado em 1993, pelo escritor norte-americano James Lee Burke.
Um policial que tem como cenário a pequena cidade de New Iberia, situada no sul do Louisiana, rodeada de canais de água e áreas pantanosas, e fustigada por furacões e tempestades tropicais.
O detective Robicheaux é chamado a investigar a mort
Apr 28, 2009 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I listened to this audiobook. This is an abridged edition, and was only 3 hours of listening. This is my first James Lee Burke book. I really like the colorful descriptions of the far south in Louisiana. I loved Will Patten's narration. I realize I lost some of the story since this was so severely edited, but I still enjoyed it. Dave Robicheaux is a laid back detective in the Deep South. He is trying to solve the grizzly murders of young hookers. But he is distracted by an odd actor who tells Da ...more
Nov 17, 2007 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Apr 28, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  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
May 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime
"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
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.
Wow, I thought Harry Bosch had cornered the self-righteous detective market, but Dave Robicheaux might have bettered him slightly. This is my first (and I'll go out on a limb and say only) Robicheaux novel, and I found it fairly odd. The plot started out intriguing but quickly bogged down in a mishmash of interwoven stories—some of them supernatural but none of them terribly plausible—that the author picked up and dropped at random. Robicheaux himself was often quite annoying. In addition to the ...more
Sep 18, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Dave Robicheaux in Louisiana, with a Hollywood film bunch, a mob bunch, and a lot of bad weather. Good writing, violent plot, but his wife and child are just accessories for him to pull out occasionally when needed. Good descriptions. His mob guy, Julie Balconi, acts just as Trump would in the same circumstances.
Jul 19, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead

I'm loving this series but I was slightly disappointed in this book. I'm not a big fan of when seeing people or dreams come into play in a story. I don't want to elaborate and give away any part of this story but honestly it wasn't as bad as it could have been. I actually almost did give it 5 stars. I still love James Lee Burke and I'm continuing with this series.
Sep 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
now I have read 7 books of James Lee Burke's and I can say he's probably the best when it comes to creating characters of cops, mobsters and ordinary Blake folk of South. I also like the way he describes weather in his books or captures Louisiana culture.
Luca Lesi
Jan 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
"Lei è incapace di lasciarsi il passato alle spalle". "La mia esperienza è che il passato lo si supera affrontandolo".
Erano le gravi espressioni dei loro volti a rammentarci che la lotta non è mai finita, che la vittoria non ci appartiene mai del tutto.
Cosi il passato ritorna implacabile a pretendere i suoi pagamenti in quest'altro bel romanzo di James Lee Burke ormai riconosciuto come uno dei più grandi scrittori Noir di sempre.
Da questo libro è tratto il film "In the electric mist with confed

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.
Mar 01, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An excellent detective Dave Robicheaux novel trying to find a serial killer on a movie set near New Orleans.
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 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
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
Lorin Cary
Jul 25, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Colin Mitchell
Detective Dave Robicheaux becomes involved with the stars and crew of a film about the Civil War and, the historical death of a black man that had been in custody and the deaths of two teenage girls. What is the connection of an old classmate that has returned? Dave and Rosie, an FBI agent, seek to solve the mysteries. His drink is spiked with LSD and the dreams/hallucinations are of General Hood of the CSA who appears to be guiding hm. Of course not everything goes as planned.

I am becoming mor
Jun 25, 2008 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Dec 30, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Feb 02, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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.
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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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