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Dixie City Jam: A Dave Roubicheaux Novel, Book 7 | [James Lee Burke]

Dixie City Jam: A Dave Roubicheaux Novel, Book 7

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. Years later, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax.
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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. Years later, Robicheaux, a detective with the New Iberia sheriff's office, finds himself and his family at serious risk, stalked for his knowledge of a watery burial ground by a mysterious man named Will Buchalter - a man who believes that the Holocaust was one big hoax.

©1994 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster Audio

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    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-21-13
    Dennis Mazama, WA, United States 03-21-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Jury out on this one"

    I love the way James Lee Burke writes, and I love the characters in his stories, Cletus Purcell has to be one of the great literary personalities of all time. The setting it enthralling as ever, but the foe in this story is just a little to much of a ghost and Dave R. is just walking into too many traps set for him in this one without seeing the writing on the wall. All of that said, I still liked the book, enjoyed Cletus having a prominent role and enjoyed the various characters and how they were developed. I really love the narration in this series and really do not understand the controversy, it is first rate as far as I am concerned. All things considered I am looking forward to the next in the series as even a flat spot in this collection is better than the best works by most authors.
    Recommended.

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    Laura Fairfield, CA, United States 05-19-13
    Laura Fairfield, CA, United States 05-19-13 Member Since 2012

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    "this one is scary"
    Would you consider the audio edition of Dixie City Jam to be better than the print version?

    un known


    What three words best describe Mark Hammer’s performance?

    flat-nasal-ugggggg


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    whole book is very scary and all I can think of is if Will Patten had read this with a actors flare.. holy cow it would have blown me away.


    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 11-26-12
    Bonnie Sequim, WA, United States 11-26-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Dave against the Neo-Nazis"

    When Dave Robicheaux made the mistake of letting people know he had an idea as to where a World War Two U-boat sunk in the Caribbean might be found, suddenly he has too many people wanting him to lead them to it, including a man calling himself Will Buchalter. With informants dying on him left and right and apparently Bootsie intending to enter the alcoholic state he's fought so hard to put behind him, Dave doesn't know quite whom to trust--and with reason.

    Action packed as usual. Although I realized in this one I was perhaps quicker on the uptake and even less trusting than Dave himself, as I had the accomplice pegged pretty quickly on while Dave was still trying to sort out his feelings toward the individual.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert CHICO, CA, United States 03-24-14
    Robert CHICO, CA, United States 03-24-14 Member Since 2011
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    "Disappointed"
    What disappointed you about Dixie City Jam?

    Although Burke presents his main character as a flawed but savy detective, his storyline reveals him to be repetitively clueless in recognizing the obvious dangers to himself and his family and a continuing failure to take appropriate preventive protective measures. Also, some actions of the minore characters are just way over the top. If this pattern continues I may just stop reading the rest of this series.


    Has Dixie City Jam turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Not the genre, just this James Lee Burke


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Narrator's (location appropriate) accent was sometimes very hard to understand with slurred presentation.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    John Parker, CO, United States 11-18-13
    John Parker, CO, United States 11-18-13 Member Since 2006
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    "Too many holes, too much politics"

    This may be my last Burke novel. The plot is preposterous in many places. (Warning: plot spoilers dead ahead.) Why would a German submarine have a 42 pound, jewel encrusted swastika and Hitler's 'plan for America' on board? Why would even a Neo-Nazi psychopath want the sub so badly? Would any real person risk his life to save a man (he thought) who had brutally tortured him or a woman (as it turns out) who terrorized his family? How can Clete continue to get away with his shenanigans (as much as I like them)? How many times can one novel contain some variation of 'Are we CLEAR on that now, podnah?" To top it all off, are Rush Limbaugh listeners (Burke makes a very thinly veiled allusion to them) really responsible for the Neo-Nazi movement and do they really not care about black people being slaughtered, as Burke clearly implies? I've contributed enough to the support of self-righteous liberals like Streisand, Baldwin, Penn and Damon. I didn't realize until this book that Burke has the same mind-set. I wish someone had warned me.

    I gave it two stars instead of the one (or less) it probably deserves because there are some funny lines and, despite a great deal of over-elaborate description and psychological musing, it is pretty well written. Unlike many Burke reviewers, I think Hammer's narrations are excellent.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-09-13
    Ted Lancaster, PA, United States 08-09-13 Member Since 2010

    Don't know what I want to be when I grow up. Trip's cool though. Use Audible to make gym-training sane... And rip my imagination.

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    "Eloquent√ Lyrical√ Sloooooooooow √√√"

    Maybe I overdosed on James Lee Burke. This is my sixth Dave Roubicheaux novel and the last three I listened to back to back to back. Mark Hammer's tongue is wrapped around bayous, filagreed iron window screens and Spanish moss. He speaks through a veil of humidity and swampy muscle. He somehow makes the rich vocabulary and elegant metaphoric Roubicheaux musings seem plausible from the mind of this hard-scrabble back gator country lawman.

    This time it took just a tad too much to do it. Burke is a poet first, a sociologist second, a dramatist third, a gently liberal social commentator, and ... oh yeah... a detective mystery procedural writer. Here it is the last that seems to be stretched a lot too thin. The characters were either too complex for the plot, or too comic-book skinny to hold up its pants.

    I'm going to take a break from Dave, Bootsey, Alafair, and Cleetus. If you've not listened to a Roubicheaux novel... start from the beginning. You'll think, feel, and even tear up. But maybe you'd do well after the first five to pause before beginning this one. Just like I'll take a break before downloading the seventh....

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    M. Killgore Louisiana 02-23-13
    M. Killgore Louisiana 02-23-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Wow! Best yet!"

    This narrator is unbelievably versatile and makes the story so authentic with his accent and changeable voice. I've tried reading these books in print but Mark Hammer makes it much more real!

    Burke can be wordy but those extra words are always well said and beautiful.

    Thank you, Mr Burke for a wonderful character and a great series...

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    B. R. Paschen Chicago 01-02-13
    B. R. Paschen Chicago 01-02-13 Member Since 2005

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    "Excellent as always"

    James Lee Burke and Dave Robicheaux are my particular favorites. And I can't imagine a better reader than Mark Hammer. His Louisianna accent is especially good.

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    Alan United States 01-02-13
    Alan United States 01-02-13 Member Since 2012
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    "Dixie City Jam"
    If you could sum up Dixie City Jam in three words, what would they be?

    Robicheaux finds WWII Sub


    What did you like best about this story?

    Burke has a fearless mastery of language and dialogue. He is almost Poe like in his use of vocabulary and tempo but he isn't beyond using terms that have been all but outlawed in today's politically correct society. But Mark Hammer is the reason for the success of the audible series. His Cajun vernacular is spot on and melodic. His narrations are almost musical.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When Dave Robicheaus's ex-partner demolishes a criminal's mansion and his reason for doing it is beyond genius. I don't want to spoil it but Ceitus is so colorful and contrasting side of the coin of Dave's personality, it is almost like they are one person.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Racism rises from the depths.


    Any additional comments?

    I would like to see serialized books listed in the order they were published.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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