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In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead Hardcover – 14 Oct 1993


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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: Orion (14 Oct 1993)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 185797252X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1857972528
  • Product Dimensions: 23 x 16.2 x 3.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,747,986 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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A brilliantly stylish and atmospheric crime thriller featuring James Lee Burke's Cajun detective, Dave Robicheaux.

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By william mcgreegor on 16 Jun 2003
Format: Paperback
This is a strange but compelling book, and the first Dave Robicheaux novel that I read (DR being the New Orleans policeman who is the central character). This book has a fractured plot, jumping between the present day and the American Civil War, and Robicheaux's viewpoint is distorted by his recovery from alcoholism.
But the story has a freshness that is lost in later novels, which tend to portray the villains and victims as caricatures, while painting an increasingly humourless picture of Robicheaux.
Buy this book, and read it carefully - you will enjoy it. It's not a crime thriller pure and simple, and it's not Pullitzer material either (although I think it was nominated). It's something in between, and it firmly establishes James Lee Burke as one of the great popular crime fiction writers of the last decade.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 13 July 1999
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All the Dave Robicheaux novels are excellent, but this one sings. The hallucinatory prose is as thick and rich as the swamplands it describes. Dave talks to some curious characters here, some of whom may or may not be of this world. And that's the way it should be. This one will keep you guessing.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 July 1999
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In the Electric Mist with the Confederate Dead James Lee Burke Hyperion Publishers Copyright 1993
Of all Burke's novel featuring Dave Robicheaux, this is my favorite - a perfect balance of dialogue, action and luscious description. Written in the first person of the flawed hero, Burke limits the perspective and forces us into a raw intimacy with the main character at times uncomfortable but always compelling. The dialogue is written in dialect when necessary - and Burke gets away with it. He has the gift that reflects the sensuous character of the southern Louisiana setting and never seems trite or overdone-just natural.
I developed a sinere affection for Robicheaux as he fought his own demons and remained true to his values in the face of powerful exterior and interior forces. His voice aches with with the sadness of resignation, yet his melancholic descriptions and thoughts never totally surrender to those demons. Each time I thought I had had just about enough of his wallowing, he picked himself up by his boostraps and smashed his fist into somebody's sleazy jaw- always well deserved.
From the bayou to the city, the complex plot lines weaves a sultry thread throughout the book looping around the many characters of both locales, then pulling the knot ever so slowly.
An intriguing concept that glimmers within the plot are communications with a dead Confederate soldier that blur the line between myth and reality. Questions asked but unanswered. Are they buried memories or messages from beyond the pale?
Burke intertwines so many elements in this novel -a poetic eye, profound insights, raw violence, gripping action and of course, the ability of his 20th century Lancelot to eke out a victory in spite of his human frailities.
A great read.
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What can one say about James Lee Burke that hasn't been said before ? Another great read with characters coming out every other page and some of them not even alive. The story is about a movie crew that has moved into the small town of New Iberia,Louisiana to make a movie about the American Civil War. One of the investors in the movie is 'Julie - Baby Feet - Balboni. Julie is a big time thug,born in New Iberia,but left some time ago. Now he is back with all his team.The story starts when the local detective Dave Robicheaux stops a drunk driver,who just happens to be the star of the movie,in exchange for leniency the driver offers to show the detective where the skeletal remains of a coloured man is.It turns out that Dave had actually witnessed the murder of this man in 1957.We then have the serial rape and murder of young prostitutes.Dave then has to try and solve the murder of the coloured man and find the killer of the prostitutes.Some of the local people want Julie and his team moved out of town others are all for letting them stay as it is bringing money into the town.Burke then starts to tie in the local connections to the movie and to Julie into both crimes.Mixed in with all that is going on is the talks that Dave has with the legendary Confederate cavalry officer General John Bell Hood who of course has been a long time dead.A good story well written and some of the descriptive passages make you feel the wind,the rain and you can nearly taste the salt from the sea in your mouth.Well worth the money.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 25 July 1999
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It's like you are right there with Dave. R. sweating away in the humid heat. I sure would like to get ahold of some of that food they are always eating! I agree with everyone below. Highly recommended
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 21 July 1999
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I don't know anyone who tops James Lee Burke for excellence in crime fiction; his characters, their development from book to book, the relationships, the dialogue, the humor, the setting, the language - as far as I am concerned, he is absolutely at the top of his class. And this book is exquisite - it just doesn't get better than this. I am constantly recommending this series to friends and total strangers who enjoy mystery fiction - or who just enjoy any fiction at all! Dave Robicheaux never disappoints...
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