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In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux) (original 1993; edition 2011)

by James Lee Burke

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Title:In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead (Dave Robicheaux)
Authors:James Lee Burke
Info:Pocket Books (2011), Paperback, 496 pages
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  SidWilliams | Aug 11, 2014 |
The mystical (mist-ical?) nature of this one made it the best so far. Amazing. It will be hard to beat. ( )
  mvbdlr | Aug 2, 2014 |
This story, written in 1996, shows the compassionate and spiritual side of Det. Dave Robicheaux of the New Iberia, sheriff's department.

As the story opens, there has been a murder and mutilation of a nineteen-year-old prostitute. Later, Dave tells the sheriff, he's seen the body and he won't stop the investigation until her killer is brought to justice.

We also see a childhood friend of Dave's return to New Iberia. This man, Julie Balboni, is now with the mob and wants to invest into a movie being shot in the area about the Civil War.

The sheriff wants Dave to encourage Julie and his mob followers to leave the area.

As the movie is being made, Dave meets the star, Elwood Sykes who has a problem with alcohol and Dave's attempt to help Elwood is an interesting aspect of the story.

Another unique part of this story is that there are times when Old Civil War figures appear to Dave to give words of philosophy or advice.

The story is well written as is the setting and once again, James Lee Burke has demonstrated why Dave Robicheaux is one of the most popular characters in detective fiction. ( )
  mikedraper | Feb 8, 2013 |
I really liked The Neon Rain, the first Robicheaux novel, but this one, with its supernatural element, did not quite work for me. Burke is clearly doing something ambitious and historically relevant to the modern south in this novel, but I could not suspend disbelief enough. And I'm into supernatural stuff. ( )
  ChrisConway | May 17, 2012 |
In my ongoing reading of the Dave Robicheaux series -- all of them, in order this time -- I've been looking forward to re-reading this installment of the series, which I read for the first time when it was new. The final third of the book, I simply read straight through and refused to put it down for something so mundane as going to bed at a reasonable hour. I was caught up in the mystery -- or mysteries. There are several -- that of a lynching which Dave witnessed as a youth, the remains of which have finally surfaced on the bayou; that of the murder of at least two prostitutes in modern-day New Iberia and environs; that of the phantoms Dave and those around him encounter. Ghosts? Dreams? Delusions? Hallucinations? All of the above? Burke is careful not to explain everything, but leaves room to explain away enough that the "ghost story" doesn't dominate the crime story, even while it illuminates issues involved. This is a great book -- gritty and grisly and beautiful by turns, giving lots of room for thought. ( )
  tymfos | Aug 24, 2011 |
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Andrzejewski, ZiemovitTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Bortolussi, StefanoTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Hammer, MarkNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
Henriksen, Ole LindegårdTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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The sky had gone black at sunset, and the storm had churned inland from the Gulf and drenched New Iberia and littered East Main with leaves and tree branches from the long canopy of oaks that covered the street from the old brick post office to the drawbridge over Bayou Teche at the edge of town.
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Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 038072121X, Mass Market Paperback)

Hollywood has sent its emissaries to New Iberia Parish to film a Civil War epic in the steaming mists of the Louisiana bayou -- reawakening the ghosts of a past best left undisturbed.

The restless specters wait in the shadows for cajun cop Dave Robicheaux -- as he hunts a serial butcher who is preying on the less-then-innocent young. For these spirits are the guardians of Robicheaux's darkest torments -- and they hold the key to his ultimate salvation...or a final, fatal downfall.

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From one of America's most widely acclaimed writers comes a masterwork of detective fiction, the most suspenseful, thematically complex, and dazzling accomplishment in the series featuring Dave Robicheaux. A movie crew has come to New Iberia, Louisiana, to film a Civil War epic, and star Elrod Sykes just can't seem to keep his lavender Cadillac on the road. Under threat of a drunk-driving charge, he offers Detective Dave Robicheaux information in exchange for leniency.… (more)

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