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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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In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead by James Lee Burke (1993)



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Fascinating detective work. ( )
  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |

In The Electric Mist is the sixth book in the series, and involves a killer targeting young prostitutes and the discovery of a body from decades before, both of which are somehow connected with a movie shooting in the locality and the gangster who is funding it, a man who went to school with Dave. All the familiar elements of a Robicheaux are there, with the exception of Clete Purcel rolling round like a match searching for a powder keg. Dave debates the nature of good and evil with the spirit of a Confederate general while searching for a killer and wrestling with his own demons of drink and violence, his disgust with the venality and self-interest of people around him threatening to overwhelm his own sense of decency.
I got my first James Lee Burke novel, Heaven's Prisoners, from the Cork City library when I was an impoverished, study-shy 19 year old student, and read it under a hot April sun down by the river on the grounds of the University. His books remain as beautiful and potent and profound as they did when I lost whole days to them beside the Lee, and I don't begrudge a single one. ( )
  Nigel_Quinlan | Oct 21, 2015 |
I liked this one better than the last one I read by him. Dave Robicheaux grows on you. A good story, but it bothered me that he totally dropped a character instrumental to the conclusion for about 200 pages and then expected me to remember who the hell the character was. That was a little annoying, but other than that, the characters, atmosphere, etc. felt right on the money. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 21, 2014 |
mystery detective Louisiana ( )
  SidWilliams | Aug 11, 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 |
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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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