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Dixie City Jam — Latest Read

My latest read was Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke. This is book 7 in the Dave Robicheaux series. The storyline on this entry is built around a Nazi sub that was sunk off the Louisiana coast during World War II. Robicheaux had discovered it when he was diving as a young man. The story built on this is pretty over the top even for Burke. The plot is intense and very violent. The prose is classic Burke. You do get invested in the characters, but I still struggle with the kind of choices Robicheaux makes. The stories do stay with you. It seems like I have read a lot more than seven so far.

Dixie City Jam by James Lee Burke

Dixie City Jam

James Lee Burke

It’s out there, under the salt of the Gulf of Mexico, off the Louisiana coast—a buried Nazi submarine. Detective Dave Robicheaux of the New Iberia Sheriff’s office has known of its existence since childhood, when he was terrified by nightmares of the evil Nazi sailors just offshore. Then, as a teenager he stumbled upon the sunken sub while scuba diving—but for years he kept the secret of its watery grave.

But decades later, a powerful Jewish activist wants the sub raised, and Robicheaux’s knowledge puts him at the center of a terrifying struggle of conflicting desires. A neo-Nazi psychopath named Will Buchalter, who insists that the Holocaust was a hoax, wants to find the submarine first—and he’ll stop at nothing to get Robicheaux to talk . . .

Released June 26, 2012
430 pages

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