- Unknown Binding
- Publisher: Hyperion,; First Ed. edition (1993)
- Language: English
- ASIN: B001R9C7F4
- Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (188 customer reviews)
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IN THE ELECTRIC MIST WITH CONFEDERATE DEAD. Unknown Binding – 1993
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In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead gives us a better, and deeper, insight into Burke's Everyman. The story purports to be a mystery / thriller, and is designated as such by Amazon. It is, of course, much more, and much less, than that. The mystery is satisfying, of course. Mr. Burke doesn't know how to write a bad mystery. But it's a side-bar to what the book really is: a series of character studies. There's Robicheaux, of course. The story is told in the first person, so the reader is swept into his psyche from the first page. There's Bootsie and Alafair, the people closest to Robicheaux - and the people he often feels are the furthest from him. There's Clete Purcell, his psychotic, sweaty, shambling drunken hulk of a partner. There are the figures from his past, who return to haunt him. And there is, of course, the ghost of the Confederate General with whome Robicheaux confers, and exposes not only himself, but the entire landscape of characters.
Speaking of which - the Louisiana landscape is as much a character as any of the others. The dust, the heat, the colours, the odours, the taste of the land play as large a part as any human in the book.
Mr Burke has been writing the best prose in popular American fiction for the past ten years, if not longer. He has always been a superb writer, making every word perform well above its potential. And in this book, In the Electric Mist With Confederate Dead, he has written one of his finest works.
Having said all that... MR BURKE GETS IT. And has the genious to tranlate everything into the most evocative words. Its pure magic. Robicheaux's haunting, troubled past is completely believable. The characterizations of people hit the mark (sometimes I think I recognize friends and family in those characters).
I have read EVERY Dave Robicheaux book and always anxiously wait for the next. I am OVER THE MOON over the filming of this book (starring Tommy Lee Jones).
Anyone who wants to write about a character and setting that is so ingrained into its resident's soul should read James Burke. HE IS THE MASTER!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It was an interesting read. The parts of this story that had Dave into conversations with Confederate soldiers was written in a respectful manner. I enjoyed this book.Published 6 days ago by Jean Rukamp
James Lee Burke is one of the finest writers producing crime fiction anywhere in the world today. His prose sings. The scenes he sets trigger all five senses. Read morePublished 6 days ago by Mal Warwick
Interesting, but a little far fetched, not Mr. Burke's best, but a fun read all the same.Published 4 months ago by arthur d monty
I enjoyed Burke's prior four books in this series, although they were formulaic as well. Rogue cop overreacts, goes off the rail, etc., but he's the good guy. Read morePublished 5 months ago by LP
Dave Robicheaux as created by Burke is one of my favo detectives. The setting of LaFayette, La is so real you feel like you are there with Burke's descriptions. WARNING!!! Read morePublished 6 months ago by harry c watson