A masterwork of detective fiction--the most suspenseful, thematically dazzling accomplishment in the Robicheaux series. While Hollywood shoots a ...Show synopsisA masterwork of detective fiction--the most suspenseful, thematically dazzling accomplishment in the Robicheaux series. While Hollywood shoots a Civil War movie in the New Iberia parish, Robicheaux tries to contain local dissension about the way the movie company's money is making its way into the community--and gets busy with the real business of murder.Hide synopsis
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In Confederate Dead, bayou detective Dave Robicheaux takes on a mob-financed movie production and a string of butchered prostitutes. Steeped in swampy mystery, Confederate Dead is a very competent detective story-- even if it doesn?t quite live up to its title.
Instead of the inspired lunacy suggested by the title, we have a fairly typical police procedural that includes a short-sighted, politically motivated boss, a charming criminal lots of colorful low-lifes and, of course, the damaged but valiant tough guy detective. The twist, in this case, is that the detective occasionally talks to a dead confederate general. Frankly, as the story progressed, I wanted to know more about the ghost and less about the case.
Still if you?re a fan of hard-boiled detective stories (and not just buying it for the title), I?d give this my full recommendation.
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