The New Iberia Blues

The New Iberia Blues

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"Detective Dave Robicheaux's world isn't filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier's rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better. As always, Clete Purcel and Davie's daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux's back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux's case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves. "-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Wheeler Publishing, a part of Gale, a Cengage Company, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781432859107
1432859102
Characteristics: 667 pages ; 23 cm

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Jersey_Girl
May 24, 2019

All the comments of this book are really scattered....from "Great!" to "Really bad." I have not read the 2 (or 3?) books that came before this one....so maybe that's why this book sort of "un-nerved" me. I really did not enjoy this book. In fact, several times, I almost quit reading it. One time, I was about 50 pages from the end and almost stopped! The Dave Robichaux books have always been a little rough around the edges...but this book, for me went way over the edge! The murders were very gruesome and everything in between was pretty ugly and nasty too. I don't know....I just did not enjoy this book. One thing that startled me was how old Dave seemed to be in this book. At one point Dave mentions an old movie theater that shows vintage movies. He tells someone (Clete? The reader?) that when he was a little boy, he used to go see movies at this theater with his Dad IN 1946!!! Uh, I was born in the Fall of 1946 and am 72 years old! So if Dave was going to movies with his Dad in 1946....wow, he is MUCH older than I realized! But I know that some authors use a specific time period all through their books. Sue Grafton used the early 1980's all through her Kinsey Milhone (sp?) mysteries....all through the series. So maybe that's what Burke was doing. I don't know. I did not enjoy this book and I am not sure I will read any new Dave Robichaux books that come out.

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NedSu
May 01, 2019

James Lee Burks is a master storyteller. His exquisite prose is unmatched in any genre. This novel is a masterful example of his work. It is very dark and the protagonist is fully flawed, as he is in all the Robicheaux novels. But while evil seems to win, the glimmer of hope keeps us reading.

I deliberately paced myself through this reading. At first, it was just to admire and revel in his wordcraft, a skill that I knew would be lacking in my next read. But I learned also that this is the correct way. The author encourages this method by filling the narrative with vignettes on a few pages long. I never got tired of the ubiquitous pervasiveness of evil because I read it for awhile, then stopped. And I never tired of the elegant prose. He is a master of his craft.

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7626dee
Apr 10, 2019

I have read many of Burke's offerings and this is a very poor example of his writing. His flawed detective often has visions and is a recovering alcoholic but in this outing he is simply used as a pointer to get people killed as he blunders about. The ending makes no sense as some sort of divine act apparently intervenes to save his adopted daughter. Makes you wonder where the divine act was for all the other victims. Skip this one.

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badcatalog
Mar 27, 2019

The latest James Lee Burke novel doesn't fail to see you on the edge of your seat - like all Burke's books, it is action packed and fast paced and filled with characters that make your heart glow or make your skin creep. Dave and Clete are again solidly taking on quirky folks (and Robicheaux keeps you guessing about who is normal and who is evil). You will want to read this book straight through it's so fascinating and so wonderfully written as always. I can't wait for the next book with Dave and Clete.

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laphampeak
Mar 23, 2019

Burke's writing skill made this one an engaging read. I, personally, had to skim at parts that just seemed redundant. The unknown aspects of who murdered who kept me curious, but the repetition of violent crimes, loose connection to old movie stars, and crush on younger women had me shaking my head. Good try.

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davej4831
Feb 03, 2019

Excellent Burke book. Look forward to next one!

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xrail
Jan 30, 2019

A long time fan of Burke - has been one of my favourite authors.

However the powerfull evocative prose notwithstanding, I'm finding the repetitive themes, relationships, dialogue and over the top graphic violence have become wearisome.

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USAF1969
Jan 21, 2019

There is no question about James Lee Burke's mastery of the literary art. THE NEW IBERIA RULES is yet another example of great storytelling, the unique backdrop of culture that pervades the New Iberia part of Louisiana, and characters good, bad, and pure evil. Another great read. That said, I have to say I think this may be the darkest Dave Robicheaux novel Burke had written. Darker crimes, darker characters, darker human failings - just darker all over. And with Dave and his personal sidekick, Purcell, we see them both experiencing more PTSD and visions that come out of their respective pasts. But in this book, the visions are more real (to the characters) than before, and some of them are downright "out there." So much so, that I wonder how Burke will craft the story in his next novel - if there is one. Great writing, great story, but don't expect to have a comfortable, fun read.

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carolefort
Jan 06, 2019

The New Iberia Blues by James Lee Burke shines with beautiful prose. This is a tale about a search for a possible serial killer in the bayous of Louisiana. Dave Robicheaux is the detective leading the investigation of people from the backwoods, Hollywood types, the mafia etc. This novel did not do it for me. I have quit after 200 pages, which is something I have a lot of trouble doing. The author has written many books about Detective Dave Robicheaux and this was only my second. I found that there were too many characters, which slowed down the action considerably. This is only my opinion. James Lee Burke is a much praised and popular author.

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janicet1946
Nov 07, 2018

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