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.
Publisher: New York : Simon and Schuster, 2019
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501176883
Characteristics: 1 online resource (pages)
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Apr 20, 2020

Absolutely dreadful. Gloomy, violent and confused. Whatever talent this author once possessed seems to have dissipated over the years.

Nov 23, 2019

A long time fan of Burke's and especially like his prose and descriptions. This book didn't quite add up to the quality of others. I found myself skipping ahead of dragging paragraphs.

Sep 16, 2019

Very typical JLBurke/Robicheaux book. If you like the others, you will like this one. If you did not like the others, then you probably will not like this one either. There are a couple of things that make this one stand out a little bit. First, I don't think he made a single trip to New Orleans. Second, a character I like died. I will not spoil and say who that was.

Aug 24, 2019

I enjoyed this, as much as I do any of the Robicheaux books, but I kept thinking that the circumstances surrounding the first dead body sounded very familiar--like I'd already seen the movie, but I can't find a movie with the same name. There are moments of magical realism, Robicheaux seeing ghosts, and there are a couple characters whose descriptions (physical and mental) are a bit over the top, but the elegance of the descriptions of the natural world keep the story from being stretched beyond belief. One problem I kept having is that Robicheaux keeps talking about remembering 1945, fishing in 1945. So I keep asking myself how does a 73 year old man still have a job on the New Iberia police force, and why would a very attractive 30 year old woman want to seduce a 73 year old man?
(I read the book. I tried to listen to the book CD, but the actor spent so much effort on emoting that I missed the ends of about 1/3 of the sentences. I cranked the car stereo to full power, just in time for the actor to get loud and switch to a patois so thick I couldn't understand, so I turned the volume down as he started wallowing the ends of his sentences again. Returned the CD and got the book. So read the book or listen in a quiet place and not the car.)

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.

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.

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.

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.

Feb 03, 2019

Excellent Burke book. Look forward to next one!

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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