The New Iberia Blues

The New Iberia Blues

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Detective Robicheaux's investigation into the death of a young woman leads him to Hollywood, the backwoods of Louisiana, and the mafia.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, [2019]
Edition: First Simon & Schuster hardcover edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9781501176876
1501176870
Branch Call Number: F BURKE
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 25 cm.

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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

January 2019

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