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
Branch Call Number: F BURKE
Characteristics: 447 pages ; 25 cm.


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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.

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.

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.

Nov 07, 2018

January 2019


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