The New Iberia Blues 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 Orlean

  • Title: The New Iberia Blues
  • Author: James Lee Burke
  • ISBN: The New Iberia Blues (Dave Robicheaux #22)
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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 congratul 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 Dave 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 Get A Copy Kindle Store StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksApple BooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryIndigoAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Hardcover, 464 pages Published January 8th 2019 by Simon Schuster More Details Original Title The New Iberia Blues Dave Robicheaux 22 ISBN 1501176870 ISBN13 9781501176876 Edition Language English Series Dave Robicheaux 22 Other Editions 8 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Win a Copy of This Book The New Iberia Blues Dave Robicheaux 22 by James Lee Burke Release date Jan 08, 2019 NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the ba NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLERThe shocking death of a young woman leads Detective Dave Robicheaux into the dark corners of Hollywood, the mafia, and the backwoods of Louisiana in this gripping mystery from modern master Publishers Weekly James Lee Burke 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 Enter Giveaway Format Print book

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questions about The New Iberia Blues Lists with This Book Best Mystery Thriller 2019 135 books 74 voters Mystery Thriller 2019 97 books 96 voters More lists with this book Community Reviews Showing 1 30 Rating details Sort Default Filter Nov 21, 2018 Paromjit rated it it was amazing Shelves crime fiction, mystery, netgalley, literary fiction Always a joy to read the latest by the incomparable literary crime fiction writer, James Lee Burke, painting a vivid and vibrant contemporary picture of the US, providing a political and social commentary on the cruelty, woes and horror inflicted on the land and its people by its political classes, devoid of any principles This may be the 22nd in the series, but he has not lost his lyricism and sureness of touch in penning this twisted and complex tale of injustice, ritual murders, corruption, Always a joy to read the latest by the incomparable literary crime fiction writer, James Lee Burke, painting a vivid and vibrant contemporary picture of the US, providing a political and social commentary on the cruelty, woes and horror inflicted on the land and its people by its political classes, devoid of any principles This may be the 22nd in the series, but he has not lost his lyricism and sureness of touch in penning this twisted and complex tale of injustice, ritual murders, corruption, Hollywood film industry, the mafia, an abused ice cream loving hitman, and a Texas prison escapee It is set in the lush, vibrant backwoods and swamps of a Louisana infested and poisoned by its legacy of slavery, brutality, environmental and cultural degradation, corporate and individual greed writ large on a landscape that once resembled God s own paradise on earth Dave Robicheaux discovers the crucified body of a young woman near Cyrpemort Point Estate The Hollywood crowd have come to the state with Louisiana s own home boy done good, director Desmond Cormier, filming his latest movie here, with his companion with an unsavoury reputation, Antoine Butterworth and producer writer, Lou Wexler, working closely with Alafair, Dave s daughter As unspeakable brutal murders pile up, Robicheaux and his larger than life, loyal friend Clete Purcel are short on leads and wonder about the murderous connections with Hollywood as Cormier s movie with its opaque financial backing from the likes of Saudi Arabia and the Mob On the loose is death row Texan prisoner, Hugo Tillinger, and the oddly likeable hitman, Chester Smiley Wimple makes his presence felt, as indeed does the mob The Iberia Sheriff Department s newest recruit, Bailey Robbins, becomes the source of love, obsession, and heartache for a troubled Robicheaux As dark dangers threaten those closest to him, trusting no one but Clete, Robicheaux gets closer to the killer and his own mortality.Burke s characterisation is as brilliant as ever, with his psychological portrait of Robicheaux s interior life of dreams, flashbacks to the Vietnam war, hallucinations, the struggle to stay sober, the loss of his wives, the dead, and his philosophical ruminations on life, love, ageing and death Louisiana is rightly the home of the blues, as we can see on Clete s reflections on the song, The House of the Rising Sun , a haunting depiction of bordello life, spiritual despair, and the exploitation of human beings, the anonymous fate that is the destiny of all those used for the convenience of others, a central theme and motif of the novel This is a unforgettable series, and this is a marvellous addition A superb read that I have no hesitation in recommending highly Many thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC flag 124 likesLike see review View all 24 comments Dec 14, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing Shelves 5 star winners, james lee burke, net galley, psychological thriller I speak my mind because it hurts too much to bite my tongue.Much like ol Detective Dave Robicheaux and his die hard friend, P.I Clete Purcel, who have always led their lives in that manner in New Iberia They ve been joined at the hip since they were beat cops in New Orleans The panoramic views just get swampier like the bottom feeders who roll in with satchels filled with crime and mayhem Murder pops up on the daily menu.Some talented authors bring the Thanksgiving feast between the pages I speak my mind because it hurts too much to bite my tongue.Much like ol Detective Dave Robicheaux and his die hard friend, P.I Clete Purcel, who have always led their lives in that manner in New Iberia They ve been joined at the hip since they were beat cops in New Orleans The panoramic views just get swampier like the bottom feeders who roll in with satchels filled with crime and mayhem Murder pops up on the daily menu.Some talented authors bring the Thanksgiving feast between the pages But, hear me now, James Lee Burke brings the feast with an abundance of all the trimmings Savory, spicy, and especially tangy Each phrase wraps around like tendrils focused on finding that featherbed in your mind The descriptors are vibrant and the dialogue slams down a clenched fist on a hard surface Such good, good stuff.Burke creates a bit of heaviness in the Robicheaux scenario this time We feel Dave s angst as the years and the mind spiders are catching up with him Although he still hits the ground running, this long term good vs evil has taken its toll But there seems to be an everlasting flame in both Dave and Clete that keeps their finger on the pulse of the underbelly in Bayou Teche So many years behind the wheel allows you to sniff out the scent of the deadly from afar.Dave visits a former New Iberia down in the mouth kid who made it big in Hollywood as an award winning director and film maker Desmond Cormier has brought along a sleezy actor and friend in the likes of Antoine Butterworth They have set up filming not far from the spacious home of Desmond While looking through a telescope on Desmond s patio, Dave spots something floating in the bayou It turns out to be a dead woman strapped to a wooden cross with a Maltese cross around her ankle Needless to say, the stakes are gonna be high in this one.The New Iberia Blues is a deliciously tangled web with even Dave s impressive daughter, Alafair, in the mix She s a lawyer turned screenplay writer and has been hired by Desmond Cormier for his latest film This could be a big break for her Dave s not having the same kind of thoughts about now.Tie in an escaped convict, a new partner, tarot cards, the Mob, a very short pale psychopath, and plenty of gris gris floating with bad fortune on the bayouand you ve got a stellar offering from one of the best fiction writers in the businessJames Lee Burke Be still my heart flag 69 likesLike see review View all 12 comments Dec 26, 2018 Thomas rated it really liked it review of another edition Shelves netgalley, southern us crime, burke A solid 4 stars.I first started reading James Lee Burke s books than 20 years ago My late father in law recommended his books to me, saying He writes the most vivid metaphors that I have ever read According to the author biography, he is now 82 years old He still has the gift of writing vivid metaphors that let the reader taste, smell and feel the swamps, bayous and everything else in Louisiana.This book has his main character, Detective Dave Robicheaux trying to solve a series of rit A solid 4 stars.I first started reading James Lee Burke s books than 20 years ago My late father in law recommended his books to me, saying He writes the most vivid metaphors that I have ever read According to the author biography, he is now 82 years old He still has the gift of writing vivid metaphors that let the reader taste, smell and feel the swamps, bayous and everything else in Louisiana.This book has his main character, Detective Dave Robicheaux trying to solve a series of ritualistic murders Clete Purcell, his friend and former police partner, is along for the ride.Some quotes Evil has an odor It s a presence that consumes its host We deny it because we don t have an acceptable explanation for it It smells like decay inside living tissue Unless you are familiar with the nature of Southern white trash, you will not understand the following They are a genetically produced breed whose commonality is a state of mind and not related to the social class to which they belong Economics has nothing to do with their origins or their behavior You cannot change them They glory in violence and cruelty and brag on their ignorance, and would have no problem manning the ovens at Auschwitz I We had slipped into Indian summer without being aware of it The sky was as hard and blue as porcelain, the oak leaves red and gold and clicking like crickets when they rolled across the lawn in the wind Thanks to Simon Schuster for sending me this eARC through NetGalley flag 60 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Oct 31, 2018 Andrew Smith rated it it was amazing review of another edition Shelves netgalley You know what you re going to get when you pick up a JLB novel the story will be gutsy and the language ornate the plot will be convoluted and the thread of the piece sometimes hard to follow But one thing you can be sure of is that if you have any appreciation at all of his gift then day you pick up his next book will be a good day a very good day.I ve been following the adventures of his Louisiana based cop Dave Robicheaux for years and I ve grown to love him, with all his foibles, and hi You know what you re going to get when you pick up a JLB novel the story will be gutsy and the language ornate the plot will be convoluted and the thread of the piece sometimes hard to follow But one thing you can be sure of is that if you have any appreciation at all of his gift then day you pick up his next book will be a good day a very good day.I ve been following the adventures of his Louisiana based cop Dave Robicheaux for years and I ve grown to love him, with all his foibles, and his side kick Clete Purcell too To me they re the best pairing in crime fiction Hell, they re the best pairing in any brand of fiction Dave is getting on in years now, but he still wears his detective s badge with pride He s not wedded to rules in the same way some cops are but his heart is in the right place and his determination to track down the bad guys is unrivalled Clete his ex partner from his NOPD days doesn t work to any rules at all, and has been described by the author as the nemesis of authority figures and those who sought power over others a one man demolition derby.In this episode a young woman is found impaled on a cross, floating in the sea off Cypremort Point The location is close to the sometime home of an old friend of Dave s Desmond Cormier is a local boy made good, a movie maker who made his fortune in Hollywood He s returned to Southern Louisiana to make a film and his whole entourage is in town Is Desmond or a man who is staying with him in any way linked to this strange, ritualistic death Dave s daughter, Alafair, has gotten wrapped up in the film making endeavour and is spending time with one of the producers, much to Dave s chagrin Throw in an escaped prisoner running loose and the return of one of JLB s legendary bad men, Smiley Wimple, and you have all the ingredients for a pretty wild romp And as the body count mounts Dave, with Clete in tow, desperately tries to make sense of it all and track down the killer s.This book is replete with dreamlike encounters with characters from Dave s past and throughout we get the the clear message that he is beginning to see the coming of the end of days as he ruminates and broods over the ruination of the land he loves, the ostentatious displays of wealth he sees around him and the general greed of today Above all it s his perception of the loss of Acadiana the physical and cultural changes to the French Louisiana region his mother and father inhabited and which he was born into that distresses him most As always with this writer, the prose is top drawer and the characterisation is brilliantly done In my view he writes the best literary crime fiction out there I enjoy his books than any other author I can name Long may he keep writing and turning out novels of this quality.My sincere thanks to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for providing an early copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 52 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 12, 2019 Barbara rated it liked it 3.5 starsIn this 22nd book in the Dave Robicheaux series, the detective is after a brutal serial killer The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus When people report hearing screams on the bayou near Cypremort Point in New Iberia, Louisiana, Sheriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and Deputy Sean McClain drive over to investigate One of the homes in the area belongs to award winning Hollywood director Desmond Cormier who s in town to film a movie 3.5 starsIn this 22nd book in the Dave Robicheaux series, the detective is after a brutal serial killer The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus When people report hearing screams on the bayou near Cypremort Point in New Iberia, Louisiana, Sheriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and Deputy Sean McClain drive over to investigate One of the homes in the area belongs to award winning Hollywood director Desmond Cormier who s in town to film a movie and the detectives go there first see if he heard anything Dave knew Desmond a quarter century ago, when the director was a poor New Orleans schoolboy with big dreams and the filmmaker invites the detectives into his home On Desmond s patio they meet Antoine Butterworth, an arrogant Hollywood tagalong who s exercising in the near nude Dave takes an instant dislike to Antoine, who he considers a sociopath and pervert, and Dave s opinion of Desmond drops a few notches as well These feelings get even stronger when Dave spots a body in the bayou, and Desmond and Antoine claim to see nothing.The corpse, secured to a large wooden cross, turns out to be Lucinda Arceneaux a preacher s daughter who helps get wrongly convicted men out of prison Lucinda s death is followed by a series of vicious murders, each one connected to an abstruse symbol from the tarot The main suspect for the crimes is Hugo Tillinger, a convicted killer who broke out of a Texas prison Hugo had been in contact with Lucinda.d was recently seen in New Iberia by Dave s friend Clete Purcel Hugo thinks the movie people will prove his innocence and make a documentary film about him Hugo isn t the only suspect however Other possible killers considered by Dave and his boss Sheriff Helen Soileau are a weird little assassin named Chester Smiley Wimple who looks like a huge maggot with red lips the financiers of Desmond s movie New Jersey mafiosos, Miami drug dealers, and Middle Eastern oil sheiks and people on the film crew.While Dave is investigating the killings he has a personal crisis brought on by the ugliness of the crimes his life as a lonely widower horrible memories of the Viet Nam War and the despoliation of southern Louisiana which has been ruined by greedy developers and corrupt politicians Dave is also at odds with his daughter Alafair, a law school graduate who writes novels and screenplays Alafair is working on Desmond s movie and hanging out with Lou Wexler a handsome, well built producer much older than herself Dave thinks all Hollywood people are bottom feeders and has an especially bad feeling about Wexler, who drives a red Lamborghini and flies in private planes Moreover, Dave disapproves of the age difference between Alafair and the producer All this turmoil ALMOST drives Dave a recovering alcoholic back to the bottle Dave has a few terrible weeks during which he obsesses constantly hangs out at a blues bar frequented by hookers experiences dry drunks, and does things he shouldn t Dave s attitude about Alafair and Wexler is ironic since Dave himself is infatuated with his new partner Bailey Ribbons a pretty woman at least 30 years his junior Dave tries to play it cool, but Bailey insists age isn t important and practically throws herself at him This is what I call male fantasy writing and I wish James Lee Burke had left it out Dave and his fellow cops continue to pursue the perp, sometimes with the help of Clete Purcel who s quick with his fists and his guns Of course the killer is eventually identified and the motive revealed, but it doesn t ring true to me, and the connection with the tarot is especially obscure The book has a variety of memorable characters, including a poor black prostitute whose pimp is a dirty cop a black blues singer with a small child corrupt deputies in the Sheriff s Department Why oh why does Helen keep hiring these people a Miami hitman Dave s pets Mon Tee Coon a raccoon and Snuggs a cat and As always in this series, the author s atmospheric depiction of southern Louisiana the flora, fauna, swamps, tides, sunrises, sunsets, clouds, rain, food, and so on is superb.d I felt like I could see and smell the region I actually went to school there shout out to Cajun restaurants The plot of the book is engaging, but is almost overshadowed by Dave s continuous introspection and poor behavior I hope Dave gets over himself in future books Still, James Lee Burke is one of America s best mystery writers IMO and his novels are always worth reading Thanks to Netgalley, the author James Lee Burke and the publisher Simon and Schuster for a copy of the book You can follow my reviews at flag 42 likesLike see review View all 9 comments Oct 01, 2018 Dave rated it it was amazing Shelves netgalley books, detective mystery, read have The Louisiana bayou in all its musty, shaded glory is almost another character in Burke s Robicheaux series, a crime fiction series that is deeply character driven, dark, gloomy, haunted Dreams, fantasies, and twisted pasts merge with current cruel truths here Everyone in this whether a midget gunman, Hollywood royalty, or a picture show detective has a checkered mysterious past Everyone here is haunted by the ghosts of their past And, Robicheaux is like a drowning man struggling to stay abo The Louisiana bayou in all its musty, shaded glory is almost another character in Burke s Robicheaux series, a crime fiction series that is deeply character driven, dark, gloomy, haunted Dreams, fantasies, and twisted pasts merge with current cruel truths here Everyone in this whether a midget gunman, Hollywood royalty, or a picture show detective has a checkered mysterious past Everyone here is haunted by the ghosts of their past And, Robicheaux is like a drowning man struggling to stay above the surface weighted down by the horrors of his past from his Vietnam days to the wives who passed on to the victims he can t fix or find justice for You don t necessarily know if the violated corpses are the product of the freaks from Hollywoodland come to visit their sick hell on the wilderness or from vengeful ones escaped from prison or vowing to get even for all the troubles in their world or from someone else corrupted by their inner demons The novel is not a fast paced shoot em up action Jackson tale but it s one of despair, distrust, and desolation An entire world is brought to life in these pages and it s a joy to read this tale What a terrific addition to a series Many thanks to the publisher for providing a copy for review flag 26 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 19, 2018 Karl marked it as to read Shelves 2018 12 books bought I purchased this hardcover, it was not a freebie flag 23 likesLike see review Jan 07, 2019 Lou rated it really liked it The New Iberia Blues, the twenty second novel in the long running, critically acclaimed Detective Robicheaux mystery series, is a compelling, immersive and gripping reading experience and fun, fast and fabulous Having come across it on a number of best crime novels of January lists, I was exceptionally excited, and boy did it turn out to be a great choice for the opening week of 2019 Although the premise is one that has been recycled a million times over, Burke seems particularly adept at lu The New Iberia Blues, the twenty second novel in the long running, critically acclaimed Detective Robicheaux mystery series, is a compelling, immersive and gripping reading experience and fun, fast and fabulous Having come across it on a number of best crime novels of January lists, I was exceptionally excited, and boy did it turn out to be a great choice for the opening week of 2019 Although the premise is one that has been recycled a million times over, Burke seems particularly adept at luring you in with intriguing characters, an action packed plot and an expertly judged pace and keeping you in that vice until the last line has been devoured.One of the many outstanding features of this story, and the one that illustrates just how powerful and visual Burke s writing is, is the immaculate sense of time and place he portrays I was transported to the places described, saw the things the characters saw and smelled exactly what they did It was all so vivid and the details so captivating that I found it almost impossible to put the book down and rumbled through it in a single, memorable sitting Given that this series first began in 1987 with The Neon Rain, you ll be pleased to know that each instalment works perfectly well on its own Add to all of this a good dose of humour and you ve got a book well worth investing some time in Many thanks to Simon Schuster for an ARC flag 22 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Jan 09, 2019 Sue rated it it was amazing Shelves favorite authors, louisiana, mystery, net galley, read 2019 Dave Robicheaux has been a cop in Louisiana for years, since some time after his return from the jungles of Vietnam Crete Purcel has shared much of his life s journey from Vietnam to the present, some of it dealing with the dregs of humanity and those they injure Both men have been deeply scarred but retain a belief in Good As are many of Burke s novels, The New Iberia Blues is a story of dualities good and evil, light and dark, nobility and cupidity, natural beauty and deformed ugliness, kn Dave Robicheaux has been a cop in Louisiana for years, since some time after his return from the jungles of Vietnam Crete Purcel has shared much of his life s journey from Vietnam to the present, some of it dealing with the dregs of humanity and those they injure Both men have been deeply scarred but retain a belief in Good As are many of Burke s novels, The New Iberia Blues is a story of dualities good and evil, light and dark, nobility and cupidity, natural beauty and deformed ugliness, knowledge and ignorance Characters often display these dualities within their own behavior Robicheaux himself is the best example of a man fighting within himself, constantly at odds with his demons as he works to help others Here his work is to solve horrific killings that appear related but with no clear motives.While the killings are brutal, Burke ties everything into the amazing place which is southern coastal Louisiana His descriptions of the land and natural environment are often gorgeous, sometimes heartbreaking in their implications for the future Louisiana itself seems a massive duality Lush landscapes, polluted gulf, environmental degradation mirroring depredations of man But the deep poverty has allowed predators in, i.e casinos on the river.Dave Robicheaux is an older man in this novel, a man feeling his mortality as he tries to do the best he can for family, friends, fellow cops and the public that needs his services Burke s prose continues among the best in this genre, and probably most others He is able to capture and express all of the nuances of the land, human behavior.As I have been writing this review, which I acknowledge is very general as you can find plot details elsewhere, I realize that I should increase my rating from 4 to 5 The overall effect is 5 A copy of this book was provided by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review flag 22 likesLike see review View all 6 comments Jan 22, 2019 Faith rated it really liked it Shelves netgalley, audio, overdrive, reviewed real evil may be a disembodied presence floating from place to place, seeking to drop its tentacles into whatever host it can find I ve read a few of the books featuring Dave Robicheaux and have liked each of them There is a certain sameness to them, and you either like the author s elegant, somewhat flowery, language or you don t I happen to like it a lot, however I think that some of his non Robicheaux books are even better, like Wayfaring Stranger In this book, which can be read as real evil may be a disembodied presence floating from place to place, seeking to drop its tentacles into whatever host it can find I ve read a few of the books featuring Dave Robicheaux and have liked each of them There is a certain sameness to them, and you either like the author s elegant, somewhat flowery, language or you don t I happen to like it a lot, however I think that some of his non Robicheaux books are even better, like Wayfaring Stranger In this book, which can be read as a standalone, Robicheaux and his private investigator friend Clete try to solve several murders involving the Aryan Brotherhood, prostitutes, tarot cards, money laundering, an escaped convict, than one avenger and the movie business He is working with a new and inexperienced partner, the beautiful Bailey Ribbons, who has a past that doesn t scream police officer There is also an ex mercenary He reminded me of other mercenaries I had known At heart they were secular Calvinists and believed their fellow man was born in a degraded state consequently, they oversaw atrocities with equanimity and substituted pragmatism for compassion and slept the sleep of the dead And a dirty cop Unless you are familiar with the nature of Southern white trash, you will not understand the following they are a genetically produced breed whose commonality is the state of mind and not related to the social class to which they belong Economics has nothing to do with their origins or their behavior You cannot change them They glory in violence and cruelty and brag on their ignorance, and would have no problem manning the ovens at Auschwitz One of my favorite characters was Smiley, a diminutive killer who looks like an albino caterpillar that glows in the dark and follows his own code of conduct guided by Wonder Woman I thought this book was a little too long, but I will certainly read of the series Will Patton s narration of the audio book is perfection as always I received a free copy of this book from the publisher flag 20 likesLike see review Oct 09, 2018 Eric rated it it was amazing Upfront I have to admit, I am biased when it comes to the writing of James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux series Burke would have to really turn out a complete dud before I would rate his novels poorly.With that, his newest Robicheaux novel, The New Iberia Blues, does not disappoint As always, Burke s writing is like looking at paintings where an artist is skilled at bringing forth the most vibrant aspects of all colors while creating a perfectly assembled painting In The New Iberia Blues, Upfront I have to admit, I am biased when it comes to the writing of James Lee Burke and his Dave Robicheaux series Burke would have to really turn out a complete dud before I would rate his novels poorly.With that, his newest Robicheaux novel, The New Iberia Blues, does not disappoint As always, Burke s writing is like looking at paintings where an artist is skilled at bringing forth the most vibrant aspects of all colors while creating a perfectly assembled painting In The New Iberia Blues, Davie Robicheaux and a new deputy are investigating reports of a screaming woman in the bayou and while doing so, interview Louisiana born, film director Desmond Cormier at his waterside estate Cormier has returned home home to fashion his film masterpiece, bringing along his unctuous companion Antoine Butterworth While speaking to the two, Robicheaux eyes a woman s body crucified to a wooden cross floating in the water The story unfolds from this point into a violent mystery involving other murders that melds together the past, evil and ruminations on good, evil and the mortality of humans, particularly Dave Robicheaux Burke brings back all the familiar characters, as well as introducing new ones, including a love interest for the dour Robicheaux Burke has also brought back Chester Smiley Wimple, the interesting, sociopathic, sometimes for hire hitman killer introduced in the previous Robicheaux novel.How all these characters and plot strings pull together is for the reader to discover along the way While it is strongly suggested new readers to the Robicheaux series start with the first novel, one thing Burke does well is to offer concise re introductions of characters and past events that allow the reader to stay current with his new writings flag 16 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 21, 2019 Glen rated it liked it Shelves firstreads, mystery I won this book in a drawing.Some way or another, I ve avoided reading any books in this series until now It s a literary mystery You can tell because the protagonist was an English major.A local boy done good in Hollywood comes back to the bayou for his passion project, a movie that will probably lose money Of course, a body is discovered nearby, and the director and his hanger on act suspiciously Robicheaux starts investigating, an 80 year old tough guy He has a new partner, wit I won this book in a drawing.Some way or another, I ve avoided reading any books in this series until now It s a literary mystery You can tell because the protagonist was an English major.A local boy done good in Hollywood comes back to the bayou for his passion project, a movie that will probably lose money Of course, a body is discovered nearby, and the director and his hanger on act suspiciously Robicheaux starts investigating, an 80 year old tough guy He has a new partner, with whom he kind of sort wants to start an affair His old partner is also investigating We also get some of the de rigeur whining about Trump.All in all, it s okay, but I m not sure I m going to read any of the series flag 14 likesLike see review Oct 15, 2018 Kasa Cotugno rated it it was amazing Shelves arc, genre crime thriller, loc usa la Back we go to Bayou Teche in New Iberia, and join again with Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke s haunted, introspective protagonist More than the usual number of bodies, it seems, but with the trademark literary, painterly descriptions of humid, late Autumn Louisiana The usual cast of characters with some new ones, and regrettable losses, but alas no shrimp etouffee, barbecue chicken than usual I must admit to a partiality for Burke s characters, despite having to speed past some of the m Back we go to Bayou Teche in New Iberia, and join again with Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke s haunted, introspective protagonist More than the usual number of bodies, it seems, but with the trademark literary, painterly descriptions of humid, late Autumn Louisiana The usual cast of characters with some new ones, and regrettable losses, but alas no shrimp etouffee, barbecue chicken than usual I must admit to a partiality for Burke s characters, despite having to speed past some of the grisly descriptions flag 9 likesLike see review Nov 25, 2018 Donna Davis rated it it was amazing review of another edition Recommends it for mystery lovers that like edgy, literate novels Shelves arc simon and sch, blogged, fiction adult, mystery crime fict etc, net galley, favorites overflow, literary fiction, reviewed, southern fiction New Iberia Blues is the twenty second addition to the Dave Robicheaux series, which I will love till the day I die The Denver Post has called Burke America s best novelist, and the Mystery Writers of America made him a Grand Master Big thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the review copy This book will be for sale January 8, 2019 The qualities that have made Burke s writing famous include his lyrical prose, particularly with regard to setting, and a host of memorable characte New Iberia Blues is the twenty second addition to the Dave Robicheaux series, which I will love till the day I die The Denver Post has called Burke America s best novelist, and the Mystery Writers of America made him a Grand Master Big thanks go to Net Galley and Simon and Schuster for the review copy This book will be for sale January 8, 2019 The qualities that have made Burke s writing famous include his lyrical prose, particularly with regard to setting, and a host of memorable characters, often with quirky names His bad guys are wealthy and often come from Hollywood to the Gulf Coast of Louisiana, where the series is set, but he often also features a character or two that works for the wrong side, but is complicated and has redeeming qualities All of these things hold true for this novel, which is one of Burke s best Dave Robicheaux is a cop in New Iberia, Louisiana, a senior citizen, thrice widowed and lonesome when our novel begins Then an old acquaintance comes home after making it big Desmond Courmier s success story was an improbable one, even among the many self congratulatory rags to riches tales we tell ourselves in the ongoing saga of our green republic, one that is forever changing yet forever the same, a saga that also includes the graves of Shiloh and cinders from aboriginal villages That is not meant to be a cynical statement Desmond s story was a piece of Americana, assuring us that wealth and a magical kingdom are available to the least of us, provided we do not awaken our own penchant for breaking our heroes on a medieval wheel and revising them later, safely downwind from history Desmond was not only born to privation, in the sleeper of a semi in which his mother tied off the umbilical cord and said goodbye forever he was nurtured by his impoverished grandparents on the Chitimacha Indian Reservation in the back room of a general store that was hardly than an airless shack It stood on a dirt road amid treeless farmland where shade and a cold soda pop on the store gallery were considered luxuries, before the casino operators from Jersey arrived and, with the help of the state of Louisiana, convinced large numbers of people that vice is a virtue Desmond returns to the bayou in glory after hitting it big in the motion picture industry he brings with him an unsavory character named Antoine Butterworth While Dave is welcoming Desmond home, a terrible surprise looms into view a boat on which a dead woman hangs on a wooden cross It is plainly visible from Courmier s deck, and yet he and Butterworth both deny seeing it And with that, the story commences A complicating factor is that screenwriter Alafair, Dave s daughter, has begun dating Lou Wexler, a man involved in the film Desmond is making She is an adult woman, and her father has absolutely no authority in any of her affairs, and yet he feels as if he should He doesn t like Wexler, and this creates friction between himself and his daughter But at the same time, Dave has plenty of issues of his own The bottle still calls to him, and sometimes he experiences a dry drunk, in which he consumes no alcohol but exhibits many of the same poor impulses as if he had done so Alafair tells him in exasperation, Dave, you use a nail gun on the people who love you most One aspect of this book bothers me, and I briefly considered removing a star from the rating but I couldn t bring myself to do it Nevertheless, the female characters in this novel, and in this entire series, need to be discussed The very moment a young, nubile newcomer joins the force and is made Dave s cop partner, I made a note Oh Christ, here we go There s no way she can exist and not be a romantic partner Will she walk on the tops of his feet like his first three wives did yes Will his ears pop when they have sex yes And will he marry her and make her wife 4 Not telling Burke has difficulty creating a female character who is not Dave s relative and whose sexuality is not prominent or at least discussed His boss, Helen, is allowed to be an exception, but in every book we are told that she is a lesbian, as if business couldn t proceed without this news Can we have an important female character whose sex life isn t an issue, and can we see her developed in other respects Of course, Burke is hardly alone in this regard, but the rest of what he writes is so outstanding that this one obvious flaw stands out like a ketchup stain on the Mona Lisa Having said that, I can get back to the novel s congenial aspects, one of which is Dave s closest friend, Clete Purcel Clete can t be a cop any because he doesn t honor boundaries however, this quality, combined with his loyalty to Dave, is what makes him so engaging and entertaining Moreover, it is he who is most effective at pulling Dave away from the bars and the bottle I cannot think of any literary sidekick that has been better developed across any series ever than Clete I have a mental movie that runs when I read this series, and in my mind, Dave looks like a younger version of the author, and Clete I only just realized the other day shows up in my head as a sunburned Rodney Dangerfield One other regard in which Burke consistently shines is his ability to create tragicomic side characters, and Smiley Wimple is unforgettable Smiley is not all there, until he is In fact, he may surface from beneath your bed Smiley works as an assassin, but he also has standards He needs to believe he is taking out a bad guy, or he won t take the job Smiley is fond of children, and he likes ice cream Who knows He might want to be your friend And while I am on the subject there s some graphic material here, as is true for all of the books in this series don t count on this as meal time or bedtime reading In fact, you may want a few extra lights turned on when you pick this one up Lastly, this book can be read as a stand alone I entered the series halfway in when I was given a free paperback copy of The Tin Roof Blowdown you can enter the series anywhere you prefer However, if you love a complex, literary mystery and can tolerate a fair amount of violence, you will probably like it well enough to go find the rest and read them too Masterfully written, and highly recommended flag 8 likesLike see review View all 4 comments Lyn Caglio Excellent review, Donna I m a huge Burke fan, too, and have read all of his books Your review is so spot on, especially regarding Clete one of my Excellent review, Donna I m a huge Burke fan, too, and have read all of his books Your review is so spot on, especially regarding Clete one of my all time favorite characters Oh, if we could all have a best friend like him 10 hours, 30 min ago Donna Davis Lyn wrote Excellent review, Donna I m a huge Burke fan, too, and have read all of his books Your review is so spot on, especially regarding Clete Lyn wrote Excellent review, Donna I m a huge Burke fan, too, and have read all of his books Your review is so spot on, especially regarding Clete one of my all time favorite characters Oh, if we could a Thanks, Lyn I have noticed that in every one of these books, when Clete Purcel makes his first entrance, I smile Nobody here but me, maybe, but there I am with my lips twitching in pleasure If my husband is in the room, I ll say, Oh Here s Clete and then he smiles, too 3 7 hours, 21 min ago Jan 18, 2019 Michael rated it really liked it Shelves fiction, mystery, netgalley, louisiana, movies Quite the apotheosis of detective Dave Robicheaux s career Once again we have a twisted man committing murders in the New Iberia area of Louisiana, and Dave has to ride herd on his internal demons to succeed in catching him In this case a social worker who helps inmates on Death Row pursue justice is found dead in the sea crucified on a cross After so many books Dave has become of living figure for the reader, from his poor Cajun roots, his terrible experience in Vietnam, and long struggle ag Quite the apotheosis of detective Dave Robicheaux s career Once again we have a twisted man committing murders in the New Iberia area of Louisiana, and Dave has to ride herd on his internal demons to succeed in catching him In this case a social worker who helps inmates on Death Row pursue justice is found dead in the sea crucified on a cross After so many books Dave has become of living figure for the reader, from his poor Cajun roots, his terrible experience in Vietnam, and long struggle against alcoholism and violent rages against the corrupt and abusers of the defenseless, and now middle aged and and subject to experiences with ghosts and spiritual mysteries As always, his mind takes constant refuge in the beauty and poetry of the natural world around him in and around Bayou Teche His buddy from New Orleans police days, Clete Purcell, not a bail bondsman, helps as usual in figuring out the source of evil behind what turns out to be a series of murders Dave s new female partner contributes insights that the murders all are staged from versions of Tarot cards It is unclear whether this means the perp is mentally disturbed or makes use of the staging to hide other mundane motives like financial gains and corruption linked to organized crime.This could be a good dose of Burke s masterful storytelling for those trying him for the first time For me, my pleasure was marred by a sense of excess There were too many suspects and too many murders before significant progress was made Having his grown daughter Alafair, a lawyer and movie script writer, become a target for the bad guy and require desperate efforts to save her felt like a bit of a clich.This book was provided for review by the publisher through the Netgalley program flag 15 likesLike see review Jan 08, 2019 Magdalena aka A Bookaholic Swede rated it really liked it Shelves read 2019 What I loved with The New Iberia Blues besides the great characters and the setting of New Orleans is the fact that I easily felt right at home, despite never having read a previous book in the series And, this is the 22nd book in the series So, I m VERY late to the party Now, I have wanted for a long time to read any of James Lee Burke s books and I m absolutely thrilled to have finally gotten to it and also that I found the books so bloody good I do recognize the fact that I, as a new re What I loved with The New Iberia Blues besides the great characters and the setting of New Orleans is the fact that I easily felt right at home, despite never having read a previous book in the series And, this is the 22nd book in the series So, I m VERY late to the party Now, I have wanted for a long time to read any of James Lee Burke s books and I m absolutely thrilled to have finally gotten to it and also that I found the books so bloody good I do recognize the fact that I, as a new reader, have missed a lot of previous events Dave Robicheaux has lived a very eventful life In some way, as I write this book does he remind me of Walt Longmire, from the Craig Johanson series Could be the tortured soul thing, and the widower status And that both have experienced war And, since I m a BIG fan of the Longmire series is this only a plus.As for the story It takes a long time before the case makes sense before they finally connect the dots and that s just the way I like it I love cases that are not easily solved And, this one, well what connects the victims I have to admit that I was not sure who was behind it until it was revealed The New Iberia Blues is an excellent crime novel and I m happy to have so many unread Dave Robicheaux to find and read. I want to thank the publisher for providing me with a free copy through NetGalley for an honest review flag 12 likesLike see review Dec 12, 2018 Roman Clodia rated it liked it Better than the last book but not as good as the earlier ones, the atmosphere of melancholy and existential despair oozes through the pages but the I had no doubt he was mad is, surely, the ultimate cop out in crime writing Plus this is way too long, with too many characters from past books popping up again There s even that male fantasy of a beautiful young woman falling into bed with Robicheaux who, as a Vietnam vet who remembers going to see a film with his mother in 1946, must be old eno Better than the last book but not as good as the earlier ones, the atmosphere of melancholy and existential despair oozes through the pages but the I had no doubt he was mad is, surely, the ultimate cop out in crime writing Plus this is way too long, with too many characters from past books popping up again There s even that male fantasy of a beautiful young woman falling into bed with Robicheaux who, as a Vietnam vet who remembers going to see a film with his mother in 1946, must be old enough to be her grandfather ick Despite some misgivings, Burke s stylish writing and vision of evil as a tangible thing gives some heft to the book all the same, it feels like this long running series peaked some books back.Thanks to Simon and Schuster for an ARC via NetGalley flag 8 likesLike see review View 1 comment Dec 31, 2018 Cameron Wiggins rated it it was amazing The New Iberia Blues James Lee BurkeI was very fortunate to win an advanced copy of James Lee Burke s new Dave Robicheaux novel set for a January 8th, 2019 publish date courtesy of the good people of GoodReads Thank you very much for this book in exchange for my unbiased, honest review Please trust me, this is an unbiased review, and those who are familiar with my reviews will attest that few are the given 5 star reviews Ah, well First, it would be good to point out some general traits of The New Iberia Blues James Lee BurkeI was very fortunate to win an advanced copy of James Lee Burke s new Dave Robicheaux novel set for a January 8th, 2019 publish date courtesy of the good people of GoodReads Thank you very much for this book in exchange for my unbiased, honest review Please trust me, this is an unbiased review, and those who are familiar with my reviews will attest that few are the given 5 star reviews Ah, well First, it would be good to point out some general traits of the Dave Robicheaux series and that of Burke s writing style a tad bit Afterall, this is about the 22nd Dave Robicheaux book in the series, which, coincidentally IMHO, does not have to be read in order throughout, altough it is somewhat helpful to probably read the first three books in order However, that being said, the reader should not let these first books in the series scare he or she away from the series discounting the series as too dark, depressing or graphic James Lee Burke is setting the tone for a career long series following Vietnam Vet Dave Robicheaux through his darkest moments as an alcoholic, a recovering alcoholic, and the various tragedies that are self inflicted upon oneself and those around him and the sense of loss from a past life that was out of control This type of person, whether they wrecked their life with drugs or alcohol, has a long road to recovery and financial and physical recovery and redemption which Burke definetly does not whitewash or abbreviate and glean through And I believe that the readers are better served due to this writing style Burke is an amazing thriller police procedural writer He writes crime fiction that IMHO almost reads like New American Literature The character developement throughout this series is just so well put to paper in an incredible and very consistent detail Burke s language, vocabulary, and abililty to put a story together while keeping the reader hanging on the edge with a wanting for and still not wanting the book to end has always amazed readers The reader can actually come out of a scene or a chapter of The New Iberia Blues feeling as though they are wearing the story with the goo and gunk oozing from their sleeves, sweat breaking on their forehead, wanting to gasp for that breath one can forseeably be there, trust me.As The New Iberia Blues begins, change is in the air for Dave Robicheaux at work and in life He is getting older, and he gets a new partner, the beautiful, 28 year old Bailey Ribbons, whom he realizes is now out of reach due to his age Widowed three times, Dave is out of practice, anyway He is getting used to spending evenings with his pet coons, Snugs and Mon Te Coon His daughter, Alafair, is back in the picture which is very good to Dave but he is not used to her being an adult woman Is she just going to get one hotel room Incidentally, Alafair is his daughter in the Dave Robicheaux novels, and she is also James Lee Burke s daughter in real life, Alafair Burke, also an author Dave had somewhat fond memories of Desmond Cormier growing up Desmond has really made well do for himself, and is a successful movie producer, and he is into the artistry of the movies He is in town with a side kick, Antoine Butterworth, whom smells of trouble A former mercenary, Lou Wexler, is in town and he is hot on Alafair The movie needs money badly, and they are in New Orleans to shoot part of it due to the kindness of the state to the movie industry They still need to raise money from wherever they can get it The cast of characters soon includes the Mafia, some Saudis, maybe the Aryan Brotherhood, and other corrupt characters And then the murders begin The first victim is found hanging from a cross in a ritualistic murder which can be seen from Desmond s rental through his telescope very clearly Dave is convinced one of them is involved, and he chases the story through blues, barbecue, racial strife, poverty, bars, and corruption along with his long standing partner Clete Purcel Will Dave solve the case before the case solves him Wow, this is a great read.The New Iberia Blues was an incredible read for me that made me realize that it has been way too long since I have read Burke, and how fantastic of a writer he was to me This was definitely my favorite read of 2018 Others may not enjoy the story as much as I, but, they will probably really like this work It is one of few 5 star books that I have read I believe that the 5 star is the pinnacle that which few achieve but that all reach up to attain Burke rises to this pinnacle The Denver Post calls him Americas s best novelist Michael Connelly says, James Lee Burke is the heavyweigh champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed Further, The Philadelphia Inquirer states, For five decades, Burke has created memorable novels that weave exquisite language, unforgettable characters, and social commentary into written tapestries that mirror the contemporary scene His work transcends genre classification Yep, Burke got game flag 7 likesLike see review View 1 comment Jan 09, 2019 Kathy rated it really liked it review of another edition Well imagined and written, yet difficult to survive the reading of so many cruel, twisted acts of violence and murder with cops all aflutter, at least those not on the take.I feel the need for a run, but it s too cold outside That rules out throwing cold water on my face as well Seriously I am desperately in need of recovery time after this book.Plenty of other people have summarized what the book is about Unfortunately I find that I just can t do it.Note to self First victim innocent fem Well imagined and written, yet difficult to survive the reading of so many cruel, twisted acts of violence and murder with cops all aflutter, at least those not on the take.I feel the need for a run, but it s too cold outside That rules out throwing cold water on my face as well Seriously I am desperately in need of recovery time after this book.Plenty of other people have summarized what the book is about Unfortunately I find that I just can t do it.Note to self First victim innocent female crucified and set afloat for Robicheaux to findI can t explain why I will now have to set this author aside without spoilers flag 8 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 18, 2019 Tom Swift rated it it was amazing JLB is one of my all time favorites This series is like an old friend to me, this one kinds if seems like a farewell I hope not, but at some point the sun will set on Dave, Clete, and Alafair Burke s powerful talent propels this story through the bayous of Louisiana flag 6 likesLike see review Jan 14, 2019 Rowena Hoseason rated it really liked it Shelves 2019 This book has swansong stamped all the way through it and it reads like the author s valedictory address It s an extended farewell to old Louisiana, as the landmass slowly disintegrates into the ocean and the French Cajun culture of the Deep South is overwhelmed by the modern world.In parallel, detective Robicheaux is an olde worlde archaism, a flawed but honourably intentioned throwback to the mid 20th century This is Robicheaux s do not go gently into that good night moment, when the wei This book has swansong stamped all the way through it and it reads like the author s valedictory address It s an extended farewell to old Louisiana, as the landmass slowly disintegrates into the ocean and the French Cajun culture of the Deep South is overwhelmed by the modern world.In parallel, detective Robicheaux is an olde worlde archaism, a flawed but honourably intentioned throwback to the mid 20th century This is Robicheaux s do not go gently into that good night moment, when the weight of all his personal history threatens to overwhelm the storyline.James Lee Burke couldn t write a bad book if he tried, and New Iberia Blues is saturated in his beautiful, lyrical imagery It comes as close to prose poetry as you re likely to find in the crime genre, which means that many readers of fast paced thrillers may find simply too elaborate to endure It incorporates American history, social justice, moral ambiguity, personal loyalty, the fight for sobriety and a raging white, middle class guilt trip into what is essentially a straightforward serial killer mystery.It s certainly not the best of the Robicheaux series although it contains all the essential touchstones Dave s bull in a china shop podna in crime, Clete Purcel his over protective relationship with adult daughter Alafair haunting flashbacks to Vietnam sheriff Helen Soileau doing her best to limit the fall out from Dave s self destructive worst best impulses and the bayou itself, where the silent spirits of the Confederate dead mingle with Dave s own lost loved ones in the mist.There s also a terrific celebration of one of JLB s finest creations, Smiley Wimple, a crazed but curiously moral contract killer who raises the game of every page he appears upon Balancing the brilliance of Smiley s appearance we have a poorly rendered female love interest, a two dimensional stand in for the tough survivor I struggled to understand why every person in Dave s universe needs to carry the baggage of a brutalised childhood or other societal ills.The ritual tarot theme of the murders is intriguing, although it s given little development and this connection to the killings is overwhelmed by tangled plot threads en route to the finale.And indeed the ending is perhaps the weakest part of this story It s essentially an encore of many other Robicheaux misadventures The final chapter did not, to me, seem to be Dave or JLB s finest hour That comes much earlier in the narrative, when Dave confronts the realisation that he is an old man, and that his time has passed.This is an adequate conclusion, then, a nostalgic way of saying goodbye to much loved characters and to JLB s uniquely indulgent writing 7 10There s a longer version of this review, and many crime thrillers, over at flag 5 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 29, 2019 James Amerson added it I just finished reading this one I ve been reading the Dave Robicheaux series for so long, I remember the first one when Dave pulled Alafair, whom he would adopt, out of a plane that crashed in the bayou, she was 2 years old, and now she s all grown up with a law degree from Stanford University and is a movie producer Now I m anxiously awaiting 23 flag 5 likesLike see review Oct 29, 2018 Kaye rated it liked it I love the atmosphere of every James Lee Burke s book, but the ones set in the bayou are most enjoyable That said, this was not my favorite of his books Burke brought back a character from his past, a local boy makes good who returns to Louisiana to film a movie, bringing along a crew of unsavory types and possibly unleashing mayhem on New Iberia.There are tendencies in all of Burke s fiction that mildly bug me, but were strong enough in this outing to over ride my pleasure in the story I love the atmosphere of every James Lee Burke s book, but the ones set in the bayou are most enjoyable That said, this was not my favorite of his books Burke brought back a character from his past, a local boy makes good who returns to Louisiana to film a movie, bringing along a crew of unsavory types and possibly unleashing mayhem on New Iberia.There are tendencies in all of Burke s fiction that mildly bug me, but were strong enough in this outing to over ride my pleasure in the story For one thing, his dialogue often seems set up just to introduce colorful language or pithy sayings, not to evoke a real conversation between two characters who are actually speaking to each other It s kind of a non sequitur call and response That pattern was stronger than ever in this book.Plus this book was long Way long I can t ever remember feeling this strongly about a Burke story it was like I was squirming in church waiting for a long winded preacher to finish Of course, I read to the end because James Lee Burke But I had way too much time to think while reading it, which isn t usually the case.Thanks to NetGalley for an ARC of this book flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 23, 2018 Jan rated it it was amazing Shelves private investigators, thriller, suspense, mystery, crime fiction The present is the product of the past Nowhere is this clearly apparent than in the stories centered on Dave Robicheaux in the bayou If you ve never read any of these you should prepare yourself for the dark side of life and the calling to investigate and work for justice whether as law enforcement or private That being said, I loved this one at least as much as any of the others and hope that he continues to write Can t call this an unbiased endorsement as I confess to being a Da The present is the product of the past Nowhere is this clearly apparent than in the stories centered on Dave Robicheaux in the bayou If you ve never read any of these you should prepare yourself for the dark side of life and the calling to investigate and work for justice whether as law enforcement or private That being said, I loved this one at least as much as any of the others and hope that he continues to write Can t call this an unbiased endorsement as I confess to being a Dave Robicheaux addict I requested and received a free ebook copy from Simon and Schuster Publishing via NetGalley Thank you flag 5 likesLike see review Nov 15, 2018 Linda rated it it was amazing Lately I have been disappointed in series that I have always liked reading They seem to be losing their appeal or something But not with this author and his fantastic series staring Dave Robicheaux.What a writer James Lee Burke is His descriptive wording brings the state of Louisiana alive in a way that slides into your skin like osmosis You can smell the bayou, taste the food and feel the rain The narrative itself makes you feels things you have never felt before and the storyline immerses Lately I have been disappointed in series that I have always liked reading They seem to be losing their appeal or something But not with this author and his fantastic series staring Dave Robicheaux.What a writer James Lee Burke is His descriptive wording brings the state of Louisiana alive in a way that slides into your skin like osmosis You can smell the bayou, taste the food and feel the rain The narrative itself makes you feels things you have never felt before and the storyline immerses you into the soul of Dave Robicheaux, tormented, afflicted A hell of a story, a hell of a book.Highly recommended this book will be published in January, 2019 flag 5 likesLike see review Jan 16, 2019 Mike rated it really liked it I ve been hearing about James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux series for years but never got around to reading any of them until now Completely ignoring the advice I frequently give to others about starting a series with the first book The New Iberia Blues is 22.A quick rundown of the basics Desmond Cormier, a local boy from humble beginnings, returns home as a hotshot film director with a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination He is making a movie on location that many believe will be a m I ve been hearing about James Lee Burke s Dave Robicheaux series for years but never got around to reading any of them until now Completely ignoring the advice I frequently give to others about starting a series with the first book The New Iberia Blues is 22.A quick rundown of the basics Desmond Cormier, a local boy from humble beginnings, returns home as a hotshot film director with a Golden Globe Award and an Oscar nomination He is making a movie on location that many believe will be a masterpiece To say that Desmond and some of his associates are eccentric is something along the lines of saying that the ocean is wet A series of strange murders that seem to be inspired by the cards of a Tarot deck begin to occur are they connected to the strange movie people Maybe, maybe not Why were those particular victims chosen Nobody really knows And where does the religious fanatic who recently escaped from Death Row fit in What about the bizarre looking hitman who seems child than adult who is roaming around in the shadows The former mercenaries who are now movie producers How does that even happen And what on Earth is the strange obsession with the film My Darling Clementine all about Adding to the plot with varying degrees of importance are possible arms deals A Russian connection maybe A mafia connection again, maybe A new 28 year old partner possible love interest A tragic blues singer Dirty cops and Dave s former partner a hard drinking private investigator named Clete Purcel.I am not exaggerating when I say the whole thing becomes twisted and confused than a ball of worms in a tin can The writing style seems rambling and unfocused with strained metaphors and similes that don t quite work The attempts to invoke mysticism or cryptic revelations often come off as muddled and overwrought I found the flashbacks confusing, written in such a way as to make it difficult to decipher what was real versus what was a vision or hallucination Pretty sure that was intentional on the part of the author but it was still a bit confusing and repeatedly took me out of the story Everyone talks as though they have a degree in psychology Okay, not everyone but too many to be believable And, while I m on the subject of believability, Robicheaux mentions having graduated from the University of Louisiana in 1960 and there is a reference to the Las Vegas shooting in 2017 so that would place the story in or less current time That means this rough and tumble cop who takes names and kicks butt is well into his 70s I d like to be in that kind of shape when I m in my 70s doubtful I m not even in that kind of shape now.So, now that I ve gone on about all the things I didn t like about this book here s the kicker I could not put the damn thing down Seriously, every time some passage would make me stop and shake my head in disbelief my next thought would be Now where is this thing going I couldn t wait to see how it all tied together Honestly, some of it didn t There were several false leads and subplots that never really amounted to much but it was still a thrill following them to their respective dead ends It was most definitely an experience I will most certainly seek out earlier entries in this series Thanks to NetGalley,the publisher, and the author for providing me with a complimentary digital copy of this book in exchange for an honest review flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 06, 2019 Carole rated it liked it Shelves netgalley books 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 the 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 Thank you to Simon Schuster and NetGalley for the e ARC in exchange for an honest opinion flag 4 likesLike see review View 2 comments Jan 02, 2019 Abibliofob rated it really liked it This is one of the greatest writers in modern times If you like dark stories with a mystery Burke is the author for you The New Iberia Blues is one of the best books I ve read in the last year and I hope he will write some If you should like this you can also check out The Red River Mystery series by Reavis Wortham flag 4 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 J.R rated it it was amazing Shelves thrillers Motivation, the reason behind all human actions, whether for good or evil, is always central in a James Lee Burke novel, especially those featuring his Detective Dave Robicheaux character.There s plenty of motivation and suspects to choose from in New Iberia Blues, the twenty second in this series, which has been a favorite since I stumbled on a copy of A Morning for Flamingos, the fourth outing for Dave and company I ve since read everything I ve found bearing Burke s name.In this outing Dave Motivation, the reason behind all human actions, whether for good or evil, is always central in a James Lee Burke novel, especially those featuring his Detective Dave Robicheaux character.There s plenty of motivation and suspects to choose from in New Iberia Blues, the twenty second in this series, which has been a favorite since I stumbled on a copy of A Morning for Flamingos, the fourth outing for Dave and company I ve since read everything I ve found bearing Burke s name.In this outing Dave and another officer respond to reports of a woman screaming This brings them to the residence of Desmond Cormier, a local who had risen from privation to become a film director with a stellar reputation The director has come home to work on a new film, bringing with him a creepy sidekick and other Hollywood types who quickly get under Dave s skin.During the visit they discover the crucified body of a young woman floating in the bay just below Cormier s estate This is the first in a series of ritualistic murders which appear to be connected and intertwined with tarot symbolism.While Dave and his new partner Bailey Ribbons are trying to sort out the connections, new suspects enter the fray Hugo Tillinger, a convicted murderer who escaped from a Texas prison, and Chester Smiley Wimple, a paid assassin introduced in an earlier novel in the series There are also intimations of mob involvement in the funding of Cormier s movie.Dave s daughter Alafair is drawn into the Hollywood mix as a scriptwriter and an involvement with an older man, Lou Wexler, a former mercenary and now a film producer Dave objects, despite the hypocrisy of his own developing infatuation with the 28 year old Bailey.At times it seems the only stable influence left in Dave s life is his old friend Clete, a train wreck of a man if there ever was one But, together, they persevere, putting the pieces together and bringing the story to a bloody end For those who may be put off by the violence in the novel, I suggest the reward for bearing with it is some of the most lyrical prose and meditation on virtue to be found in contemporary literature flag 3 likesLike see review Jan 25, 2019 Patricia rated it really liked it So shoot me I m a James Burke addict I kept myself from giving it a full five stars because although it was full of lyrical descriptions of rain falling on the Bayou Teche, and the murky environment in a local bar haunt, and all my favorite characters were there, including the raccoon and Dave Robicheaux s ancient cat, it lacked the fiery social commentary that pulls at my soul and makes me say that s why I pre order everything by James Lee Burke, even if it means ordering a hard cover With So shoot me I m a James Burke addict I kept myself from giving it a full five stars because although it was full of lyrical descriptions of rain falling on the Bayou Teche, and the murky environment in a local bar haunt, and all my favorite characters were there, including the raccoon and Dave Robicheaux s ancient cat, it lacked the fiery social commentary that pulls at my soul and makes me say that s why I pre order everything by James Lee Burke, even if it means ordering a hard cover With every new James Lee Burke book that comes out, however, I am fully grateful that he is still alive and writing so powerfully about the degradation of the criminal mind and the susceptibility to corruption buried in each one of us His books are a little formulaic, so I won t be giving anything away by telling you that there will always be a character you start to love who dies in a horrible way, there will always be gratuitous violence, and those who know themselves subject to temptation will again be tempted There will also be faithful friendships, small community values and events, glorious descriptions of the natural beauty surrounding New Iberia this one has a section on St Martinville and the Evangeline Oak so lovely that you will be drawn, as we have been, to visit New Iberia in person If he never writes another book, James Lee Burke s New Iberia Blues leaves us with some hauntingly beautiful images I believe, as an author addicted to his craft, he is probably already deeply involved in the next novel, and I will be one of the first to pre order flag 3 likesLike see review View all 3 comments previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 next new topicDiscuss This Book topics posts views last activity New James Lee Burke Book Due Jan 2019 1 3 Jun 21, 2018 12 53PM More topics Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed

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      James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas Louisiana Gulf Coast He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a BA and MA from the latter He has worked at a wide variety of jobs over the years, including working in the oil industry, as a reporter, and as a social worker He was Writer in Residence at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, succeeding his good friend and posthumous Pulitzer Prize winner John Kennedy Toole, and preceding Ernest Gaines in the position Shortly before his move to Montana, he taught for several years in the Creative Writing program at Wichita State University in the 1980s.Burke and his wife, Pearl, split their time between Lolo, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana Their daughter, Alafair Burke, is also a mystery novelist.The book that has influenced his life the most is the 1929 family tragedy The Sound and the Fury by William Faulkner



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    1. Always a joy to read the latest by the incomparable literary crime fiction writer, James Lee Burke, painting a vivid and vibrant contemporary picture of the US, providing a political and social commentary on the cruelty, woes and horror inflicted on the land and its people by its political classes, devoid of any principles This may be the 22nd in the series, but he has not lost his lyricism and sureness of touch in penning this twisted and complex tale of injustice, ritual murders, corruption, A [...]

    2. I speak my mind because it hurts too much to bite my tongue.Much like ol Detective Dave Robicheaux and his die hard friend, P.I Clete Purcel, who have always led their lives in that manner in New Iberia They ve been joined at the hip since they were beat cops in New Orleans The panoramic views just get swampier like the bottom feeders who roll in with satchels filled with crime and mayhem Murder pops up on the daily menu.Some talented authors bring the Thanksgiving feast between the pages I spea [...]

    3. A solid 4 stars.I first started reading James Lee Burke s books than 20 years ago My late father in law recommended his books to me, saying He writes the most vivid metaphors that I have ever read According to the author biography, he is now 82 years old He still has the gift of writing vivid metaphors that let the reader taste, smell and feel the swamps, bayous and everything else in Louisiana.This book has his main character, Detective Dave Robicheaux trying to solve a series of rit A solid 4 [...]

    4. You know what you re going to get when you pick up a JLB novel the story will be gutsy and the language ornate the plot will be convoluted and the thread of the piece sometimes hard to follow But one thing you can be sure of is that if you have any appreciation at all of his gift then day you pick up his next book will be a good day a very good day.I ve been following the adventures of his Louisiana based cop Dave Robicheaux for years and I ve grown to love him, with all his foibles, and hi You [...]

    5. 3.5 starsIn this 22nd book in the Dave Robicheaux series, the detective is after a brutal serial killer The book can be read as a standalone, but familiarity with the characters is a plus When people report hearing screams on the bayou near Cypremort Point in New Iberia, Louisiana, Sheriff s Detective Dave Robicheaux and Deputy Sean McClain drive over to investigate One of the homes in the area belongs to award winning Hollywood director Desmond Cormier who s in town to film a movie 3.5 starsIn [...]

    6. The Louisiana bayou in all its musty, shaded glory is almost another character in Burke s Robicheaux series, a crime fiction series that is deeply character driven, dark, gloomy, haunted Dreams, fantasies, and twisted pasts merge with current cruel truths here Everyone in this whether a midget gunman, Hollywood royalty, or a picture show detective has a checkered mysterious past Everyone here is haunted by the ghosts of their past And, Robicheaux is like a drowning man struggling to stay abo The [...]

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