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The New Iberia Blues de James Lee Burke
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The New Iberia Blues

de James Lee Burke

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

Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier’s door, it isn’t to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who’s been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier’s Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better.

As always, Clete Purcel and 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. ( )
  jepeters333 | Oct 23, 2021 |
My first Robicheaux novel. Excellent, but a little bit hard to stay with in the beginning. It's worth it to hang in there and finish. ( )
  MFazekas99 | Sep 15, 2020 |
James Lee Burke is an extraordinarily gifted writer. I loved his prose, his memory for details, and his elegant writing. ( )
  jeanbmac | Jul 28, 2020 |
In "The New Iberia Blues", the latest of the Dave Robicheaux novels by James Lee Burke, we find much that is familiar for long-time followers of the fictional Cajun detective and his loyal comrade in arms, Clete Purcel. But readers of Burke, who have made an unsigned but tacit agreement with the author to suspend disbelief in the matter of the protagonists' age, are pushed to the limit, and perhaps beyond it, in this melancholy tale. Burke himself, while he has Robicheaux and Purcel defy time itself, seems more obsessed than ever with mortality in this novel, and the pervasive tone is apocalyptic.

James Lee Burke is 80 years old and his alter ego, Dave Robicheaux, is about the same age, and yet the detective is still employed, apparently full time, by the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Department. Clete Purcel, who, like Robicheaux, is a Vietnam War vet, pursues a physically demanding occupation as a private investigator and bounty hunter, although he must be at least 75 years old- and an alcoholic. Now age is not what it used to be, so Burke can presume that his readers will indulge him in keeping Robicheaux and Purcel in the good fight when, realistically, they should have retired two or three novels ago. But when he has Robicheaux have an affair with a beautiful young woman for whom he is old enough to be her grandfather, it comes across as an old man's sexual fantasy and is a disturbing element marring the character of the hero, if not the author. We have always known the noble knight errant Robicheaux is a flawed man, but never before have we had reason to think him a lttle creepy.

This is the most grim of Burke's novels so far, a reaction to the degraded times in which we live and the descent into depravity that he sees governing the powers that be in our nation and world. The Robicheaux novels have always revolved around character, with plot as secondary, but in "The New Iberia Blues", the plot is incidental at best. Degenerate Hollywood people come to Louisiana to make a film, a mysterious series of cult-like murders follows, a bizarre freelance hitman gets involved for no apparent reason, as does an escaped Texas Death Row convict, Mafia goons from Jersey and Florida, Arabs, Russians, etc. There's more mystical stuff than usual and the result brings sadness and disappointment to admirers of James Lee Burke's past excellence as a writer of crime fiction. ( )
  ChuckNorton | Jan 31, 2020 |
The first part of the book seemed to break new ground. No overwhelming bad guy but it soon broke down into the usual doahgter in trouble. But none the less a good and enjoyable read w visions of south Louisiana. ( )
  JBreedlove | May 28, 2019 |
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Detective Dave Robicheaux's world isn't filled with too many happy stories, but Desmond Cormier's rags-to-riches tale is certainly one of them. Robicheaux first met Cormier on the streets of New Orleans, when the young, undersized boy had foolish dreams of becoming a Hollywood director. Twenty-five years later, when Robicheaux knocks on Cormier's door, it isn't to congratulate him on his Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations. Robicheaux has discovered the body of a young woman who's been crucified, wearing only a small chain on her ankle. She disappeared near Cormier's Cyrpemort Point estate, and Robicheaux, along with young deputy, Sean McClain, are looking for answers. Neither Cormier nor his enigmatic actor friend Antoine Butterworth are saying much, but Robicheaux knows better. As always, Clete Purcel and Davie's daughter, Alafair, have Robicheaux's back. Clete witnesses the escape of Texas inmate, Hugo Tillinger, who may hold the key to Robicheaux's case. As they wade further into the investigation, they end up in the crosshairs of the mob, the deranged Chester Wimple, and the dark ghosts Robicheaux has been running from for years. Ultimately, it's up to Robicheaux to stop them all, but he'll have to summon a light he's never seen or felt to save himself, and those he loves.

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