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The New Iberia Blues

Narrated by: Will Patton
Length: 15 hrs and 2 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (21 ratings)
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Summary

Detective Dave Robicheaux is fighting his demons to overcome his toughest case yet. There's something off about the relationship between mob boss Tony Nemo, local author Levon Broussard and New Orleans poster boy Jimmy Nightengale, and after a vicious assault, it's up to Robicheaux to uncover the truth. 

Complicating matters is the sudden death of T. J. Dartez, the New Iberian local responsible for Robicheaux's wife's death, and all are looking to the detective as the murderer. 

Can Robicheaux clear his name?

©2019 James Lee Burke (P)2019 Simon & Schuster, Inc.

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James Lee Burke at his very best

This is a great story that is full of fantastic imagery both surreal and ethereal at times. His characters are well known, well drawn, mystical and sometimes stretching belief. His writing is at his poetic best. The narration was excellent with an array of character voices. Sometimes a back pedal on the dramatic in the narration delivery could have been employed. This has to rate as one of Burkes best books.

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Unsustained complexity

This begins in true JLB/Robichaux fashion but the strong themes and characterization seem to flat line. The brilliance of the imagery is as shining as ever, however. If this is the last Robicheaux, I am a little disappointed. Dave and Clete must now be in their 70s/80/s and therefore the gymnastics and love interest are not realistic. Will Patton is the only true narrator of this stuff by the way: avoid cheap substitutes!