The New Iberia Blues.
By James Lee Burke
At 82, Burke just keeps getting better, his familiar theme of an idyllic past at war with a demon-drenched present taking on more subtle levels of meaning; his storied lyricism drawing on a new range of powerfully resonant minor chords; his now-iconic characters—Cajun police detective Dave Robicheaux and Dave’s running buddy and guardian angel, Clete Purcell (“a heart as big as the world”)—feeling weighed down by the burden of age yet at the same time emboldened by the knowledge that although “we would never change the world . . . the world would never change us.” In this twenty-second Robicheaux novel, Dave is again threatened by forces from within and without, but this time, those forces interact to produce a kind of nuclear reaction on the lives of Robicheaux, his loved ones, and the inhabitants of New Iberia, Louisiana. It begins with the first of a series of ritualistic murders—a woman crucified and floating on a barge near the estate of a local boy made good, Hollywood director Desmond Cormier. As Dave and new partner Bailey Ribbons investigate,
HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: A new Dave Robicheaux novel will always be a major publishing moment, and this one is bigger than most.
— Bill Ott