THE NEW IBERIA BLUES, BOOK 22 – DAVE ROBICHEAUX – James Lee Burke

The New Iberia Blues:
Dave Robicheaux Series, Book 22

By: James Lee Burke

Narrated by: Will Patton

Series: Dave Robicheaux, Book 22
Length: 15 hrs and 3 mins
Unabridged Audiobook
Release date: 01-08-19
Language: English
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio


James Lee Burke never fails me.

Every book he writes is rich, sensual, and powerful. The writing, the feel of the place and mood of the times. Of course, Dave Robicheaux and Clete are my favorites, but I have loved every book I’ve read by James Lee Burke, in and outside of the “Robicheaux” series.

I didn’t think they could get better, but this was better.

Why? Because the characters aren’t the same “kids” they were. They have aged, grown, and changed. They aren’t the same “guns blazing” Dave and Clete.

Life has been hard for both of them. Dave has lost three wives, one to Lupus and two to violence, but he’s not full of hate or looking for retribution. He’s an adult, a genuine grownup.

Both men have moved on with the understanding that life isn’t and won’t ever be exactly what they want. They aren’t expecting perfection, yet they are still involved, caring, concerned for each other and the world in which they live. They are entirely alive and deeply involved.

If you like James Lee Burke’s writing, there’s nothing not to love in this book.

Will Patton is a superb narrator (and a pretty good actor too, by the way). He may even be better than the original narrator who was himself, brilliant. What Patton has going for him is clarity of speech which enables him to use a reasonable southern accent, but clearly enough for we northerners to easily understand.

My only regret is that I read the book too fast.

I should have slowed down and made the story last longer. Maybe I’ll read it again.

Maybe I’ll read the last TWO again.


Note: This review is for the Audible.com version, but reading James Lee Burke as a regular book is just fine and in fact until quite late in the series, I read all his books in hardcover. I have all of the first books in hardcover, first edition. I know it’s sentimental, but I can’t help myself. I still love the smell and feel of a new hardcover book!

SHARING MY WORLD – EMILIO’S SPECIAL!

EMILIO’S SHARE MY WORLD – AUGUST 21, 2017


Cee in on vacation, so today, we reveal our private selves to Emilio, who has decided to be this weeks question asker.

Have you ever been pulled over by a cop?  

For years, I got away with being a nonstop speeder. I wasn’t a dangerous driver, but I was a fast one. Then, one day, my past caught up with me and so did the state troopers. Two speeding tickets later, I slowed down. It took Garry four tickets, then HE slowed down, too.

There are some places that just beg to have you put pedal to the metal and go for it. I still don’t know why we aren’t allowed to drive faster when the road is built for fast driving and the traffic is light … but I think it’s a money thing.

What have you always wanted? Did you get it? 

I wanted to write a book. But to be fair, I wanted to write a best-selling book and make a lot of money as a writer. I didn’t want to work really hard to write a book, but never be able to properly market it.

For all that, I got a huge amount of satisfaction from writing and having people enjoy it. Even though I didn’t make oodles of money, I got oodles of happiness. So yes, I got it.

What is your perfect pizza?

Almost any pizza not made in Uxbridge. Sorry, little town. This is not one of the great pizza-making villages.

What inspired you this past week?  Feel free to use a quote, a photo, a story, or even a combination.

I have been sick for a week. Inspiration? When I think the meds are working. Failed inspiration? Realizing no, they didn’t work and I am still sick. I don’t understand why I’m still sick. I should be much better by now. It is making me grouchy.

AUGUST ANGST – NCIS: UXBRIDGE

DATELINE UXBRIDGE: Chapter 2: EVIL UNDERBELLY OF A SMALL TOWNGarry Armstrong, Reporting

On the surface, it seemed like a normal day in Uxbridge. But intelligence reports warned us not to be lulled into a false sense of security.

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Yes, it seemed idyllic. Traffic was moving smoothly through the town’s main intersection. There was non of the usual slow driver traffic clog that’s typical of an August Friday afternoon.

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Perhaps we should have noticed how quiet things were on the town green. This is the height of tourist season. People come from across the country to capture our bit of small town America.

Yes, suspiciously quiet.

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A short distance away, the new NCIS Uxbridge team leader sensed something was wrong. His gut told him the serenity was  cover for a local sleeper cell.

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This NCIS bureau chief was handpicked by the legendary Leroy Jethro Gibbs. Word had it the Uxbridge guy had worked deep cover with Gibbs, taking out mercs who threatened our nation’s security. Gibbs apparently trusted his Uxbridge peer, who some referred to as “a functional mute.”

Word filtered through Uxbridge.

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The town library closed early. No teenagers gathered on the town common usually a popular hang out spot. BOLOs had been posted by the local LEOs for unspecified persons and vehicles but they offered few details, referring all inquiries to the new NCIS team.

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But a badge was the only information supplied by any who questioned the new NCIS guy. Maybe it was the look on his face. Perhaps it was his rigid body stance that spoke volumes to those with loose lips.

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Uxbridge is now on the grid for everyone — FBI, CIA, DAR, NRA, NSA, Homeland Security. They’ve probably planted moles and undercover agents everywhere. But make no mistake. In this town, NCIS is the top dog. In charge.

Grab your gear!

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NOTE: All photos taken using a Pentax Q7.