The New Iberia Blues

Version: Unabridged
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: January 2020
# of Units: 13 CDs
Length: 15 hours
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A 2020 Audie Award Finalist

Named one of the best crime novels of 2019 by The New York Times Book Review.

The 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 New York Times bestselling 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, is 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.

Stephen King hailed New York Times bestselling author James Lee Burke “as good as he ever was.” With The New Iberia Blues, Burke proves that he “just keeps getting better” (Booklist, starred review), and is “one of a small handful of elite suspense writers whose work transcends the genre, making the leap into capital-L Literature” (BookPage).

Reviews (7)


Written by Margaret O. on May 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 3/5

Overdone. Instead of using words to better develop his characters Burke has packed the pages with prose that is somewhere between purple and cyanotic blue. What a waste. I got the audiobook for a road trip so scanning and skimming was almost as difficult as listening to the overworked passages. As a person with family and roots deep in New Iberia - and who has loved Burke’s writing for years- I am disappointed by the endless, self-involved reflection in this book. Burke is no Dostoevsky and he sure ain’t no Cormac McCarthy I wish he’d make up his mind what he wants to write - do it better - and more simply. Maybe He’s spent too much time in Montana where the sky is the limit. This reads like editors didn’t spend enough time with this book.

Written by Anonymous on February 12th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 2/5

Pretty clunky and I did not like the accents. Can I had to fight my way through this one. Keep looking


Written by Patricia V. on February 9th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love this series by James Lee Burke , it’s like visiting old friends

Written by Diane G. on February 5th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent listen!!

Written by Susan M. on February 4th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Perfection! Burke’s words are like brush strokes on a canvas. No one but Patton could ever voice Robicheaux...period.


Written by Linda K. on January 21st, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Burke does not disappoint. Vintage Dave Robicheaux that kept me on edge till the end. I normally do not let my recreational listening keep me from running errands, doing chores, etc...but this novel haunted me to keep going late into the night, and to pick it up upon rising. One of my best reads in months.


Written by James E. on January 20th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

JLB is just a great story teller. Will Patton once again did a great job with the narration.

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.