Once again James Lee Burke has created a phantasmagoric fable set amid the rank luxuriance of the Louisiana bayous ... The fact that this gruesome, stunningly beautiful novel ends on a note of hope is testament to Burke's narrative genius
After 22 books, Burke's Dave Robicheaux novels have established their own unforgettable world ... Utterly unique
The prose is, as always, dreamily fabulous as Robicheaux, one of American crime fiction's great knight errants, embarks on one last tilt against evil's windmills.
The New Iberia Blues should be greeted with a fanfare of trumpets: it is a masterpiece
A gripping thriller from a master of the form
James Lee Burke is a wonderful writer with a particular talent for describing the light and landscape of Louisiana
One of crime fiction's great creations. He's like no other cop. Haunted by the Vietnam War, prone to violence, heavy drinking and fits of depression, he emerges as a flawed man of honour, an enemy of injustice and of racial hatred. And Burke is like no other crime writer, his prose is lyrical, swirling and nostalgic.