The New Iberia Blues: one last hurrah?

This book has ‘swansong’ stamped all the way through it. The latest in a long line of literary crime novels in the Dave Robicheaux series, The New Iberia Blues reads like the author’s valedictory address. It’s an extended farewell to old Louisiana, as the landmass slowly disintegrates into the ocean and the subtle shades of…

Crime Czar: southern sugar

This slim detective novel is billed as being ‘hard-boiled’ but it’s far from gritty or grim. Crime Czar is more of an entertaining interlude in the life of lawyer Tubby Dubonnet, who eats and drinks his way through myriad New Orleans landmarks while balancing grief for his recently deceased partner, delight at the birth of…