Dave Robicheaux is back, in a gorgeously written, visceral thriller by James Lee Burke, “the heavy weight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed” (Michael Connelly).
Creole Belle begins where the last book in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him and leaves him an iPod with the country blues song "Creole Belle" on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie and goes in search of her sister, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf. Meanwhile, there has been an oil well blowout on the Gulf, threatening the cherished environs of the bayous.
Creole Belle is James Lee Burke at his very best, with beloved series hero Dave Robicheaux leading the charge against the destruction of both the land and the people he has sworn to protect.
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“This tale plays out much like The Glass Rainbow—intimations of mortality; melancholic musing on the pillaging of once-Edenic South Louisiana; cathartic, guns-blazing climax—but, as always, Burke brings something new to the table...Dave and Clete may still be unbowed, but they are certainly broken—and all the more interesting for it.” (Booklist)
“Another stunner from a modern master.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Great news for readers who feared that Burke had left Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Robicheaux dying at the end of The Glass Rainbow (2010); Dave and his old friend Clete Purcel are back for an even more heaven-storming round of homicide, New Orleans–style.... A darkly magnificent treat for Dave’s legion of admirers.” (Kirkus Reviews)
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Listening to a James Lee Burke novel with Will Patton narrating and Dave Robicheaux as the lead character is like visiting an old friend. You know you are going to have a great time and Creole Belle didn't disappoint. Patton's narration is great and he really brings the characters to life. The story gives you a good feel of what life in southern Louisiana must be like, although without all the crime and seedy characters maybe, but who knows? Burke is great at character development and I love his insights into human beings and life in general. And, Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are two characters unlike any others. I'll look forward to the next Burke novel, be it set in Louisiana or Texas. And, when the author decides to hang it up, it'll be a sad day.
First, to repeat myself for the thousandth time, I’d read almost anything Will Patton recorded, including the telephone book. James Lee Burke’s writing and Will Patton’s narration do not disappoint in this latest Dave Robicheaux book. Dave is in a recovery unit in New Orleans after his injuries from the last book, The Glass Rainbow. He’s been getting morphine and having weird dreams, so when a creole girl he knows shows up in his room and leaves him an Ipod with a blues song, “Creole Belle” recorded on it, no one believes him. Especially since the girl and her sister have both disappeared. But the girl, Tee Jollie Melton, keeps calling him even when he’s at home, still unbelieved, and keeps telling him about a horrible place where she is being held, but not able to tell him where that place is. Then her sister, Blue, turns up dead in the river in a block of ice. This book finds Dave and Clete involved with a group of mercenaries connected to a big oil spill. Clete’s daughter, Gretchen, shows up although she doesn’t know for a while that she’s Clete’s daughter. She and Allafair become friends. Dave is unhappy about the friendship as Gretchen seems to have connections to the mob, while Clete is very protective of his daughter. Again, this is a wonderful book which builds to a teeth-grinding climax. Very good as usual.
Burke brings southern Louisiana to wherever you happening to be listening - he is one of my favorites. And Will Patton performs has job extremely well. Definitely worth the read.
Burke's writing is lovely (as always), the story is complex and interesting, the characters are compelling, and Will Patton brings the story to life. This one is very dark, but not heavy handed. I have come to adore these characters--even the bad guys. As most Audible listeners will agree, the narrator can make or break a novel. Will Patton is among the very best narrators. I think the guy could make the classified section of a small town newspaper hard to turn off! Combine him with a novelist like Burke and you've got a winner. If only EVERY audio book could be this good! I'm tempted to postpone using my next credit in favor of listening to this book again. Get it! You'll be glad you did!
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I've listened and read all the Burke books and I was stunned by the depth of description of the natural world of the book and the touch Burke has on the dark depths that Clete is drawn into. His description of the inner life of his characters is simply amazing. Every character is alive, real, and feels honest. Will Pattons voice is so smooth and fits the characters with perfection. I kept wanting to share with my wife the language of Burke as it spoke so powerfully and was so unique it stuck to me. I rank this one as his best one yet. Is there violence? You bet. Are there EVIL people? Always. The relationship between Clete and Dave as they face their own limits is so clearly portrayed through it all with the sound and images of Viet Nam always near the surface.
Yes, The narration is spectacular, storyline is great. The depth of the characters and the author's observation is part of my favorite things about this series.
The characters now seem like old friends.
The accents are great. I feel like I know the main character better "listening to him think". He's great
Looking forward to the next one!
There is new life in the series. Not just the survival of Dave and Clete, but the appearance of a new (and most likely long term) character, a 20 something hit woman. Besides developing an intriguing character in Gretchen, Burke seems to have planted enough seeds to sprout a new sequel with her character front and center.
The assault of the black female deputy by the retired red neck sheriff.
Will Patton as usual was superb! You could tune into any part of the book and believe he was reading poetry.
The Gulf Coast hit by another force of nature.
I think Will Patton was born to read the Dave Robicheaux novels. as good as the story is Will Patton makes the story amazing.
I love James Lee Burke's books and in my opinion there are no better readers that Will Patton.
You never know what Dave and Clete are up to. This story has added another character - Clete's daughter.
Patton voice is perfect for this kind of novel. Pacing, articulation, with character mixed in. I love books he reads.
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