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Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19 | [James Lee Burke]

Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel, Book 19

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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.

©2012 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon & Schuster

What the Critics Say

“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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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-16-12
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 11-16-12 Member Since 2005

    I love books!

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    "another winner"

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-26-12
    Kathleen Minneapolis, MN, USA 08-26-12 Member Since 2005
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    "Dave Robicheau is as good as ever."

    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.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    S. Mahowald Omaha, NE USA 08-14-12
    S. Mahowald Omaha, NE USA 08-14-12 Member Since 2006
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    "Another Enjoyable Read from Burke"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Kathleen L. Smith 08-01-12 Member Since 2008
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    "Outstanding!"
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    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!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    John Rochester, WA, United States 09-26-12
    John Rochester, WA, United States 09-26-12 Member Since 2009

    Tell us about yourself! I'm a teacher who loves cycling and plugging into a book for 10 or more hours on long bike rides.

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    "The brilliance and genius of James Lee Burke"

    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.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    elizabeth Waddell, AZ, United States 08-29-12
    elizabeth Waddell, AZ, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Another Great Robicheaux Novel"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The characters now seem like old friends.


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The accents are great. I feel like I know the main character better "listening to him think". He's great


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes


    Any additional comments?

    Looking forward to the next one!

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Larry Montara, CA, United States 08-29-12
    Larry Montara, CA, United States 08-29-12 Member Since 2010
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    "A new character injects some new life"
    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    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.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Creole Belle?

    The assault of the black female deputy by the retired red neck sheriff.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Will Patton as usual was superb! You could tune into any part of the book and believe he was reading poetry.


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    The Gulf Coast hit by another force of nature.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Arthur S Jeffords Knoxville, Tn, US 08-28-12
    Arthur S Jeffords Knoxville, Tn, US 08-28-12 Member Since 2001
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    "What can be said."

    You either a fan of Robicheaux or you are not. Great read if you are.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Avedis wellington, FL, United States 08-27-12
    Avedis wellington, FL, United States 08-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "a must listen"
    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I think Will Patton was born to read the Dave Robicheaux novels. as good as the story is Will Patton makes the story amazing.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    RickWatson 08-27-12
    RickWatson 08-27-12 Member Since 2003
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    "I'm a loving Creole Belle"
    Where does Creole Belle rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    I love James Lee Burke's books and in my opinion there are no better readers that Will Patton.


    Did the plot keep you on the edge of your seat? How?

    You never know what Dave and Clete are up to. This story has added another character - Clete's daughter.


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Patton voice is perfect for this kind of novel. Pacing, articulation, with character mixed in. I love books he reads.


    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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