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
“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)
The story was disjointed and made no sense. A guy old enough to have been high up in the Nazi SS was doing something in Louisiana at the time of the Gulf Oil spill. It defies credibility. It never did explain what any of them had to do with "Big Oil", although it apparently had something to do with all the murders, etc. None of the murders prior to the shoot out at the Nazi home were connected up with the Nazi. Also, It defies credibility to have that much criminalty and murders and just plain gore in such a small area of Louisiana. That being said, Burke still has a beautiful command of the language. But he has apparently run out of stories!
Not the genre. The author
Alll that Nazi torture stuff with the machines, etc.
The entire premise was completely unbelievable
I have always enjoyed Burke, so yes.
I get more flavor when Patton reads it.
Don't get so political with the stories. Seems to be more so with every book.
A journey through a dreamstate. A foreign country where words flow from a gentle waterfall of images of a fantasy New Orleans that may never have been, but surrounds you with a credible and meaningful reality that you hope will never end!
I have read all his books. Loved this one. The story keeps you guessing, the prose is rich, James puts you in the locals with texture and nuance. I get immersed in the southern culture reading his books. I love the south so this is fine with me. Narration is perfect for the story. Will Patton is always great. Looking forward to the next novel.
As usual, James Lee Burke is the ultimate master of descriptive prose in this new Dave Robicheaux novel. Will Patton's reading of Burke novels is of course 5-star. Great characters abound in this new one with sidekick Clete Purcel leading the way, but the storyline seemed to travel to and around so many topics, from the oil spill to nazi war criminals that one tended to give up on where it was all going, and just enjoy the ride.
I really enjoyed listening to this book. Even though these stories can be gruesome and violent, Mr. Burke's writing style is poetic throughout the book and Mr. Patton's reading is perfect.
Dave Robicheaux because he has another "star" performance.
His voice and recitation make this a great listen.
I've thought about these books becoming movies because I really enjoy the characters, but I'm afraid we would lose the poetic verse in Dave's thoughts.
James Lee Burke is mesmerizing. Always. Will Patton uses his voice to evoke the South in all it's lazy, steamy, passionate beauty.
Not my favorite book in the series. I'm not a great fan of Clete, and this one is mostly about him. But anything--anything!--written by Mr. Burke and read by Mr. Patton is worth every minute and every penny.
I love how Burke draws you into the characters in a way that when the book is over you can't possible read another for a peroid of time. You need to process what you have just read. More than when reading, audio books with a narrator like Will Patton, and a writer with the descriptive powers of Burke, give a very clear mental image in my mind about the lay of the land, how the characters look, feel, think. I could go on & on.
Randy Wayne White's, "Night Vision" and "Deep Shadow" Great characterization and intense story line. Perfect narration.
I only want Will Patton when listening to James Lee Burkes Dave Robicheaux novels. Will puts everthing into his narration. He distinguishers between different charactors. If narrators can't do that I would just as soon "read" the book myself.
This book absolutely made me cry several times. Especially at the end when Clete threw himself on the villian and risked his own life. I admire Dave & Clete and their motivations to do the right thing. It reminds me of a time when men protected & cherished their families.
I love the addition of Clete's daughter Gretchen. Hope to see more of her character interacting with Clete. Can't wait for Burke's next novel!
Will Patton's narration is worth the price of the book and the time to listen to it. James Lee Burke has written a great book; Patton brings it to life.
If you do nothing else, listen to the first 3 minutes just to hear Patton's voice read Burke's words.
Forget the plot, characters, & dialogue, the descriptions of New Orleans, Louisiana, and the bijou, sky, weather, etc are powerful.
yes. great as usual. sometimes he's the reason i choose a book.
yes, and i tried but i had to sleep at some point..
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