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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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    penny kay 08-20-12
    penny kay 08-20-12 Member Since 2015
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    "Best book yet"

    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!

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    jack englewood, CO, United States 08-20-12
    jack englewood, CO, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2010
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    "Another great work by James Lee Burke"

    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.

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    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 08-20-12
    John Madeira Beach, FL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2011
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    "A Whole Lotta Shakin Goin On!"

    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.

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    Amazon Customer Sterling, IL, United States 08-20-12
    Amazon Customer Sterling, IL, United States 08-20-12 Member Since 2002
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    "Another great Robicheaux novel"
    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    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.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Dave Robicheaux because he has another "star" performance.


    What about Will Patton???s performance did you like?

    His voice and recitation make this a great listen.


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

    Not sure.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Mary 08-19-12
    Mary 08-19-12
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    "Perfect writer, perfect narrator"

    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.

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    Robin Turner, ME, United States 08-19-12
    Robin Turner, ME, United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2013
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    "Sensational!"
    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    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.


    What other book might you compare Creole Belle to and why?

    Randy Wayne White's, "Night Vision" and "Deep Shadow" Great characterization and intense story line. Perfect narration.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    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.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    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!

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    David United States 08-19-12
    David United States 08-19-12 Member Since 2007
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    "Wow!"

    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.

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    patsy dooley lexington, sc United States 08-13-12
    patsy dooley lexington, sc United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2015
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    "well done Mr. Burke, and thank you"
    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    yes. great as usual. sometimes he's the reason i choose a book.


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

    yes, and i tried but i had to sleep at some point..

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    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 08-13-12
    Sandyjean Wilton, CA, United States 08-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    "Will I read another?"

    Yes and no. Beautiful poetic writing. Wonderful Will Patton. Really stupid characters. How many times did Dave say Clete was the best "cop" there was when the things he did should put him in jail.

    Let some of the characters grow up and stop saying some of the stupidest things I have ever read and let the pen and the poetry and the musing take over.

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    A1Mama 08-13-12
    A1Mama 08-13-12

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    Is there anything you would change about this book?

    This was way too detailed. Goodness gracious! I guess if you want the history of Louisiana on almost each page and to smell what each character is smelling and what their body odor is, then this book is for you. I really did try to get into the book and get past all the detail and try to delve into what James wanted me to know and learn about LA but I just couldn't do it. I wanted to get to the core of the story and not have it dragged out.


    Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    I have never listened to Will before. He did a great job.


    Any additional comments?

    I will try another book and see if it is the same. I am not wanting to be so close minded.

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