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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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    Margaret United States 08-03-12
    Margaret United States 08-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    ""The Bobbsey Twins From Homicide Are Forever""

    Vintage JLB, with his violence, his lyrical settins, his magical realism, and what I can't resist: his keening elegy to a Louisiana that is fading, fading, but not quite extinguished.

    JLB writes for the English major and warrior spirit in his readers. The reader is alternately word-struck and pumped full of adreneline during the whole-shebang-fourth-of-July-fireworks finale in this book.

    Clete Purcell plays a key role in this book, and he's a larger-than-life train wreck, as usual. Some of the reviewers found the book angry, but I don't know how anyone who loves Louisiana and its once-glorious natural treasures can be anything but angry at the systematic catastrophes caused by human activity there. JLB's level of anger seems appropriate to me. Somebody has to speak up for this lost biodiversity and culture that is unique in the world.

    Will Patton is spectacular, as always. A perfect match.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Marty Warrior, Albania 08-02-12
    Marty Warrior, Albania 08-02-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Ahhhh"
    Would you listen to Creole Belle again? Why?

    JLB writes stories with such depth. What I love most about his books are the history that he writes about. It’s wonderful to be able to in vision the sights, smells and feel as though your right in the middle of things. A word about the narrator, Will Patton, OMG why does that guy not read every audible book out there? I could listen to him forever. His voice is like silk across your body. He knows how to use his voice to command his words. Love him. Wonderful listen.


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

    His masterful voice with all its inflection and tone, to make it sound as if you are right there. This would not be a best seller in my mind if it were not for Will Patton.


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

    I have a job that makes it possible for me to listen to books, I will not put this one down.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    D. Asher Kentucky 08-01-12
    D. Asher Kentucky 08-01-12 Member Since 2015

    Dave

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    "The best James Lee Burke book yet!"
    What did you love best about Creole Belle?

    James Lee Burke's fantastic ability to paint the story coupled with Will Patton's ability to bring it to life is unbeatable, epecially when the story line includes Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcel. I have listened to hundreds of books and this combination is far ahead of anything I have listened to. I hope Mr. Burke keeps this combination coming!


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

    Yes, the story and its plot were superior!


    What about Will Patton’s performance did you like?

    Everthing. I love Will Patton's narrations!


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

    New Orleans, the city that never sleeps


    1 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    NYNM 07-25-12
    NYNM 07-25-12 Member Since 2014
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    "Likin' it"

    Poetic, well narrated, Louisiana local color. I recommend it! One of the better of Burke's series.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-26-12
    Cris Lake Waccamaw, NC, United States 07-26-12 Member Since 2013
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    "A Plodding Plot"

    The angst of the heroes we know. Burke's descriptions are evocative and often lyrical, but they bog...down...the...plot. This novel was not outstanding but if you like the author, you will get what you have come to expect. Not great, but the references to the damage done by the oil spill are poignant and remind the reader of the massive destruction done to the residents of not only Louisiana but to all of us.

    Cleet's voice sounds like Patton deepened his voice and then they speeded up the soundtrack. I loved his narration but I found that part of it disconcerting.

    2 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Wayne United States 08-11-12
    Wayne United States 08-11-12
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    "superb story but political agenda gets in the way"

    Yet another superb Burke story, with superb prose, with a depth of character seldom if ever matched by other modern writers. A treat to the literary senses all around. Other reviewers have outlined the basics of this complex tale but a troubling political agenda that has long been the underpinning of Burke's work has finally bubbled to the surface in an in-your-face, no holds barred manner. Mr. Burke's political leanings have been apparent to us all over the years but we were willing to overlook this, with a nod & a wink and an "oh well", for the sake of unsurpassed story, literary environment and character development & complexity. Added to the mix in audiobooks is Will Patton's reading which really puts all others to shame.
    A misguided, misinformed, very liberal agenda which can only be described as hubris has become the forte of the modern liberal artisan. Think of those Hollywood stars whom we have long admired for their on-screen character(s), who then with unqualified arrogance think that we are interested at all in their political agenda or opinions. You begin to seriously wonder if those movies were really that good and you wonder if you will ever see another of their efforts nor enjoy it.
    At the end of this reading, or in this instance storytelling, you get the feeling that you need a bath.
    Let's put it another way - if I agreed wholeheartedly with Mr. Burke than we would both be wrong.
    Regardless of your opinion as to the above, get this audiobook and judge for yourself. It is a must own for any Burke fan. I regret the 3 star overall rating but that disappointment that I was left with was worth at least a 2-star minus. I lament my lost anticipation of another Burke effort.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Klaus Ahlers 01-25-13
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    "Typical; its everybody else’s fault!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Any one that blames everyone else for there problems.


    What could James Lee Burke have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Not include his liberal agenda. How many times do New Orleans'ers need to be plummeted beneath the sea before you realize you live in the wrong place?


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    It’s a fictional book and an entire chapter is about the "evil" corporate, oil and drilling companies. People dying on the rigs and massive oil spills. At the same time the main character is hallucinating back to Vietnam and a local poor, mistreated, drug addict, out of wedlock welfare recipient that could have, would have been a super star singer! How about just doing a good job at what you’re being paid to do. I would have thought that PETA would have been a great supporter of the “spill” so those murdering shrimpers and clamers couldn’t kill those poor crustaceans!


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from Creole Belle?

    The left wing political rhetoric.


    Any additional comments?

    The last Burke I will read. I actually get paid to get up every morning and go to work. Then they write me a check for the work I have done. I then spend the small amount of money I have left after the government takes most of it on what I want. I don’t want any more of Jimmy's books!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laurie 08-09-12
    Laurie 08-09-12

    I am 46 year old mom of two teenagers and married to a fabulous man for the past 25 years! I love to read for pleasure and enjoy mysteries!

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    "Seems to be going very slow."
    What did you like best about Creole Belle? What did you like least?

    I am enjoying the story line, but it is definitely not a page turner.


    What was the most interesting aspect of this story? The least interesting?

    The inner story line of how the characters are all connected.


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

    No, not yet.


    Could you see Creole Belle being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    No.


    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Cassandra Costa Mesa, CA, United States 08-09-12
    Cassandra Costa Mesa, CA, United States 08-09-12 Member Since 2014
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    "STILL IN LOVE WITH THE BOBSEY TWINS FROM HOMICIDE"
    If you could sum up Creole Belle in three words, what would they be?

    RICH, SUSPENSEFUL, AMAZING


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

    THE PLOT KEPT ME INTERESTED AND ENGAGED AND INVESTED IN THE LIVES OF THESE CHARACTHERS.


    Any additional comments?

    ROBICHEAUX IS STILL TORMENTED, STILL DEVOTED TO HIS FAMILY AND STILL HOLDS CLETE PURCELL IN HIS HEART AND SOUL. LISTENING - I AM LOST IN THE WORDS AND ATMOSPHERE AND FEELINGS.
    THE STORYLINE WAS GRIPPING, OF COURSE. WILL PATTON IS THE ONLY READER FOR THESE CHARACTERS. FABULOUS!!!

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    patricia MILL VALLEY, CA, United States 11-22-13
    patricia MILL VALLEY, CA, United States 11-22-13 Member Since 2014
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    "Oh misery!"
    This book wasn’t for you, but who do you think might enjoy it more?

    Clearly James Lee Burke has a big fan base. I was drawn in by all the stars.
    I've now tried to get through this audiobook several times. I wish I could return it. I'm an audible member member b/c I love good stories. This is tragic. And Will Patton is
    SO boring. I need to write down his name so if i see it I'll know not to download it.


    Would you ever listen to anything by James Lee Burke again?

    No


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    Yes. Will Patton's attempt to mimic a woman's voice is a joke. Burke needs to find a better narrator. That southern accent is so annoying! I couldn't keep listening


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    MASSIVE irritation.


    Any additional comments?

    How did Will Patton get a job as an audible narrator?

    0 of 2 people found this review helpful
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