Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux in a recovery unit in New Orleans, where a Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him. She 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…
©2012 James Lee Burke (P)2012 Simon and Schuster
Many people, even fans, would suggest that Burke too often rips off himself. This is evident here, but he is such a masterful writer of character and dialogue that, despite the recurring themes, I didn't want to stop listenting; particularly in the second half.
Patton's narration, as always, makes it compulsive listening. If you've never listened to/read Burke, maybe choose something else (his previous one, Feast Day of Fools, although a sequel, is an amazing book - it can be read stand-alone with no problems).
This volume adds strongly to Burke's canon, without introducing something especially new. Absolutely a must for fans at least.
engrossing, exciting and funny
Dialogue and the narrator who made the characters, especially the villans so edgy and often funny
when the protagonist confronts the albino
Will Patton turns a good book into something the Cohen brothers might make into a film
Yes I would recommend it but I agree with the previous reviewer who stated Burke "often rips himself off". It is the reason I have given the story 3 stars.
The ending was appropriate.
It has to be Clete Purcel. Having said that, Will Patton's narration is (as always!) excellent.
There was no particular moment but I find Burke's description of Louisiana's natural beauty, the bayous and the Gulf very moving.
I enjoyed this book and will continue to follow James Lee Burke's books...especially if they are narrated by Will Patton.
"Back to old wonderful greatness"
I wasn't wild about Glass Rainbow - the last James Lee Burke (especially the - gulp! - ending), but in Creole Belle, he's found the sweet spot again. Beautiful language and imagery, all told in Will Patton's honeyed, southern voice. Excellent!
"Very enjoyable listen"
This is the second James Lee Burke I have read and was not disappointed. I loved the characters and the story keeps you hooked. This would be in my to 20 audio books.
Clete is my favourite character. He has had a hard life but still fills it with action and has such a big heart.
I read my first James Lee Burke book seven years ago and this afternoon I finished listening to Creole Belle. I have enjoyed every moment of this Detective Dave Robicheaux story. Like all the others it contains plenty of action, tremendous descriptive passages,actual facts involving the area around New Orleans and the central characters who become so well known to the reader. As Clete, Dave's special friend, would say "Creole Belle is, like all the others, "copacetic".
A superbly written novel with some beautiful descriptive passages. If Lee Burke wrote in a more 'literary' genre he could have received more acclaim than he has.
The narration is very good and the voice and characterisation suit the location of the book very well.
Pretty decent story too!
"America's greatest crime writer---gets even better"
Creole Belle, what to say other than the perfectly written crime caper with everything from the finest characterisations of Dave,Cletus and a cast of criminals you can not only hear but see, to a story line that covers everything from long lost children turned by time and surroundings to adversaries , to
the horrors of the Gestapo death camps and the ultimate despoiling of James Lee Burke's beloved Louisiana.by greed and evil. This author has always been my favourite, how does he continue to get better.?
A story that grips you from the very first paragraph to the last sentance.
"Didn't want it to end."
JLB has once again painted a vivid picture of cajun life in the deep south. Dave Robicheaux, recovering from the incidents from the end of "Glass Rainbow" (another worthwhile listen), works through a missing person case, though just as every other case there's much more than meets the eye. This is a hefty book, 3 download parts and more than 18 hours of listening, but that should not be in any way off-putting, - quite the opposite. Will Patten's vocal skill (Audie winner) helps to bring the richness alive. An excellent partnership.
"Beautifully written, fabulous narration."
James Lee Burke writes so evocatively you can smell the Bayou and the rain. Great story, that for me is best told by this narrator who clearly knows the rhythms of Louisiana and the cadence of the language. His voice is perfect for describing the tradegies of the State and what appears to be a kind of endless decay and moral decline. But with Dave Robicheaux and Cleet Purcell on the job there is always hope for a better future!! Loved it.
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