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.
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