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ISBN13: 9781451648140
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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.

Review:

“Burke is the reigning champ of nostalgia noir....To be sure, the destruction of a pristine natural environment is a thematic staple of the regional crime novel, but nobody can touch Burke in the lyrical expression of howling grief....[Creole Belle is] a novel that shows how the sins of the fathers poison the ground their children walk on.” The New York Times Book Review

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“All the characters...are superbly drawn, and the plot is heart-pounding...sure to be embraced by author James Lee Burke's fans.” The Washington Post

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“Burke never goes wrong with his exquisite gift for taking us into the heart of Louisiana, its wetlands, small towns, the glory of old New Orleans and, as always, its checkered history. Combined with some of the finest characters ever to grace a page, that makes any Robicheaux novel a joy to read.” The Globe and Mail (Canada)

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“Like its 18 predecessors in Burke’s series, Creole Belle is a work of dark and radiant brilliance.” Richmond Times-Dispatch

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“Reading James Lee Burke is a religious experience. …Creole Belle may be one of Burke's best; it is certainly one of his most complex....Intense doesn't begin to describe a Burke story....Biblical...now that about does it.” San Antonio Express

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“The plot is fast-moving and thriller-tough, the bodies mount quickly, and the writing is lyrical and evocative...as laced with complications as the canals crosscutting Robicheaux's beloved, threatened wetlands.” New Orleans Times-Picayune

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"If all novelists were as thoughtful and nuanced as James Lee Burke, we could finally put to rest those groundless prejudices against genre fiction...the [Dave Robicheaux] books are works of dark art. At their unflinching best, they examine the cost of violence, even when it's performed in the name of justice, and the haunted worlds inhabited by those resigned to limping through life with a blood-soaked conscience." Miami Herald

Synopsis:

Dave Robicheaux returns from near death in James Lee Burke's "intense" (San Antonio Express-News ) thriller — the bestselling follow-up to The Glass Rainbow.

Set against the events of the Gulf Coast oil spill, rife with "the menaces of greed and violence and man-made horror" (The Christian Science Monitor), Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux languishing in a New Orleans recovery unit since surviving a bayou shoot-out. The detective's body is healing; it's his morphine-addled mind that conjures spectral visions of Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman who in reality has gone missing. An iPod with an old blues song left by his bedside turns Robicheaux into a man obsessed....And as oil companies assign blame after an epic disaster threatens the Gulf's very existence, Robicheaux unearths connections between tragedies both global and personal — and faces down forces that can corrupt and destroy the best of men.

About the Author

James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass RainbowSwan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.

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lukas, April 30, 2015 (view all comments by lukas)
"I also believe my home state (Louisiana) is cursed by ignorance and poverty and racism, much of it deliberately inculcated to control a vulnerable electorate."
It irks me to no end that there is still an elitist division between "literary" fiction and genre fiction like mystery and sci-fi. Sure, there's plenty of pulp out there, but there's also plenty of worthless literary fiction. James Lee Burke, like James Ellroy, is not simply a great mystery writer, he's a great writer and it's shameful that he's never received more critical attention. I'll take anything he's written over some guy from Brooklyn named Jonathan who thinks he has something important to say. Anyway, this is a recent (2012) novel in his ongoing series featuring Dave Robicheaux. As with many of the Robicheaux books, this is set in Southern Louisiana and Burke richly evokes the people and the place without romanticizing it. He also is concerned with power, wealth, the nature of evil, and racism, which gives his books more depth than the average crime novel. He tells a great story and he's not trying to be profound or political, but his novels have a greater sense of injustice and the corruption of those in power than almost any NYT-approved, award-winning literary novel.
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Edward Hahn, December 9, 2014 (view all comments by Edward Hahn)
There are a few authors who transcend the genre they write in - Alan Furst, Nelson DeMille, Michael Connolly, Henning Mankell, John Le Carre to name a few. What they have in common is an ability to go beyond the usual and expose the reader to a greater truth. James Lee Burke is one of these.

Burke's major protagonist, Dave Robicheaux is a deeply flawed lawman who continues to try to do the right thing in the face of his own demons, like alcohol, and a society that rewards those who cut corners. Robicheaux's ex-partner and closest friend, Clete Purcell, seems to be be falling even deeper into alcoholism and irrational anger at a world where the underdogs get trampled.

In this story, Robicheaux, who is recovering from a gunshot wound, becomes obsessed with finding a missing singer, Tee Jolie Melton. In the process he runs into two very evil men Alexis and Pierre Dupree. all of this against the background of the Gulf oil spill and its effects on the people of Louisiana. When Tee Jolie's young sister is pulled from a bayou in a partially melted block of ice, Robicheaux becomes even more dedicated to finding Tee Jolie alive and her sister's killers.

While it's clear from the start who the main villains are, the plot gets trickier and trickier as other elements come into play - his family, his boss, a racist, misogynistic retired deputy, Clete's long lost daughter, Gretchen, oil company executives, a beautiful but duplicitous woman and others. How Burke weaves all of this together is what makes reading his books so rewarding. In addition, the ability of Burke to make his characters, both good and evil, so interesting and multi-layered is what keeps me reading until long after I should be sleeping.

I highly recommend this book whether or not you've read any of the others in the series. If you do read it I guarantee you'll be hooked.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781451648140
Subtitle:
A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Author:
Burke, James Lee
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Popular Fiction-Suspense
Edition Description:
Tall paperback
Publication Date:
20130827
Binding:
Paperback
Language:
English
Pages:
624
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.12 in

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Product details 624 pages Pocket Books - English 9781451648140 Reviews:
"Review" by , “Burke is the reigning champ of nostalgia noir....To be sure, the destruction of a pristine natural environment is a thematic staple of the regional crime novel, but nobody can touch Burke in the lyrical expression of howling grief....[Creole Belle is] a novel that shows how the sins of the fathers poison the ground their children walk on.”
"Review" by , “All the characters...are superbly drawn, and the plot is heart-pounding...sure to be embraced by author James Lee Burke's fans.”
"Review" by , “Burke never goes wrong with his exquisite gift for taking us into the heart of Louisiana, its wetlands, small towns, the glory of old New Orleans and, as always, its checkered history. Combined with some of the finest characters ever to grace a page, that makes any Robicheaux novel a joy to read.”
"Review" by , “Like its 18 predecessors in Burke’s series, Creole Belle is a work of dark and radiant brilliance.”
"Review" by , “Reading James Lee Burke is a religious experience. …Creole Belle may be one of Burke's best; it is certainly one of his most complex....Intense doesn't begin to describe a Burke story....Biblical...now that about does it.”
"Review" by , “The plot is fast-moving and thriller-tough, the bodies mount quickly, and the writing is lyrical and evocative...as laced with complications as the canals crosscutting Robicheaux's beloved, threatened wetlands.”
"Review" by , "If all novelists were as thoughtful and nuanced as James Lee Burke, we could finally put to rest those groundless prejudices against genre fiction...the [Dave Robicheaux] books are works of dark art. At their unflinching best, they examine the cost of violence, even when it's performed in the name of justice, and the haunted worlds inhabited by those resigned to limping through life with a blood-soaked conscience."
"Synopsis" by , Dave Robicheaux returns from near death in James Lee Burke's "intense" (San Antonio Express-News ) thriller — the bestselling follow-up to The Glass Rainbow.

Set against the events of the Gulf Coast oil spill, rife with "the menaces of greed and violence and man-made horror" (The Christian Science Monitor), Creole Belle finds Dave Robicheaux languishing in a New Orleans recovery unit since surviving a bayou shoot-out. The detective's body is healing; it's his morphine-addled mind that conjures spectral visions of Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman who in reality has gone missing. An iPod with an old blues song left by his bedside turns Robicheaux into a man obsessed....And as oil companies assign blame after an epic disaster threatens the Gulf's very existence, Robicheaux unearths connections between tragedies both global and personal — and faces down forces that can corrupt and destroy the best of men.

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