Synopses & Reviews
Languishing in a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Dave Robicheaux is fighting an enemy more insidious than the one who put a bullet in his back a month earlier in a shootout on Bayou Teche. The morphine meant to dull his pain is steadily gnawing away at his resolve, playing tricks on his mind, and luring him back into the addict mentality that once threatened to destroy his life and family. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;With the soporific Indian summer air wafting through the louvered shutters of his hospital room, and the demons fighting for space in his head, Dave canand#8217;t be sure whether his latest visitor is flesh and blood or a spectral reminder of his Louisiana youth. Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman with a troubled past, glides to his bedside and leaves him with an iPod that plays the old country blues song and#8220;My Creole Belle.and#8221; andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;What Dave doesnand#8217;t know is that Tee Jolie disappeared weeks ago, and no one believes she reappeared to comfort an old man with a bullet wound. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the vivid memory of Tee Jolie, and when he learns that her sister has turned up dead inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf, he believes that putting the evils of the past to rest is more urgent than ever before. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;Meanwhile, an oil spill in the Gulf brings back intense feelings for Dave of losing his father to a rig explosion years ago. As the oil companies continue to risk human lives in pursuit of wealth and power, Dave begins to see links to the Melton sisters, even when no one else shares his suspicions. Daveand#8217;s expartner Clete Purcel helps him search for Tee Jolie, though Clete fears for his friendand#8217;s mental health and safety. But Clete has his own troubles, too; heand#8217;s discovered an illegitimate daughter who may be working as a contract killerand#8212;and may have set her sights on someone he loves. andlt;BRandgt;andlt;BRandgt;andlt;Iandgt;Creole Belle andlt;/Iandgt;is a resurrection story for the ages, with James Lee Burke at the peak of his masterful career and Dave Robicheaux facing his most intense and personal battle yet, against the known and unknown forces that corrupt and destroy even the best of men.
"MWA Grand Master Burke continues to raise the bar for himself, and the reader, as shown by his lyrical, insightful 19th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2010's The Glass Rainbow). While the New Iberia, La., deputy sheriff is recovering in a New Orleans hospital from a bullet wound, he receives a visit from Cajun singer Tee Jolie Melton, who leaves him an iPod loaded with music, including the blues song 'My Creole Belle.' Only thing is, Tee Jolie supposedly disappeared months earlier, and her teenage sister, Blue Melton, has just turned up frozen in a block of ice. Meanwhile, Clete Purcel, Robicheaux's hard-drinking best friend, has problems of his own: some local wise guys are trying to blackmail him, and he fears his lost daughter, Gretchen, may be a notorious assassin. As Robicheaux and Purcel suit up again to take on an array of foes, including corrupt politicians, oil men, and a wealthy old man they suspect is a Nazi war criminal, they feel the weight of their own history, and begin to hear the ghostly whisper of mortality. This is another stunner from a modern master. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency. (July)" Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
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.
and#8220;Americaand#8217;s best novelistand#8221; James Lee Burke returns with another andlt;I andgt;New York Timesandlt;/Iandgt; bestselling entry in the Dave Robicheaux thriller series (andlt;I andgt;The Denver Postandlt;/Iandgt;).andlt;brandgt;andlt;brandgt;Set against the events of the Gulf Coast oil spill, rife with and#8220;the menaces of greed and violence and man-made horrorand#8221; (andlt;Iandgt;The Christian Science Monitorandlt;/Iandgt;), andlt;Iandgt;Creole Belleandlt;/Iandgt; finds Dave Robicheaux languishing in a New Orleans recovery unit since surviving a bayou shoot-out. The detectiveand#8217;s body is healing; itand#8217;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 obsessedand#8230;And as oil companies assign blame after an epic disaster threatens the Gulfand#8217;s very existence, Robicheaux unearths connections between tragedies both global and personaland#8212;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,andnbsp;is the authorandnbsp;ofandnbsp;more thanandnbsp;thirtyandnbsp;previous novels andandnbsp;two collections of short stories, including such andlt;iandgt;New York Timesandlt;/iandgt; bestsellers as andlt;iandgt;Light of the Worldandlt;/iandgt;,andnbsp;andlt;iandgt;Creole Belleandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;Swan Peakandlt;/iandgt;, andlt;iandgt;The Tin Roof Blowdownandlt;/iandgt;, and andlt;iandgt;Feast Day of Foolsandlt;/iandgt;.andnbsp;He lives in Missoula, Montana.