Creole Belle by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel

80%

13 Critic Reviews

He gets right to the root of the scene, then gives the reader a verbal photograph, which is what a good writer should always strive to do.
-Blog Critics

Synopsis

“America’s best novelist” James Lee Burke returns with another New York Times bestselling entry in the Dave Robicheaux thriller series (The Denver Post).

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 James Lee Burke

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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 Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
 
Published July 17, 2012 by Simon & Schuster. 541 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Political & Social Sciences, Religion & Spirituality, Self Help, Horror, Crime. Fiction
Bestseller Status:
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Peak Rank on Aug 05 2012
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Critic reviews for Creole Belle
All: 13 | Positive: 10 | Negative: 3

Kirkus

Excellent
Jun 15 2012

A darkly magnificent treat for Dave’s legion of admirers...

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NY Times

Excellent
Reviewed by MARILYN STASIO on Jul 20 2012

...nobody can touch Burke in the lyrical expression of howling grief.

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Publishers Weekly

Excellent
May 21 2012

This is another stunner from a modern master

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Blog Critics

Excellent
Reviewed by Lou Novacheck on Sep 26 2012

He gets right to the root of the scene, then gives the reader a verbal photograph, which is what a good writer should always strive to do.

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NY Journal of Books

Good
Reviewed by Sam Millar on Jul 17 2012

Creole Belle begins where the last Robicheaux book, The Glass Rainbow, ended, but works as a standalone novel despite the continuation of previous threads and themes...paints the most poignant portrait of Robicheaux in this exceptional series.

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Book Reporter

Excellent
Reviewed by Joe Hartlaub on Jul 20 2012

If you only read one book this year, make it CREOLE BELLE. I predict that it will stay with you until the end of your days.

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Washington Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Paul Davis on Sep 28 2012

Dave Robicheaux is a fine man and character and James Lee Burke is a fine writer.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Excellent
Reviewed by Carlo Wolff on Aug 05 2012

In "Creole Belle," Dave and Clete again beat back the darkness, but not without a fight (or two or three). Never happens any other way. Wouldn't matter any other way.

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Tampa Bay Times

Excellent
Reviewed by Colette Bancroft on Jul 15 2012

Filled with cruelty and valor, greed and sacrifice, and surprises of the worst and best kind, Creole Belle is a dark but irresistible cruise.

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The Columbus Dispatch

Below average
Reviewed by Margaret Quamme

The illogical extremes of the plot are grounded in the strong and believable friendship between Dave and Clete

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The Miami Herald

Excellent
Reviewed by Connie Ogle on Aug 10 2012

As always, Louisiana comes fully alive, from the peaceful fog of the Bayou Teche to the manic streets of New Orleans.

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Chron.com

Below average
Reviewed by Conrad Bibens on Aug 19 2012

One of his weaknesses is that his stories sometimes turn on too many coincidences or wrong turns by the normally smart Robicheaux.

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Rabid Readers Reviews

Below average
Jul 17 2012

The novel, long by anyone’s standards, seemed to have been dragged out longer than necessary to extend storylines that didn’t seem to be wrapped up with any sort of credibility.

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