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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,834 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patto Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date:
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Creole Belle begins where the last novel in the Dave Robicheaux series, The Glass Rainbow, ended. Dave is at a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, not quite sure what is real and what may be the effects of the painkillers. A Creole girl named Tee Jolie Melton visits him in the middle of the night and leaves him an iPod with the old country blues song “Creole Belle” on it. Then she disappears. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the memory of Tee Jolie, with whom he associates the Louisiana of his youth.

These events occur in the midst of an oil well blowout on the Gulf and the pollution of the Louisiana coastline. Clete Purcel, who was also badly wounded in the shootout on the bayou in the last book, joins Dave in a search for Tee Jolie’s sister, Blue Melton, who later turns up inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf.

Along the way we meet a mercurial woman named Varina Leboeuf who is mixed up in the oil business, and a man who may have been an associate of Nazi SS Commander Heinrich Himmler. Clete also discovers that he has an illegitimate daughter, one who has gone to work as a contract killer.

Eventually, the enormity of the environmental crime committed against the Gulf coast, and the public and government indifference to it, present Dave and Clete with their essential dilemma: like Cassandra of Troy, bestowed by Apollo with the gift of prophecy, both of them can see the future but are fated to be disbelieved.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.” 

    New York Times Book Review

  • “All the characters…are superbly drawn, and the plot is heart-pounding…sure to be embraced by author James Lee Burke’s fans.” 

    Washington Post

  • “Gripping.” 


  • Creole Belle may be one of Burke’s best.” 

    San Antonio Express

  • “The plot is fast-moving and thriller-tough, the bodies mount quickly, and the writing is lyrical and evocative.” 

    New Orleans Times-Picayune

  • Creole Belle is a work of dark and radiant brilliance.” 

    Richmond Times-Dispatch

  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook in 2013
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Donna Ziegler | 2/13/2014

    " I hate to think that I might be finished with Dave Robicheaux but this latest book was way too long for me. Dave and Clete continue to administer their own brand of justice regardless of the powers that be but Dave's ruminations on the nature of evil are getting old. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Maryann | 2/7/2014

    " Powerful narrative and complex characters are my favorite things about James Lee Burke; he tells a hell of a story too. Fresh from a near death encounter, both Dave and Clete are thrown into a complex and shadowy world where nothing is as it seems for more than a moment at a time. Sure there are bad guys, but over everything hangs an ebony aura of evil that appears impregnable. What starts as a late night visit everyone but Dave believes is an hallucination blossoms into a roller-coaster ride, twisting and turning, flipping and backtracking but always keeping the characters and circumstances marching toward the inevitable end; as Dave, but mostly Clete, hears the "paddleboat on the bayou" coming for them. I finished this one as I always do, with a lump in my throat and the hopes that Dave Robicheuax and Clete Purcell will forever be the Bobbsey Twins from Homicide. Great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Johnplavelle | 1/28/2014

    " It seems as if JLB is concerned more with death now. Is he trying to get this book made into a movie, John Goodman to play the role of Clete??? John Goodman has already played a part in The Electric Mist as a movie that went straight to DVD. He did play Clete though, he was one of JLB's bad guys. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Arleen | 1/19/2014

    " Five stars for atmosphere and characters. Not so much for plot. I listened to this on audiobook which is the best for this series. Will patton as narrator gets five stars. "

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