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4.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 54.27 out of 5 4.27 (22 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781442349056
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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. Download and start listening now!

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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.” 

    People 

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Lou | 1/11/2014

    " Rats! I think I would have liked this book so much more if I had not tried to read it while watching the Olympics. The plot was confusing and I didn't like any of his female characters. I usually love JLB. So next time, I won't try to read while watching sports! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Janice "Princess" | 1/8/2014

    " Typical James Lee Burke, which means that it is terrific, he is a poet who writes prose. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Mark Smidt | 1/2/2014

    " Excellent book, as usual. Some great writing that I want to bookmark. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 12/10/2013

    " I love Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell too! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 12/8/2013

    " Like a fine wine, James Lee Burke just gets better with age. A very wise man and another delicious read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mark Walsh | 12/7/2013

    " Enjoyed it. I have enjoyed all of the Dave and Clete series. However, this one lacked some focus and is certainly in the second tier of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Maryellen Woodside | 12/1/2013

    " James Lee Burke has penned another fine entry in his Dave Robicheaux series. Readers of the series and other fans of literary mysteries will not want to miss this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 12/1/2013

    " Wonderful book. Keep writing, James Lee! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judy | 11/24/2013

    " James Lee Burke has written another masterpiece. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo Anne | 10/18/2013

    " As always, a beautifully written book from Mr. Burke. The only advice I would give other readers is: don't read two Dave Robicheaux novels back to back. The violence and evil portrayed in these books are hard on one's soul. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeffrey Hammerhead | 8/18/2013

    " As in his previous books, I was captured my Burke's use of the language and the visions he paints. An excellant read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Debra | 6/28/2013

    " James Lee Burke writes with a fierce, brutal elegance, sugarcoating nothing as his characters search for justice. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bill | 4/20/2013

    " Another great read. James Lee Burke always produces a great narrative, which flows well in this book. The story line is much better than several of his recent books. I highly recommend this book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah Evans | 4/15/2013

    " The best book of the series! I absolutely loved it. Moving on from the events of glass rainbow was always going to be hard, but this delivered.... And then some! Incredible!! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 3/11/2013

    " I like Dave Robicheaux (sp?) as a detective. I liked the story. Not the best I've read, but I'd probably read it again. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Louie Haltom | 12/22/2012

    " he gets better with age "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gale Martin | 8/31/2012

    " Not my favorite in the Dave Robicheaux series, but I did love that Clete was nearly the star of this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carolgene | 7/12/2012

    " James Lee Burke, always a great read, I'm not sure if he and Clete won the war this time, they seem to be losing ground as time gains a hold. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.