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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 Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2012 ISBN: 9781442349032
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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.

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 can’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 “My Creole Belle.”

What Dave doesn’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.

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. Dave’s ex-partner Clete Purcel helps him search for Tee Jolie, though Clete fears for his friend’s mental health and safety. But Clete has his own troubles, too; he’s discovered an illegitimate daughter who may be working as a contract killer—and may have set her sights on someone he loves.

Creole Belle 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.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “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.”

    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.”


  • “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

  • “Burke weaves a rich example of his trademark bayou noir. Filled with cruelty and valor, greed and sacrifice, and surprises of the worst and best kind, Creole Belle is a dark but irresistible cruise.”

    Tampa Bay Times

  • “Another stunner from a modern master.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “This tale plays out much like The Glass Rainbow—intimations of mortality; melancholic musing on the pillaging of once-Edenic South Louisiana; cathartic, guns-blazing climax—but, as always, Burke brings something new to the table…Dave and Clete may still be unbowed, but they are certainly broken—and all the more interesting for it.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “As a crime novel, Creole Belle delivers everything fans of the genre crave, and more: a masterful tale of good, evil, organized crime, and the corporate-led destruction of the once-idyllic land of the Gulf Coast…[Burke] uses the modern crime novel the way a master chef uses local, organic foods to create a gastronomic feast—in this case, a classical tragedy with all the fixin’s.”


  • “Great news for readers who feared that Burke had left Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Deputy Dave Robicheaux dying at the end of The Glass Rainbow; Dave and his old friend Clete Purcel are back for an even more heaven-storming round of homicide, New Orleans–style…A darkly magnificent treat for Dave’s legion of admirers.”

    Kirkus Reviews

  • Winner of the AudioFile Earphones Award
  • A Booklist Top 10 Crime Fiction Audiobook in 2013
  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller
  • A Publishers Weekly Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nick Ertz | 2/18/2014

    " Dave and Clete really get into the muck with this one. Dave is as introspective as ever (in fact a little overboard at times). And Clete is -- well just Clete. At the bottom of this all is the oil well explosion in the gulf - but it goes way beyond that. A new character shows up too, should be interesting to follow in the future. Will Patton's reading adds a great deal to the story, really bringing in the Louisiana spirit. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Gordon | 2/8/2014

    " Guilty pleasure number seven. I love Burke, love his romanticism, love his prose and love his characters. Every time I get to go on an adventure with Purcel and Robicheaux, it's a better day. Now with the addition of their daughters, the reader gets to see just how their quirks and courage translate into the feminine personality. Burke loves Louisanna. He hates the despolation of paradise. The books are wonderful and sad at the same time. It fits me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 James Pool | 2/4/2014

    " Another great story by James Lee Burke. I always like the way he shows his charecters, the good, the bad, and the ugly. Few people are completely good or evil, it's an ongoing battle inside our selves. As usual plenty of excitement and twists. Rock on Bobbsey Twins! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eli | 1/23/2014

    " Odder by the page. But a good read as usual. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shawn Manning | 1/21/2014

    " Disclosure: I received an ARC from the publisher. Once again, James Lee Burke has put together a literary feast as he explores the theme of sins of the past coming back. This is one of those books that you are sorry to finish. Cannot recommend it enough. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mark Orchard | 1/20/2014

    " Started well but I found it about 100 pages too long. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marlo | 1/20/2014

    " As always, James Lee Burke grabbed my attention and didn't let go until the last page. Even then, I spent a few more days inhabiting Iberia. Dave and Clete and the other familiar characters are so well developed, so flawed and yet such upright people. Even with such extreme violence, I loved it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Shirley | 1/8/2014

    " Wonderful book. Keep writing, James Lee! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Suzanne | 10/7/2013

    " I love Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell too! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ron | 8/18/2013

    " have always loved this series...Mr Burke is such a descriptive writer - you can get such a good feel for the characters...really surprised that this series hasn't been adapted for cable tv or more movies haven't been made... as stated previously love The Dave Robicheaux series "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Johnplavelle | 8/10/2013

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bluedaizy | 7/1/2013

    " hard read, but loved it. makes you think. story was phenomenal. characters are heroic. perfect. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Karen | 6/20/2013

    " Evokes the bayou country and New Orleans vibe beautifully but brimming full of violence..... "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Celia | 5/8/2013

    " Burke writes about the rural south better than anybody since Faulkner. Lyrical, luminous prose coupled with the deep resentment at the betrayal of those who have corrupted Eden. His best book in recent years. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Catherine Stelter | 4/6/2013

    " This is not a great work of literature but it was a fun read and kept my interest until the end. A great way to pass the time while sick. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shifra | 2/28/2013

    " Dave, Clete and Louisiana are equally developed characters that make the mystery that much more amazing and entertaining. I fell in love with Louisiana and was at the edge of my seat as the story wove its trance on me. Definitely recommend this. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Linda | 2/23/2013

    " Listened to this on road trips. Bill Paxton as Dave Robicheaux is the best. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Hrn1947 | 2/6/2013

    " Another in a series of war ravaged souls. I don't know how these guys survive. It has a happy ending for once, though how contract killers can come across as OK. As I always say this is the last book I'll read regarding this characture. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Katy | 1/9/2013

    " 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 Susan Mangigian | 12/6/2012

    " This was James Lee Burke's best Dave Robicheaux! Loved it. Couldn't put it down. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Connie Walsh | 11/25/2012

    " This series is becoming very gritty. Not for the faint of heart. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jennifer | 10/24/2012

    " I enjoyed the book but it got bogged down with musings on alcoholism. "

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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.