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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,793 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date:
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When a beautiful teenage girl is killed, the victim of a particularly savage rape, New Iberia, Louisiana, police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very start of the investigation that the most likely suspect—Tee Bobby Hulin—is not the actual killer. Though a drug addict and general ne’er-do-well, Hulin doesn’t fit the profile for this brutal crime. But when another body turns up—a drugged-out prostitute who is the daughter of a local mafia bigwig—all clues point to Tee Bobby Hulin. The dead girl’s father sets out to find—and punish—the killer.

Before Robicheaux can bring the killer, or killers, to justice, he battles a painkiller addiction, a habit brought on by a humiliating beating he suffers at the hands of a diabolical character known only as Legion. Once the overseer on a local sugarcane plantation, Legion scrapes by doing odd jobs. In temperament, he’s still the malevolent bully, seemingly possessed with supernatural skills of survival.

When Robicheaux’s longtime buddy Clete Purcel drops by New Iberia for a visit, he is quickly drawn into the struggle between evil forces, including Jimmy Dean Styles, a black man intent on maintaining his empire of corruption; Joe Zeroski, a trailer park mafioso with palatial aspirations—and Legion Guidry in whom Robicheaux faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. And soon, what began as a duel of wits turns into a dance of death.

Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon’s Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed the “Faulkner of crime fiction.”

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Quotes & Awards

  • “To read a Burke novel is to enter a timeless, parallel universe of violent emotions and lush, brooding landscapes, where class and racial distinctions and family histories mold society. This is the stunningly talented Burke’s twenty-first book and his best until the next one.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Critics are running out of superlatives to describe the writing of James Lee Burke. He has been compared to a bewildering range of authors…However no comparisons are needed. James Lee Burke is an American original.”

    Observer (London)

  • “Burke’s greatest writing talent is in his ability to weave words into places, feelings, and characters.” 

    Library Journal

  • “They just don’t get any better than this one.”

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Carole | 2/19/2014

    " EASILY, one of my favorites in the last several years. The antagonist is named "Legion." He easily put chill bumps on my body. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 2/15/2014

    " I was going to write a review but the Barnes & Nobles' review pretty much sums up everything I wanted to say, so just read that review. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Ronald Howell | 2/4/2014

    " Really good book and excellent set of characters. I'm amazed that Burke can continue to create such novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 2/3/2014

    " Burke writes so well that even rereading his novels is a pleasure. Dave Robicheaux is a troubled but honorable man who also happens to be a Police Detective in New Iberia, LA. He is violent, has VietNam War flashbacks in his sleep, and is a 'recovering' addict. In this novel a woman is brutally murdered. She is a Prostitute and addict and Dave is determined to find the murderer and get him/her off the streets. He is beaten by an antagonist known as Legion, who is simply frightening to everyone and as a result is back on 'pill' use. The story is complex and yet surprisingly lyrical (but no surprise to Burke fans). It is worth reading at least once, if not more. "

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