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Publisher Description

“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.

Mysteries & Thrillers
Will Patton
hr min
July 17
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

terrytyson ,

Return of the Paddle Wheel

Dave and Clete are back to once again seek redemption for themselves while offering it to others along the way. Their mortality is ominously close and they believe that perhaps, they're living on borrowed time. The paddle wheeled boat has appeared again, perhaps beckoning them to climb aboard or since they have been so close to death, they can now witness others preparing to take the ride down the bayou on the ghostly ship.

The two have changed a bit but they remain true to their core, protection of the innocent and abused, seeking justice for the wronged and offering judgement to evil. Ghosts of their past observe and may even try to offer help at critical times, but are these ghosts of an ethereal world or spirits conjured from their own haunted memories? I believe the answer will come in future books, but for now, we are provided that question without an answer. It is one we must seek resolution on our own, perhaps by reflecting on our own lives.

We are introduced to a new character and get to know Alf even more. She is becoming fully fleshed out and no longer a petulant teenager, but a whole person we might recognize if introduced to on the street. Everyone is scarred in some way and may carry some additional self doubt and remorse.

Will Patton's narration is superb, as always, It will be difficult to accept any actor portraying Clete not adopting Patton's voice and cadence.

Burke's lyrical prose is back in spades and Clete's wise-cracking comments are in abundance. The end of the book sets a scene that is almost idyllic but we are reminded that the world still needs heroes, broken heroes perhaps, even in Eden. There's also an unresolved question, "Who was on the plane?" that must answered before we watch the Bobsey Twins from Homicide walk up the plank on that river boat.

Findingutopia ,

Wonderful Book, Awesome Narration!

James Lee Burke is a wonderful author. His writing is fabulous, the storytelling so eloquent. And while the book has some unrealistic moments, the storyline itself makes you believe. And I am going to guess that having Will Patton narrate this book made it even better! His soft voice, the accents, the overall reading have made this my favorite audiobook, ever! Thank you James Lee Burke and Will Patton, when reading Creole Belle, I was whisked away to another place and time, the true purpose of a good work of fiction!!

thorn223 ,

Amazing master of the language

My favorite author, my favorite characters, my favorite setting, my favorite narrator. The story goes a bit off track and is a little far fetched, but the writing is exquisite. I already miss the cadence of Will Patton's narration and the beauty of Burke's comand of our language.

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