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Creole belle : a Dave Robicheaux novel
James Lee Burke
Adult Fiction BURKE

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From Publishers' Weekly:

MWA Grand Master Burke continues to raise the bar for himself, and the reader, as shown by his lyrical, insightful 19th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2010's The Glass Rainbow). While the New Iberia, La., deputy sheriff is recovering in a New Orleans hospital from a bullet wound, he receives a visit from Cajun singer Tee Jolie Melton, who leaves him an iPod loaded with music, including the blues song "My Creole Belle." Only thing is, Tee Jolie supposedly disappeared months earlier, and her teenage sister, Blue Melton, has just turned up frozen in a block of ice. Meanwhile, Clete Purcel, Robicheaux's hard-drinking best friend, has problems of his own: some local wise guys are trying to blackmail him, and he fears his lost daughter, Gretchen, may be a notorious assassin. As Robicheaux and Purcel suit up again to take on an array of foes, including corrupt politicians, oil men, and a wealthy old man they suspect is a Nazi war criminal, they feel the weight of their own history, and begin to hear the ghostly whisper of mortality. This is another stunner from a modern master. Agent: Philip Spitzer, Philip G. Spitzer Literary Agency. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

From Library Journal:

In the finale (spoiler alert!) of The Glass Rainbow, Dave Robicheaux, the Cajun police detective featured in Burke's long-running mystery series, was shot in the back and faded out of consciousness, murkily seeing (or hallucinating?) himself being carried aboard an old-time steamboat. In this new volume's opening pages, Robicheaux is recuperating from his injuries. But all is not well in the humid swamps of New Iberia Parish, where there is little that is peaceful and even less that is pure, and sex, death, and corruption pervade the humid atmosphere like the tentacles of foul-smelling oil that contaminates the Gulf. Still groggy from painkillers, Robicheaux sees a troubled young woman in his hospital room, a Creole musician who leaves him with a haunting song and a plea for help. Is she just another hallucination? Longtime friend and fellow investigator Clete Purcel has his own problems, as a deadly contract killer roaming the streets of New Orleans seems to have a mysterious connection to his past. As the bodies of the innocent and the guilty add up, both men are drawn once more into the struggle against "the evil that men do." Verdict Despite the inevitable violence, atmosphere takes precedence over plot, and there is a melancholy and autumnal tone to Robicheaux's thoughts in the 19th book in the series. Series fans will want this. [See Prepub Alert, 1/21/12.]-Bradley A. Scott, Corpus Christi, TX (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

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main characters Dave Robicheaux
Male
Widower
Recovering in a hospital from a bullet wound in his back a month earlier; slowly returning to the addict mentality that once threatened his life and family; becomes obsessed with a song and the vivid memory of a female Cajun singer coming to see him even though she disappeared weeks ago; learns that the woman's sister has turned up dead; an oil spill in the Gulf brings back memories of losing his father to a rig explosion years ago.
Deputy

Clete Purcel
Male
Father
Dave's former partner; helping Dave search for a missing Cajun singer whose sister was found murdered; fears for his friend's mental health; discovers he has an illegitimate daughter who may be working as a contract killer.

Alafair
Female
Adopted
Dave's adopted daughter; on leave from law school to finish working on her novel; attracted to a novelist from a once prominent family.
Law student



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