James Lee Burke
Adult Fiction BURKE
Summary: "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.
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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.
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.
Dave's adopted daughter; on leave from law school to finish working on her novel; attracted to a novelist from a once prominent family.