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Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux Series #19)

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6 out of 7 people found this review helpful.

I read a lot of different types of novels but I love love love J

I read a lot of different types of novels but I love love love James Lee Burke.....can't wait for the next release...his books make the time spent reading them an escape to another world....the characters are real and you get so involved with their lives.....5 plus plu...
I read a lot of different types of novels but I love love love James Lee Burke.....can't wait for the next release...his books make the time spent reading them an escape to another world....the characters are real and you get so involved with their lives.....5 plus plus plus stars on all his novels...

posted by sebastianKH on July 17, 2012

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6 out of 8 people found this review helpful.

Normally I worship the words James Lee Burke writes and wish eac

Normally I worship the words James Lee Burke writes and wish each book would never end. His latest, Creole Belle, feels, and reads, very differently to me and I fought feelings of disappointment throughout. The book is preachy, and philosophically morose without the bal...
Normally I worship the words James Lee Burke writes and wish each book would never end. His latest, Creole Belle, feels, and reads, very differently to me and I fought feelings of disappointment throughout. The book is preachy, and philosophically morose without the balance of his usual dry and cutting humor. It feels like a dying man's reflections on his disappointing life. There is a noticeable lack of warmth between the main character, Dave, and his wife, Molly. And, having just read a novel by his real-life daughter, Alafair, the character of his fictional daughter does not seem well imagined. In fact, the whole story feels sadly autobiographical, though that could just be my own imagination. Also, while I know some people never change, or grow up, as an RN it seems to me that Clete's liver, if not his unhinged self-destructiveness, should have done him in a long time ago. Dave's indulgence of him has become just burdensome for Dave and wearying for the reader. Finally, somehow I missed reading "The Glass Rainbow" but I really miss the Robicheaux's life on the bayou with the bait shop and Baptiste. There was something healing there, amid the chaos of the story, that was both atmospheric and stabilizing. This "chapter" of the series just didn't thrill me like the others.

posted by Readzer on August 12, 2012

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  • Posted September 2, 2012

    Too much moralizing and parenthetical thoughts, particularly dur

    Too much moralizing and parenthetical thoughts, particularly during action sequences tries the patience of the reader. The plot is ill defined and never really resolved, although we end up with the bad guys getting their due. I read this book on the published recommendation of Michael Connelly my favorite author and did not see in it what he saw. I guess satisfactrion is in the mind of the reader and this book tried my patience and was and overall letdown.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted August 3, 2012

    A Dilemma...

    ...that is what I have in trying to rate this book. As always, Mr. Burke shows that he is easily one of the premier writers in the business today. His sense of style, prose and story-telling is unmatched; his descriptiveness of pastoral scenes second to none. His characters and their demons, his view on life, are all written in such an engaging and intense manner, it's hard to put his books down until finished. And then you can't wait for the next one. However, there's also the bad. Once again, Mr Burke pushes his left wing view of the world, though not as obnoxiously as he did in Feast Day of Fools. In this book, the bogeyman is the eeeevil oil companies and the rich. Which is kind of farcical, given Mr Burke's own millions, and his character's fondness for gas-guzzling pickup trucks. Mr. Burke writes of those "who steal our elections, commit war crimes, pollute the water we drink and the air we breathe." In other words, it's all Bush's fault. Yawn. Funny, his books most all take place in Louisiana, which has been run almost soley by Democrats for decades. Mr Burke makes no mention of that. Even more important from a literature standpoint, his storyline enters comic book territory with its ultimate conclusion and description of his villians. Not very believable, and it detracks from his obvious skill at writing and storytelling. Perhaps Mr Burke describes himself the best, when he writes that for the very rich (as he truly is), "their tastes are often superficial, their interests vain and self-centered."

    1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 5, 2014

    Read this from library loan

    But if bought would be a two and archived. As a fast food would be a day old dunkin doughnot and lukewarm coffee as i ssid before if you read it thru its a three star got to one chapter a two but bought and one chapter a onr. This is obvious writer burn out or throw catds up and pick out a couple of plots

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