Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux Series #19)

Creole Belle (Dave Robicheaux Series #19)

by James Lee Burke
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Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
sebastianKH More than 1 year ago
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...
Readzer More than 1 year ago
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.
KenCady More than 1 year ago
James Lee Burke is one of my favorite authors. I thought he had slipped ever so slightly in The Glass Rainbow, but he is back for sure in Creole Belle. He is the kind of writer who is in no hurry, as he takes his time to create a scene, to describe and build his characters, and to lead the plot along. But it rarely feels slow. I enjoy taking my time to read him, to savor his words, his artistry, and even the poetic feeling I get from reading his verbal construction. Creole Belle had quite a bit going in the plot department, and sometimes I thought it might be too much. But the reward for it was great. I felt that the climax of the novel was as intense as any I have read. So much of his focus is on the evil that men do, but mortality is taking an ever more prominent place in his writing. I write this review in simple admiration of a great American author.
mklbjk More than 1 year ago
I have read all of James Lee Burke's books and this is another great novel. Great characters and storyline once again. Looking forward to the next one.
Mikeeman More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being a native of Southern Louisiana, I can vividly imagine every setting he describes. I'm never disappointed with any of Mr.Burke's books. Long live DAVE AND CLETE!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a huge James Lee Burke fan. After The Glass Rainbow, I was looking forward to his next book. After reading Creole Belle, I'm disappoined. I feel the novel was overcharacterized, too many subplots, and in some instances, self-indulgent. The last third of the novel was like a Hollywood buddy-movie, which in itself did not complement the preceding events that kept me reading. Even the Epilogue was too contrived, leaving the characters somewhat hollow. However, I will be one of the fiirst to purchase his next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
All of his books have mini bogdowns while he reflects, philosophizes and condemns the capitalist corruption's, but this one succinctly hits the nail on the head without derailing a fine and convoluted storyline. Burke's Louisiana is spot on and his historical trivia is fascinating. I list him behind Crumley and Greenleaf but it in the group of M Connelly and Trevanian, Forsythe and McCarthy ... entertaining, educational and a wordsmith that often makes me seek a dictionary.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the third Robicheaux book I've read, and the last. Burke needed an editor for the first two, and more so for this one: It's peopled with a sideshow of rap-life freaks out of James Ellroy's nightmares. The plot wanders everywhere but to a sensible conclusion. The heroes are repeatedly shot -- how many times has THAT happened to Dave and Clete? -- but even a bullet to the face is only a fresh wound in these novels. I won't comment on the philosophy espoused by Burke through the tortured person who is Robicheaux. It isn't worth my time. Nor yours. Probably not as much time as Burke spent forming the words, either.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
No modern writer can write descrptive prose like James Burke He makes me see places i have never been
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I think this was the worst book Burke has written. It was very convoluted, hard to understand and his wording was very over the top. He could have said the same thing with half the words. I was disappointed. Burke was born in1936 which makes him 78 years old. Perhaps this a lot to do with the dated style. This book focused more on the past and Viet Nam, then his other books have. It was also more violent and had more sexual activity. I miss the characters from the earlier novels. Not a chick lit mystery. There was no humor and found this book very noir. The ending could have been better. Molly and the daughter no longer seem to be anything but goody, goody two shoes, thrown in the mix as filler. For adults. AD
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I am only a bit over half way but it has kept my attention. Burke does get a bit carried away with over demonstrative descriptions to the point of absurd and, I guess his previous alcohol abuse and Viet Nam references. I am a viet vet and I even get tired of it. Great story so far though.
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James Lee Burke has done it again, only better! Dave and Clete find themselves with some really bad problems, and, in the end, solve them their usual way. But, along the way is some of the author's outstanding lyrical writing, philosophical and political musings. If you finish this bood without tears in your eyes you need to read it again, only slower. Having read the whole Robicheaux series, the characters are all good friends now, and watching them grow through the years has been a great experience. And, as JFK said, ich bin ein New Orleaner.
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
My book club decided to read this book, but I'm sure it will regret that decision. This book is not well written and is usually confusing with no master plot. When finished, you still do not know what the big conspiracy was all about. Characters change from bad to good to bad without credible support with facts. Dave and his friend often become aggressive and offensive without justification of the the acts or the law. Steer away from this loosely written book and save your time; there are too many other authors who write the same genre with more plausible resutls. This is the first book I've read from James Lee Burke, and as a result, it will be my last.
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