Title: Creole Belle: A Dave Robicheaux Novel
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Publication Date: 2012
Book Condition: Collectible: Like New
Dust Jacket Condition: Like New
Signed: Signed by Author
Edition: First Edition.
Signed by author on title page without inscription. First Edition with full number line. In protective clear mylar cover. Bookseller Inventory # 15-1-100
Synopsis: Languishing in a recovery unit on St. Charles Avenue in New Orleans, Dave Robicheaux is fighting an enemy more insidious than the one who put a bullet in his back a month earlier in a shootout on Bayou Teche. The morphine meant to dull his pain is steadily gnawing away at his resolve, playing tricks on his mind, and luring him back into the addict mentality that once threatened to destroy his life and family.
With the soporific Indian summer air wafting through the louvered shutters of his hospital room, and the demons fighting for space in his head, Dave can?t be sure whether his latest visitor is flesh and blood or a spectral reminder of his Louisiana youth. Tee Jolie Melton, a young woman with a troubled past, glides to his bedside and leaves him with an iPod that plays the old country blues song ?My Creole Belle.?
What Dave doesn?t know is that Tee Jolie disappeared weeks ago, and no one believes she reappeared to comfort an old man with a bullet wound. Dave becomes obsessed with the song and the vivid memory of Tee Jolie, and when he learns that her sister has turned up dead inside a block of ice floating in the Gulf, he believes that putting the evils of the past to rest is more urgent than ever before.
Meanwhile, an oil spill in the Gulf brings back intense feelings for Dave of losing his father to a rig explosion years ago. As the oil companies continue to risk human lives in pursuit of wealth and power, Dave begins to see links to the Melton sisters, even when no one else shares his suspicions. Dave?s expartner Clete Purcel helps him search for Tee Jolie, though Clete fears for his friend?s mental health and safety. But Clete has his own troubles, too; he?s discovered an illegitimate daughter who may be working as a contract killer?and may have set her sights on someone he loves.
Creole Belle is a resurrection story for the ages, with James Lee Burke at the peak of his masterful career and Dave Robicheaux facing his most intense and personal battle yet, against the known and unknown forces that corrupt and destroy even the best of men.
?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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