Friday, September 28, 2012

My Washington Times Review Of James Lee Burke's Crime Thriller 'Creole Belle'

The Washington Times published my review of James Lee Burke's crime thriller Creole Belle today.

In James Lee Burke’s previous Dave Robicheaux crime thriller, “The Glass Rainbow,” the Cajun detective from the New Iberia, La., Sheriff's Department ended up struck in the back in a bayou shootout with the bad guys.

In Mr. Burke’s latest novel, “Creole Belle,” the 19th in the Dave Robicheaux series, Robicheaux is in a hospital in New Orleans recovering from the gunshot wound.

He is administered morphine, which is good for the pain but not necessarily good overall, as Robicheaux is a recovering alcoholic with a history of depression and violence.

... The story leads to the kind of bad guys Robicheaux and Purcel encountered in the previous novel as well as those before it in the series: rich, powerful, corrupt and decadent patricians, greedy, crooked and heartless corporate executives, and violent, sociopathic, low-life criminals. Their collective crimes range from art fraud to white slavery and from Nazi war crimes to murder.

Mr. Burke once again makes the Louisiana region come alive in his vivid descriptions of the land, the sea, the weather, and the people, music and food — especially the food.

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