Jolie Blon's Bounce (Dave Robicheaux #12)
The Barnes & Noble Review
James Lee Burke's fiction is haunted, sometimes quite literally, by the ghosts of history, and by a bone-deep apprehension of the human capacity for violence and cruelty. A case in point is the author's latest Dave Robicheaux novel, Jolie Blon's Bounce, a contemporary account of murder and madness whose plot reflects the lingering aftereffects
I read this book almost ten years ago, but recently listened to the unabridged audio book, read by actor Will Patton.
Looking at this book from a writer’s viewpoint, I must stand in awe of James Lee Burke. The plot is complicated and imaginative. It’s full of allegory and biblical references the average person may not understand (I didn’t) but thanks to main character and narrator, Dave Robicheaux, you’ll get a quick theology lesson, improve your knowledge of the bible a little...more
A beautiful teenage girl is killed, the victim of a particularly savage rape. Police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very start of the investigation that the most likely suspect - Tee Bobby Hulin - is not the actual killer. Though a drug addict and general ne'er-do-well, Hulin doesn't fit the profile for this brutal crime. But when another b...more
Burke writes about Louisiana as only a native - a person who is steeped in the seasons, the landscape, the culture, the language and the history of a place - can write. Both his love of and his disappointment in the setting come through clearly. Because I have similarly conflicted feelings about my own life setting, I can relate and that always makes...more
I finished up JOLIE BLON'S BOUNCE by James Lee Burke and this was a very dark one. Dave had some more problems with his alcoholism in this one and I think that is one of the hardest things for me to read as it makes it even that more real to me. This book deals with a young girl that is murdered and Dave's trying to put the pieces together to figure out who the guilty party is. There are so many people that could have done the crime and it w...more
There is an ample sprinkling of sex, and of course, violence. It took quite a while before I found to what the title refers, a particular piece of music by one of the chara...more
Back Cover Blurb:
When Amanda Boudreau is raped and murdered the fingerprints of small-time black hustler Tee Bobby Hulin are found at the scene. Dave Robicheaux isn't convinced that Tee Bobby is guilty, but soon after he is released on bail there is a second murder.
When lawyer Perry LaSalle takes on the case, Robicheaux knows his motives are fuelled by guilt. For Tee Bobby's grandmoth...more
This wasn't a bad book at all. I'm not really into murder mysteries so much - though I continually find myself reading them. Not sure what to make of that. Maybe I am into them. I just haven't really ever read any great ones. Either way, Jolie Blon's Bou...more
As always Burke has a cast of complex characters and an amazing setting. The plot of this novel is kind of like an octopus. There seem to be so many facets to it, but they all have a connecting point.
Burke's gift with language is just wonderful. I always feel as though I'm in the bayous of Louisiana when I read or listen to his novels. He is really able to affect all the reader's senses...more
Like Robicheaux, Burke is a product of his environment. Louisiana is not like any other State. There, it doesn't really matter what political party you belong to, what matters is your social standing. You have royalty/the haves and you have the peons/hav...more
Narrator: Mark Hammer
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2002
Length: 14 hours and 23 min.
Audie Award Winner, Mystery, Fiction, 2003
I really like the Dave Robicheaux audiobook series, and this is one of my favorites.
When a beautiful teenage girl is killed, the victim of a particularly savage rape, New Iberia, Louisiana police detective Dave Robicheaux senses from the very start of the investigation that the most likely suspect - Tee Bobby Hulin - i...more
While this works on its own, I don't really recommend reading it as the first Robicheaux book you pick up. You're kind of expected to know who all the players are going in. That said, it's still incredibly strong, and the last chapter is worth the price of admission.
I liked this book. It was very fun. I'll read more of James Lee Burke's books because of this one.
Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a...more