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James Lee Burke
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Book Description

2 Feb 2006

Three men are present when Amanda Boudreau is raped and murdered, and small-time hustler Tee Bobby Hulin's prints are found at the crime scene. Dave Robicheaux reckons he's innocent, and Tee Bobby pleads so, then attempts suicide in his holding cell. Why?

Tee Bobby is released on bail and soon after there is a second murder. When lawyer Perry LaSalle takes on the defence of Tee Bobby, Dave knows his motives are fuelled by guilt. For Tee Bobby's grandmother was seduced by Perry's grandfather, and Amanda Boudreau's death is related to events that happened long before Tee Bobby was born...

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Orion; New Ed edition (2 Feb 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0752849565
  • ISBN-13: 978-0752849560
  • Product Dimensions: 11.1 x 2.8 x 17.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 155,515 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, many featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the Edgar Award in 1998 for Cimarron Rose, while Black Cherry Blues won the Edgar in 1990 and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.

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Like James Lee Burke's other Dave Robichaux novels, Jolie Blon's Bounce has at its core a sense of people as driven by demons; both their own demons--Robichaux's controlled alcoholism and the dark rages that lie behind it--and the demons handed down to them by history. Robichaux knows that gifted young black musician Tee Bobby Hulin was present at the rape and murder of a young white woman--he is also certain that Hulin was neither rapist nor murderer. Equally, though he has no grounds for certainty about it, he has a sense that the killing of the sister of a local mobster has nothing to do with the case and that the interest of an eccentric young bible salesman in the tough woman DA Shanahan and the woman private eye Zerelda is not harmless at all. Robichaux wants to play cases by the book--this gets harder when he is brutalised by a mad old racist and when his friends find themselves in jeopardy.

James Lee Burke has always been intelligent about the edge of things, and here he is taking his hero to the edge of police procedure and the edge of the real--some of this case skirts battles with principalities and powers. This is one of the nerviest and darkest of this extraordinary series and one of the most poetic--an odd word to use of a thriller, yet the right one. --Roz Kaveney --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.


The Times 13 July 'Hot or what?' column Guardian 3 August 'This author is more and more a writer of our times' Mark Lawson Observer 18 August 'Critics are running out of superlatives to describe the writing of James Lee Burke. He has been compared to a bewildering range of authors... However no comparisons are needed. James Lee Burke is an American original.' Evening Standard 12 August 'With each new novel James Lee Burke reaffirms his status as the best crime writer around' FHM September issue 'Brutal, unsettling and brilliant. ***** ' Literary Review August '[James Lee Burke] has always been a writer of infinite promise and surprise. The promises have all been kept. The surprises go on and on.' --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Another Robicheaux. Again. 18 Sep 2002
I used to look forward to the next Dave Robicheaux book like I looked forward to Christmas when I was a child. I used to feel the same anticipation, the same thrill I would feel upon waking too early to go into the living room to see what Santa had brought. I would buy the new James Lee Burke novel and rush to get it home, sneaking looks at the dust jacket, reading the first few pages while waiting in line to get on the bus and finally arriving home to immerse myself. They were wonderful, yes, well-written and poetic, with a dark, malevolent beauty hiding beneath the rot and detritus of the swamps and rural backwaters, but they were more than that. They were like mini-trips to Louisiana for me, a place I love and visit whenever I can. And they were a new treat from a favorite author, something that was new to me, as many of the writers I discovered in my youth were long dead and would be producing no more books.
These days, a new Dave Robicheaux novel is like a phone call from a distant aunt. It's nice to hear from her, but she keeps telling the same old stories over and over again and you wind up preferring that maybe the calls were less frequent, or of shorter duration. "Jolie Blon's Bounce" is like that. It's still Burke and it's still welcome, but you've heard all the stories, read all the lovely descriptions, wondered about the vaguely supernatural elements, thrilled at Dave's headstrong determination to do exactly the most self-destructive thing at any given moment, despite what his family, friends and colleagues tell him. There's nothing new.
The story is about a poor black person accused of a crime and the rich white people who have a dark secret and may actually be the criminals. No, wait. That's ALL of them. Let's try it again...
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4.0 out of 5 stars jolie blon's bounce 18 Sep 2002
Summary ; another journey into the darker side of Louisiana with sheriff's deputy Dave Robicheaux.
James Lee Burke yet again manages to combine the tension between good and evil with another chapter in the life of Dave Robicheaux. Haunting images from his childhood are brought up to the present with his encounters with a strange and unpleasant individual called Legion. Dave's sexuality is also challenged in one of these, and the reader will understand his response to such provocation. Clete Purcell, who I do hope is one of your favourites, roller coasts through the story exposing his softer side in the process in more ways than one! One of the problems with a writer such as James Lee Burke is one always wants more. This paradox is slowly being resolved since one gets the hint that Dave is nearing retirement. If there is a new version of Jolie blon then it's worth listening to, just as much as reading the book of the same name.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Burke at his best 22 Feb 2009
Dave Robicheaux is the archetypal southern law enforcer - and who better to play him on film than Tommy Lee Jones (in a 2009 film)- yet James Lee Burke is so much more than a crime fiction writer - he is a writer that immerses you in New Iberia and Louisiana. He describes American society so effectively - so magical yet so flawed. "Jolie Blon" is up there with the best of Burke's 17 Robicheaux novels - but if you haven't read one begin with the first " The Neon Rain"
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Master 2 Mar 2004
By Mr. Warren M. Fisher VINE VOICE
Burke maintains his reputation as the master of modern crime, with another great entry in the Robicheaux series, probably the most influential series in contemporary crime writing. Rarely has the barbarity and horror of our world been evoked with such beauty and lyricism.
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4.0 out of 5 stars One of Robicheaux' best 5 May 2003
Two murders, three enigmatic and dangerous men, and a hundred years of Louisiana's violent and racist past... James Lee Burke is among America's finest crime writers and this is one of the best of the Dave Robicheaux novels. As ever, he yokes together the sheer beauty of the country and the depthless horrors of human alienation. His later novels have taken on a greater historical depth, and this book continues the theme with all to vivid evocations of the infamous Angola prison and plantation life. Not to be read last thing at night...but read it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story from the master! 14 Feb 2014
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Hard to put down as we follow Dave and friend Clete through another gripping tale of misdeeds and miscreants. Excellent!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Jolie Blon's Bounce 7 Oct 2013
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Another wonderful novel from James Lee Burke. The character of Dave Robicheaux is so beautifully observed....influenced by his troubled personal history but never losing his humanity and sense of fairness. The dialogue of all the characters ring so true, Cajun, black or the old Southern gentility, one feels truly involved. I loved the metaphysical angle of the battle between good and evil between Legion and the mysterious ex soldier. I can't put these books down but am always sad when I come to the end. More Dave Robicheaux please!.
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