Jolie Blon's Bounce

Written by:
James Lee Burke
Narrated by:
Mark Hammer

Unabridged Audiobook

Release Date
June 2002
14 hours 38 minutes
Dave Robicheaux is back in this powerful New York Times bestseller that takes him into the underbelly of New Iberia’s mafia to solve the brutal murder of two teenage girls.

When a beautiful teenage girl is killed, New Iberia police detective Dave Robicheaux senses that the most likely suspect, Tee Bobby Hulin, is not the actual killer. Though a drug addict and general neer-do-well, Hulin just doesn’t fit the profile for this kind of crime. He’s a Cajun blues singer (one of his songs is titled “Jolie Blon’s Bounce”), and he’s been raised by his grandmother Ladice Hulin, a proud and strong-willed black woman.

But when there’s another, similar murder—this victim a drugged-out prostitute who happens to be the daughter of one of the local mafia bigwigs—the cries for an arrest become too loud to ignore. The mafia figure, however, prefers to take matters in his own hand and sets out to find—and punish—the killer himself. Once again, Tee Bobby Hulin seems the most likely suspect.

Added to the mix of characters on the good guy side of the balance sheet is Clete Purcel, a long-time buddy of Robicheaux’s and a confirmed boozer and womanizer. Coming to New Iberia for a visit, Clete is quickly drawn into the struggle between the various forces of evil in the town: Jimmy Dean Styles, a black man intent on maintaining his empire of corruption; Joe Zeroski, a trailer-park mafioso with palatial aspirations—and of course Legion Guidrey, the devil incarnate.
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A.K. Deshaies

I am a huge James Lee Burke fan-the writing is so mesmerizing you don't want to miss a word. The descriptions of people, places, smells and tastes-so compelling. The character studies, whether it's a bit player or Dave's best friend, Clete (a personal favorite) are poignant and heartbreaking and you can feel their pain. Dave Robicheaux is a glutton for punishment, but so noble-great "listen"-and Will Patton (narrator) is superb.

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I thought this was another great book by James Lee Burke and , because I so enjoyed the person reading it, I know that I would not have enjoyed it as much if I had read it. Yet again, through Burke's writings, the reader gets an insight into the history of the south, as well as the interactions of people in the south today.

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Burke has done better. The bad guy is over the top and so repulsive and real, by the time he humiliates Dave, you just don't want to keep reading. You wish Dave well, but you'll catch him next time.

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