Jolie Blon's Bounce

Version: Abridged
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Fiction & Literature, Mystery, Thriller & Horror
Publisher: Simon & Schuster
Published In: June 2002
# of Units: 6 CDs
Length: 6 hours, 30 minutes
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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 -- 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 body turns up -- a drugged-out prostitute who is the daughter of a local mafia bigwig -- all clues point to Tee Bobby Hulin. The dead girl's father sets out to find -- and punish -- the killer.

Before Robicheaux can bring the killer or killers to justice, he battles a painkiller addiction, a habit brought on by a humiliating beating he suffers at the hands of a diabolical character known only as Legion. Once the overseer on a local sugarcane plantation, Legion scrapes by through doing odd jobs. In temperament, he's still the malevolent bully, seemingly possessed with supernatural skills of survival.

When Robicheaux's longtime buddy Clete Purcel drops by New Iberia for a visit, he is quickly drawn into the struggle between evil forces, including Jimmy Dean Styles, a black man intent on maintaining his empire of corruption, Joe Zeroski, a trailer park mafioso with palatial aspirations -- and Legion Guidry in whom Robicheaux faces an enemy unlike any he has ever known. And soon, what began as a duel of wits turns into a dance of death.

Gothic, dense, brutal, touching, and always compelling, Jolie Blon's Bounce is classic storytelling from a writer who has been dubbed "the Faulkner of crime fiction."

Reviews (3)

Jolie Blon's Bounce

Written by A.K. Deshaies on June 4th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Another Great Robicheaux Book!

Written by Liza on April 17th, 2006

  • Book Rating: 5/5

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.

Too much ...

Written by Anonymous on March 15th, 2005

  • Book Rating: 2/5

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.

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.