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Thursday, June 4, 2015

Jolie Blon's Bounce--New Twist on an Old Theme

Jolie Blon's Bounce (Dave Robicheaux, #12)Jolie Blon's Bounce by James Lee Burke
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Possibly one of the more riveting of this series. Dave struggles mightily with his alcoholism in this outing--going so far as stealing Bootsie's diet pills to satisfy his need. He is certainly more on the edge and losing it much more often--how he avoids being sent to Angola himself at times seems perplexing. Clete is his usual crazy drinking, womanizing, watching his buddy's back guy. This episode involves the brutal murders of two women--a young teen blond girl raped and shot and left in a canefield and a white whore tied to a chair on the banks of a bayou and beaten to a pulp. Are the murders related? Will Dave solve the mysteries of a man called Legion--former field manager of the Poinciana Island plantation--Marvin Oates, who wanders town pulling a suitcase of Bibles on a skate. What about the drug addled musician who had a crush on the girl in the cane? Who's his Grand-daddy? And what's up with the lawyer, Perry, whose family owns the plantation and who for some mysterious reason keeps Legion as a client? Then there is the homeless man who claims to be the medic who got Dave out of the Nam jungle and saved his life. Add to that the Italian hood who is uncle to the slain prostitute and wants revenge for her death, the icily perfect DA who finds Clete attractive and Zarenda the girl who can't decide who she wants to be with. Mix them all together in the humid heat of the bayou country and wait for the pieces to shake out. Good reading--surprising ending.

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