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  • Audio Cassette
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio; abridged edition edition (1 Jan. 1992)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671736108
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671736101
  • Product Dimensions: 18.1 x 2.1 x 11.5 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 5,687,027 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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The third highly acclaimed novel in the Dave Robicheaux series, and winner of the Edgar award. --This text refers to the Paperback edition.

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A DAVE ROBICHEAUX NOVEL: 3

Winner of an Edgar Award

Personal tragedy has left Dave Robicheaux close to the edge. Battling against his old addiction to alcohol and haunted nightly by vivid dreams, Dave finds his only tranquillity at home with his young ward Alafair. But even this fragile peace is shattered by the arrival of Dixie Lee Pugh who brings with him a brutal trail of murder and violence.

Robicheaux reluctantly agrees to help out his old friend but becomes more involved than he bargained for when he finds himself suspect number one in a series of bloody killings. Forced to leave his home, Robicheaux's precarious existence reaches breaking point when Alafair's life is threatened.

'No crime writer in America can hold a pen to Burke's mastery of style and powers of evocation and empathy: this is prose that cuts straight to the heart' Guardian

--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michele L. Worley on 28 May 2006
Format: Mass Market Paperback
"When I closed my eyes and swallowed, I could even taste that black cherry wine. I knew then it wasn't never gonna be any different. I was always gonna be drunk, whether I was dry or out there juicing. So in my head I wrote a song about it. I could hear all the notes, the riffs, a stand-up bass backing me up. I worked out the lyrics for it, too -

You can toke, you can drop,

Drink or use.

It don't matter, daddy,

'Cause you never gonna lose

Them mean ole jailhouse

Black cherry blues."

- Dixie Lee Pugh, herein, remembering a song he wrote after two days' DTs in solitary

BLACK CHERRY BLUES, the first Robicheaux novel I ever read but third in the series, makes clear from the first page that the reader is entering a new episode of an ongoing story. Robicheaux mysteries are definitely *novels*, in which characters' personal problems often aren't fixed by the last page.

Dave Robicheaux and his adopted daughter Alafair, for example, are still getting through the first year after Annie Robicheaux's death (HEAVEN'S PRISONERS). Robicheaux's former partner from New Orleans Homicide, Cletus Purcel, has found a way around *some* of his problems, but his police career is still lost to him, and he too has more problems than his flippant exterior would at first lead one to believe.

Much of the story - as opposed to the mystery - has to do with Dave's commitment to Alcoholics Anonymous while coping with Annie's death. He *has* fallen from grace occasionally, but sticks to the principle of coping with one day at a time, refusing to let one fall be his downfall.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 20 Mar. 2009
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Dave Robicheaux, ex cop, recovering alcoholic with lots of demons lurking in his psyche meets up with an old college friend. Dixie Lee Pugh has problems of his own and soon Dave is embroiled in a trail of murders, corruption, and general mayhem.

Black Cherry Blues is an excellent example of American crime fiction. The narrative is fast paced but believable while at times the writing is quite lyrical. He conjures up life in the Cajun and Montana countryside so well you feel you are there. Of course, some of the bad guys are oh so bad, while others are bad but have a better side to their character. And Dave Robicheaux is a great character - tender to his adopted daughter, loyal to his friends but ruthless in his treatment of those who threaten the ones he loves.

My first James Lee Burke book - but it certainly won't be my last.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Clarence T. Henry on 27 Feb. 2006
Format: Paperback
Dave is one Cajun who subscribes to the philosophy: “hit first, before they hit you.” When Dave’s old college roommate, Dixie Lee, comes into town, he asks Dave to look into the possibility that his coworkers may have killed two guys in Montana. Robicheaux gets pulled back to his old ways, and sure enough, he must travel to Montana solve a murder before he's put in jail. The plot is much better than the two previous novels. I enjoyed the ending and Burke’s exceptional writing. This one deserved to win the Edgar Award!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Wynne Kelly TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 30 Aug. 2009
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Dave Robicheaux, ex cop, recovering alcoholic with lots of demons lurking in his psyche meets up with an old college friend. Dixie Lee Pugh has problems of his own and soon Dave is embroiled in a trail of murders, corruption, and general mayhem.

Black Cherry Blues is an excellent example of American crime fiction. The narrative is fast paced but believable while at times the writing is quite lyrical. He conjures up life in the Cajun and Montana countryside so well you feel you are there. Of course, some of the bad guys are oh so bad, while others are bad but have a better side to their character. And Dave Robicheaux is a great character - tender to his adopted daughter, loyal to his friends but ruthless in his treatment of those who threaten the ones he loves.

My first James Lee Burke book - but it certainly won't be my last.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. P. C. Liu-devereux on 16 April 2012
Format: Paperback
I broke off reading this book when I felt that the violence being visited upon Dave Robicheaux's family was too much. Since then I've read Zen and more Montalbano, but having got to the end of the Zen books and found them increasingly frustrating I decided to pick this book up where I'd left off. I'm so glad I did. James Lee Burke's descriptions of landscape are so lyrical, his characters so complex and Robicheaux himself is such a fascinating conflicted individual. Another reviewer complained elsewhere that Burke uses too much 'slang' and is sometimes difficult to understand but I really don't agree. I think the colloquial language and Cajun speech patterns brings these characters to life in a very vibrant and attractive way. As you will have gathered, I can't recommend this book highly enough.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By alex@ashcrofa.freeserve.co.uk on 11 Oct. 2001
Format: Paperback
Another entertaining read from James Lee Burke. This time, cajun reformed-alchololic Dave Robicheaux becomes the chief suspect in a murder investigation, and goes to (Burke domicile) Bitteroot, Montana to clear his name.
Robicheaux is an excellent character: tough, violent and rude, yet kind-hearted and prone to critical self-analysis. Burke's descriptions of Louisiana and Montana are, as always, a delight, and the plot is fast paced and interesting. The one thing that spoils this book (and it really annoyed me) is that it contains dozens of typos and misprints, almost as if it had been proof-read by Robicheaux's illegal immigrant 6 year-old daughter!
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