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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 26 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Recorded Books
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 23 Oct. 2008
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002SQ3EXE
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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.Read more ›
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.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Have really only just found robichaeux after watching movie with tommy Lee Jones
Fine writing I can't wait to start next one
James Lee Burke is not only one of today's top crime authors he is one of the worlds best writers ! Black Cherry Blues is right up there as one of his best. Read morePublished 3 months ago by nick locke
I found this a weak novel from such a good author. Implausible plot and and enormous amount of unnessary descriptive fillerPublished 7 months ago by Bill
If you have spent time in south Louisiana you will feel the smell of the bayou and coulee ( ditch ) when reading these novels is like being there again, the story in the book... Read morePublished 9 months ago by T. R. Stedman
I shall now work my way through all 20 of the Dave Robicheaux novels.James Lee Burke creates pictures,in words,of that southern part of the USA,which absolutely enthrall.Published 9 months ago by Georgie baby
Enjoyed the read as a whole, but I did get a bit fed up with the description of the great American outdoors which, rather than giving depth and colour, was repetitively boring.Published 9 months ago by clemi
J.L.Burke never fails to keep you interested, however his portrayal of the characters and the lives they live leave you quite frankly feeling sad that there could be thousands of... Read morePublished 12 months ago by James Thomas
Just read for the second time and enjoyed it even more than the first time. Poetry in motion every time.Published 13 months ago by MR A MCILROY