Monday, 16 March 2009

Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke

DATE PUBLISHED: 1990 DATE READ: February 2009 NOTES: 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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