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5.0 out of 5 stars Burke Never Disappoints Sept. 9 2001
Format:Mass Market Paperback
I read blurbs on books... They can be useful; some blurbs are from obscure publications; some are from authors who appear to be doing a favor to someone. But if I see a blurb from an author who rarely blurbs, and whom I respect, I will buy the book on that basis alone.
Walker Percy gave this book a strong favorable review. I bought the book, the 1st Burke book I read, and have bought everything by Burke since.
Burke's books address questions of morality, and how a moral person behaves in an immoral world. They are full of compassion and of passion. I cannot recommend him too highly.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Still the best June 23 2004
By Hank
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I've read them all and this one is still the best in the Robichaux series. Start with this one. Geaux Tigers!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Introduction to Cletus July 23 2014
By Penny
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Interesting to be introduced to Clete. I wish sometimes I read these in order. Character development strong as usual. Good read.
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By Mike V.
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One reviewer is off by a couple, Black Cherry Blues is the third in the series with Dave.
First one is Neon Rain, second one is Heaven's Prisoners (which was made into a mediocre movie with Alec Baldwin.
James Lee Burke is one of the greatest living American writers.
He will be read in High Schools across the nation eventually as an example of fine American literature.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Edgar Award was well-deserved. May 3 2004
Format:Mass Market Paperback
The mystique of Dave Robicheaux continues in this book, the 3rd installment of the series. Throughout the book you can feel Dave's pain as he remembers Annie, who died in Heaven's Prisoners. He's still struggling with the alcoholism that once wrecked his life, and his main focus is caring for his daughter Alafair. Burke, as usual, does a tremendous job developing his characters, all the while staying in the first person...telling the story from Dave's eyes. Dave is a flawed hero, but you're pulling for him regardless. Another gem from James Lee Burke, and it just adds to the puzzle that the Robicheaux series has become.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Great Read Jan. 4 2004
By A Customer
Format:Mass Market Paperback
For every Dave Robicheaux fan, a must read. Typical weave of multiple threads like all previous James Lee Burke stories!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Soulful Hard Boiled Mysteries Oct. 24 2003
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Burke's Robicheaux is a unique entry in this genre for at least two reasons: first, the writing in the series is both hard boiled and literary -- to some degree, burke is a bit like a modern day Raymond Chandler in that regard; and second, the hero is complex, tortured, and sympathetic (not unique) but he is also convincing as a real person. Scenes from this book, as well as the others in the series, will be with you long after you finish.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great writing, gripping story June 27 2003
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Over and above anything else, the first thing that struck me about James Lee Burke's "Black Cherry Blues" was the quality of the writing. Burke has an incredibly ability to beautifully describe his settings, making small town Louisiana and rural Montana vividly real to the reader. His descriptions are so good that I would often have to suppress the urge to have a late night snack after having my appetite whet when reading about something so basic as what Dave and his daughter made for dinner. Take away the whole suspense/mystery/thriller aspects of this novel, and it would almost still be worth reading just for Burke's descriptive abilities.
The plot itself is the classic "innocent man falsely accused" story. Dave Robicheaux, who is trying to live a quiet, simple life running a boat dock/bait shop and raising his daughter in New Iberia, LA, begrudgingly helps out an old college friend who is involved with some unscrupulous individuals. This leads to a series of events involving ominous threats towards Dave's daughter, Alafair, and culminates in Robicheaux being accused of a murder he didn't commit. The majority of the book takes place after Robicheaux heads to Montana to attempt to clear his name before his trial begins.
Burke seems to take great care in formulating his plot to make sure all his bases are covered. One small thing he did in this book that I really appreciated was to actually attempt to logically explain some of those bizarre coincidences that happen so often in suspense novels that immediately take me out of the novel because they come off as so unrealistic.
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