Black Cherry Blues: A Dave Robicheaux Novel by James Lee Burke

blackcherrybluesReviewed by Vickie Dailey

Black Cherry Blues is a re-release of a 1989 novel in the Dave Robicheaux series and is the third in a series of mysteries. It’s a great book – Burke knows how to really create a picture with words.

Robicheaux is a former cop. He now runs a bait shop (in Louisiana) with the help of Batist & Clarise who also help him with his adopted daughter Alafair. He has a lot of personal demons – the death of his father and more recently his wife. He’s a recovering alcoholic and he dreams of dead people.

Black Cherry Blues finds Dave arrested for murder. He heads out to Montana with Alafair – to find the real killer and to clear his name. The novel is hard and gritty at times.

Some may find the plot hard to believe, but aren’t they all – we can create with words story lines that would never play out in real life.

I read this back in ’89 and still thoroughly enjoyed reading it again. It makes me want to read them all over again.

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