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Black Cherry Blues

de James Lee Burke

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Sèrie: Dave Robicheaux (3)

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Dave Robicheaux had begun to put the pieces of his broken life together again when an old friend turned up on his doorstep, dredging up old memories and new threats.
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This third book in the Dave Robicheaux finds him just trying to care for a little orphaned girl, and trying to escape a murder charge. This one has Montana flavor as well as the Louisiana flavor that can't help but bleed through, and I enjoyed the setting. Robicheaux has some pretty sketchy friends, and now surprisingly, things are not going well. I enjoyed the mystery, but this felt more like a mood piece to me than an edge of your seat mystery. The use of the word “Negro” felt dated to me, but I don't know if that was intentional. I enjoy this series. ( )
  TooBusyReading | Apr 22, 2020 |
I got this book from Overdrive as part of my individual challenge to read the Dave Robicheaux series this year. While waiting for book #2 to come from Amazon I decided to read some of the others in the list. This books deals with Dave getting framed for murder by Mafia goons and his and Alafair's travels to Montana to find the man who has framed him for murder. His old partner Clete Purcel and another old friend make appearances in the book as well. A really good read by a great author. ( )
  CrystalToller | Mar 5, 2019 |
A bit of a change of pace after the first two Robicheaux novels, this one focuses less on action and more on Robicheaux's character under extreme stress: a threat to his child, and the prospect of going to prison. Most of it takes place not in southern Louisiana but near Billings, Montana, where Robicheaux briefly relocates to investigate the main witness against him in his upcoming case. Although he doesn't fall back into drinking, Robicheaux's other faults, including a hot temper, impulsive violence, and an uncommon lapse in judgment, get him in a lot of trouble, making the story a bit troubling to those who would prefer that the hero suffers more from the forces of evil than from his own demons and infirmities. A dash of humor would be welcome, too. Still, this is an uncommonly intelligent and nuanced tale that came by its Edgar award honestly, and Burke's thrillers continue to make, say, Michael Connelly's look like comic books in comparison. ( )
  john.cooper | May 4, 2018 |
James Lee Burke is the novelist that just keeps on giving... to me. I picked up his first in the Robicheaux series about a month ago, loved it, thoroughly enjoyed the 2nd, and just completed the 3rd, 'Black Cherry Blues'. It's equally good. Burke's literate, lyrical prose in the tough 'crime' genre is a breath of fresh air, his characters are wonderfully developed and memorable, and the star, Dave Robicheaux, is as complex a personality you'll encounter. This series, so far, is simply fantastic.

Black Cherry begins down in the bayou and ends there, but most of the action takes place in the mountains out west. Robicheaux runs into some old acquaintances and quickly gets mixed into a complicated situation with a couple really bad dudes who threaten his little daughter. That's too much for Robicheaux, a man of action if there ever was one, so he takes matters into his own hands and beats the crap out of both of them. However, one of the guys takes the opportunity to kill his fellow miscreant in a way that makes it appear Robicheaux did the murder. Dave's arrested, manages to get himself released on bond, and travels west with his daughter to track down the real murderer before he finds himself in prison among a population he, in many cases, helped put there. Early on and throughout the story Dave is helped by a Federal agent tracking the crew, his former partner on the New Orleans police force is likewise thoroughly involved in the action, and things get even more complex as Mafia characters are encountered and enmeshed in various conspiracies. Robicheaux nearly runs out of time before his murder trial, but a solution comes to him in a dream and things end up working out.

Robicheaux is a fantastic character, a tough recovering alcoholic Vietnam vet ex-cop with a highly developed conscience and a bias toward action, sometimes violent action. He's respectful toward women but has experienced tough luck (and then some) on the romantic side. Since his retirement from the force, he runs a bait shop in a little town on the bayou where he tries, unsuccessfully so far, to lead a quiet life. One interesting aspect of the series is the glimpse we get into 80's-era policing, racial issues, and other societal topics that are still relevant and evolving today. It's fascinating stuff.

The real 'star' of the series, though, is Burke's writing. He can paint a picture like no other in this genre, he's great with dialogue, he's not averse to using unique devices like dream passages in his stories, and his pacing is excellent. I'm not sure where this series is heading but I'm sure happy I jumped on the bus to find out. ( )
  gmmartz | Mar 13, 2018 |
Dave Robicheaux novel — ex policeman, daughter — up vs. the mob — good though

Haunted by the memory of his wife's murder and his father's untimely death, ex-New Orleans cop Dave Robicheaux spends his days in a fish-and-tackle business. But when an old friend makes a surprise appearance, Robicheaux finds himself thrust back into the violent world of Mafia goons and wily federal agents. From the Louisiana bayou to Montana's tribal lands, Robicheaux is running from the bottle, a homicide rap, a professional killer and the demons of his past.
  christinejoseph | Feb 27, 2016 |
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