Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3)

Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3)

by James Lee Burke
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Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3) by James Lee Burke

Dave Robicheaux was once a Louisiana homicide cop. Now he's trying to start a new life, opening up a fishing business and caring for his adopted girl, Alafair.

Compared to Louisiana, Robicheaux thought Montana would be safe--until two Native American activists suddenly go missing. When Robicheaux begins investigating, he is led into the dark world of the Mafia and oil companies. At the same time, someone from his past comes back to haunt him. Someone who was responsible for Robicheaux's flight from New Orleans--someone who brutally murdered his wife--and now is after young Alafair ...

Winner of the Edgar Award for Best Novel, BLACK CHERRY BLUES spans from the mystical streets of New Orleans to the endless mountains of Montana, and ranks among James Lee Burke's finest work--an enduring classic , darkly beautiful and thrilling.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780316204095
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company
Publication date: 12/15/2011
Series: Dave Robicheaux Series , #3
Sold by: Hachette Digital, Inc.
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 16,693
File size: 966 KB

About the Author

James Lee Burke is the New York Times bestselling, Edgar Award-winning author of twenty-four novels, including eighteen starring the Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux. Burke grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast, where he now lives with his wife Pearl. They also spend several months a year in Montana.


New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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Black Cherry Blues (Dave Robicheaux Series #3) 4.3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 36 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A friend suggested I read Burke's books a few months ago, so I'm just 'new' to the Robicheaux series...I started with the first book of the series and I will read them all. Robicheaux can't help himself, he's so human, complex, devout in his faith, compassionate, but just don't mess with him - you have to like him. And in all the drama and chaos in Robicheaux's life Burke writes so beautifully and describes every minute detail, is so descriptive of the human element and nature's surroundings at the same time. When Burke describes the dreams of Robicheaux, the fishing camps, his past, the countryside - its the best I've ever read. I couldn't put the book down. Burke tells a good, suspensful drama.
Guest More than 1 year ago
James Lee Burke is by far one of the best authors I have ever read. His descriptive narrative is so wonderful that you can almost smell, see, and taste everything his characters experience. From this book I was hooked, and with each book, it only gets better!
tedfeit0 More than 1 year ago
This trade paperback reprint brings back an early Dave Robicheaux novel (first published in 1989) in which he travels from his native Louisiana to Montana to escape his guilt over the murder of his wife. Of course, the familiar territory is covered: his attendance at AA meetings, care for an adopted refugee girl from El Salvador, among other things. A land-hungry oil company is pitted against the interests of a Blackfoot reservation, and when two American Indian activists disappear, Dave’s investigation puts him squarely in the sights of mafia thugs and the oil interests. Also, he enters into a romance with Darlene American Horse, his ex-partner’s girlfriend. The broad sweep of the story helps Dave relieve the demons of his grief, loss, fear, rage and need for vengeance. And the author shows how graphically and wonderfully he can write about the broad vistas of Montana’s red cliffs and tree-line hills, as well as the accustomed bayous of Louisiana, and the multi-ethnic aspects of the United States. Recommended.
WaukeshaPhoenix More than 1 year ago
This man can really write. Can't tell you how many times I've been disappointed in books I've started, finding the writing amateurish, or the characters hollow. Mr. Burke PUTS you there, be it Louisiana, or in this one, Montana, with all the sights, smells, sounds, and sensations. His characters are fascinating, whether good guys or bad. This book is the best one so far, so I will be excited to start the next.
SamiO More than 1 year ago
If you have ever visited Louisiana, before or after Katrina and her tag along, this Author will keep you coming back for more and more and more. No where have descriptions caused me to buy so many books! He is a master of description and his characters are more than true to life. I salute you, James Lee Burke. My husband and I are planning a trip to New Orleans and most of the other places you speak of in you books. He lived there, I have visited many times. I wish I had read your books... too many years ago, to have done so... but I would really have enjoyed my visits more. Thank you. cm
Anonymous 3 months ago
As good as ever.
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Burke's books are good, but SOOOO long!  And the angst!  Burke and Robert B Parker had to have a corner on soul-searching.   It's a good book, but my eyes have writers cramp, and the tedium of the self analysis almost overwhelms me at times.  I'll probably keep on reading these books, but I won't buy them.
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RichardSutton More than 1 year ago
<b>Ghosts, Flaws, Weakness and Gumbo. Enough to go around.</b> I began at the end of the series, and have finally gotten back to the beginning. For readers new to James Lee Burke, it's not an absolute necessity, but for this reader, it make the overall meal much tastier. If you like your Main Characters cut from whole human being cloth, you will not find many who do it better than Mr. Burke. Dave Robicheaux is so fully formed, you'll swear you shared a joke with him last week at the bait shop. The folks he loves, the ones he misses, the ones he wished he was missing, are all equally defined and equally annoying at times. They are all combating scores of personal, very understandable demons and have nevertheless gotten themselves into predictable, poor situations and relationships that serve them anyway but well. The writing is crisp and the plot carries the reader along on one absorbing journey after another. That's another consummate skill of this storyteller -- in a very few words, Burke can transport a reader into a setting so completely you can hear the crickets outside. If South Louisiana is a favorite destination for you, or also in this case, the Northern Rockies in Montana, you'll find few other writers who can capture the milieu more completely. As far as the characters who slide and do battle across these pages, you'll remember each and every one -- no toss-away people in these stories. Redemption is as redemption does. It comes for some and not for others, just like life. Reading Burke for me has become a vacation taken inexpensively, when necessary. Plan to visit yourself, soon, y'hear?
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BECBEC61 More than 1 year ago
Loved It!!! Great Read!!!
Goofygirll More than 1 year ago
If you like this series I would recommend this one too. It is just as good as the rest have been. I am now one the 4th in the series and will continue reading them.
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