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Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke
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Jul 29, 2011

really liked it
bookshelves: mysteries
Read from July 08 to 29, 2011

Burke writes damaged people better than anyone, the flotsam and jetsam of humanity who nearly always have some redeeming feature. Not for Burke the black and white; only shades of gray. This, the third book in the series, introduces Dave's former partner, Clete Purcell, and a simply wonderful "loser" named Dixie Lee Pugh.

In this outing, Dave gets involved with the mob, oil lease scammers, Indian activists, a sociopath, and Clete's girlfriend, Darlene American Horse, and the story ranges from Bayou Teche to the Blackfoot Reservation in Montana.

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Michael The author won an Edgar Award for this book as the best mystery novel of the year.

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