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Black Cherry Blues by James Lee Burke
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Aug 29, 2007

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I had a little trouble getting going with this one. Like a lot of detective novels, it started out a little slow. The story starts down in Lousiana, then moves north to Missoula, the Flathead, and the Front Range. I really started to enjoy it once they got up north, not just because of the locale, but because Dave Robicheaux, the main character, really started messing with people's heads once he got to Montana. BCB has all the trappings of a classic detective story: a former alcoholic, ex-cop whose wife was whacked by drug dealers (I'm thinking that happened in the previous Dave Robicheaux novel; it's a series) is framed for a murder by some shady dudes and has to travel to unfamiliar territory to clear his name, enlisting the help of his ex-partner and a college roommate, and falling in lust and love along the way. Oh, and don't forget the nuns.

If you like Tony Hillerman novels, you'll probably like this one
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