RARA-AVIS: black cherry blues

From: Robison Michael R CNIN ( Robison_M@crane.navy.mil)
Date: 03 Feb 2002

hi everybody!

just finished james lee burke's _black cherry blues_. best book i've read in a long time. it was a refreshing change of pace for hardboiled. there were a lot of beautiful des- criptions of country scenes and past experiences. his talk of running a trot line reminded me of years ago when i set a line up in the headwaters of lake monroe. and it was nice to see a sober lead for a change, and he even incorporated some of AA's 12 steps into the story. and little alafair is well drawn and their relationship enriches the story even more. the other characters, like clete, dixie, darlene, and sal were well done and convincing and interesting, too. and i've heard him criticized for his other-world ghostly encouters, but i thought it did nothing but strengthen an already great book. no wonder it won the edgar.

thumbs up to james lee burke.


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