After so many strong recommendations for titles by James Lee Burke, I finally picked up Black Cherry Blues , the 3rd in the Dave Robicheaux series. What a great mystery! This book won the Edgar award in 1990 for best mystery novel. Normally when I read a mystery, I am completely focused on the plot. But, listening to this book, I couldn't help but appreciate the excellent writing and well developed characters. I loved how the 'bad guys' were the scum of the earth and the good guys weren't much better! The narrator, Mark Hammer, is perfect for this series. His Cajun dialect immediately places you in the heart of New Orleans. If you are looking for a gritty mystery AND a good novel, then try this series - you won't be disappointed.