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Cadillac Jukebox

Cadillac Jukebox

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Mark Hammer


Cadillac Jukebox

Written by James Lee Burke

Narrated by Mark Hammer

ratings:
4.5/5 (28 ratings)
Length:
12 hours
Released:
Aug 1, 1996
ISBN:
9781442356191
Format:
Audiobook

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Description

When former Klansman and piney-woods outcast Aaron Crown is finally imprisoned for a decades-old murder, it is to Detective Dave Robicheaux that he proclaims his innocence loudest. Crown seems to be a lightning rod for every kind of trouble that the state of Louisiana can unearth. A documentary film writer seeking to prove Crown's innocence is found murdered; a button man for the New Orleans mob accuses Robicheaux of taking a pay-off to ignore Crown.

But it is when Buford LaRose -- scion of an old Southern family and author of a book on the Crown case -- is elected governor that Dave Robicheaux's involvement with Aaron Crown deepens to a level he can barely fathom. And it is Buford's social-climbing wife, Karyn, with whom Robicheaux had an affair years before, who proves to be his most poisonous adversary.

Filled with thrilling adventure, lightning-paced action, and street smart realism, Cadillac Jukebox is a brilliant addition to Burke's standout Dave Robicheaux series.
Released:
Aug 1, 1996
ISBN:
9781442356191
Format:
Audiobook

Also available as...

Also available as bookBook

About the author

James Lee Burke is a New York Times bestselling author, two-time winner of the Edgar Award, and the recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship for Creative Arts in Fiction. He’s authored thirty-nine novels and two short story collections. He lives in Missoula, Montana.


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  • (5/5)
    Racially motivated murder; mob bosses, corrupt governor.
  • (5/5)
    This is my second time reading James Lee Burke’s books and I find myself more engrossed in these novels. I am gleaning more entertainment and insights to ponder this time through as many years have passed since my first read. I now have to listen to them as Audiobooks and instead of reducing or dimming my attention to details and subsequent understanding and insight to his storytelling , I am gifted with more time spent with the characters and their lives and lessons to be examined and incorporated into my own understanding and application if I am so inclined. Thank you Mr Burke by the GOG.
  • (4/5)
    If one wants an example of overwriting, here it is; Too many monsters, and not enough positive emotions. everybody hates. a world where everbody hates isn't a good world, even if written by james lee burke. I left the book confused, thinking now, what was that all about?
  • (4/5)
    Another well-written, though not perfect, Dave Robicheaux novel. The usual great sense of place by Burke makes his descriptions of southern Louisiana worth the read alone. The ultra-malevolent almost super-human bad guy is once again part of the story and once again I fret over the safety of Dave's family. Looking forward to the next one.
  • (4/5)
    James Lee Burke lives up to his high standards in this suspenseful story. This book is distinctive for the number of villains that run a broad range of psychological deviancy. I don't think I have ever encountered a prostitution boss who is shunned by his cohorts in crime because of frequent outbursts of profanity caused by Tourette's syndrome. He also has psychic powers that give him knowledge of the dead.Buford LaRose is a former LSU football player turned professor who is running for Governor with financial help from organized crime figures, a more common adversary for Robicheaux. Buford's wife Karyn had a brief romance with Dave in the past and is suitably vicious as the woman scorned.Aaron Crown on the surface is a former member of the KKK who was convicted of a racial murder by LaRose. He is a northern Louisiana peckerwood with an unusually offensive body odor. He escapes from Angola prison and his quest for revenge is one of the major plot lines of the book. The past of his daughter Sabelle, a prostitute, ties together some of the leading characters in a fashion that would do Shakespeare proud.Jimmy Ray Dixon, the brother of the slain civil rights leader, wears a hook for a hand, courtesy of the Vietnam war. His activities, including his connection with Sabelle, provide a twist in the ending that must be kept secret.The psychopathic sadists are represented by Mookie Zerranga whose past also provides another now you know them now you don't element to the ending.As you can gather the ending is suspenseful and surprising in fine Robicheaux fashion.Dave Robicheaux as always is trying to solve the case with too little information and berating himself for his human frailties. The sheriff provides a steady hand throughout the story adding insight when Robicheaux will listen.I found the combination of bizarre villains and the multiple surprises at the end takes this book out of the realm of pulp fiction into the arena of well written literature. This step up is aided by Burke's almost poetic descriptions of scenery and his constant use of the past of New Iberia the present events.