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Cadillac Jukebox (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries) Mass Market Paperback – January 1, 1900
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Still, Burke is a good enough writer that it's a hard book to put down once started. I think he has done better in others of his mysteries, however.
"Each morning after the sun rose out of the swamp and burned the fog away, the sky would harden to such a deep heart-wrenching blue that you felt you could reach up and fill your hand with it like bolls of stained cotton. The air was dry and cool, too, and the dust along the dirt road by the bayou seemed to rise into golden columns of smoke and light through the canopy of oaks overhead. ."
Hell, that's almost poetry! And he ain't just all purty words either! The plots are intriguing and compelling. I've read all of his books and feel totally lost when I've finished the latest Dave Robicheaux adventure. Keep 'em coming Mr. Burke!
Robicheaux is still working for the New Iberia Sheriff's Department. Buford LaRose comes from a prominent New Iberia family and was a former college football hero. This golden boy is now running for governor. Over three decades prior, Aaron Crown (a former Klansman) was accused of murdering a civil rights leader, although it took 28 years to bring him to trial. LaRose wrote a book that helped bring about a conviction. Now, a filmmaker is filming a documentary in New Iberia to prove Crown's innocence. Robicheaux is asked to check out Crown's claims, and Robicheaux begins to think Crown was made a scapegoat. As Robicheaux investigates this case, he gets warned away by a number of strange and unattached individuals. As in most Southern Louisiana schemes, the mob is always close at hand. Also, there is a terribly frigtening hit man, Mookie Zerrang, who tortures just for fun. He's after Robicheaux, although he doesn't know who hired him.
The more Robicheaux digs, the more dead bodies turn up (mostly those involved with proving Crown's innocence). Unfortunately, with people like Buford LaRose, evil deeds are done in their names but they never dirty their own hands. Robicheaux is determined to not only find some dirt under LaRose's fingernails, but also, some skeletons in his closet. The plot is made even more interesting by the fact that LaRose's wife, Karyn, had a romance with Robicheaux back in his drinking days. Robicheaux unceremoniously dumped this homecoming queen and Karyn now has a hidden agenda that includes humiliation and revenge.Read more ›
What harms the book is its unrelenting excess. I counted at least seven murders taking place, a double attempted murder, a couple of beatings, several other crimes,including massive political corruption, and just too many characters. For some reason, one of the prominent secondary characters is a combination of the old LSD guru, Timothy Leary and the goofball poet Alan Ginsburg. The man is a close friend of the candidate, although anyone running for political office would avoid him like a leper. And in Louisiana yet! As always, Robicheaux spends a lot of time outside his jurisdiction, hooking up with thugs, liars and the downtrodden, even making detours to Mexico in search of certain truths. Apparently, New Orleans, and his pal Clint Purcel, just didn't have enough action for him.
Those of us who read the series know that Burke can be terribly repetitious, too. Robicheaux always describes once or twice in every book, his sex acts. Political conservatives, somehow and wrongly categorized as racists, weirdos or cruel, always get hammered.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Always a quick interesting read. The descriptions of the settings are second to none and take you to a time when a police officer may have been able to do what Dave does.......Published 21 days ago by Stan McDannold
As usual with Dave Robicheaux mysteries, Mr Burke weaves a tale of questionable morality in the south, with Dave in conflict between doing the right thing or the smart thing. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Don Eilenberger
Burke never fails! I'm completely hooked on the Robicheaux series and Burke's endless cast of South Louisiana miscreants and heroes.Published 1 month ago by James Blackman
The Cadillac Jukebox is grand parade of metaphors with which the author is a master. This skill is perhaps a little overdone, but it contributes to the atmosphere of southern... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Hugh B. Replogle
I liked the book. My first reading of this author, I will definitely read more of this series.Published 2 months ago by J Haze
Wonderful representation of mid-Robicheaux. So much has happened and so much to come!Published 2 months ago by James W. Miller