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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (2,558 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: August 1996 ISBN: 9781442356191
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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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “A ripeness of villains, the familiar good guys and some who travel the territory in between comprise the cast of the rich ninth Dave Robicheaux adventure.” 

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “Will this case offer yet another opportunity to lose control, to jeopardize loved ones in an effort to take a stand against onrushing modernity? The answer is yes and no, but in that refreshing ambiguity—hopeful yet melancholic—lies a remarkable rebirth for a series that, unlike so many others, has managed to absorb commercial success without sacrificing quality.

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “Only Walter Mosley rivals Burke’s ability to burrow so deeply into his detective’s world that he creates a compelling sense of personal mythology.” 

    Kirkus Reviews

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Betty | 2/10/2014

    " It pains me to give this audio two stars, but is was the abridged version of the book and it left a lot out as I was totally unsure of the plot and then it ended and left me wondering what went on?? Think I will have to review the book now. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 2/3/2014

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 1/30/2014

    " Another great story by Mr. Burke. I think if I was Dave Robicheaux, I'd get as far away from New Iberia as humanly possible! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Liz | 1/29/2014

    " Well, well. My first James Lee Burke and it was quite a fun trip. Very raw, very evocative of New Orleans and a real page turner. If you like police procedurals and authors like Joseph Wambaugh, this is for you. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Glen | 1/27/2014

    " I love this man's writing, so I am grateful that he is as prolific as he is and that he is still alive and working so I have many more of his works to read. This one is one of the best I've read so far, with a roster of low-life and high-life scum bags who double-cross and off each other until the very end, though not everyone who deserves it gets an ugly fate in this one (not sure about the converse). Hard to put down, very satisfying, and all the regulars are here: Streak, Bootsie, Helen, Clete, Alafair, Batiste, along with the afore-mentioned rogues and regal gallery: Dock and Persephone Greeen, Aaron Crown, Mookie Zerrang, Buford and Karyn LaRose, Clay Mason. The plot line involves a murdered civil rights leader and a redneck swamp rat who takes the fall for it, the governor of Louisiana, drug-running in Mexico, and all manner of bayou and Gulf Coast mafia-type bottom feeders, all told in Burke's fantastic style. Highly recommended! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 1/27/2014

    " I did not enjoy this as much as my first Burke read, Pegasus. Perhaps if I knew more cop/gangster slang (or if a glossary were included), but I was mystified by whole chunks of dialogue. And the stream of perfect wives is beginning to grate... "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/19/2014

    " Too many characters and not a good flow of how they are connected. Not sure I'll read any more of his books "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sue | 1/18/2014

    " another great James Lee Burke..... couldn't put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alan | 1/17/2014

    " James Lee Burke is the best mystery writer...ever. His books are literate and atmospheric and his characters are flawed and very atypical for this genre. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Johnny Williams | 1/16/2014

    " Good read if your into the series-- "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin | 1/14/2014

    " Having not read the other books in this series, I was disappointed to find that this book does not stand alone. The relationships were difficult to understand, as if there were too many gaps in what you were supposed to know from the other books. I found the dialect choppy and off putting. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 1/12/2014

    " Enjoyable but I didn't find it as good as some of his others. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 1/4/2014

    " I gave it 3 stars because I loves me some James Lee Burke, but I didn't particularly like this story - at least not as well as the previously 8 Dave Robicheaux books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bob | 12/29/2013

    " As detective fiction goes, Burke's novels have been some of the best I've read. He has more literary lyricism than most other detective novelists, which helps add to the usuals to the plot devices. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Jim | 12/12/2013

    " Another good one in the series. I am now a fan. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Gwyn | 12/9/2013

    " Love Dave Robicheaux. What else can I say. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary L | 11/17/2013

    " M first James Lee Burke novel...just might be my last. Found it difficult to sort out so many characters and the killing scenes were very gory....Just not my type of book for relaxing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Joe | 10/25/2013

    " Another good installment of this excellent series, typical Burke & well recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Garth | 10/14/2013

    " Continuing to enjoy my self-appointed task of reading all of James Lee Burke's work - in chronological order - and continuing to enjoy his vivid description of the locale of his stories. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Connie | 10/12/2013

    " This was an okay book, but not quite as funny as the last one. He always deals with terrible problems. This one had the LaRose's in it and how Karyn was after Dave again. It was like another one with Dave and the LaRoses. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 9/3/2013

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lysergius | 9/1/2013

    " Burke's prose has a hallucinatory texture. The characters, including the Bobbsie Twins from homicide, are larger than life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ron | 7/7/2013

    " Nancy 4 stars; Ron 5 stars Library Book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 6/25/2013

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Thomas | 6/20/2013

    " i have not read one James Lee Burke book that i lost interest in.they're all so awesome. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Burt | 5/29/2013

    " James Lee Burke is the king of descriptive prose. He is writing about the same characters as he has for 25 years and I can't wait to read another one of his books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Beth | 3/30/2013

    " For the third time, Burke has mention Harry Choates playing (cajun fiddle) and singing, "La Jolie Blon" (also Jole Blon) so we went online and found a recording. Great! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Fran | 3/17/2013

    " Excellent reader. I enjoyed listening to this very much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carol | 12/1/2012

    " Just like his regional uptake and spirituality in chaos "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.