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Nacht über dem Bayou Reviews

  • Jim
    2019-02-16 20:30

    If I could I would probably rate this book at 3.5 stars. I had mixed emotions on reading this novel and how to rate it. This is the first novel by James Lee Burke that I have read. The setting is the bayous of Louisiana. Dave Robicheaux is a deputy in the New Iberia sheriff department. Nearly 30 years after Aaron Crown was convicted in the shooting death of a prominent black civil rights leader Robicheaux begins to question whether he is really guilty. There are a lot of characters in this novel ... politicians, mob guys, pimps and their working girls, hit men. There are drugs and a Mexican connection. There is a side story about one of the characters having spent time on a ranch in Texas in his youth. Trying to keep track of all this was difficult at times. There was also many references to Louisiana cuisine, Louisiana culture and words totally foreign to me. That is what kept me from giving this book 4 stars. I think as I read other works by this author my understanding, appreciation, and rating will only increase.The author has a gift. I have never been to New Orleans or New Iberia, never been to Louisiana. I have never eaten some of the foods the characters eat. Sometimes I had to go back and reread a sentence in order to try and understand. But James Lee Burke does a phenomenal job of describing of describing the places and the people. He paints a picture with words and I felt like I was in the bayou with Robicheaux. He is a complex character. This is the ninth book in the series. While it may not be necessary to read the prior books first I think it would definitely help. There is history here and the best way to learn about him and what makes him tick is, I believe, to read the earlier books in the series. I think I will have to add The Neon Rain to my TBR shelf.

  • Cathy DuPont
    2019-01-27 20:44

    Ok, I confess that I missed these guys, Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell. In fact I noticed a smile came to my face when Clete was first mentioned. But like others have said, and I agree, the characters are numerous and from time to time, when they're not mentioned again for 100 pages, I'm like who? Who was that again? Fortunately, Burke usually in the same sentence, will state something that reminds me who the character is so I'm not shuffling back looking for the first time he was introduced. It’s easy with Kindle, not so easy with real book. (Did not say that to start a dialogue on ebooks vs real books.) Might as well throw in another related gripe; I wish Burke would add more background, would 'flesh out' the second level characters more than he usually does. That would certainly add to their being readily recognized. Burke’s lovely choice of words to describe the area in and around New Iberia, Louisiana and his fish camp, the woods whether they’re dense or spare, the colors, and the smells, everything. Burke, is such a wonderful, masterful writer.I noted some quotes that I enjoyed which clearly demonstrate Burke’s use of the English language:“But in the muted pink softness of the morning, in the rain that continued to tumble like crystal needles out of the sunlight, I looked again and saw…”“The bare walls and floor seemed enameled with cold.”“…his breath as stale as withered flowers, of bugles echoing off frozen hills and wounds that looked like roses frozen in snow.”I get so tickled with the “sir” used by many of Burke’s characters including Dave, of course. “I am going to shoot your foot off, sir.” Or “I’m slicing you into small chunks with my 11” blade, sir.” (Note: Not sentences that came from the book.) A couple of things I noticed about Dave, he will chastise others for cursing but he’s really quite good at it himself. In one instance he says “I think you’re shit canning the investigation.” If someone said shit on his property, I can assure you he would say, “please no profanity here, sir.” A bit of a double standard, don’t you think? He has a method of putting down others that is, in my mind, is a bit arrogant and even disdainful on his part. That’s one character flaw that I’m not happy with but then again, who’s perfect? Dave is not and he would certainly be the first to agree with that statement. When writing reviews, I mostly give my general and/or specific feelings of the book, not the story itself. This is no exception but I must say the villian, the bad guy in this book, was one of the baddest bad guys I've read in many a year. Nasty dude! And I would recognize him, too, and cross the street, turn the other way, anything to move away from him! He was certainly real enough for me. With this book I continue on my quest to finish this series but at the rate I'm going, Burke's writing them faster than I'm reading them. OK, Cathy, can't you read faster? Well, I read every day but have about eight series here I'm going through and I may have missed a couple:• Raymond Chandler (Philip Marlowe),• Michael Connelly (Harry Bosch) • Robert B. Parker (Spenser)• Ross Macdonald (Lew Archer)• John Lescroart (Dismas Hardy)• John Sandford (Virgil Flowers/Lucas Davenport)• Ed McBain (Matthew Hope)• Lawrence Block (Matthew Scudder)Moving through these books one by one is time consuming especially since try to add a classic, non-fiction or maybe a book that a friend has recommended. But I admit it openly, mysteries and detective mysteries especially are my favorite genre along with the hard-boiled, noir genre. But I should add, I enjoy a well written book, period. But, but, but I love these detectives who are such great problem solvers and do their best to make things right. Harry Bosch may have summed up how they all feel when he said (and Connelly said on Morning Joe Thursday, 12/6/12) that his baseline code is “everybody counts or nobody counts.” These detectives have that common thread, a code of fairness for all. I just love that code, Dave Robincheaux, Philip Marlowe and all the above detectives have. Oh, my, I’m starting to gush. Real detectives don’t gush, I shouldn’t either. But, but I love them…all of them. Gush, gush, gush. Oh, sorry.

  • Sandi
    2019-02-16 15:36

    I like this series on audio because of the language, atmosphere, and characters but find that the plotting can be hit or miss and this book was a bit of a miss. Nevertheless, any time spent with Dave and Clete, especially when Mark Hammer does the narration, is enjoyable.

  • Luca Lesi
    2019-02-17 15:54

    Uno psicologo una volta mi disse che i sogni non sono un mistero. Rappresentano semplicemente le nostre paure e speranze. Sfortunatamente, non sono stato mai bravo a distinguere le une dalle altre.Cadillac Jukebox, titolo originale, fa riferimento ad un jukebox che l'amico Clete, dopo averlo riempito con i 45 giri della loro adolescenza, regala a Dave Rubicheaux . Inizialmente messo da parte, diventa simbolo nostalgico su cui ritornare nel momento del bisogno.IL bayou della Louisiana resta lo sfondo, spettacolarmente descritto, di questa come delle altre storie e libro dopo libro, anziché stancarsi, ci si ritrova addosso l'umidità calda che segue i temporali e la luce di quel sole particolare che si riflette sulle acque paludose al tramonto.Ho comprato una bottiglia di Jim Beam e Non appena varcai la soglia del Mulate's, udii le note di Hey Petite Fille di Clifton Chenierdiffuse dal jukebox e vidi Jerry Joe intento a danzare con una cameriera sulla pista da ballo di legno lucidato. Selezionai Just a Dream di Jimmy Clanton, la versione del 1946 di La Jolie Blon registrata da Harry Choates e Pine Grove Blues di Nathan Abshire. Quelle voci e quelle musiche provenivano da un'altra era, un'era che credevamo non dovesse mai finire. E invece era finita.Sempre a mia memoria continuo con l'ultimo stralcio dell biografia di James Lee BurkeBurke, il “Faulkner della Crime Fiction”Burke has been able to bridge what is often a chasm between “popular” and “literary” works (Burke è stato abile a creare un ponte su quello che è spesso un abisso tra opere “popolari” e “letterarie” – cfr. Shelton Frank W., “James Lee Burke’s Dave Robicheaux Novels”, inThe World Is Our Home: Society and Culture in Contemporary Southern Writing, Jeffrey J. Folks and Nancy Summers Folks, Lexington: University Press of Kentucky, 2000, p. 233)Burke è un autore che riesce a scrivere romanzi di genere, fondendoli con maestria ad una ambientazione, a dialoghi e a personaggi che ricordano la grande letteratura del sud, tanto da essere stato definito “il Faulkner della Crime Fiction”.Molti critici hanno sottolineato l’influenza delle opere di Faulkner. Alcuni dei temi prediletti da Burke, infatti, sono il confronto con il proprio passato, gli scontri di razza e classe, i drammi familiari, e le atmosfere gotiche alimentate dalle leggende e dai sinistri personaggi che vagano per le paludi nebbiose.Ma è soprattutto nella lotta tra il bene e il male, tra la luce e le tenebre, che si svolge nell'anima dell’uomo, che Burke ricorda Faulkner (Cfr. Samuel Coale, The Mystery of Mysteries: Cultural Differences and Designs, Bowling Green State University Popular Press, 2000, pp. 130-131).“He is not just writing crime fiction,” says Patricia Mulcahy, who has edited 11 of Burke’s novels… “He is writing moral allegories. He is interested in good and evil in a larger sense and that’s what gives him another dimension beyond genre fiction.” (“Lui non è solo uno scrittore di romanzi polizieschi”, dice Patricia Mulcahy, che ha curato 11 dei romanzi di Burke… “Sta scrivendo delle allegorie morali. Si interessa del bene e del male in un senso più profondo e ciò lo eleva su una dimensione altra, che va oltre la narrativa di genere”(Cfr. Intervista a James Lee Burke, a cura di John Connolly).Burke stesso è conscio di quanto le sue opere siano debitrici nei confronti di Faulkner.“Read Faulkner. It’s all in there. The Sound and the Fury… is technically better than Ulysses and in it Faulkner puts his hand deep into the fury and mire of human beings. The central theme that runs throughout all western literature is the search for redemption…”“Leggi Faulkner. E tutto lì. L’urlo e il furore è tecnicamente migliore dell’Ulysses, e in esso Faulkner mette la mano in profondità nella furia e nel fango degli esseri umani. Il tema centrale che corre per tutta la letteratura occidentale è la ricerca di redenzione…”)(Cfr. A life in writing: James Lee Burke, by Nicholas Wroe)Altri autori cui Burke ha dichiarato più volte di essersi ispirato sono: John Steinbeck, James T. Farrell, Flannery O’Connor, John Dos Passos e Tennessee Williams.Burke in ItaliaStrana storia quella della pubblicazione in Italia dei romanzi di James Lee Burke che vede, dopo Mondadori, Baldini &Castoldi, Meridiano Zero e Fanucci, un nuovo marchio editoriale cercare di fare sfondare, anche nel mercato italiano, questo stupendo autore di “crime novel”. Gli ultimi due libri della serie (Creole Belle e Light of the world), infatti, vengono pubblicati dalla 1rosso, un marchio editoriale di Parallelo45 Edizioni, nato da poco meno di un anno, dedicato esclusivamente alla letteratura straniera.Burke ha i suoi fan anche in Italia, ma non ha ottenuto il successo che Mondadori e gli altri si aspettavano. Difficile dare una spiegazione convincente.Sicuramente non ha aiutato il fatto che Burke sia stato pubblicato con discontinuità. Mondadori ha iniziato nel 1993 la pubblicazione della saga di Dave Robicheaux, partendo dal terzo romanzo, Black Cherry Blues (1989), probabilmente a seguito della vittoria del premio Edgar Award nel 1990. Baldini & Castoldi, subentrata alla Mondadori, ha iniziato pubblicando nel 1994 Prigionieri del cielo (Heaven’s Prisoners, 1988), il secondo romanzo della serie, e solo quattro anni dopo il primo, Pioggia al neon (The Neon Rain, 1987). Ma questa non è certo una giustificazione sufficiente, sappiamo che in Italia è ormai una nefasta tradizione quella di pubblicare i romanzi di una saga in un ordine che pare del tutto casuale, e altri autori famosi sembrano non averne sofferto.Un motivo più valido potrebbe essere il fatto che alcuni dei romanzi più belli di Burke sono stati pubblicati nei Gialli Mondadori, quindi disponibili solo per un breve periodo in edicola. Anche il continuo cambio di casa editrice sicuramente non ha aiutato Burke a farsi apprezzare quanto merita dai lettori italiani.Premi letterariBurke ha vinto numerosi premi che testimoniano le sue notevoli capacità letterarie.Nel 1990 vince l’Edgar Award con il romanzo Black Cherry Blues (Black Cherry Blues – Mondadori, 1993).Nel 1995 vince l’Hammett Prize con il romanzo Dixie City Jam (Rabbia a New Orleans – Baldini & Castoldi, 1997).Nel 1998 vince l’Edgar Award con il romanzo Cimarron Rose (Terra violenta -Mondadori, 2000).Nel 1998 vince il Gold Dagger Award con il romanzo Sunset Limited (Sunset Limited – Meridiano Zero, 2004).Nel 2003 è finalista all’Edgar Award con il romanzo Jolie Blon’s Bounce (La ballata di Jolie Blon – Meridiano Zero, 2005).Nel 2007 è finalista al Duncan Lawrie Dagger con il romanzo Pegasus Descending (Prima che l’uragano arrivi – Meridiano Zero, 2008).Nel 2009 vince il Grand Master Award (premio alla carriera) assegnato dai Mystery Writers of America.Nel 2010 è finalista al Gold Dagger Award con il romanzo Rain Gods (inedito in Italia).Breve bibliografia di James Lee Burke

  • Ed
    2019-02-01 15:32

    I don't know how I missed this one. I've read most of his other offerings. Written in 1996, it is one of his best.It is, at its heart, a dark story populated with some unremittingly evil people, some people who practice evil without necessarily realizing it, and some people who do evil but somehow manage to rise above their own actions.Detective Dave Robicheaux, as he so often does, gets involved in situations he has no business paying attention to. Truth is, he just can't help himself because of his unwillingness to allow injustice to be perpetrated on anyone even if they deserve some kind of punishment. Fortunately he has people around him like his ex-partner on the new Orleans P.D., Clete Purcel, his current partner, Helen Soileau, his helper at the bait shop, Batiste, and his boss, the Iberia County Sheriff, to watch his back.With corrupt politics, local history and South Louisiana social mores as background, Robicheaux stumbles and grumbles his way through an ingeniously plotted story. The ending is surprising and only slightly unbelievable. It does do the job of tying up all the loose ends, though. Fortunately for us, life goes on in Cajun Country and Dave Robicheaux has many more injustices to confront giving Burke many more opportunities to entertain us with his excellent stories.

  • Glen
    2019-02-09 19:28

    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!

  • Mikel
    2019-01-26 23:49

    Absolutely classic James Lee Burke and the prototypical Dave Robicheaux novel. If you don't like this one, odds are you'll never totally embrace the series.

  • Mark
    2019-02-10 23:36

    I wanted to give this book four stars, because I really like Burke's wonderfully literate series starring Dave Robicheaux. The problem is that the many of these books, however well written, are starting to blur together. In this book, I found incredibly similar plot lines and characters that seem almost interchangeable from previous novels. Granted, I think that when a writer creates a world and a cast of characters, and then finds a basic plot formula that works, I suppose it's inevitable to slip into a rut. I've seen the same with Lee Child and his vastly successful Reacher series. But for Burke, it's starting to feel a little lazy, and it doesn't help that the cast of characters is confusing, with motivations that are sometimes hard to follow. And just how many of Dave's old flames can there be that manage to stir up raw emotions and big trouble in his current life? Well written as always, with great dialog, strong imagery, and a delicious clash of lurid violence and pastoral beauty, but like other series, I hope for an installment that breaks the mold.

  • Colin Mitchell
    2019-01-25 18:33

    This is, once again, a great read with the now expected descriptive prose that has me on the dock with Dave and Baptise. This is a tale of the haves and have not's, how their worlds are interwoven and how they each seek to exploit one another. In the end a great many have lost their lives and others disappear, no one gains much in the end. As usual I struggled with the local dialect and slang usage often having to resort to an ipad to look up meanings. About a 3.5 because of this.

  • Jim Thomas
    2019-01-24 17:35

    The 9th in the Dave Robicheaux series and he's still getting better although this is not his best. I'm starting to wonder about a family who only eats ham and onion sandwiches at home anyway!

  • Loretta Gibson
    2019-02-19 18:55

    Yeah, once again Robicheaux's sense of southern chivalry is front and center. His courage can never be called into question. He's courteous, especially to women. He can never over look the weak or down trodden. He always seek justice, even for those who may not be deserving in society's eyes. These are a few of the reasons buddy Clete sometimes calls Dave "noble mon." This time his chivalry costs him a world of hurt when he runs up against an old flame, who has more than one agenda when she sets her sights on Dave. Burke has another winner on this hands.

  • Ubik 2.0
    2019-01-22 17:53

    Un Burke d’annata (1996) che, con il suo detective Dave Robicheaux in buona forma, presenta tutti gli ingredienti tipici delle storie dell’autore texano: donne bellissime e molto pericolose, killers che compiono il loro lavoro più per sadismo che per guadagnarsi il pane, proprietari terrieri che sembrano appena usciti dalla guerra di Secessione.Ma la carta migliore di James Lee Burke [rispetto ai suoi più giovani colleghi senza dubbio più abili di lui nella costruzione del thriller ma portati a collocare i loro racconti negli ambienti urbani che meglio conoscono come Los Angeles (Connelly), Manhattan (Deaver), Boston (Lehane)] si conferma l’affascinante location che fa da sfondo alle storie nel bayou della Louisiana.Si ha spesso l’impressione che la rappresentazione dell’ambiente stia a cuore all’autore più dello svolgersi del plot poliziesco, tanta è la cura con cui ne descrive sia i dettagli sia il potente effetto d’assieme: non esistono alberi o pesci nelle pagine di Burke bensì salici o lucci-alligatori o quant’altre specie di vegetali o animali del luogo la fantasia sia in grado di evocare.L’avvicinamento della polizia alla casa del ricercato non viene eseguito con auto dal segnale luminoso bensì con battelli che solcano la palude, la lotta con uno dei killer non si svolge in una stanza d’albergo ma in una palafitta adibita a negozio per attrezzi da pesca e così via, tutti i topoi del poliziesco sono ambientati fra le paludi, le zanzare, le case coloniali e le baracche, sotto un cielo che assume colori cangianti talmente spettacolari che spesso i protagonisti si distolgono dalle vicende personali per soffermarsi a contemplarlo.Come l’ambiente naturale così quello umano e storico appare particolare: bianchi e neri sembrano ancora intrisi delle conseguenze della guerra fra federali e confederati, i cui aneddoti ancora vengono narrati con dovizia di dettagli da parte dei più anziani; creoli, chicanos, cajun dai cognomi francesi, variamente mescolati fra loro contribuiscono all’esotismo dei luoghi tanto quanto l’aggressiva natura dei luoghi.Va da sé che, con tutto questo arsenale di strumenti per dipingere un potente ed evocativo affresco narrativo, lo svolgimento dei fatti passa in secondo ordine sebbene questa volta, rispetto ad altre opere di Burke, la vicenda principale che ruota attorno al condannato, evaso, ricercato e nuovamente detenuto Aaron Crown, verso il quale Robicheaux nutre sentimenti contrastanti, al novello governatore Buford LaRose, bello, ricco e potente e alla sua affascinante sorella Karyn, appare sufficientemente lineare; le divagazioni e i più complicati intrecci narrativi sono riservati ai personaggi secondari che fanno da contorno, nessuno dei quali presenta un carattere privo di zone d’ombra o un’esistenza ordinaria.Un ultimo accenno per precisare che mai Burke avrebbe rappresentato il suo romanzo con un titolo talmente banale: l’originale è Cadillac Jukebox, l’oggetto che un controverso amico/nemico di Robicheaux regala al protagonista dopo averlo riempito con i 45 giri della loro adolescenza, la cui nostalgia si fa per un momento insostenibile anche per uno dalla scorza dura come il detective di New Iberia.

  • Mal Warwick
    2019-02-08 20:43

    Veteran detective Dave Robicheaux of the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department is reluctantly drawn into a case involving the decades-old assassination of Louisiana’s leading NAACP leader. Aaron Crown is serving time for the murder but protests his innocence, and a Hollywood film crew seems bent on exposing the injustice of the case. Crown wants Dave to investigate. Simply visiting the man in prison opens up a hornet’s nest of mobsters, crooked politicians, and other assorted lowlife. This is Louisiana noir by James Lee Burke, the masterful stylist of the craft, who can equal anything written by Raymond Chandler, Dashiell Hammett, or Elmore Leonard.In Cadillac Jukebox, the ninth in the Dave Robicheaux series, Burke’s familiar characters all reappear. Dave’s second wife, Bootsie, and their adopted Salvadoran daughter, Alafair, now 14, and the three-legged raccoon she keeps as a pet. Batist, Dave’s African-American partner in the bait and boat-rental business they operate on Dave’s bayou-facing home property. His violence-prone former partner on the New Orleans Police Department, Clete Purcel, now operating on the fringes of society as a bond enforcer and private investigator. As always, the notorious Giacano crime family lurks in the background. But the novel features a host of unique new characters as well, from former KKK member Aaron Crown to the probable new Governor and his wife to a large collection of lowlife characters with names like Mookie Zerrang, Short Boy Jerry, Mingo Bloomberg, No Duh Dolowitz, and Wee Willie Bimstine.Burke’s facility with the English language never falters, whether describing the lush landscape of his home state or musing about Dave’s lot in life. “As a police officer,” he writes, “you accept the fact that, in all probability, you will become the instrument that delivers irreparable harm to a variety of individuals. Granted, they design their own destinies, are intractable in their attitudes, and live with the asp at their breasts; but the fact remains that it is you who will appear at some point in their lives, like the headsman with his broad ax on the medieval scaffold, and serve up a fate to them that has the same degree of mercy as that dealt out by your historical predecessor.”And here is Burke describing the family of an incidental character in the tale. “His twin sister achieved a brief national notoriety when she was arrested for murdering seven men who picked her up hitchhiking on the Florida Turnpike. The mother, an obese, choleric woman with heavy facial hair, was interviewed by CBS on the porch of the shack where the Hatcher children were raised. I’ll never forget her words: ‘It ain’t my fault. She was born that way. I whipped her every day when she was little. It didn’t do no good.”No wonder Stephen King gushes about Burke’s prose style! The Dave Robicheaux novels transcend the bounds of the detective novel. If anything can properly be called literature, this is it.

  • Donna Davis
    2019-01-22 16:46

    To use the language of the narrative, I think he scrambled some eggs here.The descriptive language continues to fascinate, and Clete Purcel continues to be really, really funny. I especially liked the passage in which the narrator refers to himself and Clete as coming out of a bar "like a pair of dysfunctional Siamese twins".But there are problems with the plotting and pacing. This is not the first time Burke has told a complex story using a variety of bad guys who operate in different economic strata and social milieus, and yet are linked in one horrible way or another. But this time he lets 100 pages go by before mentioning a baddie again, and even at my widest awake and paying close attention, I found myself jotting on a sticky note, "Lonnie WHO?" Then at least another 100 pp. go by and I say, "Oh. It's Lonnie again. But I still don't recall what he has to do with all this."Worse, although Burke continues to use the first person as his mode of narrative, someone else tells him so much that it becomes a sub-narrative. It's a place where he says that the following is what this guy told him, and then with no quotation marks, an entire lengthy chapter unfolds. I read along and wonder how the writer is going to pull himself back out of this mess, but he does it. It's just not his best work.In short, it's not a bad book, but once one is accustomed to Burke at his best, Burke at his worst disappoints.

  • Jeff Powers
    2019-01-25 23:55

    James Lee Burke does a masterful job of transferring the flawed noir detective with the violent past from the gristled pulps of yesteryear to the modern back country roads of Louisiana. As someone who once lived in New Orleans, I can tell immediately of Burke's intimate love of the place. His brisk yet poetic voice details every bayou and streetcar, making it accessible to the outsider, but deeply pleasurable to the local. Burke also has a knack, particularly in this book, of capturing the unease of race relations in this part of the South. Tensions run deep and long, stretching back to the Civil War as if it were as fresh in everyone's mind as Vietnam is for detective Robicheaux. Each novel builds subtly on the character, but Burke keeps them accessible to any newcomer to the series. Burke has an amazing way of writing. From the way he describes the flowers in bloom to his knack for capturing the variety of accents and dialects. The racial epithets thrown around so casually can put off some, so be warned. But between this series and his Texas ranger series, Burke is a unique crime writer that can't be missed.

  • Jan C
    2019-01-31 16:27

    Aaron Crown is sent to jail for a civil rights murder. Dave believes he was made a scapegoat. Buford LaRose, who was in part responible for Aaron going to prison because of a book he wrote about it. Buford gets elected governor. Why is he offering Dave a chance to be head of the state police? Buford's wife, a former flame of Dave's, is once again turning on the charm to him. Again, why? As with most Dave Robichaux stories - there is conflict and his his family's life seems to be in peril more than one would think of the average police officer. But they are enjoyable stories. They take you down to the bayou country of Louisiana where Dave has a bait shop

  • Carol Stanley-Snow
    2019-02-10 20:49

    It's been a while since i read Mr. Burke. Why did i wait so long?Dave Robicheaux and his buddy Clete really stepped into this time! A cast of characters, and i mean characters, too long to mention and plot lines overlapping again and again.Sounds complicated, but it isn't.Mystery, thriller, fiction....whatever you call's worth the read!

  • umdaba
    2019-02-14 17:41

    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.

  • Sharon
    2019-02-21 19:31

    3.5/5 starsI'm as big fan of the Dave Robicheaux mysteries. The environs often take me down streets I know, and the characters are well-developed. I particularly enjoy the interplay between Dave and his one-time partner Clete Purcel.In this book, the newly-elected governor, Buford LaRose, seems to have his fingers in way too many unsavory pies (drugs, prostitutes, etc.) ... and the father of his spurned ex-girlfriend seems to have it in for him more than makes sense on the surface.There are a lot of twists and turns ... and, of course, Clete and Dave find themselves with some unwanted and threatening attention as they investigate several different matters related to Aaron Crown (the aforementioned father) and LaRose.I think the problem is that I found the ending dissatisfying. Most matters were wrapped up tidily, but others were not ... and this was one of those mystery books where the "whodunnit" seems to come out of nowhere rather than having been trailed through the book for the reader's satisfaction. Not a bad read, but not my favorite in the series by a long chalk.

  • Mike Rollo
    2019-01-23 15:45

    Another addition to the lives of Dave Robicheaux and his family and colleagues. Thoughtful and intelligent people living in a violent world rich with images sounds and smells. I like the characters of this series and the moral dilemmas continuously l foisted upon the main characters. I recommend starting at the beginning of the series to immerse yourself into the ennui of this seedy world of New Orleans and rural Louisiana. Good reader on Audible version.

  • Zach Church
    2019-02-02 21:39

    A longer one for Burke, and as with the previous few DR novels there are a lot of characters to keep track of and not everything is necessarily connected. But, as usual, the writing itself is so excellent that it's a pleasure to read anyway. Burke tries out a few devices, short vignettes within the story, that work out pretty well. That said - I hope there's a more linear one in the future.

  • Diogenes
    2019-02-21 23:42

    4.75 starsSome books feature memorable characters, some have intricate and absorbing plots, and others have atmosphere so thick you can cut it. Cadillac Jukebox has all three and much more. Prose as lyrical as poetry, a mystical sense of history and and an economy of language are Burke's forté and they come together superbly in this novel.

  • Doug
    2019-02-15 19:46

    somewhat pedestrian, and certainly formulaic, but as long as Clete is in the story it's an easy 4 stars.

  • Joel Gass
    2019-02-15 18:31

    too much filthy language

  • John
    2019-02-07 20:45

    James Lee Burke makes the bayou country come alive with his vivid descriptions of every aspect of it - good or bad, ugly or beautiful, evil or saintly. He never fails.

  • Aaron Ash
    2019-02-12 19:34

    I read this based on the recommendation from another book I didn't like. So, really, I'm the idiot here.

  • Martha Greenough
    2019-02-07 16:41

    lays the Louisiana bit on thick, but good

  • Kelly J. Broussard
    2019-02-18 22:55

    Vintage RobicheauxThis book ages well in the Dave Robicheaux series even if you have read some of the more recent releases it’s a worthwhile novel.

  • Michael Brown
    2019-02-18 18:50

    Gave up on the series at this point. Just to negative of a main character.

  • Chadab
    2019-02-14 19:54