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Cadillac Jukebox

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Cadillac Jukebox

Current Status:
In Season
James Lee Burke
, Fiction, Mystery and Thriller

We gave it a C

James Lee Burke’s latest has most of the ingredients readers have come to associate with his passionate Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux: lyrical descriptions of the bayou country below New Orleans, colorful characters with curious names, and spicy dialogue. Alas, this time out, Burke has neglected to supply an even faintly credible plot. Prone to hunches, Robicheaux goes completely off the deep end, concluding for no good reason that a former Klansman imprisoned for the murder of a civil rights leader has been framed. Coincidence rules as Robicheaux then finds himself stalked by a sexually voracious temptress and two hitmen. Cadillac Jukebox is the weakest entry by far in a highly diverting series. C