Last Car to Elysian Fields by James Lee BurkeAlthough the Dave Robicheaux series has a uniform thread which runs through every book, they are not all the same. Every story, to me, is unique and can stand alone if need be.
However Last Car... is in my opinion, the best one Ive read in a long time and deserves five stars which Im very stingy with by the way.
Published in 2003, James Lee Burke is at the top of the game.
James Lee Burke is one my of top five writers alive today. Amazing writer.
Many thanks to whoever suggested I read Burke. Hes given me so many hours of reading pleasure.
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Each, in his different way, writes - shall we say -to die for, and each, as befits a thinking person living and writing in the United States, has the state of his country at the heart of his work's concerns. Of the two, Mosley is the more articulate about his choice of a popular form in which to express his ideas, whereas Burke - well, it's just possible that he simply wants to hit us with a rattling yarn and some deft characterisation, but all that other stuff keeps getting in the way.
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Thank you! Wasting no time on preliminaries, Dave and his old buddy, p. Things heat up further with the fatal car crash of Lori Parks, a teenaged veteran of Ecstasy and DWI charges, who bought the daiquiri that pushed her over the line from an obliging boy who worked for Castille LeJeune. There was a problem adding your email address. Please try again. Be the first to discover new talent!
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For Dave Robicheaux, there is no easy passage home. New Orleans, and the memories of his life in the Big Easy, will always haunt him., But this time it was different. He used to live in a house built by his father, with a wife he adored and an adopted daughter.
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Last Car to Elysian Fields is no exception. Robicheaux is in the middle, as usual, tracking down the killer of a man who ran a drive-through daiquiri bar, an outraged father whose daughter died in a fiery car crash and the lost trail of a musician-convict, Junior Crudup, a friend of Leadbelly. At loose ends since the death of his wife, Robicheaux is haunted by the past, happier with his memories than the problems he faces as an officer of the law in New Iberia Parrish. Of course Clete is right, and Robicheaux loses his perspective. Now sober, he understands how misplaced anger can cause a return to the bottle. But one of the reasons Robicheaux is such a popular character is that he is a smart-talking, generally easy-going, regular guy who never takes himself too seriously. He carefully dissects a prison system that uses free labor and demeans the convicts, making their lives barely tolerable.
Since Burke's last outing Jolie Blon's Bounce , hapless Louisiana lawman Dave Robicheaux has lost his wife to lupus and his bayou home has burned to the ground. Grieving and rootless, he takes on the troubles of others—namely an outspoken New Orleans priest who has been marked for murder, a black blues singer who entered Angola Prison in and disappeared and the father of a teenager who blames a liquor salesman for the drunk-driving accident that killed his daughter. In Robicheaux's world, all crimes can be laid at the doorsteps of the rich and powerful—in this case Castille LeJeune, a revered war hero who, according to one character, "owns about half the goddamn state. Unfortunately, Hammer's delivery, though properly accented, sounds a decade too long in the tooth for the something Robicheaux and is nasal enough at times to suggest that, along with his scripted woes, the detective is also suffering from a sinus condition. View Full Version of PW.