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Last car to Elysian Fields : a novel (edition 2003)

by James Lee Burke

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Title:Last car to Elysian Fields : a novel
Authors:James Lee Burke
Info:New York : Simon & Schuster, c2003.
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Burke's novels are always a good read. I didn't like this one as much--probably owing to fewer characters to play off Dave Robicheaux. ( )
  KimSmyth | Jun 13, 2013 |
Maybe like Rebus, Dave Robicheaux has been pressed into service too often. It's not bad, but just seems a little too fantastical at times, both the plot and Robicheaux as a character. Time for me to move on..................... ( )
  malcrf | Sep 29, 2012 |
13th in the Robicheaux series. A lovely novel that continues to show Burke for the great writer of this genre that he is.

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It is a rainy late-summer's night in New Orleans. Detective Dave Robicheaux is about to confront the man who may have savagely assaulted his friend, Father Jimmie Dolan, a Catholic priest who's always at the centre of controversy. But things are never as they seem and soon Robicheaux is back in New Iberia, probing a car crash that killed three teenage girls. A grief-crazed father and a maniacal, complex assassin are just a few of the characters Robicheaux meets as he is drawn deeper into a web of sordid secrets and escalating violence. ( )
  mazda502001 | Jan 5, 2012 |
this Burke novel is more like an epic than a simple story. of course, when it comes to davikd robincheaux and his faithful irish com,panion, clete, nothing is simple. when the dust is settled and the blood is washed out, one is never sure what happened or what will happen next. at the end of this one, dave has gurned in his badge for good, a black statie lady is after him to make-a zee love (and possibly join her on the state level). a character named coll moll soaks into this tory and i do wish burke could keep him alive. i can see with this painting of Moll's pinball/Menza life, where a hit man could be a true hero-aqntihero combination. mayhbe i will try that Tapa Trib guys books with that in view. ( )
  andyray | Nov 26, 2010 |
Another good read from southern Louisiana. A great sense of place w two of the more memorable fictional characters in Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell. A lot of story lines running through this one and he pretty much pulls it off. Well worth the read. ( )
  JBreedlove | Jun 17, 2010 |
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The first week after Labor Day, after a summer of hot wind and drought that left the cane fields dust blown and spiderwebbed with cracks, rain showers once more danced across the wetlands, the temperature dropped twenty degrees, and the sky turned the hard flawless blue if an inverted ceramic bowl.
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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. So to return there -- as he does in Last Car to Elysian Fields -- means visiting old ghosts, exposing old wounds, opening himself up to new, yet familiar, dangers.

When Robicheaux, now a police officer based in the somewhat quieter Louisiana town of New Iberia, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan, a Catholic priest always at the center of controversy, has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he knows he has to return to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially. What he doesn't realize is that in doing so he is inviting into his life -- and into the lives of those around him -- an ancestral evil that could destroy them all.

The investigation begins innocently enough. Assisted by good friend and P.I. Clete Purcel, Robicheaux confronts the man they believe to be responsible for Dolan's beating, a drug dealer and porno star named Gunner Ardoin. The confrontation, however, turns into a standoff as Clete ends up in jail and Robicheaux receives an ominous warning to keep out of New Orleans' affairs.

Meanwhile, back in New Iberia, more trouble is brewing: Three local teenage girls are killed in a drunk-driving accident, the driver being the seventeen-year-old daughter of a prominent physician. Robicheaux traces the source of the liquor to one of New Iberia's "daiquiri windows," places that sell mixed drinks from drive-by windows. When the owner of the drive-through operation is brutally murdered, Robicheaux immediately suspects the grief-crazed father of the dead teen driver. But his assumption is challenged when the murder weapon turns up belonging to someone else.

The trouble continues when Father Jimmie asks Robicheaux to help investigate the presence of a toxic landfill near St. James Parish in New Orleans, which in turn leads to a search for the truth behind the disappearance many years before of a legendary blues musician and composer. Tying together all these seemingly disparate threads of crime is a maniacal killer named Max Coll, a brutal, brilliant, and deeply haunted hit man sent to New Orleans to finish the job on Father Dolan. Once Coll shows up, it becomes clear that Dave Robicheaux will be forced to ignore the warning to stay out of New Orleans, and he soon finds himself drawn deeper into a viper's nest of sordid secrets and escalating violence that sets him up for a confrontation that echoes down the lonely corridors of his own unresolved past.

A masterful exploration of the troubled side of human nature and the darkest corners of the heart, and filled with the kinds of unforgettable characters that are the hallmarks of his novels, Last Car to Elysian Fields is James Lee Burke in top form in the kind of lush, atmospheric thriller that his fans have come to expect from the master of crime fiction.

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Detective Robicheaux investigates a car crash that ended the lives of three teenage girls, a case that is compromised by a grief-crazed father, a psychologically unbalanced assassin, and a cache of dangerous secrets.

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