Last Car To Elysian Fields
James Lee Burke is in top form in this page-turner steeped in the lush, unsettling atmosphere that his readers have come to expect.This time, Burke's renowned Louisana cop returns to the Big Easy in a spellbinding tale of conspiracy, passion, and murder. A rainy late-summer night finds Robicheaux in a New Orleans bar, 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 in a Burke novel are rarely what 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, conflicted assassin are just a few of the characters Robicheaux meets as he is 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 dark corners of the heart, and peopled by familiar characters such as P.I. Clete Purcel and Robicheaux's old flame, the now-married Theodosia LeJeune, LAST CAR TO ELYSIAN FIELDS is vintage Burke - a moody, hard-hitting novel that goes the limit in its provocative blend of human drama and relentless noir suspense.
- Hardback | 352 pages
- 165 x 245 x 21mm | 671g
- 09 Oct 2003
- Orion Publishing Co
- Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
- London, United Kingdom
About James Lee Burke
James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.
This book demands to be read not simply for the gripping story ingredients but for the muscular poetry of its style and it overpowering sense of place. -- Gerald Kaufman * THE SCOTSMAN * Passionate, angry and lyrical, Last Car to Elysian Fields reminds us what a great thriller should be. This is Burke at the peak of his form and that, really, should be all the recommendation anyone needs. -- Simon Hynde * DAILY EXPRESS * There is no denying the sheer power of the writing which at times is beautifully poetic. There is a master craftsman at work here, and Burke's novels are an amazing achievement. -- Mike Ripley * BIRMINGHAM POST * James Lee Burke's prose... has a muscularity and richness that is entirely appropriate to its Louisiana setting .... this is Burke back at his bayou best. -- John Harvey * THE INDEPENDENT * As always BUrke's lyrical prose confirms his status as one of America's finest writers in any genre. -- Susanna Yager * SUNDAY TELEGRAPH * This is a good, solid, gritty, forlorn cop story. As usual, Burke is at his most lyrical when describing landscapes and the natural world. * DAILY TELEGRAPH * Burke's great strength is that he makes you want to spend as much time with Robicheaux and his other characters as possible. -- Peter Guttridge * THE OBSERVER * Robicheaux's return explores the dark side of human nature, including his own. Vintage Burke * DAILY MIRROR * Increasingly, his novels have become vehicles for a talent which is changing, still growing. Look carefully at what's on offer. What we are seeing is a good writer becoming a great one. -- Philip Oakes * LITERARY REVIEW * James Lee Burke has been knocking out consistently excellent Deep South thrillers for almost 40 years, and shows no sign of toning down the grit ... You'll get paper cuts from turning the pages so fast to find out what happens next. * JACK magazine * When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express * One of the finest American writers. * Guardian * His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph * The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror * There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent * The gentle giant of US crime writers, Burke always ensures that his Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux grapples with hot topics as much as with his own inner demons. * i newspaper * Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail * A gorgeous prose stylist. * Stephen King * James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. * Michael Connelly *