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Last Car to Elysian Fields | [James Lee Burke]

Last Car to Elysian Fields

When Dave Robicheaux, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.
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Publisher's Summary

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. To return there means visiting old ghosts and opening himself to new, yet familiar, dangers.

When Robicheaux, a police officer based in the somewhat quieter Louisiana town of New Iberia, learns that an old friend, Father Jimmie Dolan has been the victim of a particularly brutal assault, he returns to New Orleans to investigate, if only unofficially.

Meanwhile, back in New Iberia, three local teenage girls are killed in a drunk driving accident. Robicheaux traces the source of the liquor to one of New Iberia's "daiquiri windows," places that sell mixed drinks through 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. Tying together these disparate threads is a maniacal killer named Max Coll, a deeply haunted hit man sent to New Orleans to finish the job of father Dolan.

©2003 James Lee Burke; (P)2003 Simon & Schuster Inc. All Rights Reserved. AUDIOWORKS is an imprint of Simon & Schuster Audio Division, Simon & Schuster, Inc.

What the Critics Say

"James Lee Burke is at the top of his game." (The New York Times)
"This is an outstanding entry in an excellent series" (Publishers Weekly)

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    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 10-25-03
    Sherry Pitcock Park City Utah 10-25-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Another Robicheaux winner"

    Living as I do on the west coast, amidst the sunshine and dry air, I find Burke's books, like Pat Conroy's to be dark, humid and mysterious, with the "South" as another well-developed character. This one is as dark and convoluted as the background against which it is written. The pace is measured, the language distinctly southern, the relationships complicated and the story complex. I have a problem with the abridged versions, so much gets left out that I can't follow the story. This and Jolie Blon's Bounce are the best.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Andy Coldwater, MI, USA 12-23-03
    Andy Coldwater, MI, USA 12-23-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Last Car to Elysian Fields"

    Love all of James Lee Burke's books. This one though was hard to get into. I agree with some of the other reviews, in that the narration was difficult to follow, most characters dialect being slurred too much.

    4 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Gary Garland, TX, United States 11-02-03
    Gary Garland, TX, United States 11-02-03 Member Since 2003
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    "Slow, Slow, Slow"

    This was my first Burke novel. The pace is slow and even a slower narrator. Although the accent may be southern Louisiana, every character sounds the same. All the females sing bass in the choir. The only character you can distinguish is the Irishman. It may have been a good 10 hour book that was stretched to 15 hours of bordom by a slow narrator. I will keep an eye out for Mark Hammer and avoid any books he narrates.

    This was the first book in 5 months that I was disapponited in the narrator. Most others do a terrific job.

    6 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2005

    Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!

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    "Hooked on Dave Robicheaux"

    Being from California, I love hearing the tales of Dave Robicheaux and New Orleans. What an interesting and historical place. James Lee Burke always tells an interesting story and I wish I had begun them in chronilogical order so I could keep up with all of his wives and Clete's activity. But, I have nearly listened to them all and am greatful he has kept the same narrator, who does a fantastic job. Love em!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Harlan Rye, NH, USA 09-09-07
    Harlan Rye, NH, USA 09-09-07
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    "Love this series"

    Have read and enjoyed all the unabridged books by this author. I wish the rest were available as unabridged. I will not buy abridged books, particularly by an author whose descriptive imagery adds so much. If they become available unabridged I will buy them all.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linda Galveston, TX, USA 03-17-04
    Linda Galveston, TX, USA 03-17-04 Member Since 2004
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    "Burke writes a really good story, AGAIN!"

    Burke's stories take you to Louisiana and then drops you right where you can participate (if only in one's mind); see what the characters see; hear what they hear; and readily agree or disagree with Dave's or Clete's shenanigans. I have read Burke for sometime; but must admit I so enjoy the audibles. The audible book reader lend themselves to the whole experience and makes for enjoyable time.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Louise Orosi, CA, United States 01-09-04
    Louise Orosi, CA, United States 01-09-04 Member Since 2002
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    "Last Car to Elysian Fields"

    This books sounds as though it were a home recording with background sounds and a totally amature reader. I'm amazed at the folks who enjoyed his reading. Slow book opening, slurred reading, nobody with whom to identify--I didn't make it through the first chapter. And, usually, I LOVE all the books.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Luis CartagenaSpain 11-23-03
    Luis CartagenaSpain 11-23-03
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    "I could not finish the fisrt part"

    I totally agree with Brenda. I thought my extreme difficulty in understanding the reader was due to english not beeing my mother language. I have been very reassured to know that some american people also finds this audio confusing and difficult to understand. I will not download any other book by the same reader.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 02-20-08
    Kindle Customer Seattle, WA, United States 02-20-08 Member Since 2007
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    I thought the book was very good,but I felt that the reader was hard to follow. In order to sound like he was from New Orelans he sounded like he was drunk. Either get another reader or have him just read the book.




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    Antonio Victoria, TX, USA 11-20-03
    Antonio Victoria, TX, USA 11-20-03
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    "elcuete"

    The reader destroyed a perfectly good book. He is a boring reader. I feel I wasted a selection. I will not get another book read by him. I always waited for a James Lee Burke book but if this is the reader of choice for him I will give him a miss.

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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