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Tremendous sales for all of James Lee Burke's paperbacks - he consistently sells over 50,000 in mmpb. Now in Phoenix paperback his whole series is being rejacketed. Burke's previous Robicheaux novel, JOLIE BLON'S BOUNCE, was nominated for the CWA Gold Dagger and has been nominated for the Edgar Award. Burke has won the Gold Dagger once for Sunset Limited and the Edgar Award twice 'What we are seeing is a good writer becoming a great one' Philip Oakes, Literary Review 'Confirms his status as one of America's finest writers in any genre' Susanna Yager Sunday Telegraph 'Burke's great strength is that he makes you want to spend as much time with Robicheaux and his other characters as possible' Observer '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

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James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, including twelve featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, Louisiana.


Only Dave Robicheaux knows what a deadly car crash and an attack on a priest have in common, and in this new work-soon to be an HBO series-he's telling. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

'finely written, tightly plotted, morally complex crime fiction... mix yourself a mint julep... and enjoy an invigoraiting shot of bayou blues' - Boyd Tonkin The Independent 'Burke writes with a lyrical sweetness that brings Louisiana's bayou country alive' Sunday Times

Homicide detective Dave Robicheaux is pitted against a handsome, urbane war hero of a bad guy instead of the typical obscenely grotesque villain in this latest installment of Burke's stellar series, set in New Iberia, La. It's a shift in adversaries that forces Robicheaux to take a different tack than his usual uncontrolled tilting at the windmills of elusive justice. As in many of Burke's novels (A Stained White Radiance; In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead), current felonies are tied to a crime from the past. Here, Dave's friend Father Jimmie Dolan is being stalked by Irish hit man Max Coll; linked to this intrigue is the story of blues singer Junior Crudup, who entered the hell of Angola Penitentiary in the 1950s and was never heard from again. In present-day New Orleans, three teens die in a fiery crash after buying drinks at a drive-by daiquiri stand. Porn star Gunner Ardoin takes a beating from Dave's sidekick, Clete Purcel, who wreaks his usual havoc. Mysterious lady cop Clotile Arceneaux keeps popping in with advice, and a minor thug, Jumpin' Merchie Flannigan, is married to Robicheaux's old girlfriend Theodosha. These are just a scant few of the characters and subplots that thicken the deep and complex gumbo of Burke's story. The writing is beautiful, as always, laced with the author's signature descriptions: "the sepia-tinted light in the trees and on the bayou seemed to emanate from the earth rather than the sky." This is an outstanding entry in an excellent series. (Sept. 23) Forecast: A multi-city book tour should get the word out and help nudge Burke up a notch on bestseller lists. Copyright 2003 Reed Business Information.

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