'A lyrical and lovely novel that takes Burke back to the top of the crimewriting tree where he richly belongs' Independent On Sunday
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. 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 Theodosia LeJeune, Last Car to Elysian Fields is vintage Burke - moody, hard-hitting with his trademark blend of human drama and relentless noir suspense.
finely written, tightly plotted, morally complex crime fiction... mix yourself a mint julep... and enjoy an invigoraiting shot of bayou blues - The Independent - Boyd Tonkin
Burke writes with a lyrical sweetness that brings Louisiana's bayou country alive - Sunday Times
James Lee Burke is the author of many novels, and the critically-acclaimed, bestselling Detective Dave Robicheaux series. He won the Edgar Award for both Cimarron Rose and Black Cherry Blues, and Sunset Limited was awarded the CWA Gold Dagger. Two For Texas was adapted for television, and Heaven's Prisoners and In the Electric Mist for film. Burke has been a Breadloaf Fellow and Guggenheim Fellow, has been awarded the Grand Master Award by the Mystery Writers of America and has been nominated for a Pulitzer award. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana.