Streets of Laredo

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From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry comes the sequel and final book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy. An exhilarating tale of legend and heroism, Streets of Laredo is classic Texas and Western literature at its finest.

Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea ...

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Overview

From the Pulitzer Prize–winning author Larry McMurtry comes the sequel and final book in the Lonesome Dove tetralogy. An exhilarating tale of legend and heroism, Streets of Laredo is classic Texas and Western literature at its finest.

Captain Woodrow Call, August McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena—once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. This long chase leads them across the last wild streches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town and, finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier.

In a long-awaited sequel to Lonesome Dove, Captain Woodrow Call, Augustus McCrae's old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal, young Mexican bandit. Riding with Call are an Eastern city slicker, a witless deputy, and one of the last members of the Hat Creek Outfit, Pea Eye Parker, now married to Lorena--once Gus McCrae's sweetheart. Now a CBS-TV miniseries. (Movie/TV)

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Editorial Reviews

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"Streets of Laredo is a splendid addition to the literary portrait of McMurtry's native Texas and the West that he has been creating for three decades. It's also one of his most affectingly melancholy books. . . . The characters are as finely etched as any McMurtry has ever minted."—Newsweek

"Gorgeous . . . violent, funny, achingly sad, filled with heroism and regret . . . If you can put Streets of Laredo down, I'll eat my ten-gallon hat."—Cosmopolitan

"A marvelous novel in its own right and in every way a worthy successor to Lonesome Dove."—Chicago Tribune

"One of McMurtry's most powerful and moving achievements."—Los Angeles Times

"Larry McMurtry remains a genius at dialogue. The scene where the seven whores start reminiscing about the first men in their lives in wonderful."—New York Times Book Review

"Larry McMurtry is a wonderful storyteller, and with . . . Streets of Laredo. . . he has written a novel that is even better than the original—and that was one hell of a tale."—Boston Globe

Streets of Laredo is here and all that needs to be said is this: Hallelujah. . . . McMurtry has taken us back to the glory days of Lonesome Dove. . . .”—Los Angeles Daily News

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The sequel to McMurtry's Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove . (Apr.)
Library Journal
Woodrow Call is 20 years older than he was when he buried Gus at the end of Lonesome Dove (Audio Reviews, LJ 2/15/93); too old, perhaps, to track down a brilliant young Mexican bandit who has been terrorizing most of the Texas frontier. With two untrained deputies, plus his aging old corporal, Pea-Eye, Call leads a chase that scatters bodies all along the border. This sequel to Lonesome Dove could easily have been a typical action-packed Western; instead, it is distinguished by two unusual female characters--Lorena from Lonesome Dove and a strong Mexican woman named Maria--who fight for respect and decency in the face of unrelieved chauvinism and violence so typical of the West at that time. Daniel von Bargen recounts it all in a superb dramatic narration, one that does full justice to his reputation as an accomplished stage and film actor. As a welcome bonus the publishers have appended information about all the technical staff responsible for the production. Less welcome, though, is the lightweight packaging that will not survive many circulations in a busy library.-- Jo Carr, Sarasota, Fla.
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In this sequel to Lonesome Dove, Gus McCrae's partner Call is a bounty hunter hired to track down & kill the brilliant, elusive young Mexican bandit Joey Garza. In the ensuing chase, an old man's skills are matched against a young man's daring.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780684857534
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster
  • Publication date: 10/17/2000
  • Series: Lonesome Dove Series
  • Pages: 544
  • Sales rank: 138,541
  • Product dimensions: 5.30 (w) x 7.90 (h) x 1.20 (d)

Meet the Author

Larry McMurtry

Larry McMurtry is the author of twenty-nine novels, including the Pulitzer Prize-winning Lonesome Dove, three memoirs, two collections of essays, and more than thirty screenplays. He lives in Archer City, Texas.

Biography

Back in the late 60s, the fact that Larry McMurtry was not a household name was really a thorn in the side of the writer. To illustrate his dissatisfaction with his status, he would go around wearing a T-shirt that read "Minor Regional Novelist." Well, more than thirty books, two Oscar-winning screenplays, and a Pulitzer Prize later, McMurtry is anything but a minor regional novelist.

Having worked on his father's Texas cattle ranch for a great deal of his early life, McMurtry had an inborn fascination with the West, both its fabled history and current state. However, he never saw himself as a life-long rancher and aspired to a more creative career. He achieved this at the age of 25 when he published his first novel. Horseman, Pass By was a wholly original take on the classic western. Humorous, heartbreaking, and utterly human, this story of a hedonistic cowboy in contemporary Texas was a huge hit for the young author and even spawned a major motion picture starring Paul Newman called Hud just two years after its 1961 publication. Extraordinarily, McMurtry was even allowed to write the script, a rare honor for such a novice.

With such an auspicious debut, it is hard to believe that McMurtry ever felt as though he'd been slighted by the public or marginalized as a minor talent. While all of his books may not have received equal attention, he did have a number of astounding successes early in his career. His third novel The Last Picture Show, a coming-of-age-in-the-southwest story, became a genuine classic, drawing comparisons to J. D. Salinger and James Jones. In 1971, Peter Bogdonovich's screen adaptation of the novel would score McMurtry his first Academy award for his screenplay. Three years later, he published Terms of Endearment, a critically lauded urban family drama that would become a hit movie starring Jack Nicholson and Shirley MacLaine in 1985.

That year, McMurtry published what many believe to be his definitive novel. An expansive epic sweeping through all the legends and characters that inhabited the old west, Lonesome Dove was a masterpiece. All of the elements that made McMurtry's writing so distinguished -- his skillful dialogue, richly drawn characters, and uncanny ability to establish a fully-realized setting -- convened in this Pulitzer winning story of two retired Texas rangers who venture from Texas to Montana. The novel was a tremendous critical and commercial favorite, and became a popular miniseries in 1989.

Following the massive success of Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry's prolificacy grew. He would publish at least one book nearly every year for the next twenty years, including Texasville, a gut-wrenching yet hilarious sequel to The Last Picture Show, Buffalo Girls, a fictionalized account of the later days of Calamity Jane, and several non-fiction titles, such as Crazy Horse.

Interestingly, McMurtry would receive his greatest notoriety in his late 60s as the co-screenwriter of Ang Lee's controversial film Brokeback Mountain. The movie would score the writer another Oscar and become one of the most critically heralded films of 2005. The following year he published his latest novel. Telegraph Days is a freewheeling comedic run-through of western folklore and surely one of McMurtry's most inventive stories and enjoyable reads. Not bad for a "minor regional novelist."

Good To Know

A miniseries based on McMurtry's novel Comanche Moon is currently in production. McMurtry co-wrote the script.

The first-printing of McMurtry's novel In a Narrow Grave is one of his most obscure for a rather obscure reason. The book was withdrawn because the word "skyscrapers" was misspelled as "skycrappers" on page 105.

McMurtry comes from a long line of farmers and ranchers. His father and eight of his uncles were all in the profession.

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    1. Hometown:
      Archer City, Texas
    1. Date of Birth:
      June 3, 1936
    2. Place of Birth:
      Wichita Falls, Texas
    1. Education:
      B.A., North Texas State University, 1958; M.A., Rice University, 1960. Also studied at Stanford University.

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  • Posted May 27, 2012

    Good.

    The book was not for me - so I cannot review it.

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  • Posted November 17, 2009

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    Great Book

    I read the whole series that came before this book & loved them all!

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  • Posted June 23, 2009

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    A bit of a downer

    In first three books you expected competence and good judgement from at least some of the characters. None here.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 5, 2006

    Still, it was an adventure...

    20 years after the death of his partner, Augustus McCrae, Captain Woodrow Call is hired to track down a ruthless Mexican train robber, but now he is pushing 70 and it is showing. Along for the journey was an accountant from New York who had no idea about the ways of the West, Pea Eye from the Hat Creek outfit (who is now married to Lorena), and a deputy Call hired along the way. The Mexican bandit they are trying catch was no ordinary thief, though. He¿s had a hard life, and is as ruthless as they come. His mother, Maria, does everything she can to keep him out of harm¿s way¿even venturing into the infamous Crow Town to find him. An old man, a family man, and two men that don¿t have a clue what they¿re doing¿ think they have a chance at this ruthless killer? I couldn¿t put it down! If you¿ve read Lonesome Dove, you¿ll adore Streets of Laredo. It¿s not like your ¿typical¿ western novel¿it taps into all of your emotions. You empathize with all of the characters, and at times forget whose side you¿re really on. One moment, McMurtry makes you laugh, he makes you bawl your eyes out. I definitely recommend this and all of Larry McMurtry¿s novels.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 4, 2006

    A Bit Disappointed

    Even though fans of Larry McMurtry naturally have high expectations for the sequel, Streets of Laredo, after having read Pulitzer Prize winner, Lonesome Dove, they are left somewhat dissatisfied. It has now been almost twenty years since the Hat Creek Outfit drove cattle to Montana. Captain Call has been hired to stop a young Mexican bandit, Joey Garza. The young bandit is notorious for his ability to stalk his quarry with his rifle¿s telescopic sight at a distance of hundreds of yards. Call, who is growing older, must outsmart this young swift outlaw despite hardships and setbacks. Call and his posse which includes two inexperienced deputies and Pea Eye Parker, an original Hat Creek member, go after Garza on a long drawn out chase. Two prominent female individuals also help shape the plot. Lorena, from Lonesome Dove, now married to Pea, and Maria, Joey Garza¿s strong Mexican mother, accompany and help conclude the fate of both Call and the infamous Joey Garza. Although McMurtry admirers are a bit letdown, this skillfully written sequel leaves readers amazed by the unexpected outcome.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 8, 2004

    Good, but doesn't live up to its predecessor

    Streets of Laredo is a good book; however, Larry McMurty spends too much time developing characters who do not affect the plot. Even so, the book moves quickly has a strong story and is very unpredictable. In true McMurty fashion the end is a suprise.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 26, 2004

    Larry Mcmurtry, what do you expect?

    Another classic Lonesome Dove novel. McMurtry is the absolute very best. I love all his books. This one was one of his very very best. He has a wonderful imagination. He combines action, with drama and romance. This is another five star novel.

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