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Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #4)

3.86  ·  Rating Details  ·  8,793 Ratings  ·  339 Reviews
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
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Paperback, 547 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1993)
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Lonesome Dove by Larry McMurtryTrue Grit by Charles PortisBlood Meridian, or the Evening Redness in the West by Cormac McCarthyBury My Heart at Wounded Knee by Dee BrownAll the Pretty Horses by Cormac McCarthy
Best Westerns
22nd out of 764 books — 968 voters
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Sarah Anne
This is the sequel to Lonesome Dove and it's almost as good. The only thing that really didn't work for me was that he didn't seem to have a firm fix on what was motivating Joey Garza.

I found myself taking a meandering, slow journey through this book instead of rushing to finish it. His writing is very good and his characters are absolutely brilliant, with the aforementioned exception. In particular, McMurtry knows how to write women. You see so much these days about people wanting strong female
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Steven
Aug 31, 2012 Steven rated it did not like it
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Ted
This is on my short list of books that I have read more than once. In fact I think I've read it 2 1/2 times. A few years ago I picked it up one day, opened it somewhere in the middle (maybe I was looking for a particular passage), started reading, and couldn't put it down for a couple of days until I finished it (for the third time). That's how much the book drew me into the story that McMurtry tells, and the magnificent way he tells it. He's a fabulous writer, the greatest we have for bringing ...more
Sara
Jan 10, 2012 Sara rated it really liked it
You wouldn't think it, but chasing bandits is not as exciting as driving cattle, but if you are a fan of Lonesome Dove you'll want to read the sequel and find out what became of the Hat Creek boys, and of course, Lorie and Clara. You'll learn the fates of Pea Eye, Captain Call, Newt (who I believe to be the lonesome dove) as well as becoming acquainted with a slew of new and interesting characters, two of which are positively evil. This book definitely misses Gus though, and some of the warmest ...more
Heather
Oct 22, 2014 Heather rated it it was amazing
I loved this book. Unlike most sequels, this book does not pick up where the last one left off. It is fully able to stand on it's own which I find to be an amazing feat. I loved Lonesome Dove, but felt that the novel was complete and was ready to start a new adventure. Would I have liked to see a further continuation of Newt, Dish and even Clara? Sure, but I was so quickly wrapped up in the new characters and new setting that I was more than willing to go on the hunt for Joey Garza, Mox Mox and ...more
rinabeana
Jul 13, 2011 rinabeana rated it really liked it
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Wendy Moniz
Aug 31, 2015 Wendy Moniz rated it liked it
I wanted to love this. Lonesome Dove is one of my all time favorite books. But this left me almost wishing I didn't read it. It is all sadness and violence and none even a hint of humor as was in the first. I still enjoyed it, but rushed through it so I could be done.
Christopher
Dec 02, 2013 Christopher rated it it was amazing
If you are interested in this review, the question foremost in your mind is whether or not this is as good as Lonesome Dove. The answer is: very nearly.
Jerome Peterson
Feb 28, 2014 Jerome Peterson rated it really liked it
Streets of Laredo
By Larry McMurtry February 28, 2014

“In the long-awaited sequel to Lonesome Dove, Larry McMurtry spins an exhilarating tale of legend and heroism. Captain Woodrow Call, Augustus McCrae’s old partner, is now a bounty hunter hired to track down a brutal, young Mexican bandit. Their long chase leads them across the last wild stretches of the West into a hellhole known as Crow Town, and finally, into the vast, relentless plains of the Texas frontier.”

This novel swept me off my feet.
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Monkey
Oct 16, 2011 Monkey rated it really liked it
Some misguided folks have suggested that you should read Lonesome Dove first and not read the series in its own chronological order.
In fact I've been told that reading the books in order is like watching Star Wars in order; painful and ruins the good in the series.

I'm here to tell you that Larry McMurtry is no George Lucas.


There are some continuity errors, but the prequels and sequels in no way detract from the story.
I devoured them, one after the other, all terribly good.

Like westerns?
you'll l
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Sam Reaves
Sep 08, 2014 Sam Reaves rated it really liked it
McMurtry's Lonesome Dove series, or quartet, or whatever you want to call it, is for my money one of the big achievements of American fiction of the past quarter century or so. It has epic scale, covering vast spaces and forty years of time, but the language is a laconic vernacular that never gets too big for its britches, taking everything from the tenderest emotions to the most horrific violence in its stride. The narrative takes an ensemble cast centered on two fictional Texas Rangers through ...more
Kyle
Jul 11, 2015 Kyle rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Reading this whole series has been a very interesting time. I found the whole series (all four books), to be a serious reflection on life. In many aspects, dark, cruel, harsh, sprinkled with the value of true friendships, relationships, purpose and meaning, and surviving. Contrasts between the joys of life against the tragidies of life.

Another aspect I found to be very interesting is the strong role many of the women characters played throughout the book. From the beginning, you have a young pr
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Lara
Dec 28, 2011 Lara rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonesome Dove fans
Recommended to Lara by: Uncle Chad
Shelves: westerns
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Skyqueen
Jun 29, 2012 Skyqueen rated it it was amazing
I started with Comanche Moon then Lonesome Dove, now Streets of Laredo. I knew it was the last book but I didn't want to end the series there, so will read Dead Man's Walk last because it is the beginning of Woodrow and Gus.
Of course, McMurtry is the best at putting life in prespective. What has struck me through the series is that not much, if anything, has changed through time. People still lie, cheat, steal, make unusual friendships, are unfathomly selfish, unconscious of their own and other
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Lizzie
Nov 25, 2012 Lizzie rated it it was amazing
I read Lonesome Dove in June 2010 and loved it, but what happened to one of the characters made me so sad that I didn't feel ready to read it till now, two and a half years later. That should tell you something about the power of his writing.

Once again he's set up a story where numerous people are on each other's trail through Texas and Mexico. A couple of them are psychopaths. The main story is about Captain Call and his deputies search for Joey Garza, a train robber, but various other characte
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Ruth
Aug 22, 2010 Ruth rated it liked it
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Erika
Feb 26, 2011 Erika added it
Shelves: screwed-me-over
I am so disappointed I can hardly stand myself. I love Lonesome Dove. Love, love, love. I can't believe this is what follows. I guess I should have reminded myself how much I love Gus and I should have known Call minus Gus does not equal as much love as just Call. The plot isn't bad. The characters aren't bad. The book isn't bad, in itself. But all the horrors, all the sad sadness just isn't balanced without the humor.











*****Spoiler alert*****













Also why oh why did McMurtry just abandon characters a
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Steven
A fitting follow-up to Lonesome Dove, although this book is a bit sadder and much more reflective. Call, no longer aocompanied by the loquacious Gus (one of the most popular characters in all of fiction, or so I've been told) is aging and spends a good bit of time reflecting on his life, his fading abilities, and the meaning of it all. He and his men are on the run for a killer and there is plenty of action and adventure. But I enjoyed the thoughtful parts also---I enjoyed simply knowing a novel ...more
Jason Reeser
Jul 20, 2013 Jason Reeser rated it it was amazing
While I think this is as close to Lonesome Dove in the way of great story and characters, it will not be what many readers of Lonesome Dove will want to see. Woodrow Call, such a stoic, mythological legend in the first book, comes more alive here. He didn't have to in Lonesome Dove because he had Gus to carry the scene for him. But now Call is front and center, and he is more animated than I had thought he could be. Another surprise is the development of Pea Eye. As legendary as Call has become, ...more
Mike
Jun 07, 2009 Mike rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
When this book started, I was not happy with the plot developments that McMurtry jumped through to summarize the past 20 years since LD; however, his ability to develop interesting new characters soon overcame the early plot disappointments. It has became evident to me that McMurtry likes to have you develop attachments to characters, and then suddenly kill them off; I believe the purpose is to make you feel the transitory nature of the time and location, where life is hard, often short, and can ...more
Neyly
Aug 07, 2014 Neyly rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I find Streets of Laredo a hard book to rate. I like it and don't like it in equal measure. I guess it boils down to whether or not I'd recommend it but find that I can't answer that question either.

Characters returning from Lonesome Dove: Call, Pea Eye, and Lorena. I couldn't quit reading whenever they appeared on page. Characters specific to Streets of Laredo: not so much. Maria and her children (one of whom is infamous outlaw Joey Garza), man-burner Mox Mox, and Indian tracker Famous Shoes co
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Mick
Jun 04, 2011 Mick rated it really liked it
A worthy, yet incredibly brutal, follow-up to the fantastic Lonesome Dove. I was unprepared for just how bleak and horrible this novel could be (and I don't intend that to in any way denigrate the book's quality). It was just plain evil for long stretches, and that can wear on one's emotions after a while. But if you read Lonesome Dove and enjoyed it, then you have to read this to see what became of the "Hat Creek Outfit" as their lives played out over time. Riveting stuff (and did I mention BRU ...more
Meredith
Aug 12, 2010 Meredith rated it really liked it
A well-written but grim book about life in the Old West - probably more accurate than many would choose to believe. Dirty, stupid and violent people made life miserable for those who were none of the above. I read this before having read Lonesome Dove, so that book will be spoiled for me because SoL gives away much of the characters' histories from LD. Nonetheless Larry McMurty is an excellent writer and I look forward to reading the other volumes in the series.
Robin
Aug 10, 2014 Robin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
LONESOME DOVE is one of my all time favorite books. It took me awhile to get into it, but once I did I was mesmerized until the last page, and was still thinking about the book and missing the characters weeks later.

STREETS OF LAREDO also took me a bit to really get into, and while I enjoyed it, I wasn't completely mesmerized until about the last quarter of the book. Gus McCrae of course was a very big part of Lonesome Dove, and of Woodrow Call's life, and traveling along with Call without Gus
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Ron
Aug 08, 2015 Ron rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Streets of Laredo is billed as the sequel to Lonesome Dove one of the finest novels I have ever read which was turned into one of the finest television series ever made. I've wanted to read this followup novel for a long while and finally I have. Initially I was put off a bit by elements presented at the beginning of the story, and it colored my reading for a short while. The strength of McMurtry's storytelling pulled me in however. To be brief, this story is set close to 20 years after Lonesome ...more
Robert Grant
This one sorely disappointed me. Nowhere near as good as Lonesome Dove but nothing can come close to that one anyway. This book just seemed like the author was pissed off with everyone when he wrote it and some of the stuff that I was looking forward to catching up on in this one-didn't materialize. Really get the feeling the author was not happy with the direction he sent the characters in and just said to hell with it.
Tony Glover
Apr 28, 2016 Tony Glover rated it really liked it
I enjoyed Lonesome Dove so much that I was looking forward to reading Streets of Laredo. Westerns are not a genre I read often - or at all - but the characters in the first Larry McMurtry book were so engaging that I wanted more. The survivors from that first book are the flinty ranger, Woodrow Call; the whore turned schoolteacher Lorena and her hapless husband Pea Eye. All are portrayed so well - their flaws and virtues alike. The villains are quite chilling - Mox Mox the Man Burner and the tee ...more
Heidi Timmons
Jul 20, 2015 Heidi Timmons rated it really liked it
McMurtry’s books become progressively more gruesome if read in the order written. It appears he discovered new ways to torture and kill people. The book is good but jumps around a lot in chronological order. One minute we are in present day and the next we are in the character’s past, and sometimes the jump is so jarring I forget which timeframe we are in. The extensive internal monologue of the characters can be laboring. Characters’ thoughts continue for long periods and repeat themselves. The ...more
Kateryna Krivovyaz
Nov 16, 2015 Kateryna Krivovyaz rated it it was amazing
Im so sad that Ive just finished this awesome book. I read many review on it that claimed this book lacked the spirit of the first one and that it was a little disappointing.
I strongly disagree with that. Its a logical continuation of the first one, where we get to know what happened to our favorite characters.
Looking forward to reading the third book)

Long live Captain Call !!
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Buck Ward
May 08, 2015 Buck Ward rated it it was amazing
Shelves: reviewed
This is a long book. I like novellas. I think the proper length for a novel is 250-350 pages. Streets of Laredo is more than 500 pages long, and worth every page. The fourth and final book in the Lonesome Dove series, Streets of Laredo is every bit as good as Lonesome Dove. It's a good story with a strong plot and strong characters; McMurty's style is good to read, comfortable like an old easy chair. It feels good to sit down each evening for a good long read.

There are some historical figures in
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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.

Among many other accolades he was the co-winner of an Oscar for Best Adapted Screenplay for Brokeback Mountain in 2006.

Larry McMurty was born in Wichita Falls Texas in 1936. His first published book Horseman, Pass By was
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“Call listened with amusement--not that the incident hadn't been terrible. Being decapitated was a grisly fate, whether you were a Yankee or not. But then, amusing things happened in battle, as they did in the rest of life. Some of the funniest things he had ever witnessed had occurred during battles. He had always found it more satisfying to laugh on a battlefield than anywhere else, for if you lived to laugh on a battlefield, you could feel you had earned the laugh. But if you just laughed in a saloon, or at a social, the laugh didn't reach deep.” 8 likes
“This is a damn useless conversation. Goodbye. (Charles Goodnight to Woodrow Call)” 5 likes
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