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Streets of Laredo (Lonesome Dove #2)

3.83 of 5 stars 3.83  ·  rating details  ·  7,663 ratings  ·  286 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
Paperback, 547 pages
Published October 17th 2000 by Simon & Schuster (first published 1993)
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As much as I enjoyed Lonesome Dove, that's how much I disliked Streets of Laredo. Larry McMurtry spent much of the earlier book demolishing the squeaky-clean John Wayne image of the Old West by showing it as realm of rape, sexual slavery, meaningless violence and random death, but he also showed the grandeur and beauty that drew men like Augustus McCrae. Gus is sorely missed in this novel, in which McMurtry seems perversely committed to focusing on the least interesting characters and reworking ...more
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
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
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
Jerome Peterson
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.
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.

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Sam Reaves
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
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.
Dec 28, 2011 Lara rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lonesome Dove fans
Recommended to Lara by: Uncle Chad
Shelves: westerns
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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
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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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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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.
Wes Metz
If you read and enjoyed Lonesome Dove, you will most likely enjoy this continuation of the saga, as Captain Woodrow Call wanders through the southwest and Mexico in search of the young killer Joey Garza, who has employed his scope-sighted German rifle to murder more than thirty men. Call is an old man now; his faculties are not what they were in his rangering days, but he still retains the fierce determination that made his name respected by the citizens and feared by the miscreants of Texas.

Rachel Brummet
I felt so sad... Call was my favorite character, and to read about him & how he grew old & all felt like such an awful blow, but it was only the very realistic truth... Though it made me sad, the entire Lonesome Dove series depicts how life actually goes and even how reputation changes (or doesn't) and the impact on expectations. It was really a wonderful series, but I am saddened that it is over. I missed Gus throughout the book, too, though I was glad it made reference to him. The wome ...more
Peace-loving family farmers versus cold-blooded killers. The last novel of the Lonesome Dove tetralogy starts off with surprises. Lori is married to Pea Eye and they have five children. She has become a school teacher. Pea doesn't really like farming, but he's reluctant, for good reason, to accompany the aging, arthritic Call on the trail of train robber-killer Joey Garza. This book is full of the twists and violence of the previous three, but is lacking the welcome humor of Gus. Strong female c ...more
What a fantastic book. It was almost as good as Lonesome Dove but not good enough to call it one of my all-time favorite book. Unlike Lonesome Dove, there were quite a few things about Streets of Laredo that I either did not like or did not make sense. SPOILER ALERT!! It's a shame Larry McMurtry had to kill off Newt. Even more ironic is the fact that it was the Hell Bitch that killed him. In Lonesome Dove, Newt was a natural with horses. He was an excellent horse-breaker and then he was killed b ...more
William Mitchell
The Streets of Laredo is a worthy follow up to McMurty's Pulitzer Prize winning novel, Lonesome Dove. It is filled with heroism and regret,and often painfully sad as it follows Captain Call the retired Texas Ranger on his last assignment....
I love McMurtry. Was this as good as Lonesome Dove? I don't think it was. But it was close.

McMurtry offers a mix of excitement and movement and questions about who people are and how they work. He also writes women better than most writers.
Matthew Dexter
This is a great book which might deserve another (fourth) star; but the bar was set so high with Lonesome Dove, that perhaps anything less than such aforementioned perfection is unattainable? Great novel nonetheless.
Kealan Burke
While not nearly as good as LONESOME DOVE (without Gus, how could it be?), STREETS OF LAREDO is nevertheless a great conclusion to the series.
Apr 22, 2014 Carol rated it 5 of 5 stars
Shelves: 2014
What an intense history of the American west as seen in the mind of a great storyteller....Larry McMurtry. The complexity of the various characters that peopled the stories of the Lonesome Dove series is monumental. You can never feel like you have figured out where the story line leads. Unusual ending to the lives of those that make up the various tales that intertwine like the many snakes on the American southwest are numerous. You think a character is invincible but find he is just a simple m ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Lonesome Dove (4 books)
  • Lonesome Dove
  • Dead Man's Walk
  • Comanche Moon
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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.” 7 likes
“This is a damn useless conversation. Goodbye. (Charles Goodnight to Woodrow Call)” 3 likes
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