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Burning Angel [Mass Market Paperback]

James Lee Burke
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Aug. 1 1996 Dave Robicheaux Mysteries
The Fontenot family has lived as sharecroppers on Bertrand land for as long as anyone in New Iberia, Louisiana, can remember. So why are they now being forced from their homes? And what does the murder of Della Landry--the girlfriend of New Orleans fixer Sonny Boy Marsallus--have to do with it?

Marsallus's secrets seem tied to those of the Fontenots. But can Detective Dave Robicheaux make sense of it all before there is more bloodshed? In James Lee Burke's intense and powerful new bestseller, Robicheux digs deep into the bad blood and dirty secrets of Louisiana's past--while having to confront a rag-tag alliance of local mobsters and hired assassin.

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Continuing the Dave Robichaux series, Burke's mystery concerns present-day tensions springing from age-old racial injustices.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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In the last few years, the publisher has managed to build the modestly successful Burke into a best-selling mystery author with works like Dixie City Jam (LJ 4/1/94). Here, Cajun detective Dave Robicheaux tries to help the Fontenot family figure out who's trying to force them off their land?and runs up against a nasty bunch of mobsters with ties to the notorious Sonny Boy Marsallus.
Copyright 1995 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Blue Bayous June 27 2004
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Book reviewers probably overuse "atmospheric" in their critiques, but to describe James Lee Burke's writing as "atmospheric" is akin to observing that Daniel Steele's literary talents are "shallow". In fact, if Burke has a flaw, it is that the settings are so dense and powerful that the plot can be, if not lost, at crushed by the atmospheric pressure. Burke writes of southern Louisiana with a mix of pride and frustration - of steamy bayous and rusted car bodies, of antebellum mansions presiding over tin shacks. Lots of pain, precious little joy. Burke's south is a mystical place, where from the swampy mists the ghost of a Confederate soldier is as likely to break as is the sun. He pens his lyrical prose with a fatalism and pathos that only a diehard, but sincere, liberal can master.
From this "atmosphere", the story of "Burning Angel" slowly unwinds. Dave Robicheaux, the perpetually haunted and self-suffering cop of backwater Iberia, LA, agrees to help the local po' black folk get to the bottom of a land dispute with the wealthy gentry. (I like Robicheaux's character - he is written with an uncommon depth, sensitivity, passion but also in-your-face toughness - but can anyone remember Robicheaux laughing - ever?) Enter Sonny Boy Marsallus, a seemingly "common" thug, were it not for his uncommon sense of honor and loyalty. Marsallus has a mysterious past, linked through the Central American jungles to the past of Robicheaux ex-NOPD partner and friend, the inimitable Clete Purcell. The plot is not straightforward, which is OK, as it allows Burke plenty of time to weave in another set of unforgettable supporting characters, heavily weighted towards New Orleans mobsters and cutthroat militant mercenaries.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The real deal, mon June 21 2004
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James Lee Burke is one of America's finest mystery writers. Not only does he put together a good story populated by interesting (and sometimes upsetting) characters, he captures the true flavor of a unique region. I moved to Acadiana after having read the first few books in this series. I kept having a weird sense of deja vu as I travelled around Lafayette, New Iberia, and New Orleans. It finally dawned on me that I had read about some of these locations in Burke's books. Burke paints with words, giving a reader a sense of the taste, the smell, the sounds, the *feel* of south Louisiana. This is how the place is (although most folks experience a whole lot less violence in their lives).
I strongly suggest that you read this series in chronological order. A little warning. While Burke never spares us a view of the more violent and vicious side of humanity, some of the books are particularly dark. I wonder if the darkest of the books were written at less happy points in his life. Burke will make you care about characters in the series, then do terrible things to them. These books are outstanding. Be prepared for a wild ride.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thoroughly satisfying June 2 2003
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James Lee Burke is a master novelist whose prose is so good that I begin to notice how good it is, and that distracts me a little. But that's about the only quibble I have with it. Burke's dialogue is imaginatively vernacular and must be savored rather than skimmed, and his evocation of place is topnotch. All the characters are fully developed and human in a Faulknerian sort of way; i.e., their lives and actions are directed by their heritage and experiences in ways they cannot easily defy.
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Not quite the best of the Robicheaux series - that would be either <I>A Morning for Flamingos</I> or <I>A Stained White Radiance</I> - but James Lee Burke's second-best books are still more powerful, more moving, and more vivid than most writers' first-best.
As always with the saga of Dave "Streak" Robicheaux and the lowlife elements he encounters, Burke excels at character delineation and at conveying the phosphorescent, putrid atmosphere of Huey Long territory. Fans of Cletus "Noble Mon" Purcel - with his truly poetic capacity for invective - will be glad to know that he's back, as is the still dirtier-mouthed Helen Soileau, who unexpectedly reveals a vulnerable side here.
Precious few living novelists can me buy their work purely on the strength of their name. Burke's one of the few.
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I've now read nine of his books. I first read Purple Cane Road. It led me to read his stories in order. I'm so glad I did. The quality of Mr. Burke's story line, narrative, and insight flow through his books. I've read hundreds of mystery, crime, thriller books. Burke's about the best! Burning Angel was a delight. I was there with Dave and Bootsie, and Clete. Makes me fear he'll stop writing; makes me want more. I want to pass him on, recommend James Lee Burke to those who have yet to discover his stories as well as his insightful references to healing, help through the friends of Bill W.
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5.0 out of 5 stars No Peace in New Iberia Sept. 11 2002
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BURNING ANGEL by James Lee Burke is another Dave Robicheaux adventure among the mobsters and assassins of New Iberia, Louisiana. In the midst of turmoil caused by racial and class prejudice, Sonny Boy Marsallus, a smalltime hood, asks for Dave's help because several local mobsters are after him. Sonny Boy--a sometime soft-hearted good-guy--convinced many prostitutes under the mob's tutelage that leaving town would be in their best interests. Also, fear of eminent reprisals prompt Sonny Boy to give Dave a mysterious little black journal to hold for him. In addition, Dave attempts to help Bertie Fontenot, a poor black sharecropper, whose lands bequeathed to her by the wealthy owner, Moleen Berrand's grandfather, are being invaded by an enigmatic disposal company. Moleen's situation is less than favorable, too, because of money problems, a failing marriage and a renewed interracial relationship with Bertie's niece, Ruthie Jean. The plot is so complicated the reader can get lost as easily as moving blindly through a Louisiana, crocodile-infested bayou. However, the lush prose makes the trip a real treat.
James Lee Burke has been called "the Faulkner of crime fiction." The phrasing, descriptions, and word usage are so beautiful that the reader wants the cadences to go on and on. Burke was successful early in his writing career. But after his third book was published in the l960s, it was fifteen years before another book made it into print. One book, THE LOST-GET BACK BOOGIE, was rejected one hundred times. It was finally nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.
Burke's prose is breathtaking. His poetic descriptions put the reader right in the scene where all five senses are pulsating and alive.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Desperately Sentimental, Strains Credibility
Well, once again, poor James Lee Burke is back, with his patented mix of stale Sixties cliches and nauseating sentimentality about the glories of the Antebellum South. Read more
Published on March 7 2004 by Lily Bart
4.0 out of 5 stars a master storyteller
BURNING ANGEL is one of James Lee Burke's novels featuring Dave Robicheaux as a detective with the Iberia Parish sheriff's office. Read more
Published on Aug. 28 2002 by Jeanie
4.0 out of 5 stars Angel Descending
Set in the bayou country of Louisiana, 'Burning Angel' by James Lee Burke blends gritty crime fiction with an understated supernatural element that is both suspenseful and... Read more
Published on Aug. 26 2002 by John J. Grassi
4.0 out of 5 stars Louisiana Gothic
Dave Robicheaux, ex-New Orleans homicide detective and now a detective for the Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office, responds to a call from Sonny Boy Marsallus and ends up putting his... Read more
Published on Aug. 20 2002 by Mel Odom
2.0 out of 5 stars BURKE HAS DONE BETTER!!!!
Maybe it was just me but I never could really get into this book. This is the eighth Robicheaux I have read and in my openion one of the worst. Read more
Published on Nov. 20 2001 by Mac Blair
4.0 out of 5 stars Good book
First book I have read from Burke and found it very different than most authors. The setting felt real and the characters very unique and likeable.
Like a dark Mayberry
Published on Nov. 13 2000 by Mike Wilson
5.0 out of 5 stars Sonny Boy come back!
This is my first James Lee Burke book and to be honest, I loved it. It was so incredibly sad though. Read more
Published on April 20 2000 by keatingmary@hotmail.com
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