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  • Mass Market Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Hyperion (Aug. 1 1996)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786889047
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786889044
  • Product Dimensions: 17.3 x 10.2 x 3.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 227 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #133,988 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)


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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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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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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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By Jeanie on Aug. 28 2002
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BURNING ANGEL is one of James Lee Burke's novels featuring Dave Robicheaux as a detective with the Iberia Parish sheriff's office. Robicheaux's interaction with Sonny Boy Marsallus is at the heart of the story. Sonny Boy is a shady character with a checkered past but as the story develops, he appears to be a guardian angel to Robicheaux and his family. As unsavory a character as Sonny Boy is, he seems like a choir boy when compared to the other characters Robicheaux faces. Even their names (Sweet Pea Chaisson, Emile Pogue, Johnny Polycarp Giacano) invoke images that are reinforced by Burke's descriptions and by the threats they pose to Robicheaux. Secrets emerge and lives change as Robicheaux investigates powerful people and their effect on those who have little or no power.
James Lee Burke is a best-selling author whose awards include a nomination for a Pulitzer Prize, two Edgar Awards, and the CWA/Macallan Gold Dagger for Fiction. THE NEON RAIN was the first of the Robicheaux series, and Burke's series featuring Texas Ranger-turned-lawyer Billy Bob Holland began with TWO FOR TEXAS.
The author is a consummate storyteller and is a master at description. He conveys the strengths and weaknesses of the characters, both the positive people in Robicheaux's life and those who are less desirable. Burke's love of Louisiana is evident, and the geographic location is an integral part of the compelling story he tells.
Although the writing is excellent, there are weaknesses in the story line. Some events are not connected, and the reader is left with unanswered questions. Burke tells a complex story so these are minor criticisms.
When asked what he would do if he had to give up writing, Burke answered "I would never give up writing!" That's good news for readers! BURNING ANGEL is a must read for Burke's fans as well as for those who want to get to know the people and places in Iberia Parish, if only through the pages of an outstanding novel.
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