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Burning Angel Mass Market Paperback – Aug 1 1996
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From Publishers Weekly
Continuing the Dave Robichaux series, Burke's mystery concerns present-day tensions springing from age-old racial injustices.
Copyright 1996 Reed Business Information, Inc.
From Library Journal
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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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.
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.Read more ›
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.
Burke displays a dazzling command of language and descriptive power, and his vision of the South is elegantly drawn, where ghosts of the past seem close at hand. The main characters, particularly Robineaux, Marsallus, and Bertrand are finely honed, as are the pimps, thugs, and crime lords of New Iberia.
The book only falters in the depiction of the Fontenots. Burke is keenly sensitive to the plight of this family, cast as helpless victims to malevolent external forces (in this case an amoral white overclass). Although we empathize with the Fontenots, characters stripped of free will (and thus unable to influence events) are never interesting.
Nevertheless, 'Burning Angel' is wonderfully paced and well written, and Burke's soaring prose elevates it to dizzying heights. Lost loves and family secrets haunt these characters, and as Robineaux visits the Bertrand plantation one last time, Burke closes with an epilogue that is a tour-de-force of sheer craft:
"And like some pagan of old, weighing down spirits in the ground with tablets of stone, I cut a bucket full of chrysanthemums and drove out to the Bertrand plantation...Read more ›
Most recent customer reviews
Robicheaux is like a dog on a bone. Relentless. Moving in and out of the underworld and his real world. Nothing is ever as it seems.
Watch out for the left fielder.
Par contre, j'ai reçu ... trois exemplaires alors que j'en voulais ... un !
Il 'a fallu en retourner deux et ce fut un tracas.
Another James Lee Burke. Love this author. This book was another great read from Burke. What more can be said, except I wish he would write more books.Published 7 months ago by Thomas M. Dickieson
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... Read morePublished on June 27 2004 by Gary Griffiths
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 morePublished on March 7 2004 by Carol Storm
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. Read morePublished on June 2 2003 by Keith Nichols
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... Read morePublished on Jan. 21 2003 by R. J. Stove