Burning Angel (Dave Robicheaux Series #8)

Burning Angel (Dave Robicheaux Series #8)

by James Lee Burke

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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781436118859
Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC
Publication date: 04/22/2008
Series: Dave Robicheaux Series , #8
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 1.50(h) x 5.00(d)

About the Author

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.


New Iberia, Louisiana and Missoula, Montana

Date of Birth:

December 5, 1936

Place of Birth:

Houston, Texas


B.A., University of Missouri, 1959; M.A., University of Missouri, 1960

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Burning Angel 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 8 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I am so intrigued with the series of Dave Robicheaux novels that my wife and I leave in 2 days to visit New Iberia for a week. James Lee creates such a vivid picture of the countryside and the people in all his novels that we have to see it for ourselves.
macha on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Beautifully written. And the subject matter is fearsome: Dave Robicheaux's way of treating with his world here clashes, even in dream, with a whole lot of forces, mores, and assumptions that pervade the world he lives in. 'Even inside the dream I know I'm experiencing what a psychologist once told me is a world destruction fantasy. But my knowledge that it is only a dream does no good; I cannot extricate myself from it.' He lives in a beautiful and deadly world, in which the great chain of being operates on the principle of 'eat or be eaten'. But in the waking world at least Dave has to find a way to go on living in it. So he begins to make his choices, essays small interventions. He quickly finds himself in more than one another country, where nothing is as it seems and he must risk everything he loves to right imbalances, until his whole world makes sense to him again. And meanwhile, everything he is and loves remains at risk. At every turn he must decide what to let go of, what he needs to keep. 'It was all that quick, as though a loud train had gone past me, slamming across switches, baking the track with its own heat, creating a tunnel of sound and energy so intense that the rails seem to reshape like bronze licorice under the wheels; then silence that's like hands clapped across the eardrums, a field of weeds that smell of dust and creosote, a lighted club car disappearing across the prairie.' A little masterpiece, this one, and maybe the only pure magic realism novel in the whole series too..
andyray on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
The theme can be stated without spoiling the book. i.e.,, WE MUST BE CAREFUL HOW E TREAT PEOPLE, FOR THERE MAY BE ANGELS AMONG US. Burke is wonderful at characterization and hooking us into his world with awesome paintings (that are not always beautiful). Here paints a question mark around Sonny Boy. Look for this in other novels as well. It is part of his signature.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I felt he had trouble completing this story and use "filler" to lengthen the story. But you can be sure I will read the next in the seried.
Andrew_of_Dunedin More than 1 year ago
I sometimes wonder why I enjoy James Lee Burke's Dave Robicheaux series?  I mean, Dave seems to be a pretty decent guy, and he has a nice family.  However, it seems that virtually everyone that Dave knows is through his law enforcement profession, and excepting the minority who hold a badge, they come off as slimy untrustworthy lowlifes that I would not want to spend any personal time getting to know. Then, after completing the next one in the series, I remember why I do it – because Burke is one h-ll of a storyteller. Burning Angel has a few intertwining mysteries running through it – or, are they merely separate aspects of the same conspiracy?  (No spoilers, I leave this to the reader to determine for his or herself.)  As mentioned, I don't like most of the supporting characters.  I don't like the way our lead character acts when he's around these other characters, either.  BUT … when I get to the end, I think “wow – that was a pretty decent story”. RATING: 4.5 stars, rounded down to 4 stars.
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