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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (1,866 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date:
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A brutal legacy of cruelty and hate is awakened in the bayou.

When Sonny Boy Marsallus returns to New Iberia after fleeing to avoid the wrath of the powerful Giacana family, his old troubles soon follow. Meanwhile, Dave Robicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenot family, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helped raise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the land they’ve lived on for more than a century.

As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he finds himself in increasing peril from a lethal, ragtag alliance of local mobsters—and a hired assassin with a shady past. And when a seemingly innocent woman is brutally murdered, all roads intersect, and Sonny Boy is in the middle.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In his most complex tale to date, [Burke] stirs up for his hero a peppery blend: the Mob, government mercenaries, and dirty money—all set to a simmer…Burke is perhaps the only mystery writer to bring magical realism to his prose, calling up the pained history of the South…Angel proves Burke a master of the march.” 


  • “Crime fiction at its best. The writing is crisp but not hard-edged…[The] conclusion highlights the complicated racial histories, the exploitation of sexual love and ambition, that distinguish New Orleans.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “A passionate, exciting addition to a series that has set new standards in the genre.” 

    Chicago Tribune

  • “Enthralling! Burke makes shivery magic.” 

    San Francisco Chronicle Book Review

  • “In Burning Angel, Burke shows why he is one of the top five writers of crime fiction alive.” 

    Ft. Lauderdale Sun-Sentinel

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Jeff Brown | 2/16/2014

    " This book was Okay but not up there with the rest of his stuff I've read. In all his books he tends to do over kill on telling you what the surroundings are like. It seems like just so much filler but at least you always know where you're at. He doesn't suddenly just jump from place to place, well maybe sometimes. It is somewhat of a page turner, it must be cause I read it in a day and half and it's 340 pages. Worth the read but not my favorite. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Macha | 2/15/2014

    " 5 stars. 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Kay | 1/13/2014

    " Not sure why I was a little disappointed in this book in the series. It was good but didn't rate up there with the last few. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Joyce | 1/6/2014

    " Re-reading James Lee Burke is as much fun as the first time. The novel is complex, lyrical, and captivating. It is filled with characters who are just that in addition to the core group of current and past detectives...all of whom are well-developed. "

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