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4.00053561863953 out of 54.00053561863953 out of 54.00053561863953 out of 54.00053561863953 out of 54.00053561863953 out of 5 4.00 (1,867 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Mark Hammer Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: June 2012 ISBN: 9781442356177
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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
for Central America 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, rag tag 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.

With the usual James Lee Burke combination of brilliant
action and unforgettable characters, Burning Angel is
the author at his best -- showing that old hatreds and new
ones are not that far apart. Download and start listening now!

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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.”

    People

  • “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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Justin | 2/11/2014

    " One of the better Robicheaux novels, somewhat similar to "In the Electric Mist with Confederate Dead"; very gothic with hints of the supernatural. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 2/7/2014

    " I was a little disappointed with this one. It seemed a little deja vu and I must confess, I had difficulty keeping all of the "bad guys" sorted out. His descriptive prose is still great! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Susan Mangigian | 2/1/2014

    " I never get tired of James Lee Burke's descriptive and lovely novels. Gritty, yes, but his characters have depth. Love these books. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Amy | 1/26/2014

    " I see this is #8 in a series; maybe that's my problem. I pretty much read this two times at once (I had to re-read something on nearly every page), and I still don't know what was going on. I have Cadillac Jukebox as well; I don't know yet if I'll attempt it. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Pat | 1/26/2014

    " Robicheaux has a flawed guardian angel looking over him. He solves the murders and survives the hits. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 1/23/2014

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brandon | 12/12/2013

    " Very good mystery...heartbreaking in parts...intense. Made me feel like I was back in southern Louisiana and NOLA. Robicheaux is a complex character and a really good man. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Carole | 12/1/2013

    " Good southern writer, not in the league of Pat Conroy. Lyrical but with a rougher edge. Am familiar with the area where his Dave Robicheaux stories take place, so it's intriguing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth Mcintyre | 11/3/2013

    " My absolute favorite book in this series!! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 MV | 11/3/2013

    " Finally! A reason to love Bootsie!! & Sonny Boy is amazing. This is such a great series, really. Took me a bit longer to read this one cos I changed my hours but the end was well worth the wait. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 pam | 10/4/2013

    " another winner from james lee burke. i've been reading a lot of technical writing for work, so this was just what i needed! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Beth | 8/9/2013

    " As always, a fabulous read, filled with allusions to the desperate beauty of South Louisiana. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kay | 6/27/2013

    " 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 Mike | 5/18/2013

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Malia | 4/16/2013

    " Add this to my favorite James Lee Burke books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jim | 3/21/2013

    " This is one of Burke's best in my opinion. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lauren | 3/12/2013

    " One in a series of many James Burke books featuring the character, Dave Robicheaux a private detective in Louisiana. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 1/31/2013

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 12/27/2012

    " Not his best but part of a great series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 10/13/2012

    " This really should get 4 1/2 stars. It's just a little too mystical to rate 5 stars. Burke is one of America's top fiction writers and this book is excellent, just short of being great. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Vanillahugz | 7/12/2012

    " Extremely disappointed in this effort. I didn't even finish the book which I have never done in my life!!! I just couldn't be bothered :( "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sally | 7/2/2012

    " Another gorgeous book by James lee Burke. I listen to theses on audio books as I drive to and from work each day. This one had a surprise at the end, an excerpt of a short interview with the author! Wonderful. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Mark Hammer has had long and distinguished career in the theater. After earning an undergraduate degree from Stanford University, he completed an MFA degree at Catholic University. For twenty-three years after that, he served on the drama faculty at that university and as co-chairman of its MFA acting program. For the last sixteen of those years, he was also a member of the resident acting company at Washington, DC’s Arena Stage. There, he had significant roles in both classic and contemporary dramas. He was twice nominated for the Helen Hayes Award for his performances in Cloud Nine and The Wild Duck. He has also appeared in several Broadway plays. Hammer was proud to be chosen to narrate the opening film of the permanent exhibit for the National Holocaust Museum.