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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:
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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, 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. 

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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

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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