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Burning Angel

by James Lee Burke

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Series: Dave Robicheaux (8)

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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Short Stories. HTML: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 apa
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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. ( )
  jepeters333 | Feb 20, 2022 |
New Iberia , Louisiana Sheriff's detective Dave Robicheaux is given a hand written diary that could incriminate a number of figures in atrocities committed in Central America in the 1980s. The story is set about 10 years after these events. The New Orleans mafia and some CIA operatives are all after Dave and Sonny who gave him the diary. Meanwhile a family who has lived on a plantation since they were slaves are being evicted from homes they thought were theirs even though there was no deed. Will Dave sort all this out without getting fired or killed? ( )
  MMc009 | Jan 30, 2022 |
It might be just me, but this one seemed to have a lot of moving parts, and I'm not sure Burke was able to successfully keep them all in the air.

One element I do need to point out that I'm getting a touch tired with is...is Robicheaux a cop, or is he not a cop? He's been in and out of the job an awful lot over the course of the eight books I've read so far.

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  TobinElliott | Sep 3, 2021 |
Just because every word you write is beautiful and true doesn't mean they should all be there. This is, further, a shambolic mess. There is no story line.

But what poetry Burke makes. And why no film? ( )
  bringbackbooks | Jun 16, 2020 |
Just didn't do it for me. I found his writing to be disjointed, unfocused and hard to follow. I didn't give a damn about any of the characters. I just couldn't get into it. ( )
  AliceAnna | Oct 18, 2014 |
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Burke, James Leeprimary authorall editionsconfirmed
Holleman, WimTranslatorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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"Commending myself to the God of the oppressed, I bowed my head upon my fettered hands, and wept bitterly." From Twelve Years a Slave, an autobiographical account by Solomon Northup.
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For Rollie and Loretta McIntosh
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The Giacano family had locked up the action in Orleans and Jefferson parishes back in Prohibition.
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Fiction. Literature. Mystery. Short Stories. HTML: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 apa

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