A BRUTAL LEGACY OF CRUELTY AND HATE IS AWAKENED IN THE BAYOUWhen Sonny Boy Marsallus returns to New Iberia after fleeingfor Central America to avoid the wrath of the powerful Giacanafamily, his old troubles soon follow. Meanwhile DaveRobicheaux becomes entangled in the affairs of the Fontenotfamily, descendants of sharecroppers whose matriarch helpedraise Dave as a child. They are in danger of losing the landthey've lived on for more than a century.As Dave tries to discover who wants the land so badly, he findshimself in increasing peril from a lethal, rag tag alliance oflocal mobsters and a hired assassin with a shady past. Andwhen a seemingly innocent woman is brutally murdered, allroads intersect, and Sonny Boy is in the middle.With the usual James Lee Burke combination of brilliantaction and unforgettable characters, Burning Angel isthe author at his best -- showing that old hatreds and newones are not that far apart.
American mystery author, James Lee Burke, was born in Houston, Texas, explaining why most of the lead characters in his novels are Texan. He has won two Edgar awards, which is a very rare experience, and is a bestselling author of two short story collections and over thirty novels. Burke is best known for his Dave Robicheaux series. His Edgar Awards were for Black Cherry and Cimarron Rose. Two of his series were made into screen plays with each movie having a-list actors playing the Robicheaux character (Alec Baldwin - Heaven's Prisoners, and Tommy Lee Jones- In the Electric Mist).
A writer must usually hold down other employment while they attempt to gain a degree of following readers. Burke's various jobs included.......truck driver, newspaper reporter, social worker, land surveyor, unemployment system employee, Job Corps worker, teacher, and finally, novelist.
Burke lives in Montana with his wife, Pearl, two daughters, and four grandchildren. His favorite advice was given by Irving Stone, when Burke was nineteen.......... "Never write a story to pay your gas bill......if you do, be assured your utilities will be turned off".