|Plot Summary of Burning Angel|
James Lee Burke's “Burning Angel” features Cajun country and Dave Robicheaux amd
Burke is fast becoming “the” writer of the South! Certainly, he revels in putting
New Iberia and New Orleans on the literary map! Robicheaux is a detective in the Iberia
Parish sheriff's department and he is surprised when Sonny Boy Marsallus passes to him a
notebook containing many “compromising secrets” about his Latin American activities.
Sonny Boy is not your average Boy Scout, having been involved in all sorts of nefarious
activities, ranging from gambling to prostitution. Trying to enforce the law (as well as
justice, even if it is southern Louisiana!) is a difficult task for Robicheaux and for Burke,
himself. The author weaves his way through this knotty tapestry quite successfully, not
only in this book, but the whole Robicheaux series. (An added bonus, too, is that you learn
a LOT about Louisiana politics and its social and cultural dynamics!)
This synopsis report prepared by Bill Hobbs
|Chapter Analysis of Burning Angel|
Ratings are on a 1-10 scale (Low to High)
How difficult to spot villain?
- Moderately Challenging
Time/era of story:
What % of story relates directly
to the mystery, not the subplot?
Kind of investigator
- hard boiled/private eye
Kid or adult book?
- Adult or Young Adult Book
Murder Mystery (killer unknown)
- government investigator
- Deep South
Accounts of torture and death?
- moderately detailed references to deaths
Amount of dialog
- roughly even amounts of descript and dialog
Note: the views expressed here are only those of the reviewer(s).
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