Burning Angel Book Summary and Study Guide

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James Lee Burke's “Burning Angel” features Cajun country and Dave Robicheaux amd
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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!)
The review of this Book prepared by Bill Hobbs

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Plot & Themes

How difficult to spot villain?    -   Moderately Challenging Time/era of story:    -   1980's-1999 What % of story relates directly to the mystery, not the subplot?    -   90% Kind of investigator    -   hard boiled/private eye Kid or adult book?    -   Adult or Young Adult Book Crime Thriller    -   Yes Murder Mystery (killer unknown)    -   Yes

Main Character

Gender    -   Male Profession/status:    -   government investigator Age:    -   20's-30's


United States    -   Yes The US:    -   Deep South

Writing Style

Accounts of torture and death?    -   moderately detailed references to deaths Amount of dialog    -   roughly even amounts of descript and dialog

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