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Louisiana Burn Hardcover – September 3, 2006

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 396 pages
  • Publisher: River City Pub; First Edition edition (September 3, 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1579660665
  • ISBN-13: 978-1579660666
  • Product Dimensions: 1 x 6.2 x 9.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.6 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,094,677 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on April 13, 2007
Format: Hardcover
Award-finalist writer Carl T. Smith presents Louisiana Burn, a dark novel following the continued adventures of Sam Larken, former environmental law enforcement officer and ex-con. Though Larken is highly familiar with violence, he is content to remain amid the relative quietude of his South Carolina home - until his erstwhile lover and federal officer Karen Chaney cajoles him away. Manipulated into an investigation concerning Thornton Hunnycut, the man who unjustly sent Sam to prison twelve years ago and who has become a potential candidate for the vice presidency, Sam must delve into Louisiana's seamy underbelly, even though he is forbidden by his release agreement to return to the state. A suspenseful novel of lies, deception, and revenge, Louisiana Burn irresistibly draws the reader in and does not let go until the end. Also highly recommended is the first Sam Larken novel, "Lowcountry Boil".
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Gregory Bascom on December 12, 2006
Format: Hardcover
LOUISIANA BURN is a mystery but not in the "who-done-it," detective, private investigator or police procedural sub-genres. The protagonist, Sam Larkin, is an ex-con who was ensnared in a sham trial in Louisiana. The mystery is why he was framed and then released after serving only a few years of his sentence, given a large sum of money and all records of his trial and conviction expunged. One condition for his unexplained release is that he never returns to Louisiana. So Sam, having divorced his wife while in prison, buys a home on Mathews Island in the South Carolina lowcountry. All that is back story derived from the prequel novel, LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, which I did not read.

LOUISIANA BURN begins when Karen Chancy, a DEA agent and Sam's lover in LOWCOUNTRY BOIL, seduces him to return to the Gulf Coast to help her investigate Thornton Hunnycut, the judge at Sam's trial. Hunnycut, now a United States senator, is on the short list for vice presidential candidate.

Although there are a few puzzles and twists, the struggle in this story is how to get the villains, not to figure out who they are. The characters are well developed, three-dimensional folk, the writing clear and good, and the sensuous details on food and scenery are sufficient without being tedious.

Yet, I had some problems. Why would the FBI turn over the investigation of a senator to the DEA? The reunion between Sam and his former wife seemed unrealistic. And in the end, when you add up net gain to the villains, the reason for framing Sam in the first place is not convincingly explained.

Overall, a good read with plausibility problems.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Beardsley on October 2, 2006
Format: Hardcover
RARELY DO I FIND A MODERN NOVEL THAT SO ENGROSSES ME AS TO READ IT STRAIGHT THROUGH. ..I COULD NOT PUT IT DOWN. THE CHARACTERS DRIVE THE PLOT AGAINST THE STEAMY , LUSH BACK GROUND OF OUR LOST NEW ORLEANS. REALLY ENTERTAINING.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By S. Al-Amri VINE VOICE on January 26, 2008
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I had read his earlier book, Lowcountry Boil, and enjoyed it. This one, in my opinion, is even better. It is the sort of book that it is hard to put down; you end up staying up late to read more. I thoroughly enjoyed it - fast moving action, with great character development and story-telling abilities.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By H. Gingras on November 30, 2007
Format: Hardcover
A page turner as was his earlier work; Lowcountry Boil. Best get you a copy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Daryl Hayden on October 24, 2006
Format: Hardcover
I just finished this book, the second one that features Sam Larkin, the hottest hero of 2006. It is fast paced, full of the flavor and characters of New Orleans and has you wishing it would go on and on. Hey, Carl T. Smith, How about more adventures of Sam Larkin?
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Carl is an artist with his words. His descriptions of the people and places are so good that you are able to see what he is describing- and want to go there. The story line is very intriguing. And I love Sam.
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By Amazon Customer on March 24, 2014
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I loved reading this book!! I was hooked on the first page and could not put it down. Loved it!!!
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