The twists begin when Trish Klein, the only offspring of Robicheaux's Vietnam-era buddy, starts passing marked hundred-dollar bills in local casinos. Is she a good kid gone bad? A victim's child seeking revenge? A promiscuous beauty seducing everyone good within her grasp? And can Robicheaux make peace with his friend's murder in time to figure out how a local mobster fits into all the schemes and death? Will his life be whole again when it has been shattered by so much tragedy?
In Pegasus Descending, James Lee Burke explores psyches as much as evidence, and tries to make sense of human behavior as well as his characters' crimes. Richly atmospheric, frightening in its sudden violence, and replete with the sort of puzzles only the best crime fiction creates, Burke's latest novel is an unforgettable roller coaster of passion, surprise, and regret.
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"The novel is steeped in complex personality studies, lyrical prose, and richly drawn depictions of Mr. Burke's beloved bayou country." (The New York Times)
"With peerless naturalistic descriptions and lush, metaphysical imagery, Burke creates another challenging morality play for his flawed, everyman hero." (Publishers Weekly)
"Everything that makes this series so compelling - the elegiac, seductively lyrical prose; the complex character of Robicheaux; the lovingly evoked bayou setting - is here in abundance....The fact remains that no serious reader of hard-boiled fiction should ever miss a moment of Dave Robicheaux in action." (Booklist)
I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.
James Lee Burke is a writer non-pareil. He transports the reader to New Iberia, Louisiana and surrounds him with sultry weather, combustible characters, and cajun metaphors that keep the plot sizzling to the end. As he does in his other Robicheux mysteries, he drives Dave to do unforgiveable things, but manages to redeem him in the end.
The plot follows the other Burke stories where a rich, evil man secudes politicans, bamboozles the ignorant, hooks up with the mob, and doesn't care who he hurts, but it's just that they happen to be Dave's friends and Dave will always step over the line to help the wrongly accused even if it means his job.
Will Patton reads the story as if he were on the back porch of an old plantation sipping a mint julip; he makes it go down smooth and easy.
Pegasus may be descending, but Burke's star is still rising.
I gave this 4 stars, but 3.5 would have been more accurate. Interesting plot, well paced, but the two main protagonists were difficult for me to embrace. The constant reminders of how these two tough guys are damaged & capable of extreme violence, while gentle and vulnerable to manipulative woman, just made them seem silly. So much pain, so much angst, so many regrets.....come on guys, buck up and solve the mystery.
Also they weren't necessarily clever, they just toughed it out. Perhaps these Robicheaux novels are better suited to men, who are more likely to relate to the whole complex, conflicted guy thing.
I would have prefered more plot and less introspection.
Daily commuter relying on Audible to keep awake. I need excitement! If something crazy doesn't happen in the first 20 mins I'm done!
Being from California, I love hearing the tales of Dave Robicheaux and New Orleans. What an interesting and historical place. James Lee Burke always tells an interesting story and I wish I had begun them in chronilogical order so I could keep up with all of his wives and Clete's activity. But, I have nearly listened to them all and am greatful he has kept the same narrator, who does a fantastic job. Love em!
I can't get enough of the Dave Robicheaux novels (unabridged)with Will Patton narrating. The characters were engaging, but I especially liked the plot of this one. Burke's prose, as always, is lyrical, full of Southern imagery. Very literary but never boring.
i will never listen to another book by JLB, as much as i have enjoyed them
great sense of feeling about characters and setting
the bs comments,(uncalled for) about Catrina, make me seeth, and i will never buy a book by this author again
Burke must be the best American author of our day! His novels continue to amaze me and keep me engrossed. I particularly enjoy the Dave Robicheaux novels but almost anything he pens is good to me.
James Lee Burke can't go wrong with his Dave Robicheaux series! Alwasys a great read. Once I get started on one of these books I can't stop listening...
Classic James Lee Burke! Will Patton is my new favorite narrator! He nails the voices that I think they would sound like especially Clete Purcell. If you like mystery and suspense you have to listen to this one!
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