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Publisher's Summary

A troubled young woman breezes into Detective Robicheaux's hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of his friend: a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

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.

©2006 James Lee Burke. All rights reserved; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster. All rights reserved.

Critic Reviews

"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)

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  • Leigh
  • Cedar Park, TX, United States
  • 11-16-11

JL Burke does it 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.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Pegasus Descending

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...

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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  • Kelly
  • FORT WORTH, TX, United States
  • 05-27-09

WOW!! This is a must hear!!

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!

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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It's a Shame

The story is quite entertaining. But, the reader embarrased me to death. I've downloaded more than 150 audiobooks in the last few years and this is the only time I have been so disappointed in a narrator. 30 years as an petroleum landman, mostly in South Louisiana, means I have actually verbally dealt with a hundreds of people from the very towns of New Iberia, Lafayette, Thibeadeau, Morgan City, New Orleans, and they have a wonderful full bodied accent that sounds absoutely nothing like this lame excuse for a reader. If you can't do the accent, just please, speak plain english, use Scott Brick, or find new voices. Don't ruin another good book with a bad narrator.

1 of 4 people found this review helpful

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had to fast forward

I enjoy detective books, but I could not get into this one. I listened to the 1st half and fast forwarded through almost all the 2nd half. As a woman reader I thought the language to be rather crude in parts. I felt like I wasted my credit on this one

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Williams wannabe waste of time

For a book with such rave reviews, this one really hit rock bottom with me. The author's protagonist--a violent, pugnacious creep--waxes on and on in what is supposed to be a reflection of the old South that is still ingrained in its people and places. This author is no Tennessee Williams, that's for sure, and the plot is senseless, stupid, and often offensive. If you want to hear about people killed and horribly disfigured by shotguns, this book is for you. But if I was from the South, I'd want to do the same to the author.

2 of 7 people found this review helpful

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Pegasus Descending

i purchased this after seeing the 5 star ratings. i was very disappointed as the story is simplistic and is easy to stop listening to. it would be nice if audible would also have a composite score, say rating multiplied by number of raters or something similar.

0 of 1 people found this review helpful

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Does not grab you

Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

Not much

Would you ever listen to anything by James Lee Burke again?

Not at all, does not grab your attention

Would you be willing to try another one of Will Patton’s performances?

No

You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

does not pull you into the story

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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  • Steve
  • Orem, UT, USA
  • 03-11-07

Steve

I have no idea how this book rated 4.25 stars. I purchased this book because of the high rating. I just couldn't get into this book or the characters.
I did not find it nearly as engaging as some of the other reviews.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful

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why?

Why is this book getting such great reviews? this is not literature. It's totally implausible and the descriptive prose that everyone seems to like so much I found to be overdone to the point of being nauseating.

0 of 2 people found this review helpful