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Pegasus Descending Audiobook

Pegasus Descending

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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.

What the Critics Say

"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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    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-19-06
    Stevon Tempe, AZ, United States 08-19-06 Member Since 2017

    I love books!

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    "My first Burke"

    This was the first story from James Lee Burke that I've listened to. I picked it from one of the Audible lists, sounded interesting so I took a chance. I thoroughly enjoyed it and plowed right through it. Now I'm going to have to listen to some of his other stories to see if they are as good and, yes, Will Patton is a good narrator.

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    Jim Adams 08-19-06
    Jim Adams 08-19-06 Member Since 2002
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    "Five starts for the writer and the reader!"

    This is the first Dave Robicheaux book I've read, but not the last! I loved the complexity of the characters as well as the 'gotcha' humor inserted with the likes of Wally the dispatcher and Betsy Mossbacher, the FBI agent. I believe the reviewer who called the story simplistic as well as the one who describes Dave as self-righteous just don't get it. This is solid, to-your-soul character development and storytelling. Dave Robicheaux passes along his own hard-earned lessons in life while examining the many human failings we all have. He wears his own failings in full view of the world rather than live behind them with lies. In one section, he explains how he copes in the sad, sometimes hopeless world of cops by saying that now and then you find one person (just one) who you know is good and you know is innocent. Also, James Lee Burke's description of Louisiana made me long for a past filled with roots that deep. The last line or two in the epilogue sums that up best. Regarding the reader, Will Patton, he's the best I've ever heard. I will be listening to other books by him.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 08-15-06
    Dennis Washington, DC, United States 08-15-06 Member Since 2008

    I was a high school history teacher and a physician assistant-retired.

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    "Pegasus Rising"

    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.

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    David Lexington, SC, USA 08-03-06
    David Lexington, SC, USA 08-03-06
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    "Burke's Best"

    Undeniably the best thing he has done. Cannot put it down! 6 stars!!!

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    nancy campione 09-12-08 Member Since 2016
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    "An OK, but ODD "detective" piece"

    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.

    3 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08
    Candace Tracy, CA, United States 12-08-08 Member Since 2012

    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!

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    "Big Fan"

    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!

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Oliver 11-04-08
    Oliver 11-04-08 Member Since 2010
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    "Pretty good"

    Good listen, follows the same lines as the other books in its series. Easy to follow.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 09-19-08
    Wrenn H. Nicodemo Chapel Hill, NC USA 09-19-08 Member Since 2008
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    "One of my favorites"

    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.

    1 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    mark novato, CA, United States 02-09-12
    mark novato, CA, United States 02-09-12
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    "ruined by epiloge diatribe"
    Would you try another book from James Lee Burke and/or Will Patton?

    i will never listen to another book by JLB, as much as i have enjoyed them


    What does Will Patton bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    great sense of feeling about characters and setting


    Any additional comments?

    the bs comments,(uncalled for) about Catrina, make me seeth, and i will never buy a book by this author again

    1 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 11-16-11
    Leigh Cedar Park, TX, United States 11-16-11
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    "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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