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Publisher's Summary

Dave Robicheaux left his drinking days behind him many years ago, but he still feels guilt over a tragic event he wasn't sober enough to prevent. Dallas Klein, a gambling addict and bar buddy of Dave's when Dave was posted to Miami PD, was killed in an armed robbery he'd been forced to engineer.

Two decades later, several incidents in Dave's life in Iberia Parish link to those involved. First he meets Dallas' daughter, Trish, who keeps odd company and is blackballed by the local casinos.

Then the supposed suicide of a young girl appears to be connected to the man Dallas owed money to back in the Miami days. Dave's inability to let things alone gets him involved with two very powerful criminals, both wanting to protect their sons from the trouble they court, and both with the attitude of the privileged and white.

When a young black drug dealer gets on the wrong side of the boys, tensions run high and there are more needless deaths - causing Dave to come to blows with the FBI, the DA's office and a thug who has little regard for any life but his own.

©2006 James Lee Burke; (P)2006 Simon & Schuster Audio

Critic Reviews

"With peerless naturalistic descriptions and lush, metaphysical imagery, Burke creates another challenging morality play for his flawed, everyman hero." (Publishers Weekly)

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  • B Higson
  • 10-12-14

Gritty insight into life in southern USA

What did you like best about this story?

its was a good story and it was very insightful into what it might be like to be black in american in the southern states - it felt truthful . It was pacy and pretty grusesome

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

oh wow what a voice!

Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

no but it was moving and gripping

Any additional comments?

it was just the sort of book that makes a good audible book - great voice, good plot and works the imagination

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  • D. Oxford
  • 06-07-16

Interlocking and overlapping.

My favourite of the series, excepting Purple Cane Road only - still awaiting that one Audible. Missed 'Alafair' (?) but Tripod and Snugs had several walk-on parts. Totally engrossing but needs your full attention or you'll be forever rewinding. The limpid scenes and landscape, along with the inner dialogue, are as deftly handled as ever. Yes Audible - I thoroughly enjoyed this programme ;-))

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  • Blueguitar
  • 12-16-14

Cracking plot, brilliantly read.

Would you listen to Pegasus Descending again? Why?

No. Too many other books to read and listen to.

Who was your favorite character and why?

As always, Tripod - obviously the master mind behind it all.

Have you listened to any of Will Patton’s other performances? How does this one compare?

I have listened to several. I would not wish to rank them - all excellent.

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