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3.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 53.79 out of 5 3.79 (38 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743564618
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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 of 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. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “Steeped in complex personality studies, lyrical prose, and richly drawn depictions of Burke’s beloved bayou country.” 

    New York Times

  • “Burke continues to write lushly about southern Louisiana…Burke’s beautifully constructed American setting manages to remain as foreign as the farthest tropical villages.” 

    Entertainment Weekly

  • “Burke is the most poetic and lyrical of today’s American crime writers…In other hands, Pegasus Descending would be merely a gritty noir novel featuring a tough tormented cop. But Burke turns it into an elegiac, almost mystical tale of human frailty, redemption, vengeance, and loyalty.” 

    Times (London)

  • “James Lee Burke has carved out a territory that is very much his own. While the plotting of his novels is as adroit as one could wish, Burke is one of the latter-day descendants of Raymond Chandler who has learned a very important message from the Master: it’s character and atmosphere that counts most in sprawling American narratives like this, and in this area, Burke is nonpareil among current practitioners.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Michael McLean | 2/16/2014

    " I am blazing through Burke's canon and almost frightened to think of what I'll do when I finish. Robicheaux feels like an old friend by now and Cletus Purcell becomes a deeper and more interesting character with each novel. Good to know there is a new one coming out this month! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 E Dean | 2/14/2014

    " Had to struggle to get through this one. Will save and pick up to read again later. Not sure if it was me or Burke, probably me. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 2/6/2014

    " Typical of the series. Characters are ageing. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Bruce McAllister | 2/5/2014

    " Have all of Burke's Robicheaux series and they;re all 5-stars. Probably the finest writer of noir fiction in the country, and certainly one of the best writers in America period. One of the founders of the "literary mystery" genre in America. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kay | 1/28/2014

    " A typical Dave book- full of mystery, violence, and his kick ass attitude. And we can't overlook his sidekick Clete whom is just as bad- if not worse!!! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shruts | 1/25/2014

    " I admit, I am a James Lee Burke junkie. I can't get enough. This 2006 release of the Dave Robicheaux, Coon-Ass Detective series is right on target- the moody settings, the grisly underbelly of Louisana culture, Dave's ongoing struggles with his inner demons- need I say more? Mais yeah, mon ami (my broken Cajun), get this book and read on "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Andrea | 1/15/2014

    " as usual, amazing descriptions of the Louisiana bayou country and its people and the wise, yet flawed protagonist make this Dave Robicheaux mystery intriging. I've decided to read most of them again, or listen to the soft,southern twang on audio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 1/11/2014

    " I really enjoyed how Burke can paint a very clear, sometimes, odd or off, picture of the area you are entering in the book, or how the people are looking or acting with 3 words or short descriptions. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick | 11/20/2013

    " Maybe even 4.5 stars. Another good Dave Robicheaux story. Recommended. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Anatolia | 11/8/2013

    " His style has definitely shifted from his earlier work, but I still thoroughly enjoy his characters. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lbd | 10/29/2013

    " I wasn't overly impressed with this book. The characters were okay, and it would probably help if I had read earlier books with the main character. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Luke | 8/17/2013

    " Another great book by Burke. This one takes place leading up to Katrina. Although it is about New Orleans (with flashbacks to South Florida in the 70s), it was an enjoyable read while vacationing in North Dakota. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dave | 6/21/2013

    " Tense with lots of complications, this Dave Robicheaux novel leaves you guessing until the end and leaves you with the cliffhanger of what happens next to Clete. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Arvetta | 4/25/2013

    " This is the second book by James Lee Burke. his style of writing makes me go back, to reread a sentence or two I feel connected to the wisdom he put in this book and his no hold back way of writing. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Bruce | 4/13/2013

    " Latest in a long series. A little more pathos and ethos than I'm used to, but otherwise vintage JLB. As Pop Pop used to say, "those that like it speak highly of it." "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 3/8/2013

    " Pretty good. This is the 4th book in the series I have tried. Two I liked and two disappointed due to rediculous endings. The language and plots are so violent I don't think I will try anymore for a while. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T Phillips | 1/13/2013

    " I found this book really hard going until the last 60 page. Will probably give the author a miss from now on. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 12/26/2012

    " Listening to Will Patton read Burke's amazing prose brings me back to the Burke novels over and over again. This time, the story is unusually dark and I found the ending unsatisfying but it's worth a listen just to hear Patton spin his magic. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 4/26/2012

    " This is the first book I've read by Burke, though my husband has read every single one. It's much grittier than I like, but it's so well done that I couldn't put it down just because of blood and guts. A great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Boni | 8/30/2011

    " Enjoy this series and listened to most while travelig to Mexico "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ed Dodson | 5/15/2011

    " 14th Dave Robicheau novel I have read. Just can't get enought of that criminal insanity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Janet | 4/6/2011

    " Very good read - you can feel the heat and see the conflict in this southern story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mike | 4/1/2011

    " He's my favorite author. Read a Burke book and your in a dark theater by yourself surrounded and engulfed by his images. I've read them all but can only do so once every 3-4 months because in the end they are their message about the human condition is not hopeful. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Elizabeth | 3/31/2011

    " The audio book begins with a version of the song Jolie Blon'. The date of reading/listening is approximate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laurie | 2/25/2011

    " This book has a good story line but I didn't care for Louisiana slang that invades the entire book. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Brad | 1/13/2011

    " For James Lee Burke and the Dave Robicheaux novels, it gets no better than this. The eerie tone of the book is unrelenting, and the antagonist, Legion Guidry, is one that will stick with you forever. You'll never forget him... or the final scene. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nike | 1/9/2011

    " Haunting, delving into human frailty, sexual excess, the supernatural, violence, madness, and the existence of pure evil incarnate. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 12/30/2010

    " An early Burke, with great atmospheric details. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Patty | 12/21/2010

    " One of my favorite authors. The violence is authentic to the characters. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Chris | 12/20/2010

    " Love this author. I always add new words to my vocabulary because of his work. Really like the settings in NO and Lousiana "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Greg | 11/6/2010

    " Real good story line, got slow a few times, but still found it interesting. I will have to read another one of his books to see if I really like him or not. Worth the read! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marvin | 10/25/2010

    " Repetitious but a lot of fun, with interesting characters.

    Legion is one of those guys you love to hate!!! I couldn't wait to see how he got his! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 8/12/2010

    " Another good one in the series. Not quite as satisfying. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Susanna | 6/26/2010

    " The second to last chapter was awesome. But then the last chapter just fell apart. Regardless, this was a great read. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathleen | 6/17/2010

    " This was my second time reading this book and I loved it even more. Burke may be one of the best writers in America and this may be one of his best books. Dark, gothic and fascinating with a cast of characters impossible to imagine and yet entirely believable. Brilliant book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bill | 6/14/2010

    " James Lee Burke is a wonderful writer who obviously loves his Louisiana. The story almost takes 2nd place to his wonderful description of people and environment. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Irene | 5/18/2010

    " I learned a lot about Louisiana. Toward the end I had to finish it. I like the author's vocabulary and writing style. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marianne | 5/7/2010

    " Kind of a weird book for this author that I really like. His descriptions of southern LA are beautifully written. The people are veerrry strange. "

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About the Author
Author James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of more than thirty novels and two collections of short stories, including the New York Times bestsellers Creole Belle, Dixie City Jam, The Glass Rainbow, Rain Gods, Pegasus Descending, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Feast Day of Fools, and more.. His novel The Lost-Get Back Boogie was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize, and two of his books, Heaven’s Prisoners and Two for Texas, have been made into motion pictures.

About the Narrator

Will Patton is an award–winning actor who has narrated audiobooks by such authors as Charles Frazier, Larry McMurtry, Don DeLillo, and Ernest Hemingway. He has won thirty-two AudioFile Earphones Award for his narrations. His numerous film credits include Remember the Titans, The Punisher, The Mothman Prophesies, Armageddon, and The Spitfire Grill. He starred in the TNT miniseries Into the West and on the CBS series The Agency and won Obie Awards in the theater for his performances in Fool for Love and What Did He See.