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4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 4.00 (2,655 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: James Lee Burke Narrator: Will Patton Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Dave Robicheaux Series Release Date: July 2006 ISBN: 9780743564625
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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.

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  • “With peerless naturalistic descriptions and lush, metaphysical imagery, Burke creates another challenging morality play for his flawed, everyman hero.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • “No serious reader of hard-boiled fiction should ever miss a moment of Dave Robicheaux in action.” 

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  • A New York Times Bestseller

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  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn Bullock | 2/19/2014

    " After reading 3 James Lee Burke books, I am thoroughly hooked. His criminals almost are not to be believed, and yet... Burke's writing borders on the profound "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lindsay Luke | 1/23/2014

    " 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 Janice | 1/21/2014

    " I love anything written by James Lee Burke, especially Dave Robicheaux novels. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Patrick | 1/18/2014

    " Another fine book by James Lee Burke. No lighthearted fun, here, but the power of the descriptions, the pain of the characters, and the cutting social commentary had me going the whole time. All the way through, I liked this one as well as "Crusader's Cross", though the ending wasn't quite so tremendous, instead drawing a direct line to the next sequential book, "Tin Roof Blowdown". Still, a great book. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Bob | 1/15/2014

    " The formula is present in all of his books, but when he is at his best, he adds a real sense of desperation and place. Also, the literary flair that is present in most of his books has been absent in the last few. I can see why he started writing about other characters around this time. He seems bored, and so are we. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Maynard Lewis | 1/10/2014

    " If a better writer and story-teller that James Lee Burke exists within this genre, I have not discovered him or her. Another great tale of greed and murder featuring Dave Robicheaux. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 1/6/2014

    " Another good read about a amazing character "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jo | 1/4/2014

    " I like JLB's writing. I like the flow of his prose, his vivid descriptions and his flawed and human characters.I did feel he wrapped things up a little too quickly towards the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kylie | 1/4/2014

    " I've always liked James Lee Burke but this might be my favorite. He brings New Iberia, Louisiana so vividly to life. Burke is a master of creating atmosphere, and his characters are all interesting, especially Dave Robicheaux. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Annie Michelle | 12/29/2013

    " My favorite male author. this is my man...he takes me back where i used to live "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/24/2013

    " Suspenseful case for Dave Robicheaux involving the daughter of an old friend who was murdered, new skuzzy characters who don't hesitate to kill or maim and an old PI who can't stop getting involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dan | 12/21/2013

    " trite. someone watched too many 40s crime dramas "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lori | 12/15/2013

    " 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 Joe | 11/28/2013

    " Fantastic 15th novel in the Dave Robiceaux series, this time revolves around Dave investigating the apparent suicide of a local young girl. Another fantastic intricate plot and once again beautifully written. Thoroughly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Annie | 11/18/2013

    " 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 Bruce | 8/1/2013

    " 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 Tom Buske | 7/12/2013

    " Burke always creates an intelligent plot with good dialogue. His characters are highly believable and everything I have ever read by him is excellent light reading. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 T Phillips | 6/10/2013

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

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 1/19/2013

    " Another Robicheau classic. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 9/1/2012

    " Typical of the series. Characters are ageing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 8/28/2012

    " 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cammie | 8/19/2012

    " James Lee Burke is one of best writers of our times. He is one of the few writers whose books I will purchase in hard cover because I can't wait for the paperback version to come out. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Rick Roemer | 7/23/2012

    " Another great Robicheaux novel filled with rough and deplorable characters. Dave and Clete are business as usual and the story keeps you guessing to the very end. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linny | 5/16/2012

    " More good Burke, death after death though. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeff Dickison | 4/4/2012

    " Burke is just a phenomenal writer. I know of no one better at describing or eliciting a mood. No one is able to write action scenes as well as Burke. His heroes are shown, warts and all, as real people. Highly recommended! "

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    " Best DR book in a long time (but they're all worth reading). "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Malia | 11/20/2011

    " I don "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Linda | 10/3/2011

    " 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. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 6/13/2011

    " A quick and entertaining (or distracting when sick) read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mook | 5/14/2011

    " 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 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. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Syra | 3/16/2011

    " I guess because I am a James Lee Burke fan (for last 20 years or so) I rate all his books high. But this one was better than a few of his last ones. A lot of things have changed for Dave R. and his buddy had a real hard time in this one. But I loved it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Denise | 3/5/2011

    " A quick and entertaining (or distracting when sick) read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ruth | 2/22/2011

    " Early discs, maybe on the 2nd, still setting up story. Burke spends a great deal of time with descriptions. He wants the reader to visualize the scenes, very colorful.

    Putting this on hold while I listen to Eudora Welty's Delta Wedding. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 1/21/2011

    " Great story. I actually was impressed with this book as opposed to the first one I read by Mr. Burke. I enjoyed his use of simile. He had some great expressions. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Ross | 12/26/2010

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 M | 12/3/2010

    " Very enjoyable. Burke is very consistent. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 John | 11/19/2010

    " Have enjoyed his books for many years now and always await his next one. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Diana | 10/30/2010

    " Another good read about a amazing character "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mailmanr5 | 10/28/2010

    " Typical of the series. Characters are ageing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Valerie | 10/25/2010

    " Don't know how I missed this one! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Darla | 9/28/2010

    " Dave Robicheaux Novel, I really enjoy this series with "Streak" as the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe | 9/23/2010

    " Fantastic 15th novel in the Dave Robiceaux series, this time revolves around Dave investigating the apparent suicide of a local young girl. Another fantastic intricate plot and once again beautifully written. Thoroughly recommend. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 8/21/2010

    " Suspenseful case for Dave Robicheaux involving the daughter of an old friend who was murdered, new skuzzy characters who don't hesitate to kill or maim and an old PI who can't stop getting involved. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lynn | 7/19/2010

    " 3.5 Dave R. is my kind of guy. Even more venal and corrupt cast of characters than usual. "

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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.