Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke
A Dave Robicheaux Novel (Dave Robicheaux Mysteries)

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Detective Dave Robicheaux is facing the most painful and dangerous case of his career. A troubled young woman breezes into his hometown of New Iberia, Louisiana. She happens to be the daughter of Robicheaux's onetime best friend -- a friend he witnessed gunned down in a bank robbery, a tragedy that forever changed Robicheaux's life.

In Pegasus Descending, James Lee Burke again 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.

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 how does her behavior relate to the apparent suicide of another "good" girl, an ace student named Yvonne Darbonne, who apparently participated in a college frat orgy before her death?

Can Robicheaux make his peace with the demons that have haunted him since his friend's murder so many years ago? Can he figure out how a local mobster fits into all the schemes and deaths? Can Robicheaux's life be whole again when it has been shattered by so much tragedy?

Once again, Burke proves why he is the virtual poet laureate of southern Louisiana, and why his novels, especially those featuring Dave Robicheaux, stand as brilliant literature and entertainment for our time.

About James Lee Burke

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James Lee Burke, a rare winner of two Edgar Awards, and named Grand Master by the Mystery Writers of America, is the author of thirty-one previous novels and two collections of short stories, including such New York Times bestsellers as The Glass Rainbow, Swan Peak, The Tin Roof Blowdown, Last Car to Elysian Fields, and Rain Gods. He lives in Missoula, Montana.
Published July 18, 2006 by Simon & Schuster. 512 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction

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Drawing on classical antecedents, bestseller Burke peoples his 15th Dave Robicheaux novel (after 2004's Crusader's Cross ) with his usual assortment of near mythic characters, demonstrating how our everyday lives are beset with age-old, universal dilemmas.

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Father Jimmie Dolan closes his part in James Lee Burke’s Last Car to Elysian Fields by confronting Detective Dave Robicheaux on his moral blind spots, comparing him with the detective’s tortured and obsessed antagonist in the story, the Irish assassin Max Coll: “Don’t deceive yourself.

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Book Reporter

Dave Robicheaux, an aging deputy with the New Iberia, Louisiana sheriff's department, is drawn into investigating the apparent suicide of a lovely young coed.

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Entertainment Weekly

In Pegasus Descending, his 15th book starring detective Dave Robicheaux, James Lee Burke continues to write lushly about southern Louisiana.

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Reviewing the Evidence

Dave Robicheaux has always been a man haunted by his past, and never more so than in PEGASUS DESCENDING.

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