Pegasus Descending (Dave Robicheaux, #15)
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Pegasus Descending (Dave Robicheaux #15)

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WHEN A NICE YOUNG WOMAN named Trish Klein blows into Louisiana passing hundred-dollar bills in local casinos, Detective Dave Robicheaux senses a storm bearing down on his new life of contentment. Twenty-five years ago, lost in a drunken haze in Florida, Robicheaux was too far gone to save his friend and fellow ’Nam vet Dallas Klein, murdered in cold blood for gambling debt...more
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Published July 8th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2006)
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Mark
I have a love/hate relationship with James Lee Burke. I continue to buy his books and then let them sit in my to-read queue for a long time. Then, needing a break from other genres, I sigh, pick up his latest Dave Robicheaux novel, blow off the dust, and am enthralled.

His writing is beautiful and dark; his characters are tortured and prone to self destruction; his crimes are personal and realistic. And the resolution to the stories, like life, does not always give you what you expect.

So, why do...more
Kelsey Hanson
This story was very well written but it's the type that I don't typically like to read very often. This one is grittier than my usual fare and all the characters are the hardboiled, world weary type. This series can get depressing in long settings despite how well it is written. That being said this book featured many great characters and despite how intricately all of them are woven together I was always able to keep everyone and their motives straight which is impressive. There were a few good...more
David S.
My first and only James Burke novel before this one was: RAIN GODS. And, I remember it being very dark and dreary, quite like reading McCarthy. However, Burke seems to give the reader some sort of redemption in his endings. And, this is what I most remember about that book.

PEGASUS DESCENDING is my first Robicheaux novel. And, holy crap, where the hell did this character come from. Full, three dimensional charismatic badass. This character is like a mixture of Vaschs' Burke, and Parker's Spenser....more
Maddy
PROTAGONIST: Dave Robicheaux
SETTING: New Orleans
SERIES: #15 of 15
RATING: 4.5

Dave Robicheaux has always been a man haunted by his past, and never more so than in PEGASUS DESCENDING. More than 20 years after the fact, he is still experiencing strong guilt about not preventing the murder of a good friend, Dallas Klein, who was mowed down by mob types. Dave witnessed the event, but was unable to do anything about it because he was completely drunk at the time. When Klein's daughter shows up almost...more
Ed
Nov 22, 2008 Ed rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who enjoys well-written stories
James Lee Burke is an American treasure. As the author of thrillers in different locations and times: Louisiana, Texas and Montana, he has the knack of making both the characters and the scenery come alive even if he's writing an historical novel.

His most well-known works are the Dave Robicheaux novels about a troubled but highly ethical Vietnam veteran, ex-alcoholic, ex New Orleans PD detective and survivor. "Pegasus Descending" continues Robicheaux's story with a great plot that takes the ent...more
Johnsergeant
I listened to the audiobook from Audible.com

Narrator: Will Patton
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio, 2006
Length: 12 hours

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 hund...more
Dave Riley
I thought this was one of the best Burke/Dave Robicheaux novels until I got to towards the end and it seemed almost as though Burke wanted to quickly wrap it up.

If you know the drill, each time Dave's on a case it pans out like a Shakespearean tragedy -- thrilling and dramatic with a cast of extraordinary characters. But in this one, some characters were inexplicably pushed to the margins as Burke dived deeper into plotting complexity.

But then reading Burke is a Zen like experience because it's...more
Valerie
I've concluded that detective fiction functions for me as a form of travel writing--whether the setting is Iceland or Southern Louisiana or Japan, what I enjoy are small the cultural wrappings around what is in every respect an incredibly predictable genre (including the cultural details). Burke's special contribution is his alusive range--references to Dante and Homer abound. And the man can pen a metaphor. My favorite: she had a voice "like a piano falling down a stairwell."
Emilie Richards
James Lee Burke is one of the most talented writers out there. His descriptions of Louisiana are so evocative I feel like I'm sitting on the bayou with Dave Robicheaux. These are dark books, sometimes frighteningly so, but I always come back to them and I'm always sorry when the story ends. I'm listening to this one on audio and the reader is so perfect, it adds a great deal to the prose.
Katy
This is the second James Lee Burke book that I have read. He is able to keep the reader hooked and interested. Dave Robicheaux and Clete Purcell are characters that you grow to love; even though the author shows you sides of them that compare to those who are the scum of the earth. I love the raw style of writing. I think will have to continue reading about Dave's adventures.
Francine
Ah, James Lee Burke, my favorite gritty crime novelist. His prose is so beautiful, and he writes about Louisiana... home to my wonderful New Orleans. This was another satisfying page-turner. I can count on JLB when I want something to grab my mind and take it away to someplace I wouldn't ordinarily go. He is very good with plot and the characters are very realistic.
Sean Cronin

Burke's books are consistently terrific. This one is tight, tense, a real mystery and has a multi-generational sins of the fathers element (which Burke does often).
I think any of Burke's books are worth reading. this one is particularly strong in the "who done it?" "what's gonna happen?" sense.
Highly recomended.
Ellen Ashe
I am working my way through ALL of the Dave Robicheaux mysteries/thrillers created by James Lee Burke. The author's poetic style and edgy characters has certainly captured my attention. A movie has been made from the book "In The Electric Mist"... who better to play the part of Dave Robicheaux than TOMMY LEE JONES!
Denis Kaufman
This is my first introduction to Detective Dave Robicheaux and New Iberia, LA. I really, really enjoyed James Lee Burke's writing, characters and plot development. Robicheaux and the inhabitants of New Iberia are coming to my kindle!
Akc
Listened to the audiobook. Read by Will Patton - outstanding performance, as usual. The man can read me the phone book I would be enthralled! Story was good - excellent twists and kept you on your toes.
Janet Deaver-pack
I love reading James Lee Burke every couple of years or so. His characters are so unique, and described in a fashion that is memorable and almost terse. Dave Robicheaux has taken a couple steps toward the darker side of life, but how he thinks about his cases and the people around him is one of his endearing character traits: although sometimes violent when he can't think of how else to end the situation, he is a true knight in a modern setting. Not only that, he really tries to look for someone...more
J.D. Kerrigan
I first heard Burke's writing on an audio version while driving to south Florida. I was so captivated by Will Patton's reading of Sunset Limited that when I returned home I went to the library and read two more of Burke's novels.

Since then, I have either borrowed or bought all of the Robicheaux series. I have also read some of the Hackberry and Billy Bob Holland books, but I didn’t enjoy them as much. The setting of the Robicheaux stories—Louisiana and the surrounding bayous—enhances the dark a...more
Donna
I began reading Burke's work a little over a year ago. Most of what I read these days is provided to me free from either the First Reads program on this site, or by another. That's not the case here. I ordered this book and a few more that follow it in the series, because I would rather pay to read Burke than to read even a really strong galley free.

Robicheaux, our protagonist, has aged right along with the writer. He is 70 in this novel, which was written in 2006. I hope Robicheaux never retire...more
Joe White
The author has a very good command of the English language and provides scene settings in vivid adjectives. His characters are free to use terms that might have you checking your dictionary.

This book, had a cast of characters with alcohol, drug, and other psychological problems so great that I almost stopped reading after approximately 100 pages. At that point I couldn't get interested in the characters and the plot itself seemed to be disjointed to the point that it might not ever get to a cohe...more
Michael
Two books. That's what I give an author to win me over. Books are expensive. My time is somewhat valuable. I want to read a book that not simply entertains me but educates, informs, and tells a story.

"Pegasus Descending" was the second chance for JLB. Now, I get the pleasure of picking out No. 3.

Yes, JLB made it past his probationary period for me. His characters are rich, having depth, uniqueness, and quirks. The environment is robust; one can almost feel the Louisiana heat, dampness, the odor...more
Elyse
This series really reminded me of Dennis Lehane's Kenzie and Gennarro series (Gone, Baby, Gone, etc.). The difference is that I would give all of Dennis Lehane's books five stars, and was extremely saddened when he ended the series, and I was anxiously counting down how many pages I had left in this Pegasus Descending book. Apparently it's a book in a series about the main character, Dave, but I'll be darned if I'm going to read another one of James Burke's books. Ever.
This book was nearly 500...more
Craig Werner
The two stars is entirely a function of having listened to it on an abridged audiobook. I only listen to audiobooks when I'm driving cross country and I practically never go near abridgments. This reminds me why. First, the reading, by Will Patton, is actually good. He does a nice job with the range of southern Louisiana voices and I have no complaints. The abridgment on the other hand....

I've read a couple of Burke novels before and really liked his main character, Dave Robichaux, and the milie...more
Christy
Years ago, Dave Robicheaux witnessed a good friend’s brutal death during a bank robbery at a time when Robicheaux was too drunk to intervene or help. This memory has followed him through sobriety and into his job as a detective with the Iberia Parish Sheriff’s Department. Robicheaux is unsettled when Trish Klein, his dead friend’s daughter, shows up in his hometown, even more so that the men he thinks responsible for his friend’s death are now living there. Robicheaux suspects Trish has vengeanc...more
Connie
PEGASUS DESCENDING by James Lee Burke is 487 pages in paperback. This is #15 in The Dave Robicheaux series.

Brief Description:

When a nice young woman named Trish Klein blows into Louisiana passing hundred- dollar bills in local casinos, detective Dave Robicheaux senses a storm bearing down on his new life of contentment.... Twenty-five years ago, lost in a drunken haze in Florida, Robicheaux was too far gone to save his friend and fellow 'Nam vet Dallas Klein, murdered in cold blood for gambling...more
Martin
Yeah, i'm a fan of the man from the bayou, and while this sufficed as a page turner, i was a little disappointed with how quickly everything wrapped up at the end. or rather, how it didn't wrap up. felt like there was one of those "and everyone comes together in one room in the final ten pages and we sort it out" things. which is always unsatisfying. sure, i get that sometimes an author will want to play with structure. and sure, sometimes those experiments don't work out. this would be one of t...more
Michael
Dave Robicheaux is working on three cases that he believes are somehow connected. The first, the death of a young co-ed who is an apparent suicide but Dave feels that the facts don't add up. He is also investigating the death of a homeless black man found in a coulee by the roadside. He might be a hit and run victim. Not many people would care about the loss of a vagrant but to Dave, it's a matter of justice.

As these cases are underway, Dave is asked to check a young woman passing bills at the c...more
Lbaker
I like Dave Robicheaux and adore the characters that are part of his life, expecially ex-NOPD detective Clete Purcel, the noble and flawed best friend of Dave, who calls himself and Dave the Bobbsey twins of homicide. The loyal and very sarcastic boss of homicide, Helen Soileau is wonderful. James Lee Burke's descriptions of characters, minor and major is vivid, I find myself reading parts of the book aloud to my husband, although he will be reading it as soon as I am done, but I can't help myse...more
Scott
Pegasus Descending is a continuation of the Dave Robicheaux novels, and there-in lies the trouble.

Burke is best at descriptive flights, and the word-smithing he puts into describing Louisiana. He is second best at describing the culture and the complex relationships of the old, deep South, particularly this French flavored South. He has less luck with plot - his protagonist seems must less clued in than most law enforcement people should be, and the surprises in the book seem to be as large a ju...more
Monica Rodriguez
Unlike many of his other novels, I read Pegasus Descending, rather than listening to the audiobook. Reading James Lee Burke is different than listening to the audiobook. The chosen narrators have really captured the character of Dave Robicheaux. I have those voices in my head now when I read a Robicheaux novel. It works.

A few general observations that struck me about JL Burke's stories: Nothing is ever as it seems. Even the gambler with a vendetta has a twist of her own. Burke doesn't do cardboa...more
Don
This is, I think, the 15th book in this series. I find that most genre series start to run out of steam after 4 or 5 books. Burke's Dave Robicheaux series has held up far better and far longer than most.

However, this is not one of the stronger titles in the series. In the first place, there are just too many bad guys/guilty parties floating around in the story, which dilutes the evil which is Burke's stock in trade. Second (and probably as a result of the first), the ending is disappointing; it...more
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James Lee Burke is an American author best known for his mysteries, particularly the Dave Robicheaux series. He has twice received the Edgar Award for Best Novel, for Black Cherry Blues in 1990 and Cimarron Rose in 1998.

Burke was born in Houston, Texas, but grew up on the Texas-Louisiana Gulf Coast. He attended the University of Louisiana at Lafayette and the University of Missouri, receiving a...more
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