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Pegasus Descending by James Lee Burke
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Mar 07, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: collectible, historical, mystery, new-york-times-best-seller, own-it, police-procedural, read-in-2010, reviewed, series, signed-edition
Read from March 20 to 25, 2010

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 casino. The money has the coloring mark that would show if it was stolen. This woman is the daughter of an old friend of Dave's who was killed in an armored car robery many years ago.

The other case has racial elements. It involves a young man who sold drugs and two college students. When one of the students was killed, the overambitious prosecuting attorney makes the drug dealer his primary suspect. However, Dave thinks the man is being set up and the student killed may have had information about the hit and run incident. Perhaps he was killed to prevent his going to the authorities with this information.

James Lee Burke is a master and the reader is glued to the action as Dave tries to sort these misdeeds out. All of this is happening as New Orleans is on the verge of hurricane Katrina the the devistation that storm created in the area.

Dave Robicheaux, with his sense of justice, his faith, and his unstable temper is one of the great characters in literature. Together with his loyal but flawed side-kick Clete Purcel, these two characters leave an imprint that is unequalled.
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