Pegasus Descending

Version: Unabridged (Abridged version available here)
Author: James Lee Burke
Narrator: Will Patton
Genres: Detective Stories
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio
Published In: July 2006
# of Units: 11 CDs
Length: 12 hours
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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.

Reviews (5)


Written by Jeanne W. on April 6th, 2019

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Love the machinations of the dry alcoholic, the character development and the Louisiana settings, both small town and NOLA!

One of the Best

Written by Keith Murphy on December 18th, 2018

  • Book Rating: 5/5

An excellent and interesting storyline, although the ending was a little far fetched. Will Patton as always does an amazing job of in narrating this beautiful writing and distinct characters.

Written by Denise T on April 30th, 2017

  • Book Rating: 5/5

Excellent story! The melancholy of people trapped in their historical roles is palatable.

Pegasus Descending

Written by Amy Deshaies on April 1st, 2008

  • Book Rating: 5/5

This author's writing is haunting and melodic-and the narration is superb. I would recommend any of the Dave Robicheaux novels, especially if Will Patton is narrating. You can hear every emotion from each distinct character-the narration is so three dimensional. The story is gripping-you will not be disappointed.

Pegasus Descending

Written by Cynthia Johnson on August 8th, 2007

  • Book Rating: 5/5

If you are a Robicheaux fan, this is one of the better ones. Burke has his groove back with this one.

Author Details

Author Details

Burke, James Lee

James Lee Burke was born in Houston, Texas, in 1936 and grew up on the Texas-Louisiana gulf coast. He attended Southwestern Louisiana Institute and later received a B. A. Degree in English and an M. A. from the University of Missouri in 1958 and 1960 respectively. Over the years he worked as a landman for Sinclair Oil Company, pipeliner, land surveyor, newspaper reporter, college English professor, social worker on Skid Row in Los Angeles, clerk for the Louisiana Employment Service, and instructor in the U. S. Job Corps.

He and his wife Pearl met in graduate school and have been married 48 years, they have four children: Jim Jr., an assistant U.S. Attorney; Andree, a school psychologist; Pamala, a T. V. ad producer; and Alafair, a law professor and novelist who has 4 novels out with Henry Holt publishing.

Burke's work has been awarded an Edgar twice for Best Crime Novel of the Year. He has also been a recipient of a Breadloaf and Guggenheim Fellowship and an NEA grant. Two of his novels, Heaven's Prisoners and Two For Texas, have been made into motion pictures. His short stories have been published in The Atlantic Monthly, New Stories from the South, Best American Short Stories, Antioch Review, Southern Review, and The Kenyon Review. His novel The Lost Get-Back Boogie was rejected 111 times over a period of nine years, and upon publication by Louisiana State University press was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Today he and his wife live in Missoula, Montana, and New Iberia, Louisiana.