Pegasus Descending

Pegasus Descending

A Dave Robicheaux Novel

Book - 2006
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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.InPegasus 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.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2006
ISBN: 9780743277723
9781416513452
1416513450
0743277724
Branch Call Number: F BUR NVD
Alternative Title: Pegasus descending

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lukasevansherman
Oct 06, 2015

I'm not sure how many books in the Dave Robicheaux series I've read, but there are a lot. If you like one, you'll probably like them all. "Pegasus Descending" is from 2006 and is set, as most of them are, in New Orleans. What separates Burke from other crime writers is that his stories are not just great thrillers, but have a very deep sense of evil, injustice, and the flaws of humanity. Along with James Ellroy, I think he's the greatest living crime writer.

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bahdabingh
Aug 05, 2006

Burke's best Robicheaux novel in many years....highly recommended!

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