Pegasus Descending

Pegasus Descending

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Dave Robicheaux left his drinking days behind him many years ago, but he still feels guilt over a tragic event he wasn't sober enough to prevent. Dallas Klein, a gambling addict and bar buddy of Dave's when Dave was posted to Miami PD, was killed in an armed robbery he'd been forced to engineer. Two decades later, several incidents in Dave's life in Iberia Parish link to those involved. First he meets Dallas' daughter, Trish, who keeps odd company and is blackballed by the local casinos. Then the supposed suicide of a young girl appears to be connected to the man Dallas owed money to back in the Miami days. Dave's inability to let things alone gets him involved with two very powerful criminals, both wanting to protect their sons from the trouble they court, and both with the attitude of the privileged and white. When a young black drug dealer gets on the wrong side of the boys, tensions run high and there are more needless deaths - causing Dave to come to blows with the FBI, the DA's office and a thug who has little regard for any life but his more

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  • Hardback | 384 pages
  • 162 x 240 x 35mm | 667g
  • Orion Publishing Co
  • Orion (an Imprint of The Orion Publishing Group Ltd )
  • London, United Kingdom
  • 0752874780
  • 9780752874784
  • 1,371,521

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Never before has Burke assembled such a Dickensian array of characters ... each one is sketched visually and linguistically with captivating vividness, and as an ensemble they provide an elite-to-underclass panorama of a state Purcel describes as 'a fresh-air mental asylum.' -- John Dugdale * THE SUNDAY TIMES * Burke is a cracking storyteller and a wonderful writer whose limpid prose evokes the lushness and mysteriousness of the steamy bayous, where danger and decay lurk just beneath the seemingly placid surfaces, and the darkness and violence in the souls of some of Louisiana's human inhabitants is treated masterfully. After 12 outings, Dave Robicheaux's ongoing struggle with his personal demons remains remarkably fresh and interesting. Don't miss this one. -- Myles McWeeney * IRISH INDEPENDENT * the 15th of James Lee Burke's David Robicheaux novels, and one of the best - and that is saying something. Burke is the most poetic and lyrical of today's American crime writers; ... In other hands, Pegasus Descending would be merely a gritty noir novel featuring a tough tormented cop. But Burke turns it into an elegaic, almost mystical tale of human frailty, redemption , vengence and loyalty. -- Marcel Berlins * THE TIMES * Quite superb. -- Matthew Lewin * THE GUARDIAN * When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. -- Barry Forshaw * DAILY EXPRESS * Penned by multi-award-winning Burke, this is noir mystery writing at its best. ... With a compulsive plot woven in Burke's seductive, elegiac style, this is a stylishly dark tale of redemption. * PSYCHOLOGIES magazine * Pegasus Descending is a major work by a major writer, and to tell you the truth I'd read a shopping list he wrote and count myself lucky. The book ends with Hurricane Katrina, and I can't wait for him to write about New Orleans post-apocalypse. -- Mark Timlin * INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY * When it comes to literate, pungently characterised American crime writing, James Lee Burke has few peers. * Daily Express * One of the finest American writers. * Guardian * His lyrical prose, his deep understanding of what makes people behave as they do, and his control of plot and pace are masterly. * Sunday Telegraph * The king of Southern noir. * Daily Mirror * There are not many crime writers about whom one might invoke the name of Zola for comparison, but Burke is very much in that territory. His stamping ground is the Gulf coast, and one of the great strengths of his work has always been the atmospheric background of New Orleans and the bayous. His big, baggy novels are always about much more than the mechanics of the detective plot; his real subject, like the French master, is the human condition, seen in every situation of society. * Independent * The gentle giant of US crime writers, Burke always ensures that his Louisiana detective Dave Robicheaux grapples with hot topics as much as with his own inner demons. * i newspaper * Richly deserves to be described now as one of the finest crime writers America has ever produced. * Daily Mail * A gorgeous prose stylist. * Stephen King * James Lee Burke is the heavyweight champ, a great American novelist whose work, taken individually or as a whole, is unsurpassed. * Michael Connelly *show more

About James Lee Burke

James Lee Burke is the author of many previous novels, several featuring Detective Dave Robicheaux. He won the EDGAR AWARD in 1998 for CIMARRON ROSE, while BLACK CHERRY BLUES won the EDGAR in 1990 and SUNSET LIMITED was awarded the CWA GOLD DAGGER in 1998. He lives with his wife, Pearl, in Missoula, Montana and New Iberia, more

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