Natchez Burning (Penn Cage, Book 4) Hardcover – 13 Mar 2014
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Praise for NATCHEZ BURNING:
“The thriller of the year, of the decade even … The first of a projected trilogy, Natchez Burning is Penn Cage’s fourth outing. But you don’t need to read its predecessors to be wholly consumed by this wonderful book. Buy, read, and marvel’ The Times
‘Terrific, engrossing’ Sunday Times
‘A tale that is both riveting in detail and amazing in its sheer scope’ Sun
‘Exciting, moving and inspirational’ Metro
‘Often seen as a John Grisham imitator, Iles clearly outperforms the master of the Deep South thriller in this angry yet engrossing novel’ Sunday Times
‘Extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down …This is an amazing work of popular fiction’ STEPHEN KING
‘I don't know how Iles did it, but every single one of the 700+ pages of NATCHEZ BURNING is a cliffhanger that will keep you devouring just one more chapter before you put it down to eat, work, or go to bed. A mystery rooted in the real-life racial divides of the Deep South, this ambitious, unique novel is the perfect marriage of a history lesson and a thriller. Greg? You owe me some sleep!’ JODI PICOULT
‘Natchez Burning is just flat-out terrific, written with all the fire of its title. With its scope and passion and its themes about race, violence, tradition, and the eternal smouldering anger of the South, it brings to mind Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner, even while its cagey plot and restless energy keeps you flying through the pages. Greg Iles is back and truly better than ever’ SCOTT TUROW
Praise for previous Greg Iles novels:
‘A scorching read’ John Grisham
‘A rarity. A thriller that really thrills’ Stephen King
‘An incredible web of intrigue and suspense’ Clive Cussler
‘My favourite kind of novel … Ambitious in its scope and superbly satisfying in its execution’ Dan Brown
‘Iles is a great thriller writer’ Independent
From the Back Cover
#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years--Natchez Burning--the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.
Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.
The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past--into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. With the aid of a local friend and reporter privy to some of Natchez's oldest and deadliest secrets, Penn follows a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one--black or white, young or old, brave or not--is ever truly safe.
With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves . . . and see justice done, once and for all.
Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title. See all Product description
Top customer reviews
The first of a trilogy dealing with Cage's father, a much loved local doctor accused of murdering his long services nurse.
It is not as Simone as that as this is tied up with racism, black emancipation and the history of the Klu Klux Klan.
This is the first of a trilogy that moves backwards and forwards over a near 40 year period and mixes fact and fiction.
I won't add spoilers but this book is spellbinding and introduces a series of larger than life characters, both good and evil as the tension is racked up to breaking point.
This is an incredible read that does demand some hard work on the part of the reader to remember exactly who is who but it is well worthwhile.
Once you have finished this brilliant book you can then rejoice in the fact that there are two more books in the trilogy for you to devour - and believe me, you will want to do so.
The book has its problems (length/repetition) but I think it wouldn't have been the same kind of story if it had been tightened up. My main issue was Penn Cage- I found him to be rather annoying. Thankfully, the other characters more than make up for him.
The historical background was fascinating but also caused me some problems. My assumption is that most Americans are taught about the period at school (?), the same way the English learn about the World Wars, Suffragette movement, Gunpowder plot etc- one of those historically and culturally significant times that is taught or referenced repeatedly. It became clear to me very quickly that I know pretty much nothing about America in the 50s/60s. I'm aware of the broad generalisations- segregation, the Civil Rights Movement, KKK, and the death of Martin Luther King. I think the story would have meant more to me if i'd had a better understanding of the background. Still, it has ensured that I will look into the subject. It's something I feel I should know more about.
I'm looking forward to reading the sequel, especially since I won it in a Goodreads competition!
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