A Review of Natchez Burning by Greg Iles

Natchez Burning: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)

Natchez Burning#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.

Book Details

Series: Penn Cage Novels (Book 4)
Hardcover: 800 pages
Publisher: William Morrow; First Edition edition (April 29, 2014)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0062311077
ISBN-13: 978-0062311078
Product Dimensions: 6 x 1.8 x 9 inches
Shipping Weight: 2.2 pounds

About the Author

14-05-21_greg-ilesGreg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany where his father ran the US Embassy medical clinic during the height of the Cold War. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983 he performed for several years with the rock band Frankly Scarlet and is currently member of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1993 and became a New York Times bestseller. Iles went on to write ten bestselling novels, including Third Degree, True Evil, Turning Angel, Blood Memory, The Footprints of God, and 24 Hours (released by Sony Pictures as Trapped, with full screenwriting credit for Iles). He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

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2 thoughts on “A Review of Natchez Burning by Greg Iles”

  1. I’m torn with this one – most of the reviews have been good, but the idea of 800 pages for just the first book in a trilogy is really off-putting to me. It’s on the TBR but I suspect it might be there for a long time…

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  2. It could have been a 400 page book, if he had just trimmed out some of the repeated tellings of the same event from different peoples perspective, and tightened it up a bit. If it was 400 pages per book, I might continue, but I took The Bone Tree off my TBR.

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