The first thriller in the New York Times No.1 bestselling series featuring Penn Cage: a prosecutor in a corrupt system, a husband whose wife has died, and a father who must protect his daughter. 'An engrossing, page-turning ride' (Jeffery Deaver). Penn Cage is no stranger to death. As a Houston prosecutor he's sent sixteen men to death row - and ...
The first thriller in the New York Times No.1 bestselling series featuring Penn Cage: a prosecutor in a corrupt system, a husband whose wife has died, and a father who must protect his daughter. 'An engrossing, page-turning ride' (Jeffery Deaver). Penn Cage is no stranger to death. As a Houston prosecutor he's sent sixteen men to death row - and now he's lost his wife to cancer. Returning home to Natchez, Mississippi with his only daughter, Penn seeks a gentler life. No chance. After discovering that his father is being blackmailed over a long-forgotten homicide by the killer he never turned in, Penn is soon up to his neck in the town's murky undercurrents of passion, power and racial tension. This is a community with a dark past. A place where a thirty-year-old crime lies buried. A place where everyone plays the quiet game but Penn Cage cannot stay silent.
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Suspence until the very end. Throughly enjoyed it from the start to finish.
Nov 13, 2008
This author has a knack of keeping you up late at night.....you just cannot put this book away. Mr. Iles makes reading his books like watching a movie.
Sep 29, 2008
Greg Iles has done it again with what is both a novel of revenge, romance, intrigue, and courtroom drama.
I live in the south and found his views on Southerner's and the way they treated black people both long ago and still today extremely relevant. I loved the main character's viewpoint on why so many people think that black people have thrown away all opportunities 'handed' to them.
This book handles racism in an unbiased manner. There are good white & black guys as well as bad white & black guys in the book.
The story is based around a 30 year old murder of a black civil rights activist. Everyone assumes that it was racially based, which is also indicative of our racist views that still exist today.
At risk to himself and his family, Penn Cage, attorney and author, sets out to solve the murder. But, he has an agenda of his own.
Greg Iles could definitely give Grisham a run for his money.
Aug 14, 2008
Thriller with serious comments on our times...
Greg Iles as usual manages to keep the reader in suspense for more than two thirds of this book - no small feat for a book over 600 pages long. The book keeps your attention focused from start to finish and the characterizations are very well done.
I found the author's commentary on the state of our country's morals and his revelations about the drugs and sex among teenagers in a small town appalling, even though I live in a large metro area. Somehow many of us think that the threat to our moral fiber is restricted to heavily populated urban areas - this book tells us otherwise.
The moral of the story is demonstrates how a person can lose their moral compass for just one moment and devastate their lives and those of others forever.
Publishers Weekly, 1999-07-05 Although it takes place in Natchez, Miss., and is flavored with the violence and seamy undertones of a Southern Gothic, this fourth thriller by Iles (Spandau Phoenix) owes just as much to a familiar parallel universe where wealthy male lawyers double as tragic heroes, women are invariably smart and attractive, and trials are by definition "high profile." After his wife's death, Penn Cage, a former Houston prosecutor and a bestselling suspense novelist, retreats to his parents' home in Natchez with his grieving young daughter. The healing process is interrupted when Cage learns that someone is blackmailing his father, a saintly family doctor who once made a lethal mistake. In tracing the source of his father's moral dilemma, Cage stumbles upon a trail of lies surrounding the unsolved murder of a black man in 1968. He determines to reopen the case, even though his antebellum hometown is smoldering with racial tension. With the assistance of Caitlin Masters, the attractive, smart and ambitious publisher of the local newspaper, Cage gradually uncovers an intricate conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the FBI. Forced to confront powerful Judge Leo Marston, who nearly destroyed his father in pursuing an unrelated, unfounded malpractice accusation decades before, Cage must also face Marston's daughter, Livy, his old high school sweetheart, who tries to persuade Cage to let sleeping dogs lie. It is difficult at times to sympathize with Cage, who proselytizes about truth, justice and obligation, yet destroys evidence to protect his father and fails to properly shield his loved ones as he single-mindedly pursues the case. Still, this ably crafted, richly atmospheric legal thriller is engrossing, and readers will forgive Iles's protagonist a few shortcomings. Agent, Aaron Priest. Major ad/promo; 15-city author tour; British rights to Hodder Headline; audio rights to Recorded Books. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
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