With his gift for crafting "a keep-you engaged-
to-the-very-last-page thriller" (USA Today
) at full
throttle, Greg Iles brings back the unforgettable Penn Cage in this
electrifying suspense masterpiece.
A new day has dawned . . . but the darkest evils live
forever in the murky depths of a Southern town.
Penn Cage was elected mayor of Natchez, Mississippi-the hometown
he returned to after the death of his wife-on a tide of support for
change. Two years into his term, casino gambling has proved a sure
bet for bringing new jobs and fresh money to this fading jewel of
the Old South. But deep inside the Magnolia Queen, a
fantastical repurposed steamboat, a depraved hidden world draws
high-stakes players with money to burn on their unquenchable taste
for blood sport and the dark vices that go with it. When an old
high school friend hands him blood-chilling evidence, Penn alone
must beat the odds tracking a sophisticated killer who counters his
every move, placing those nearest to him-including his young
daughter, his renowned physician father, and a lover from the
past-in grave danger, and all at the risk of jeopardizing forever
the town he loves.