#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 Viola 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 deadliest secrets, Penn follows
a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to a shocking truth
that will forever alter his perception of both his father and
With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must
decide how far he will go to protect those he loves . . . and judge
whether justice is worth the cost.
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 ever written.