Mississippi Blood: A Novel by Greg IlesMississippi Blood: A Novel by Greg Iles

Mississippi Blood: A Novel

byGreg Iles

Paperback | March 21, 2017

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

The final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles

Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down; as long as it is, I wished it were longer. . . . This is an amazing work of popular fiction.”
   — Stephen King

“One of the longest, most successful sustained works of popular fiction in recent memory… Prepare to be surprised. Iles has always been an exceptional storyteller, and he has invested these volumes with an energy and sense of personal urgency that rarely, if ever, falter.”

—    Washington Post

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn's experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations--preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others.  Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner.  It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son--Penn's half-brother--who sets in motion the murder case against his father.  The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave. 

Unable to trust anyone around him--not even his own mother--Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited. 

Bestselling novelist Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. Iles founded the band Frankly Scarlet and played music for a living for a few years before deciding...
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Title:Mississippi Blood: A NovelFormat:PaperbackDimensions:704 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.41 inPublished:March 21, 2017Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from 3rd of the trilogy Wow. Enough said. An emotional rollercoaster. So well put together. What's next Greg? Can't wait.
Date published: 2017-10-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from So good! I thought that coming to the end of this trilogy would be a little slow and not very exciting, but oh my it never stopped! There were countless shocks and turns of the story every few pages! I had to actually slot out some time to read larger portions because you have to keep going and going to know what happens next!
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A thrilling end to a great trilogy What can I say loved the entire trilogy kind of left me wondering ?
Date published: 2017-10-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Mississipi Blood An excellent conclusion. A thrilling trilogy.
Date published: 2017-09-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent, Just Excellent Having read the previous books leading up to this one I found this book to be a superb read. It ties up the loose ends from the others in a dramatic, plot twisting manner all of which are quite plausible. One of the best books I've read in a long while. If you haven't read the prior books leading to this one I recommend you do before reading it.
Date published: 2017-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from alright It was an alright book, not a great pull
Date published: 2017-06-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from don't understad what the hype is all about really tryed to give this book a chance, since all the good reviews, but I was just bored with a story.
Date published: 2017-06-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Well written, action, suspense, history, what more can you ask for? I loved it at the first sentence and I am not disappointed I gave it a try. Wasn't sure at first because I hadn't read the first two of the trilogy (I know shame on me) but I still enjoyed it and was able to get an idea of what happens before.
Date published: 2017-06-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a story! It was a long time coming, but oh, it was so worth the wait. Just a superb story, full of twists, turns and the unexpected. Could not put it down!! Read this one - like the first two, it will not disappoint.
Date published: 2017-05-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Fantastic Received this book as a gift and so happy I was given this opportunity to read it. Everyone should be reading this amazing book
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from What a Story!!! I would give this way more stars if I could! What a great ending to this story!
Date published: 2017-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Six stars if I could I have been impatiently awaiting Mississippi Blood, the third book in Greg Iles' epic 'Natchez Burning' Trilogy. The last few chapters of the middle book, The Bone Tree, left me gasping, crying and re-reading to make sure what I thought happened, really happened. It did and I've been desperate to see where Iles would take the narrative. For those of you who haven't read this series (you need to) here's a quick overview from the publisher:",....tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present." So, Mississippi Blood picks up a few weeks later. Penn Cage is speaking to the reader and says..."If you don't want the truth, stop reading now. If you go on, don't say I didn't warn you." Not a chance in heck I could stop reading. I have no idea how I'm going to truly do this book justice with my own words. There is hands down one of the best courtroom scenes I've ever read at the heart of the book. Tom Cage seems determined to not defend himself in court. The defence mounted by attorney Quentin Avery seems to be not mounting any defence at all. Tom's son Penn is desperate to save his father - and what is left of his family. Is Tom guilty of murder? Who else could have killed Viola? (Who really did will stun you!) Surrounding the trial is more danger, death, love, hate, lies, fears, hopes and more. Iles captures the attitudes, history (much of this trilogy is based on fact) and racial tensions of Mississippi through his characters, their dialogue, settings and situations. The words fairly simmer on the page. But amongst all of the ugliness are those who want better for themselves, their families and their communities. I was all over the place reading - angry, scared, hopeful and teary again. (Seriously, another beloved character gone?!) I could not put the book down. I was sucked back into the story on page one and only emerged three days and almost seven hundred pages later. The title? "Mississippi blood is different. … there’s strength in it too. Strength that’s been beat but not broke. That’s Mississippi Blood." If you haven't read this trilogy, you are missing out on some phenomenal storytelling. Storytelling that unfortunately is based in reality. Absolutely recommended. And don't you dare read this book until you've read the first two.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 4 out of 5 by from What a story! An excellent addition to any library.
Date published: 2017-03-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing The conclusion to this trilogy did not fail. It was amazing. Twists and turns... You can't put it down.
Date published: 2017-03-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful A great story from beginning to end.
Date published: 2017-03-28
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Do Bought this a month ago and so happy I did.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very interesting book. Interesting book, I recommend this book.
Date published: 2017-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Liked it Fans will like this book. I recommend it
Date published: 2017-03-10
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Worth a read Wasn't super great, but worth a read. Depending on my friends interest in books, I think I would recommmend to her. #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read Would definitely recommend to a friend. I really enjoyed it #plumreview
Date published: 2017-03-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from great this is the first one I read and enjoyed it.
Date published: 2017-01-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing I love Greg Iles' books. He is a master storyteller. You will not be disappointed with Mississippi Blood.
Date published: 2016-12-05
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I can not wait to read this book!! Greg Iles is my favorite author! I have yet to read a novel by him that I didn't enjoy.
Date published: 2016-12-02

Editorial Reviews

“While Natchez Burning excels as a contemporary thriller, it shines brightest when Iles draws from a deeper, and older, well in American fiction. The most compelling passages of the novel echo Iles? writer-predecessor from Natchez, Richard Wright . . . Utterly—and chillingly—believable. Epic.”