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Natchez Burning: A Novel

by Greg Iles

HarperCollins | April 29, 2014 | Hardcover

Natchez Burning: A Novel is rated 3.5 out of 5 by 4.

An American writer at the height of his creative powers, #1New York Timesbestselling novelist Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated book yet, and his first in five years—Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies waiting to tear their family apart. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only a single thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs. With every step costing blood and faith, Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?

Drenched in southern atmosphere,Natchez Burningmarks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 800 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.85 in

Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062311077

ISBN - 13: 9780062311078

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Entertaining Historical Fiction Another new author for me, and a very good one at that. Its always good to be rewarded with a super good read when you invest a big chunk of time into a big book. This book does not disappoint. The story starts in the past, laying out old history of racial crimes through family generations in Natchez Mississippi. The book then moves to current day where our main character who is a mayor and former prosecutor; must try to uncover the truth of a death. Was it murder or suicide? This is a very huge epic story of crimes and of secrets and lies with many characters. I wondered if It would be hard to keep track of everyone, but Greg Iles does a fantastic job of keeping the reader in the loop and reminded of everyone, all the while digging the reader deeper and deeper in the story. I would say if you are not interested in this topic, then skip the book, but not the author, as he is an incredible author. The book was hard to put down and extremely good. This is the first of a trilogy and I am sure the next will be as entertaining.
Date published: 2015-05-06
Rated 1 out of 5 by from at first I enjoyed it..... I purchased this book with high hopes for my beach vacation. I have read the author before and enjoyed his style of writing. After enjoying the first third of the book, I noticed that the book was loosing it sense of suspense and intrigue and was becoming repetitive and slow. I did not finish the book as I lost interest in the characters and plot. I will usually struggle through a book to see if can recapture my interest, but this one lost me. So sad, as it had a lot of potential.
Date published: 2014-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from A little loose? Good plot but I could not feel the tension that should have been there during this story. It ran on sometimes rather that keeping us on tenterhooks the way his other books did.
Date published: 2014-08-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Well worth the wait - I loved it. I've read everything Greg Iles has ever written - he's an incredibly talented wordsmith. His novels are all quite different but with one similarity - they're addicting reads. (And bestsellers as well) His latest book Natchez Burning has just released and it's an absolutely fantastic read - easily his best novel yet. It's been a while coming - Iles nearly died in an auto accident five years ago. Natchez Burning is the fourth book to feature lawyer Penn Cage, now the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi. Present day - Penn's father, Tom, the town doctor for over fifty years has been accused of murdering a black woman who was his nurse in the 1960's. Tom is known and loved by all of his patients, black and white. And Tom knows his father - there's no way he would have done such a thing. Penn is determined to clear Tom's name - even as Tom refuses to rise to his own defense. Penn's search for answers takes him back to... "...1964, with three murders. Three stones cast into a pond no one had cared about since the siege of Vicksburg, but which was soon to become the centre of the world's attention. A place most people in the United States like to think was somehow different from the rest of the country, but which was in fact the very incarnation of America's tortured soul. Mississippi." A splinter group of the Klan, calling themselves the Double Eagles, has been operating in Natchez for over fifty years, manipulating, controlling, killing and conspiring in this southern State. They're driven by hate and greed, with no intention of ever stopping. But Violet's death is the tipping point. Secrets buried and kept for a half century threaten to take down anyone and everyone - black and white. Where to start? Each and every character Iles brings to the page is fully developed and the reader can't help but become engaged (or disgusted) with every player. I've been a fan of Penn Cage from the first book, but found other favourites in Natchez Burning. I quiet enjoyed Tom, described as Atticus Finch with a medical degree. Iles explores the relationship between Penn and his father, as every belief he holds about Tom is put to the test in Natchez Burning. But my favourite was Henry, the newspaper reporter who has been pursuing the Double Eagles for many years. "Fate doesn't let men choose their wars. Or even their battles, sometimes. But one resolute man can sometime accomplish remarkable things against overwhelming odds." Although Penn is the main voice of this novel, other characters are given a turn and we see the past and present from many differing views. Natchez Burning does not shy away from the violence that is the truth of this time and place. Gentle readers, there are some disturbing scenes and descriptions that may not be for you. Iles based his novel on actual events that occurred in Ferriday, Louisiana. Natchez Burning is powerful, gripping, thrilling, sweeping and simply spectacular - 800+ pages that flew by for this reader. Absolutely, positively recommended. Natchez Burning is the first of a trilogy. I'll be waiting and watching for the second book - The Bone Tree - due out in 2015.
Date published: 2014-04-30

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Natchez Burning: A Novel

Natchez Burning: A Novel

by Greg Iles

Format: Hardcover

Dimensions: 800 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.85 in

Published: April 29, 2014

Publisher: HarperCollins

Language: English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10: 0062311077

ISBN - 13: 9780062311078

From the Publisher

An American writer at the height of his creative powers, #1New York Timesbestselling novelist Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated book yet, and his first in five years—Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the historic southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of honor and duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community has been accused of murdering Viola Turner, the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to even speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies waiting to tear their family apart. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only a single thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs. With every step costing blood and faith, Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?

Drenched in southern atmosphere,Natchez Burningmarks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense, disturbing, and filled with electrifying plot twists, this novel commences the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.

About the Author

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel,Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteenNew York Timesbestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist ofThe Quiet Game,Turning Angel, and #1New York TimesbestsellerThe Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.

Editorial Reviews

“The thriller of the year, of the decade even, is Natchez Burning... The first of a projected trilogy, Natchez Burning is Penn Cage’s fourth outing. But you don’t need to read its predecessors to be wholly consumed by this wonderful book. Buy, read, and marvel.”