Natchez Burning: A Novel

Natchez Burning: A Novel

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

byGreg Iles

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the first novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes The Bone Tree and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering 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 even to 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. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only one thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the 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?

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the first novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes The Bone Tree and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Ra...

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#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 u...

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 an...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.85 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read Ok! I know everyone raved about this book. And yes it was a good read.But I felt it was way to long, he could have omitted 100 pages and tom e it would have been a more enjoyable read. I read large books but this seemed that he added text just to do so. Would I recommend it , yes but with the warning that it seem to drag a little.
Date published: 2016-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from greg isles Don't know for sure. Read the whole thing and the next in the trilogy but think that there was too many words. Not necessary to be as long as it is! But love this writer.
Date published: 2016-06-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning I could not put this book down. It was an amazing story! The tragedy that happened in the Southern US is heart breaking.
Date published: 2015-10-12
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Page turner! This book was an engaging read, I couldn't put it down, even on my honeymoon! Having lived in the South, i can say the author depicts societal norms of the region with alarming accuracy.
Date published: 2015-08-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great read! This book will have you flipping pages to see what happens next. Its dip into the racial tensions of the 60's make it even more fascinating. Great book!
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez burning My new favorite author! So well written, great storyline and full of suspense. Highly recommended to my friends already!
Date published: 2015-08-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice Read Strong plot. Excellent characters. I really enjoyed this novel. A few parts were a little far fetched, but I really cared about the characters and their plights.
Date published: 2015-08-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Natchez burni Good reading but a little slow at times . I will go on to read the Bone tree though just to see the story to the end . Interesting to learn of racial history and tension in the 60s . It makes you realize it is still carrying on today .
Date published: 2015-07-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Emotional Roller Coaster Thoroughly enjoyed the read. It is not often that a book comes along and entertains you and at the same time almost enrages you. Even though thiis is work of fiction, many of the events that are in the book mirrored what happened historically. It is hard to fatham how men can do things portrayed in this book and have gotten away with it. Greg Iles brings things to light that many should be ashamed of. The characters in this book become such a part of you that you live and feel their highs and lows. As mad as I got at times I could not put it down.
Date published: 2015-07-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez burning Loved that the story was built around an important time in history. Looking foward to reading more books by this author. Great read.
Date published: 2015-06-22
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning After the first few chapters it was hard to put this book down. Great twists and turns! Can't wait to read the next one "The Bone Tree"
Date published: 2015-06-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning Thrilling and daring in its scope. Great historical interpretations. Has it all-murder,mystery,love,action and family loyalty.
Date published: 2015-06-17
Rated 3 out of 5 by from interesting story The story was very interesting and at the end of the chapters it kept you wanting to read more. It was a very long narrative with too much detail especially with encounters between characters to the point where I was confused as to what was happening and it seemed so unreal and I found myself skimming over these parts. The ending left me with a feeling that not too much was resolved. Nothing seemed to tie in to the rest of the story after all! I think a work of fiction should at least not abruptly end especially with such a long narrative! It did very strongly make you aware of the injustices of the sixties and I was impressed with historical accuracy. I'm sure that real events like this happened without a good outcome most of the time but I felt for a fiction it could have left the reader with a sense of justice being done.
Date published: 2015-06-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I had never heard of Greg until Natchez Burning... I had just gotten this tablet with the Kobo app so I decided to try it out with my first book in years, Natchez Burning. Let me tell you that right from the beginning, I knew I was gonna love this book and so I did. I just couldn't put it down. I read like a maniac. The more action and drama he gave me , the more I wanted until finally the glorious conclusion. Afterwards I started looking up more works by Greg Iles, only to find out that I had missed three books in a series and that there's one to come, which I've since purchased. You won't regret reading all five books in the series and they will leave you hankering for more, like a crack fiend. I'm not a writer or a critic, but I can tell you that this author has an abundance of talent and skill that will keep our eyes and mind glued to his words for many years to come!
Date published: 2015-05-23
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 4 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning Gripping story, and definitely loosely based on actual groups of people in 1960's Natchez. In the book the group Double Eagles is a splinter of the kkk. There actually existed a similar splinter group, in Louisiana, called the Silver Dollars. Knowing a little of the actual history made this book very worth the read!
Date published: 2015-04-14
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Natchez burning started off really enthraling, educational and generally captivating ....then turned into a bit of just dwindled off into a lot of action type of stupid sequences that made a sham of the whole book ! too bad , as I first thought this was a special "read "
Date published: 2015-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning Very complex rewarding read. Well written and entertaining start to finish. Truly one of those hard yo put down books.
Date published: 2015-02-13
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning I really enjoyed the flow of the story. Was constantly in suspense as to what would happen next. The only problem was that by the time chapter 44 came around I was getting very disappointed in Mr. Iles and his publishers for allowing this book to be released with so many typo errors, words missing and words in the wrong order. Wow from chapter 44 on recorded 11 errors not counting the ones I noticed in the chapters before!
Date published: 2015-02-12
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Couldn't put it down Thrilling, exciting, with twists and turns in every chapter. I couldn't put it down, even when I was clearly dozing off!
Date published: 2015-02-08
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Natchez burning A really bad book. It takes the longest time to set the scene and the characters that you are bored before you are half way thru. You almost want the bad guys to kill them early in the story line, as they are to stupid to continue to exist. Then the author strings you along with chapter after chapter without ever convincing you that these people are real. It is a crime that this book was a bestseller.
Date published: 2015-02-01
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Beginning, Faltering Ending This begins with promise and I was expecting much more of a convoluted interesting plot. Sadly not. End is disappointing.
Date published: 2015-01-31
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning Although the book is well researched & has interesting local historical detail, as a "thriller", it lacks pace. This story could have been told in half the number of pages. This is one of those books I felt duty bound to finish to see if there really was going to be a climax.
Date published: 2015-01-26
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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“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.”