Natchez Burning: A Novel by Greg IlesNatchez Burning: A Novel by Greg Iles

Natchez Burning: A Novel

byGreg Iles

Hardcover | April 29, 2014

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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?

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 an...
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Title:Natchez Burning: A NovelFormat:HardcoverDimensions:800 pages, 9 × 6 × 1.85 inPublished:April 29, 2014Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Customer Reviews of Natchez Burning: A Novel


Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good read As usual the writing is fantastic. He tends to be a bit repetitive and the book would lose nothing and gain everything if he tightened up his writing.
Date published: 2017-06-23
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Each Chapter is a Cliffhanger! If you want to solve a murder mystery and like a novel that keeps you turning the pages when each chapter comes to a close, this is the kind of book for you. Some historical references if you want to learn about the South and the KKK.
Date published: 2017-05-03
Rated 2 out of 5 by from good The story was fairly predictable, and almost all of the characters were familiar from this type of story. It was also way too long.
Date published: 2017-05-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from okay Don't know for sure. Read the whole thing and the next in the trilogy but think that there was too many words.
Date published: 2017-01-28
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 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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“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.”