Natchez Burning: A Novel

Natchez Burning: A Novel

Mass Market Paperback | March 31, 2015

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:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.98 inPublished:March 31, 2015Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing read. Good luck putting this down! Amazing book, captivating plot.. Love it.
Date published: 2017-01-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Read! Had a hard time putting this book down! Can't wait to read the next one!
Date published: 2017-01-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Recommended!! In the south of the 60s, many civil rights cases went ignored by local authorities and the FBI. Iles brings light to this with a story of Penn Cage, mayor of Natchez, Mississippi and Henry Sexton, journalist and the only person that seems interested in solving these crimes. The story takes place in current day with a few flash backs to the 60s. Penn is a product of the 60s, his father a reputed doctor who helped both the African American community and the Klan, out of fear. While Sexton is on the verge of a breakthrough in hunting down a group of Klan members that called themselves the Double Eagles, Penn finds out that his dad is going to be charged for the murder of the nurse that served his office during the 60s. Penn suspects this is because the local DA and sheriff can't stand him. But soon he and Henry find that what they are working on may be connected. This book is 800 pages and just the first of a trilogy. However it's also the 4th Penn Cage book. It was my first introduction to Penn and though there were some mentions of cases and relationships from the past, it was easy to understand what was going on. The quality and scope of these books remind me of Ken Follett's Pillars of the Earth/World Without End. It just takes place over a much shorter time frame. For such a long book, the story seemed to only take place over a matter of a few days. Despite this, the events of the day didn't seem crammed at all. I really got sucked in to this novel and was immersed in the story, though it did take me a while to read! There were some great climactic moments in this book and I was surprised at the outcome, which I feel doesn't happen that much to me these days. There are a lot of questions I have for the remaining two books. I hope they are answered; specifically the targets that were put on Martin Luther King and JFK. How exactly did these play out? I really enjoyed book one. I'll start reading book two soon.
Date published: 2016-12-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from I love Greg Isles I can't get enough of his books, I read the Bone Tree and Natchez Burning first and ordered the first three of the Penn Cage series and can't wait for the last one to come out
Date published: 2016-12-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from #plumreview A little slow off the start but once u get into it I couldn't put it down. You definitely get hooked once you know all the characters. Greg lies definitely knows how to write a story
Date published: 2016-12-13
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning I feel quite alone in my opinion on this book, but I found it incredibly difficult to get through. I forced myself to finish it, though, but it wasn't worth it. The characters and their dialogue were all so cliche, and the book was painfully long.
Date published: 2016-11-30
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning This is another can't put down novel by Greg Iles. This author presents a story centered around the racial conflicts of the times. A thought provoking glimpse of the tensions and struggles of race relations in the South.
Date published: 2016-11-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Simple stunning This book was amazing....I couldn't get through it fast enough.....I wanted to know what happened RIGHT NOW, had to resist skipping ahead because I didn't want to miss a single beautifully written word....anxiously waiting for Mississippi Blood to see how all of this story ends.
Date published: 2016-11-10
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 2 out of 5 by from Sigh After reading almost 900 pages I found this book to be long winded....very disappointed.
Date published: 2015-08-30
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 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

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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.”