The Bone Tree: A Novel by Greg IlesThe Bone Tree: A Novel by Greg Iles

The Bone Tree: A Novel

byGreg Iles

Mass Market Paperback | February 23, 2016

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the second novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes Natchez Burning and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.

The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him—is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree.”

The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice—now finally pushed beyond his limits.

Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?

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...
Title:The Bone Tree: A NovelFormat:Mass Market PaperbackDimensions:880 pages, 7.5 × 4.19 × 1.98 inPublished:February 23, 2016Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0062311131

ISBN - 13:9780062311139

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Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Bone Tree I devoured this entire series. Penn Cage is a vivid character whose emotions are easy to get swept up by.
Date published: 2018-06-25
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The bone tree It was OK. I found so much repetition though from Natchez burning. I am giving isles a rest for awhile. The bone tree was a huge read and I am tiring of the plot?
Date published: 2015-08-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Natchez Burning Fan of Greg Iles but found this one a bit overlong; could have been a bit shorter yet still accomplish the same effect. Not quite as riveting as previous works. Looks to be setting up for the 3rd book in the series.
Date published: 2015-08-02
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Bone Tree Excellent read! Although a bit long for my liking, I am looking forward to the last novel in this trilogy.
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from THE BONE TREE Incredible read. Kept in suspense until the end. Cant wait for last installment. Well worth the time and money. Keep up the good work!
Date published: 2015-07-06
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The bone tree. It's always a pleasure to read his novels. I have not missed one yet. I will be looking forward to reading his next one with great anticipation. Loved Spandau Phoenix and the Devil's Punch bowl most of all.
Date published: 2015-05-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great read! The Penn Cage saga gets better and better. This is the middle book of a trilogy that deals with racism in the South. The first book, "Natchez Burning" was also excellent. This is not a stand alone novel. It is long but well with the effort. If you're interested in a story that keeps you captivated from beginning to end, you won't find one better than this. Iles is a fine writer who has really hit his stride. I recommend this highly.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Title is perfect.. It was amazing. I think Greg's medical issues over the last couple of years actually made him a better writer. Love you Greg Iles!!
Date published: 2015-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Amazing! Any book that can hold my attention on every single page deserves 5 stars, one that is 800 pages long and holds my attention deserves 10 stars. This is a very long book and yet it doesn't seem like one. Some very long books are just a lot of description and conversations that you can skim. The Bone Tree is NOT one of those books, you need to read every word or you will miss something. I loved that the first chapter of this book starts literally minutes after the last book ended! In fact, the whole book takes place over one week, yet you feel like you've been in this story for years. This series, featuring Penn Cage, is wordy and lengthy. It is full of conspiracies, murder, deceit, corruption and all sorts of horrible things. It is also about family and love and all of the things that go into being a family, especially the relationship between a father and a son. Penn loves his father, but he doesn't wholly approve of what he is doing now. I really like that you know who the bad guys are and the suspense is built by wondering if and how they will be caught. There is also a lot of reference to the 60's in the south, and a huge part of this series and this book is about racism. It is difficult to review this book without spoilers, so much is going on and there are a lot of characters involved. This is an amazing author, and I certainly can't wait to read the next book in this series.
Date published: 2015-05-03

Editorial Reviews

“Filled with menace, betrayal, [and] unexpected plot twists. . . . Running through this vast enterprise is the implicit belief that crime fiction is capable of addressing - and illuminating - any aspect of human behavior, including the tragic history of race relations in 20th-century America.”