Natchez Burning (Penn Cage Novels #4) (Paperback)

By Greg Iles

William Morrow & Company, 9780062311085, 816pp.

Publication Date: August 4, 2015



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 fiancee, 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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  1. One critic described Greg Iles' writing in Natchez Burning as William Faulkner “for the Breaking Bad generation." How does Natchez Burning fit into that comparison?generic viagra price canada
  2. Iles dealt with his own personal tragedy when his life was nearly lost in an auto accident in 2011. During his recovery, he wrote the latest trilogy featuring Penn Cage, of which Natchez Burning is the first installment. What personal trials of his own does Penn have to fight through in this novel?generic viagra price canada
  3. Even though this is the start of a trilogy with Penn, he has been the protagonist of three previous novels -- The Quiet Game, Turning Angel and The Devil’s Punchbowl. What are the challenges in developing a lead character in a dramatic series?generic viagra price canada
  4. There are many secrets described in this book. Dr. Tom Cage has held one from his past for decades, and it’s one of the most damaging in the novel. How does Penn deal with it in the present?generic viagra price canada
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