The Quiet Game (Hardcover)

By Greg Iles

Dutton Adult, 9780525937937, 433pp.

Publication Date: August 30, 1999



Penn Cage, a former prosecutor, returns to his hometown (Natchez, Mississippi) when he suspects his father is being blackmailed. A town scandal that has been brewing for 30 years boils to the surface when Penn uncovers evidence that the unsolved murder of a black man back in '67 is not the familiar civil rights crime it has always been thought to be. Penn suspects the crime has links to the current town fathers and even J. Edgar Hoover's FBI. Ray Presley, an aging, but dangerous retired cop, is the one man who seems to have been present through it all - the '67 murder, the blackmail, and now a vicious civil suit fueled by an old rivalry that threatens to ruin Penn's family once and for all.