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When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.
©1999 Greg Iles (P)2014 Penguin Audio
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By R. Pontiflet on 02-09-15

Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!

Greg Iles' writing reminds me of Grisham in that the plot has many strings tugging the main character in different directions while moving forward. This story has racial issues, political intrigue and a few murders.

Like most long and drawn out novels, there is some fluff that could have been cut out. The story is slow getting started as the characters are introduced and the background on an 30 year-old unsolved murder is introduced. As the story unfolds you don't know who to trust as the good guys or who the bad guys truly are which leaves predicting the ending up in the air. As described by Frank of Pittsburg PA, this story is "like three roller coaster rides - back to back to back -" with twists and turns that keeps snapping your head around.

For me, I don't like stories this long (20 hours) because I eventually lose interest and don't care what the ending will be. But this story kept me hooked wanting to know how Greg Iles will tie the political, racial and murders together and what the outcome of the storylines will be. The court room drama was very good, mostly occurring during the last 5 or 6 hours of the story.

This is my first listen to the narrator. He's not the best but I have no complaints.

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By Daniel McAfee on 11-14-14

What a Great Surprise

I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.

What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!

I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.

Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.

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