The Quiet Game : Penn Cage

  • by Greg Iles
  • Narrated by Tom Stechschulte
  • Series: Penn Cage
  • 20 hrs and 0 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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.

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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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- R. Pontiflet

Move over Clancy, Iles is in the building!

My first introduction to Greg Iles was a three set Abridged CD pack which included "The Quiet Game". I was hooked. I bought the Unabridged Version mistakenly thinking it was the follow up to "Natchez Burning". With no other options I listened. It literally wore me out. This book has depth. It has love, love lost then found, a love triangle, race relations, murders, conspiracies, alliances, good cops, bad cops, good Feds, bad Feds, politicians, bad guys becoming good guys and ladies and gentlemen "J. Edgar Hoover". Nothing tricks the readers, just hold on and enjoy the show.

Greg Iles is genius in being able to keep an intricate plot and complex characters moving in different directions keeping listeners on edge. He masterfully changes the action like a major league pitcher changes speed and direction. Sometimes it felt like an NFL QB artfully running a game winning two minute drill. Some of it was implausible but remember, it's a novel. The main characters as well as those on the periphery are solid and relevant. I'd love to see one minor female character return in The Penn Cage series.

I'm patiently awaiting "The Bone Tree". I hate to think Iles might end this series after the third book in his Trilogy. Stay healthy my friend and Godspeed.
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- Joe

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2014
  • Publisher: Penguin Audio