Natchez Burning (Hardcover)

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It’s been a long wait for the new novel from Greg Iles, but man is it worth it. Natchez Burning is the best thing he’s written yet. Penn Cage is the mayor of Natchez and life is pretty good for him, his fiancée, and daughter when a call from the district attorney sends his world reeling. His father, Tom, a respected and beloved family physician is accused of murdering Violet Davis who was Dr. Cage’s nurse during the turbulent nineteen sixties. As Penn tries to save his father, he is forced to confront the brutal and violent past of his hometown during the fight for Civil Rights. With strong characters and a taut story line that spans forty years, Iles delivers a knockout that will leave readers hungry for the next two installments in what will surely be one of the most epic trilogies in recent memory.

— Cody


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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Product Details
ISBN: 9780062311078
ISBN-10: 0062311077
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
Publication Date: April 29th, 2014
Pages: 800
Language: English
Series: Penn Cage Novels