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ISBN13: 9780743454162
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After winning the most dangerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides to remain in his Southern hometown to raise his young daughter in a safe haven. But nowhere is truly safe — not from long-buried secrets, or murder...

When the nude body of prep school student Kate Townsend is found near the Mississippi River, Penn's best friend, Drew Elliott, is desperate for his counsel. An esteemed family physician, Drew makes a shocking confession that could put him on death row. Penn will do all he can to exonerate Drew, but in a town where the gaze of a landmark cemetery statue — the Turning Angel — never looks away, Penn finds himself caught on the jagged edge of blackmail, betrayal, and deadly violence.

Review:

"[A] powerful tale of murder, sex, drugs, Deep South societal unrest and generational confusion....Iles's genuinely suspenseful and well-plotted thriller puts Cage through much emotional upheaval." Publishers Weekly (Starred Review)

Review:

"This book will certainly please fans of Iles's earlier novels, while its thrill-a-minute pace and frequent plot twists are certain to appeal to new readers." Library Journal

Review:

"Iles dishes out...much violence....But the killings in this novel are finally less alarming than its portrait of a generation living lives that most of us can't comprehend. If you can deal with that, this is a powerful piece of popular fiction." Washington Post

Review:

"Iles is the best-selling author of nine other novels, but if you haven't yet discovered him, Turning Angel will have you wondering where he has been all your life." USA Today

Review:

"Much more than a thriller....The lurid scenes of pornography, drugs, and sex will attract many readers, but so will Iles's portrayal of emotions and morality." Bookmarks Magazine

Review:

"Iles writes gracefully, letting us get to know his characters gradually....The story is solidly plotted, too....Unfortunately, for those who spot the killer, much of the novel's suspense is ruined....Call this one a well-written misfire." Booklist

Review:

"Lively scenes pop up here and there, but 500-plus pages will transmogrify most thrillers into a relentless march of predictable events." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"Turning Angel sounds like a John Grisham story that's been left to fester in the Southern humidity....Buried within this book is a tighter, leaner thriller trying to break out." Janet Maslin, The New York Times

Review:

"What makes the novel nauseating is the pretense of a moral point of view in what amounts to an NC-17-rated male fantasy. What makes the book virtually unreadable is the multi-car pileup of a plot. (Grade: C-)" Entertainment Weekly

Review:

"[O]ne of the finest novels of the year....Turning Angel...isn't just a great thriller; it's a frank and honest exploration of deep-seated emotions as well as a brilliant depiction of the new world below the Mason-Dixon line." Providence Journal

Review:

"What sets Turning Angel head shoulders above similar novels are the well-drawn characters which, even when bordering on cliché, ring so true." Denver Post

Review:

"Any reader with a taste for a literary challenge in this genre is going to be more than satisfied. Turning Angel is a definite keeper." BookReporter.com

Synopsis:

New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles brings the secrets of the South alive in this vibrant novel — now in this Premium Edition — of infatuation, murder, and sexual intrigue set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

About the Author

Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany. He founded the band Frankly Scarlet, plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, and is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Blood Memory and 24 Hours. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

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Francesca, January 18, 2007 (view all comments by Francesca)
The story is contrived and as implausible as they get. The writing is mediocre. But this is nothing. The book reeks with the effort to explain how a middle age rich white man who has sex with a minor female student is doing nothing wrong. In fact, high school girls today want and need nothing more than having sex with middle aged white rich men! Penn's sidekick, the beautiful baby sitter Mia, is an unrealistic example of such a teenager, so smart and mature that of course boys her age won't satisfy her... and of course she is perfectly competent to consent to sex. If only our society were not so narrow minded!
This is disturbing. The fact that the bad guys in the story are all members of minorities (blacks-including a DA, unidentified Asians, and a Slavic man) does add up to a pretty creepy picture of Iles' mentality, in which rich white men are in power and should be free to fight evildoers without the shackles of the justice system, and young and gorgeous teenagers are only too happy to oblige. I'll say this: if I had a pretty teenage daughter, I'd keep her far from Mr. Iles. Ugly ones, obviously, need not fear.
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743454162
Author:
Iles, Greg
Publisher:
Pocket Books
Subject:
Thrillers
Subject:
Trials (Murder)
Subject:
Mystery & Detective - General
Subject:
Psychological
Subject:
Legal
Subject:
Suspense
Subject:
Attorney and client
Subject:
Legal stories
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Natchez Burning; Penn Cage; Stephen King; The Death Factory; Scott Turow; Jodi Picoult; Wanda Jewel; small town; South; murder; murder mystery; suspense; thriller; elite high school; prep school; adolescent sex, drugs; teen apathy; school violence; Natche
Subject:
Natchez Burning; Penn Cage; Stephen King; The Death Factory; Scott Turow; Jodi Picoult; Wanda Jewel; small town; South; murder; murder mystery; suspense; thriller; elite high school; prep school; adolescent sex, drugs; teen apathy; school violence; Natche
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Mass Market Paperback
Series:
A Penn Cage Novel
Publication Date:
November 2006
Binding:
MASS MARKET
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16-pg tsr
Pages:
672
Dimensions:
7.5 x 4.125 in

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Product details 672 pages Pocket Books - English 9780743454162 Reviews:
"Review" by , "[A] powerful tale of murder, sex, drugs, Deep South societal unrest and generational confusion....Iles's genuinely suspenseful and well-plotted thriller puts Cage through much emotional upheaval."
"Review" by , "This book will certainly please fans of Iles's earlier novels, while its thrill-a-minute pace and frequent plot twists are certain to appeal to new readers."
"Review" by , "Iles dishes out...much violence....But the killings in this novel are finally less alarming than its portrait of a generation living lives that most of us can't comprehend. If you can deal with that, this is a powerful piece of popular fiction."
"Review" by , "Iles is the best-selling author of nine other novels, but if you haven't yet discovered him, Turning Angel will have you wondering where he has been all your life."
"Review" by , "Much more than a thriller....The lurid scenes of pornography, drugs, and sex will attract many readers, but so will Iles's portrayal of emotions and morality."
"Review" by , "Iles writes gracefully, letting us get to know his characters gradually....The story is solidly plotted, too....Unfortunately, for those who spot the killer, much of the novel's suspense is ruined....Call this one a well-written misfire."
"Review" by , "Lively scenes pop up here and there, but 500-plus pages will transmogrify most thrillers into a relentless march of predictable events."
"Review" by , "Turning Angel sounds like a John Grisham story that's been left to fester in the Southern humidity....Buried within this book is a tighter, leaner thriller trying to break out."
"Review" by , "What makes the novel nauseating is the pretense of a moral point of view in what amounts to an NC-17-rated male fantasy. What makes the book virtually unreadable is the multi-car pileup of a plot. (Grade: C-)"
"Review" by , "[O]ne of the finest novels of the year....Turning Angel...isn't just a great thriller; it's a frank and honest exploration of deep-seated emotions as well as a brilliant depiction of the new world below the Mason-Dixon line."
"Review" by , "What sets Turning Angel head shoulders above similar novels are the well-drawn characters which, even when bordering on cliché, ring so true."
"Review" by , "Any reader with a taste for a literary challenge in this genre is going to be more than satisfied. Turning Angel is a definite keeper."
"Synopsis" by , New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles brings the secrets of the South alive in this vibrant novel — now in this Premium Edition — of infatuation, murder, and sexual intrigue set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.
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