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ISBN13: 9781416524557
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From New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his most electrifying thriller yet. The Devil's Punchbowl reveals a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town.

As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown — Natchez, Mississippi — that Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino gambling, and now five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market at Natchez like props from Gone With the Wind.

But one boat isn't like the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them — on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night — come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport — and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn's failure to protect his city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it's a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor:

  • Caitlin Masters, the lover Penn found in The Quiet Can Game and lost in Turning Angel
  • Danny McDavitt, the heroic helicopter pilot from Third Degree
  • Tom Cage, Penn's father and legendary local family physician
  • Walt Garrity, a retired Texas Ranger who served with Penn's father during the Korean War
  • Together they must defeat a sophisticated killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate — and counter — their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead — and Natchez changed forever.

    After appearing in two of Iles's most popular novels, Penn Cage makes his triumphant return as a brilliant, honorable, and courageous hero. Rich with Southern atmosphere and marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, The Devil's Punchbowl confirms that Greg Iles is America's master of suspense.

    Synopsis:

    Marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, this latest work by the poster boy of Southern gothic thrillers ("Kirkus Reviews") portrays a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town. Now available in a tall Premium Edition.

    Synopsis:

    With his gift for crafting “a keep-you engaged- to-the-very-last-page thriller” (USA Today) at full throttle, Greg Iles brings back the unforgettable Penn Cage in this electrifying suspense masterpiece.

    A new day has dawned . . . but the darkest evils live forever in the murky depths of a Southern town.

    Penn Cage was elected mayor of Natchez, Mississippi—the hometown he returned to after the death of his wife—on a tide of support for change. Two years into his term, casino gambling has proved a sure bet for bringing new jobs and fresh money to this fading jewel of the Old South. But deep inside the Magnolia Queen, a fantastical repurposed steamboat, a depraved hidden world draws high-stakes players with money to burn on their unquenchable taste for blood sport and the dark vices that go with it. When an old high school friend hands him blood-chilling evidence, Penn alone must beat the odds tracking a sophisticated killer who counters his every move, placing those nearest to him—including his young daughter, his renowned physician father, and a lover from the past—in grave danger, and all at the risk of jeopardizing forever the town he loves.

    About the Author

    Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany, where his father ran the U.S. Embassy medical clinic during the height of the Cold War. After graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983, he performed for several years with the rock band Frankly Scarlet and is currently a member of the band The Rock Bottom Remainders. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1993 and became a New York Times bestseller. Iles went on to write numerous bestselling novels, including Third Degree, True Evil, Turning Angel, Blood Memory, The Footprints of God, and 24 Hours (released by Sony Pictures as Trapped, with full screenwriting credit for Iles). He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

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    NightOwlReviews, June 17, 2010 (view all comments by NightOwlReviews)
    By Terri

    Penn Cage is the mayor of Natchez, MS after being the assistant DA in Houston and a published author. He ran for mayor because he wanted to revitalize Natchez back to the way he remembered it as a youth. So far, he’s just getting frustrated and feels nothing is changing. The schools are still the same, gambling is booming and many citizens are resisting any kind of change. Penn is seriously thinking of giving up and resigning.

    When childhood friend, Tim Jessup contacts Penn for a meeting at the local cemetery just after midnight, Penn goes to meet him based on his memories of the past. Shortly after high school Tim turned to drugs and though it appears that his new wife has kept him clean since they’ve been together Penn isn’t sure that it will last. What Tim tells Penn and shows him though knocks him for a loop. There are a lot more vices going on around Natchez then Penn realized and as mayor he needs to do something about them. Only Tim warns Penn that not everyone who should be doing something, like the DA and some of the police, is clean. Some of them are deeply involved in things that they shouldn’t be.

    Things really get murky when Tim arranges to meet Penn the next night, same place and time, and Tim is killed. The DA swears it was suicide but Penn knows better. Then, when the operator of the one gambling boat threatens Penn and his family, Penn has to call in some friends for help. This is a lot bigger than he thought and a lot more dangerous for not only Penn but his family and close friends.

    Besides extremely long, this book is extremely intense. Mr. Iles takes you into places you never wanted to be like dog fights and rapes. The emotions and descriptions will leave you torn as you merge into his written words. The coldness and coolness of murder and mayhem gave me chills. The depth of the corruption was amazing and believable.

    The characters were very well developed. Penn is a family man and that comes out. He cares about those close to him and he cares about the city of Natchez. Penn’s friend, Kelly is former Special Forces. He does what needs to be done and stands loyal to those he calls friend. Yet, you are given glimpses into cracks into his hard as nails persona. Penn’s former girlfriend, Caitlin shows some of the biggest character change when she ends up in the middle of a power struggle and her core values are challenged.

    These characters have been in previous books written by Mr. Iles. Readers of his books will enjoy seeing them in action once again. Those that have not read them, don’t fret. This book can be read without having read any others as the characters are so alive and well rounded that you don’t really feel as if you’re missing out on anything. Okay, occasionally references are made to previous things but extremely seldom and not in any way that really counts.

    I think one of the best aspects of this book is the absolutely fantastic descriptions of Natchez and the area around it. Though Natchez is referred to as a some what smallish place, it felt to me as a largish one. I guess it’s all in what you are use to. However, I thoroughly enjoyed the descriptions of the Mississippi River and the land around it. What really kept my interest though were the quirks of the area; the cemetery and its divisions as to where one was buried, the smallish cult churches abounding in the rural areas, and things of that sort.

    While I enjoyed this book, I did feel that it was too long. I was ready for it to be finished a few hundred pages before it was. There are some subplots that I felt weren’t needed though they did bring some fullness to the story.

    Intense and hard hitting, this thriller makes you give serious thought about what could be really happening in even your own neighborhood.
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    Product Details

    ISBN:
    9781416524557
    Subtitle:
    A Novel
    Author:
    Iles, Greg
    Publisher:
    Pocket Star
    Subject:
    Suspense
    Subject:
    Thrillers
    Subject:
    Popular Fiction-Suspense
    Subject:
    Natchez Burning; Penn Cage; Stephen King; The Death Factory; Scott Turow; Jodi Picoult; Wanda Jewel; Natchez, Mississippi; Turning Angel; Mississippi; Penn Cage; The Quiet Game; small town; South; murder; murder mystery; suspense; thriller; Mississippi Ri
    Subject:
    Natchez Burning; Penn Cage; Stephen King; The Death Factory; Scott Turow; Jodi Picoult; Wanda Jewel; Natchez, Mississippi; Turning Angel; Mississippi; Penn Cage; The Quiet Game; small town; South; murder; murder mystery; suspense; thriller; Mississippi Ri
    Subject:
    Natchez Burning; Penn Cage; Stephen King; The Death Factory; Scott Turow; Jodi Picoult; Wanda Jewel; Natchez, Mississippi; Turning Angel; Mississippi; Penn Cage; The Quiet Game; small town; South; murder; murder mystery; suspense; thriller; Mississippi Ri
    Copyright:
    Edition Description:
    Mass Market Paperback
    Series:
    A Penn Cage Novel
    Publication Date:
    20091229
    Binding:
    Paperback
    Grade Level:
    General/trade
    Language:
    English
    Pages:
    736
    Dimensions:
    7.5 x 4.125 in

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    Product details 736 pages Pocket Star Books - English 9781416524557 Reviews:
    "Synopsis" by , Marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, this latest work by the poster boy of Southern gothic thrillers ("Kirkus Reviews") portrays a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town. Now available in a tall Premium Edition.
    "Synopsis" by , With his gift for crafting “a keep-you engaged- to-the-very-last-page thriller” (USA Today) at full throttle, Greg Iles brings back the unforgettable Penn Cage in this electrifying suspense masterpiece.

    A new day has dawned . . . but the darkest evils live forever in the murky depths of a Southern town.

    Penn Cage was elected mayor of Natchez, Mississippi—the hometown he returned to after the death of his wife—on a tide of support for change. Two years into his term, casino gambling has proved a sure bet for bringing new jobs and fresh money to this fading jewel of the Old South. But deep inside the Magnolia Queen, a fantastical repurposed steamboat, a depraved hidden world draws high-stakes players with money to burn on their unquenchable taste for blood sport and the dark vices that go with it. When an old high school friend hands him blood-chilling evidence, Penn alone must beat the odds tracking a sophisticated killer who counters his every move, placing those nearest to him—including his young daughter, his renowned physician father, and a lover from the past—in grave danger, and all at the risk of jeopardizing forever the town he loves.

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