Natchez Burning

Natchez Burning

A Novel

eBook - 2014
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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 fiancée, 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?

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, 2014
ISBN: 9780062311108
Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc

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Apr 28, 2019

Given the current political climate as related to racism, this was a great find. Unfamiliar with the author, his storytelling talent is outstanding and like the story, he's had a personal life 'plot twist' which hasn't impacted his ability one iota. Since he lives in Natchez, MS his knowledge of the barbaric treatment of African Americans by the Double Eagles, a spin off from the KKK is substantial. Add to that a cynical monster that directs the members, an innocent doctor on the run, a son trying to save him while his fiance chases a Pulitzer, and plot twists that constantly evolve, the story is filled with excitement. In the beginning, I struggled with the barbaric treatment used by the Double Eagles difficult. Overall, Greg is a tremendous author and worth reading if crime/action genre is amenable. Highly recommended!

Mar 26, 2019

Man oh man. Good read. Crazy story line. Kept you wanting to turn the page. Ending was.. see for yourself...

Mar 20, 2019

First of a trilogy- Bone Tree next, then Mississippi Blood

Sep 07, 2017

I have read the trilogy and wish there had been a Readers Digest Condensed version. I'm sure two books would have sufficed. Way to wordy and repetitive. Characters that repeatedly make horrible decisions. The author must have set out with a trilogy in mind regardless of the content. I struggled and stuck it out to the end, skipping pages to find out what the end really was.

Jun 27, 2017

This book was a disservice to the black men, women, and children who died during the Civil Rights Movement. I won't go into detail on this thought because it would lead to many spoilers, but there is not one black character who is a main character, a good guy, or lives to the end of the book. A strong black supporting character would have done a lot to help show the race relations in this book. The book was basically white people shocked about the brutality of white people and how white people try to solve these murders.
The author failed to address the systemic racism that currently exists in the state and the country. In the book, racism is only shown as something that exists among the villains. By doing this, the author creates a false narrative that only the KKK was guilty of the killing of black people. All white people in the book who lived in the 1960s were guilty because they never took any actions to seeks justice. In the book, the white characters feel sad about the murders, but they say "why didn't they move North to avoid persecution?" But a better question would be "why did the people of Natchez create an environment to fuel racism?"
The writing was amazing, but the story could have been 200 pages shorter. The last part is basically a typically thriller, but the beginning and middle make the reader think the problems can be solved through law or diplomacy. This contrast led to a weird dissonance. Though it's highly possible the author did this because he knows the law does not favor African Americans.

Jun 27, 2017

A long book indeed.. nearly 790 pages. It petered out towards the end, but I'd read Iles again. 3.5 out of 5 stars

Feb 01, 2017

Great action book with a historical background about a dark time in our country's history. Good characters and lots of twists and turns. I'm going to read the next one very shortly.

Jan 03, 2017

I loved this book! I immediately got the follow up to it, "The Bone Tree" and was up till 4 a.m. this morning finishing it. Thoroughly enjoyed both and I'm on pins and needles until the 3rd and final installment comes out in March 2017.

cmlibrary_cwood Dec 21, 2015

The first of a trilogy, although the fourth book involving main character Penn Cage, Natchez Burning takes you to present day Natchez, Mississippi where lawyer turned writer turned mayor Penn Cage suddenly finds himself trying to help his father who has been charged with murder. However, as the story moves along, you find out that there is more to this murder charge and Iles takes us back to the tumultuous times of Natchez in the 60’s where it all began. The story then weaves together the events from decades prior and their consequences in the present. An engaging read, although it does drag at times, you still find yourself turning the page to find out what really happened and whether Penn’s father will be cleared of the charges. Iles uses many characters from his previous books, so it is helpful to read those first, but it is not necessary. Overall it is as much a commentary on race and social relations in the South as it is a mystery. It does have darker, violent aspects that some people may be uncomfortable with, but it attempts to show the perspective of southerners during the 60's and how that mindset is reflected today.

Jun 18, 2015

Having read all of Iles' books, this one kept me up all night. Started off slow as is common with Mr. Iles and then, whammy, double whammy and ends up leaving me wanting more! Read the Large Print edition at a whopping 1,384 pages and again -WOW.

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May 30, 2014

Natchez Burning is the first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage.


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May 30, 2014

“Nothing frightens me more than the faith in my daughter’s eyes. How many men deserve that kind of trust? One by one, the mentors I’ve most admired eventually revealed chinks in their armor, cracks in their façades, and tired feet of clay—or worse.”


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