Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, Natchez Burning is tense and disturbing, the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.
#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years - Natchez Burning - the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.
Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.
The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past - into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. With the aid of a local friend and reporter privy to some of Natchez's oldest and deadliest secrets, Penn follows a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one - black or white, young or old, brave or not - is ever truly safe.
With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves... and see justice done, once and for all.
Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns, Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.
First published in hardcover in April 2014
ALBERT NORRIS SANG a few bars of Howlin' Wolf's "Natchez Burnin' " to cover the sounds of the couple making love in the back of his shop. The front door was locked. It was after seven, the streets deserted. But today had been a bad day. Albert had tried to cancel the rendezvous by switching on the light in the side room where he taught piano during the weekhe'd even sent a boy to warn the man to stay away from the shopbut the two lovers had ignored his warnings and come anyway. He'd set up their rendezvous a week ago, by sending out a coded message during his gospel radio show, which was his usual method. But lovers who saw each other only twice a monthif they were lucky weren't going to be deterred by a warning light in a window, not even if their lives were at risk.
The white woman had arrived first, rapping lightly at the alley door. Albert had tried to run her off whites were supposed to use the frontbut...
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A critic described Natchez Burning as William Faulkner "for the Breaking Bad generation." What do you think of this comparison?
I do not think that Iles compares to Faulkner. Someone mentioned stream of consciousness as similar. I actually felt Iles used a great deal of dialogue instead. I, too, have not watched Breaking Bad. - Peggy H
Are the characters doomed to suffer from their own personal histories? Have you ever had to overcome your own outdated ideas/beliefs in order to grow as a person?
I actually agree with everyone on this but I know it is difficult to overcome beliefs you have grown up with. Children learn from their parents. Yes, it is possible to change but in doing so you must come to the realization that the people you loved ... - sharalynnep
Do you think secrecy is worth the price?
Yes. What?? No really, the price of the secret is based solely upon what the individual can endure. In fact, I believe that the price paid by the bearer has very little to do with the cost of keeping the secret, and it is the price of the truth that ... - kenanr
Does one's personal experiences color the way one reads this book?
I don't think that personal experiences affect a person's reading of this book. Some people may not be as caring as others; there are - sadly- those people who do not care as much if they are not personally affected. However, the ongoing wars around... - rebeccar
Is there a unique, identifiable quality to Southern novels and novelists? What is it?
I am a Southerner, and I love Southern literature! There is usually a strong sense of place and setting is important to the story. Racial tension is often present as well. I loved the way Greg Iles tied the history of the 60s to the tragedy of ... - gdlenehan
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