Sometimes the price of justice is a good man’s soul.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.
“An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption… Iles’s latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment.” — Washington Post
When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.
On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed. His family’s 150-year-old newspaper is failing; and Jet Talal, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club. To Marshall’s surprise, the Poker Club has taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill. But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.
An experienced journalist, Marshall has seen firsthand how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Joining forces with his former lover—who through her husband has access to the secrets of the Poker Club—Marshall begins digging for the truth behind those murders. But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can destroy far more than injustice. The South is a land where everyone hides truths: of blood and children, of love and shame, of hate and murder—of damnation and redemption. The Poker Club’s secret reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., and could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate. But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.
Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.
Can not believe this is not on best sellers list This author captures the South and the way it was Many kudos to him and his true understanding
30 days ago
This book had me hooked and always wanting more. Heartbreaking at times and joyful at others. A total recommended read.
3 months ago
Oh boy. Anyone who thinks this book isn't riveting is crazy. I got the book two days ago, and can barely put it down. It has everything to make this story gripping and exciting. I love Greg Isles. I have read all his books and this one is equally as good at all the others. He is a consummate story teller. You can feel totally immersed in the South as he describes, in detail, not only the places his character inhabits, but learn a lot of things about all kinds of disparate items such as war, history and the South. Very interesting and worth reading.
7 months ago
7 months ago
I have been a Greg Iles fan since Spandau Phoenix. Therefore, I was so looking forward to his first outing since the Mississippi Burning Trilogy, especially since it takes place in Mr Iles beloved South. I was not disappointed. This was a great tale, and I was sucked in from page one. The ease with which Greg Iles writes makes it so easy to get lost and distracted, at least for a while, from all the craziness of every day life; which is what a good book is supposed to do. If you like a great story, unforgettable characters and a couple of twists, this book is for you.
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