Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage, #6) by Greg IlesLibrarians note: An alternate cover edition can be found here
The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.
Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penns experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations--preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.
During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son--Penns half-brother--who sets in motion the murder case against his father. The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippis violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave.
Tom Cages murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. Unable to trust anyone around him--not even his own mother--Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his fathers case. Together, Penn and Serenity--a former soldier--battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.
Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited.
The Natchez Burning Trilogy by Greg Iles
Greg Iles born is a novelist who lives in Mississippi. He has published seventeen novels and one novella, spanning a variety of genres. Iles was born in in Stuttgart, Germany , where his physician father ran the U. Embassy Medical Clinic. He was raised in Natchez, Mississippi , the setting of many of his novels.
It is revealed that his wife, Sarah, died seven months prior. Cage was previously a prosecuting attorney in Houston , Texas, where he was involved in the trial and conviction of white supremacist Arthur Lee Hanratty, making himself an enemy in the form of John Portman, fictional FBI director. Cage decides to spend some time in his childhood home, Natchez, Mississippi, so that his parents can help him deal with his and Annie's grief. Cage gets involved in investigating the murder of Delano Payton in , which leads him to reunite with former lover, Olivia "Livy" Marston, who has haunted him since her mysterious disappearance after their high-school graduation. With the help of newspaper heiress Caitlin Masters, Cage tries to link Livy's father Leo, to the murder, all the while rediscovering the secrets and intrigue of the town in which he grew up.
Penn Cage watches as the world around him calls into question everything he thinks he knows, including the moral fortitude of his father. Rippling with parallels to our everyday America, Mississippi Blood will, hopefully, push us all to recognize the truths about ourselves and our country. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down; as long as it is, I wished it were longer. This is an amazing work of popular fiction. Iles has always been an exceptional storyteller, and he has invested these volumes with an energy and sense of personal urgency that rarely, if ever, falter. Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him.
Thank you! Delta whodunit master Iles The Bone Tree , , etc. Life for Penn Cage is never a bowl of cherries. A bucket of blood, more like it. Why is his jailed father stubbornly clinging to a secret guaranteed to shake up otherwise sleepy Natchez? Now that the Klan-on-steroids villains have come under new management, what kind of awful mischief are they going to make for the place—and how do they figure in that secret, anyway?
With "Mississippi Blood," Greg Iles brings his intricate 2,page trilogy to a conclusion. Beginning with "Natchez Burning" and continuing in "The Bone Tree," the epic thrillers follow a bloody trail of buried crimes and present-day vengeance. Tom Cage, is now on trial for his life, charged with the race-motivated murder of Viola Turner, his former employee. Cage is stubbornly hiding the truth that could save him — a love affair with the beautiful young African-American nurse. But Penn and Quentin are determined to keep Dr. Cage alive long enough to acquit him. While Penn and his allies have managed to whittle down the Double Eagles and expose their shadowy operations, the most psychopathic of them all, Snake Knox, is still very much alive.