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The Quiet Game

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 22, 2006

    Thriller? Yes. Legal? No way!

    A former prosecuting attorney who has become a famous author returns to his home town in Mississippi, only to stir up trouble when he broaches the subject of a long-unsolved civil rights murder. Before long, he incurs the wrath of the town's greatest power broker, the politicians, and even the FBI. Sounds like a great thriller, right? Well, yes and no. Author Greg Iles provides an interesting cast of characters, a great set-up, and plenty of plot twists to keep you occupied. Unfortunately, he can't keep from tripping all over himself trying to spit it all out. The romantic triangle feels trite and cliche, and most of the characters never rise far above stereotype. The protagonist, in particular, spends far too much time droning on and on (and on and on) about his thoughts and feelings, following the narcissistic lead of Richard North Patterson's protagonists, I suppose. At those times especially the plot drags, but Iles usually keeps it moving along. Unfortunately, whenever the plot gets stuck, Iles contrives one unlikely occurrence after another to get it back on track (I won't give examples to keep from giving away plot points, but trust me, you will burst out laughing from the sheer absurdities that pile up in rapid fashion). And LEGAL thriller is definitely a misnomer, since the courtroom is not seen until the final pages, and then the surprise revelations threaten to push the entire book into the realm of the ridiculous, almost like Iles couldn't figure out how to wrap it up before deadline. Yet I have to admit, despite its many flaws, I really enjoyed The Quiet Game, in the same manner I liked reading John Grisham's The Firm. They are both ridiculously cheesy pulp nonsense, but like chocolate-covered gummi bears they are addictive in an unexplainable way. Three-and-a-half stars is probably more like it, but I'm giving Iles the benefit of the doubt for keeping me reading while he tried to pull it all together. Here's hoping he gets it right next time.

    2 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted January 17, 2014

    highly recommended

    Greg Isles again has written an exciting story with great detail to site and characters. I have read every one of his novels and always eagerly await the next one.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 18, 2002

    Not A Very Quiet Game At All

    As a reader of previous Greg Iles books, I've come to enjoy the lengthiness. And in this one, it certainly pays. So many twists and turns make it well worth it. Overall, it's slow to start, but it slowly builds up and explodes at the very end.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Highly Recommended

    This is the first Greg Iles book that I have read. He spins a good intriguing tale, though I thought that some of the segments in the mountains were a tad unreal.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 7, 2013

    great read. maintained interest.

    see above. adult mystery. have not read anything but good by isles.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

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    Very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 2, 2012

    I enjoy all Greg Isles books very much.

    I like the ease of ordering books for my Nook for Barnes and Noble.

    0 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 22, 2011

    Great book

    First time I have read this writer and I am captivated by this book. Well written and very interesting. A must read!

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  • Posted July 21, 2009

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    An unexpected treat

    When I started this book, I thought, "Oh no, this one is going to suck"...but I was so wrong. Although the plot is predictable, the writing style keeps you reading. The characters are well developed and when you get into the story, it's very hard to put down. Recommended to people who enjoy thrillers and the authors John Grisham & Robin Cook.

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  • Posted July 19, 2009

    Great reading

    I enjoyed the audiobook of "Quiet Game" very much. The plot is very interesting with unexpected twists and turns -- keeps you interested the whole time. I have read most of Greg Iles books and have always enjoyed his writing style. You won't be disappointed if you pick this book up, but leave yourselve time to read it or listen to the audiobook. I also recommend Lisa Jackson, Lisa Gardner, Lee Child (Reacher series), James Patterson, Linda Howard, Dan Brown.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 28, 2000

    Has to be great to capture my attention!!

    I am recently getting back into reading books. To be honest The Quiet Game is the first book I've picked up in several years. It took me a while to read this book due to work and other daily occurances, but I kept coming back until I finished! Finally I didn't have to allow myself time to sit and read, the book did that for me!! Outstanding read! Chapters 3 to 38 flew by for me and kept my eyes flowing across each page. Mr. Iles knows how to use words in a way that holds the reader from start to finish! I'm Impressed and looking forward to reading another selection of his writings!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 7, 2000

    The Quiet Game Continues Greg Iles Excellent Work

    My First book by Mr. Iles was Mortal Fear which prompted me to seek out Black Cross. I eagerly awaited his next offering...'The Quiet Game' did not disappoint. A good read.

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