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A man returns to his Southern home town and himself unraveling an old and highly charged murder case.
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Greg Iles, a gifted young suspense novelist from Natchez, Mississippi, is nothing if not ambitious. His first two novels, Spandau Phoenix and Black Cross, were sprawling, wide-screen thrillers set against meticulously researched World War II backdrops. His third book, Mortal Fear, combined cutting edge computer technology with an effective variation on that modern archetype, the serial killer. (Mortal Fear, unfortunately, seemed to run out of steam in the final chapters, but for most of its length, was an original and thoroughly engrossing piece of work.) And now we have The Quiet Game, which may be Iles's most ambitious novel to date, a book that is at once a courtroom drama, a murder mystery, a meditation on the recent history of race relations in Mississippi, and a lively, full-blooded example of the Southern Gothic.

As The Quiet Game opens, Penn Cage -- a prosecuting attorney turned bestselling novelist -- is returning, with his four-year-old daughter, to his childhood home of Natchez, where he hopes to recover from the extended trauma of his wife's recent death. Once there, he finds himself quickly caught up in an interconnected series of events whose roots reach back into his -- and his family's -- personal past, and into the troubled, sometimes violent history of Natchez itself.

Shortly after his arrival, Penn discovers that his father, a respected physician, is being blackmailed by a local lowlife named Ray Presley. At about the same time, during the course of an interview with Caitlin Masters, the beautiful, Boston-born publisher of The Natchez Examiner, he inadvertently draws attention to the most notorious race crime in the city's history: the unsolved murder of Del Payton, a black factory worker killed by a car bomb in 1968. Penn's caustic, casually delivered comments on the case have immediate and unexpected consequences: Del's widow, Althea Payton, asks Penn to reinvestigate her husband's murder, while several other parties, each with their own agendas to protect, attempt to pressure Penn into ignoring the request, and allowing the case to remain safely -- and permanently -- unsolved.

Penn's own inclination is to do just that until he meets a tormented, alcoholic policeman named Ike Ransom. Ransom makes the unsubstantiated claim that the person responsible for the Payton murder was Judge Leo Marsden, the man who nearly destroyed Penn's father by implacably pursuing a frivolous malpractice suit some 20 years before. Yielding to the desire for personal revenge, Penn reverses his original position and agrees to take a fresh look at the 30-year-old mystery.

Penn's investigation forms the heart of the narrative and leads, eventually, in some unexpected directions. Before it is complete, that investigation will widen to encompass not only the Payton murder, but the personal history of the Cage family, the tragic sexual secrets of Livy Marsden -- Penn's former lover and Leo Marsden's daughter -- and the paranoid manipulations of the long-deceased J. Edgar Hoover. His pursuit of the elusive truth leads Penn from the mansions and ghettos of Natchez to a cabin in the Colorado mountains, and culminates in a desperate, winner-take-all slander trial whose outcome remains uncertain until the final pages.

The Quiet Game is a densely detailed, swiftly paced novel that constantly runs the risk of going over the top, but never quite does. In the end, Iles holds it all together through an impressive combination of nerve, ingenuity, and narrative energy, and through the sense of personal conviction with which he invests the entire complex enterprise. Like its edgy, impulsive narrator/hero, The Quiet Game moves relentlessly toward closure, and toward a hard-won sense of personal redemption. Along the way, it addresses a number of difficult issues, issues concerning race, class, family, the burdens of history, and the enduring importance of moral accountability. The result is an intricate and absorbing story by a writer who is constantly evolving and who seems likely to produce some significant popular fiction in the years to come. (Bill Sheehan)

Publishers Weekly - Publisher's Weekly
Although it takes place in Natchez, Miss., and is flavored with the violence and seamy undertones of a Southern Gothic, this fourth thriller by Iles (Spandau Phoenix) owes just as much to a familiar parallel universe where wealthy male lawyers double as tragic heroes, women are invariably smart and attractive, and trials are by definition "high profile." After his wife's death, Penn Cage, a former Houston prosecutor and a bestselling suspense novelist, retreats to his parents' home in Natchez with his grieving young daughter. The healing process is interrupted when Cage learns that someone is blackmailing his father, a saintly family doctor who once made a lethal mistake. In tracing the source of his father's moral dilemma, Cage stumbles upon a trail of lies surrounding the unsolved murder of a black man in 1968. He determines to reopen the case, even though his antebellum hometown is smoldering with racial tension. With the assistance of Caitlin Masters, the attractive, smart and ambitious publisher of the local newspaper, Cage gradually uncovers an intricate conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the FBI. Forced to confront powerful Judge Leo Marston, who nearly destroyed his father in pursuing an unrelated, unfounded malpractice accusation decades before, Cage must also face Marston's daughter, Livy, his old high school sweetheart, who tries to persuade Cage to let sleeping dogs lie. It is difficult at times to sympathize with Cage, who proselytizes about truth, justice and obligation, yet destroys evidence to protect his father and fails to properly shield his loved ones as he single-mindedly pursues the case. Still, this ably crafted, richly atmospheric legal thriller is engrossing, and readers will forgive Iles's protagonist a few shortcomings. Agent, Aaron Priest. Major ad/promo; 15-city author tour; British rights to Hodder Headline; audio rights to Recorded Books. (Sept.) Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Library Journal
A decision to give up a lucrative law practice in Houston and return to his home town in Natchez, MS, plunges author/ attorney Penn Cage headlong into a 30-year-old unsolved murder with all the trappings of a civil rights case. Penn's motives smack of personal vendetta, since the man he suspects of planning the murder is a powerful former state's attorney and judge who tried to ruin the medical practice of Penn's father through an unsuccessful malpractice suit several years earlier. As Penn probes into the murder, he begins to discover an FBI cover-up, thrusting his family into a life-threatening situation. Iles Mortal Fear has penned a Southern superthriller that rivals John Grisham's best. Fast-paced action, surprise tactics, and down-and-dirty legal maneuvering played out below the surface calm of the deep South will transfix the reader to the very last page. Recommended for all public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 5/1/99.]--Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 1999 Cahners Business Information.
Charles Winecoff
It's a tribute to Iies' flair for characterization that this capacious thriller grabs you fast and keeps you glued. Such a stunt wouldn't be nearly as much fun if his cast of living, breathing Southerners didn't make you care.
Entertainment Weekly
Kirkus Reviews
Preposterous, but eminently suspenseful, legal procedural about a Mississippi river town's buried secrets, by the author of Mortal Fear (1996), etc. Penn Cage, once a Texas prosecutor, now an infinitely wealthy bestselling lawyer-novelist, can't get over the recent cancer death of his wife, and is just a bit troubled about death threats from the brother of a demented white supremacist he put on death row. After a vacation in Disney World with his daughter Annie, Cage embarks on an extended visit with his parents in Natchez, Tennessee, where he finds that Ray Presley, a white-trash former cop is blackmailing Penn's saintly physician father. It seems that Presley filched a gun from the good doctor, then used it in an unsolved murder. Now, Penn buys back the gun from Presley with a mountain of cash, and later sits down for a famous author interview with the young, rich, beautiful, and brainy Caitlin Masters, the Pulitzer-crazed publisher of the local newspaper, during which he mentions, in passing, a 1968 racially motivated murder of Del Peyton, a young, black factory worker that both the police and the FBI failed to solve. Masters prints her interview, stirring up old animosities all over, including a rancorous legal dispute between Cage's father and Judge Leo Marston, a local powerbroker who was a district attorney at the time. Peyton's widow suddenly appears and asks the famous writer to find who killed her husband. Penn reluctantly agrees, then runs into his old girlfriend, Livy Marston, Leo's flawless, southern-belle daughter. Livy mysteriously ditched Cage 20 years ago, but now can't wait to stoke the old fire. Meanwhile, FBI Director John Portman, Cage's old nemesis, weighs in withnasty threats as Cage braves bullies, dodges bullets, rides down icy rapids, and prepares for a courtroom battle. Breezy, Grisham-style read that tweaks the conventions of southern gothic. (Author tour)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781587884078
  • Publisher: Brilliance Audio
  • Publication date: 3/28/2001
  • Format: Cassette
  • Edition description: Abridged
  • Product dimensions: 4.18 (w) x 7.13 (h) x 1.24 (d)

Meet the Author

Greg Iles
Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany. He founded the band Frankly Scarlet, plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, and is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Blood Memory and 24 Hours. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.

Biography

Greg Iles has led a sort of double life as a novelist. His first books, based on extrapolations from real events in World War II, earned him an initial following, but his very modern crime novels are what currently hold his -- and his readers' -- focus. His tight pacing and chilling, innovative concepts have made him especially attractive to Hollywood, which has optioned and/or expressed interest in several of his books.

Iles's first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was about the secret escape of a Nazi soldier and the chilling plot related in his discovered diaries. It was a mixed success critically, earning praise for its premise but low marks on style. Since then, Iles has clearly developed as a novelist, and branched out in themes too.

With his second novel, Black Cross, Iles displayed more of a voice and more streamlined plotting in his story of a conspiracy to use the Nazi's own weapons against them. Those first two titles did become bestsellers; but by the time Iles shifted gears to write crime thrillers set in his native Mississippi, he found himself getting even more attention -- and better reviews. His next two books, Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game, remain his personal favorites. Iles was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy, in 1961. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and played guitar in a rock band for several years before trying his hand at writing novels.

Moving from screenplays to thrillers to speculative historical fiction, Iles continues to stretch as a writer. He also indulges his love for music (he once played guitar in the band Frankly Scarlet) by performing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, an author side project that includes writers Stephen King, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan

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After graduation from college, Iles worked as an x-ray and lab technician for his father, dug ditches, and worked as a professional guitarist and singer.

Iles has the ability to be gloomily prophetic, but not intentionally. In an online chat in 1997, a fan pointed out that some real-life Internet-related murders had followed his Mortal Fear. Iles responded: "A lot of my books have been that way. My World War II thriller about Sarin gas [Black Cross] was published two months before the Sarin attack in the Japanese subway. There are very weird coincidences out there. And I do have one surefire plot I have not and probably never will write, because of my fear someone will carry it out."

Iles's wife is a high-school sweetheart whom he married when he was 29.

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    1. Hometown:
      Natchez, Mississippi
    1. Date of Birth:
      November 30, 1960
    2. Place of Birth:
      Stuttgart, Germany
    1. Education:
      B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983
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Chapter One


I am standing in line for Walt Disney's It's a Small World ride, holding my four-year-old daughter in my arms, trying to entertain her as the serpentine line of parents and children moves slowly toward the flat-bottomed boats emerging from the grotto to the music of an endless audio loop. Suddenly Annie jerks taut in my arms and points into the crowd.

    "Daddy! I saw Mama! Hurry!"

    I do not look. I don't ask where. I don't because Annie's mother died seven months ago. I stand motionless in the line, looking just like everyone else except for the hot tears that have begun to sting my eyes.

    Annie keeps pointing into the crowd, becoming more and more agitated. Even in Disney World, where periodic meltdowns are common, her fit draws stares. Clutching her struggling body against mine, I work my way back through the line, which sends her into outright panic. The green metal chutes double back upon themselves to create the illusion of a short queue for prospective riders. I push past countless staring families, finally reaching the relative openness between the Carousel and Dumbo.

    Holding Annie tighter, I rock and turn in slow circles as I did to calm her when she was an infant. A streaming mass of teenagers breaks around us like a river around a rock and pays us about as much attention. A claustrophobic sense of futility envelops me, a feeling I never experienced prior to my wife's illness but which now dogs me like a malignant shadow. If I could summon a helicopter to whisk us back to the Polynesian Resort, I would pay ten thousand dollarsto do it. But there is no helicopter. Only us. Or the less-than-us that we've been since Sarah died.

    The vacation is over. And when the vacation is over, you go home. But where is home? Technically Houston, the suburb of Tanglewood. But Houston doesn't feel like home anymore. The Houston house has a hole in it now. A hole that moves from room to room.

    The thought of Penn Cage helpless would shock most people who know me. At thirty-eight years old, I have sent twelve men and women to death row. I watched nine of them die. I've killed in defense of my family. I've given up one successful career and made a greater success of another. I am admired by my friends, feared by my enemies, loved by those who matter. But in the face of my child's grief, I am powerless.

    Taking a deep breath, I hitch Annie a little higher and begin the long trek back to the monorail. We came to Disney World because Sarah and I brought Annie here a year ago—before the diagnosis—and it turned out to be the best vacation of our lives. I hoped a return trip might give Annie some peace. But the opposite has happened. She rises in the middle of the night and pads into the bathroom in search of Sarah; she walks the theme parks with darting eyes, always alert for the vanished maternal profile. In the magical world of Disney, Annie believes Sarah might step around the next corner as easily as Cinderella. When I patiently explained that this could not happen, she reminded me that Snow White rose from the dead just like Jesus, which in her four-year-old brain is indisputable fact. All we have to do is find Mama, so that Daddy can kiss her and make her wake up.

    I collapse onto a seat in the monorail with a half dozen Japanese tourists, Annie sobbing softly into my shoulder. The silver train accelerates to cruising speed, rushing through Tomorrowland, a grand anachronism replete with Jetsons-style rocket ships and Art Deco restaurants. A 1950s incarnation of man's glittering destiny, Tomorrowland was outstripped by reality more rapidly than old Walt could have imagined, transformed into a kitschy parody of the dreams of the Eisenhower era. It stands as mute but eloquent testimony to man's inability to predict what lies ahead.

    I do not need to be reminded of this.

    As the monorail swallows a long curve, I spy the crossed roof beams of the Polynesian Resort. Soon we will be back inside our suite, alone with the emptiness that haunts us every day. And all at once that is not good enough anymore. With shocking clarity a voice speaks in my mind. It is Sarah's voice.

    You can't do this alone, she says.

    I look down at Annie's face, angelic now in sleep.

    "We need help," I say aloud, drawing odd glances from the Japanese tourists. Before the monorail hisses to a stop at the hotel, I know what I am going to do.


    I call Delta Airlines first and book an afternoon flight to Baton Rouge—not our final destination, but the closest major airport to it. Simply making the call sets something thrumming in my chest. Annie awakens as I arrange for a rental car, perhaps even in sleep sensing the utter resolution in her father's voice. She sits quietly beside me on the bed, her left hand on my thigh, reassuring herself that I can go nowhere without her.

    "Are we going on the airplane again, Daddy?"

    "That's right, punkin," I answer, dialing a Houston number.

    "Back home?"

    "No, we're going to see Gram and Papa."

    Her eyes widen with joyous expectation. "Gram and Papa? Now?"

    "I hope so. Just a minute." My assistant, Cilia Daniels, is speaking in my ear. She obviously saw the name of the hotel on the caller-ID unit and started talking the moment she picked up. I break in before she can get rolling. "Listen to me, Cil. I want you to call a storage company and lease enough space for everything in the house."

    "The house?" she echoes. "Your house? You mean `everything' as in furniture?"

    "Yes. I'm selling the house."

    "Selling the house. Penn, what's happened? What's wrong?"

    "Nothing. I've come to my senses, that's all. Annie's never going to get better in that house. And Sarah's parents are still grieving so deeply that they're making things worse. I'm moving back home for a while."

    "Home?"

    "To Natchez."

    "Natchez."

    "Mississippi. Where I lived before I married Sarah? Where I grew up?"

    "I know that, but—"

    "Don't worry about your salary. I'll need you now more than ever."

    "I'm not worried about my salary. I'm worried about you. Have you talked to your parents? Your mother called yesterday and asked for your number down there. She sounded upset."

    "I'm about to call them. After you get the storage space, call some movers and arrange transport. Let Sarah's parents have anything they want out of the house. Then call Jim Noble and tell him to sell the place. And I don't mean list it, I mean sell it."

    "The housing market's pretty soft right now. Especially in your bracket."

    "I don't care if I eat half the equity. Move it."

    There's an odd silence. Then Cilla says, "Could I make you an offer on it? I won't if you never want to be reminded of the place."

    "No ... it's fine. You need to get out of that condo. Can you come anywhere close to a realistic price?"

    "I've got quite a bit left from my divorce settlement. You know me."

    "Don't make me an offer. I'll make you one. Get the house appraised, then knock off twenty percent. No realtor fees, no down payment, nothing. Work out a payment schedule over twenty years at, say ... six percent interest. That way we have an excuse to stay in touch."

    "Oh, God, Penn, I can't take advantage like that."

    "It's a done deal." I take a deep breath, feeling the invisible bands that have bound me loosening. "Well ... that's it."

    "Hold on. The world doesn't stop because you run off to Disney World."

    "Do I want to hear this?"

    "I've got bad news and news that could go either way."

    "Give me the bad."

    "Arthur Lee Hanratty's last request for a stay was just denied by the Supreme Court. It' s leading on CNN every half hour. The execution is scheduled for midnight on Saturday. Five days from now."

    "That's good news, as far as I'm concerned."

    Cilla sighs in a way that tells me I'm wrong. "Mr. Givens called a few minutes ago." Mr. Givens and his wife are the closest relatives of the black family slaughtered by Hanratty and his psychotic brothers. "And Mr. Givens doesn't ever want to see Hanratty in person again. He and his wife want you to attend in their place. A witness they can trust. You know the drill."

    "Too well." Lethal injection at the Texas State Prison at Huntsville, better known as the Walls. Seventy miles north of Houston, the seventh circle of Hell. "I really don't want to see this one, Cil."

    "I know. I don't know what to tell you."

    "What's this other news?"

    "I just got off the phone with Peter." Peter Highsmith is my editor, a gentleman and scholar, but not the person I want to talk to just now. "He would never say anything, but I think the house is getting anxious about Nothing But the Truth. You're nearly a year past your deadline. Peter is more worried about you than about the book. He just wants to know you're okay."

    "What did you tell him?"

    "That you've had a tough time, but you're finally waking back up to life. You're nearly finished with the book, and it's by far the best you've ever written."

    I laugh out loud.

    "How close are you? You were only half done the last time I got up the nerve to ask you about it."

    I start to lie, but there's no point. "I haven't written a decent page since Sarah died."

    Cilla is silent.

    "And I burned the first half of the manuscript the night before we left Houston."

    She gasps. "You didn't!"

    "Look in the fireplace."

    "Penn ... I think you need some help. I'm speaking as your friend. There are some good people here in town. Discreet."

    "I don't need a shrink. I need to take care of my daughter."

    "Well ... whatever you do, be careful, okay?"

    "A lot of good that does. Sarah was the most careful person I ever knew."

    "I didn't mean—"

    "I know. Look, I don't want a single journalist finding out where I am. I want no part of that deathwatch circus. It' s Joe's problem now." Joe Cantor is the district attorney of Harris County, and my old boss. "As far as you know, I'm on vacation until the moment of the execution."

    "Consider yourself incommunicado."

    "I've got to run. We'll talk soon."

    "Make sure we do."

    When I hang up, Annie rises to her knees beside me, her eyes bright. "Are we really going to Gram and Papa's?"

    "We'll know in a minute."

    I dial the telephone number I memorized as a four-year-old and listen to it ring. The call is answered by a woman with a cigarette-parched Southern drawl no film producer would ever use, for fear that the audience would be unable to decode the words. She works for an answering service.

    "Dr. Cage's residence."

    "This is Penn Cage, his son. Can you ring through for me?"

    "We sure can, honey. You hang on."

    After five rings, I hear a click. Then a deep male voice speaks two words that somehow convey more emotional subtext than most men could in two paragraphs: reassurance, gravitas, a knowledge of ultimate things.

    "Doctor Cage," it says.

    My father's voice instantly steadies my heart. This voice has comforted thousands of people over the years, and told many others that their days on earth numbered far less than they'd hoped. "Dad, what are you doing home this time of day?"

    "Penn? Is that you?"

    "Yes."

    "What's up, son?"

    "I'm bringing Annie home to see you."

    "Great. Are you coming straight from Florida?"

    "You could say that. We're coming today."

    "Today? Is she sick?"

    "No. Not physically, anyway. Dad, I'm selling the house in Houston and moving back home for a while. What comes after that, I'll figure out later. Have you got room for us?"

    "God almighty, son. Let me call your mother."

    I hear my father shout, then the clicking of heels followed by my mother's voice. "Penn? Are you really coming home?"

    "We'll be there tonight."

    "Thank God. We'll pick you up at the airport."

    "No, don't. I'll rent a car."

    "Oh ... all right. I just ... I can't tell you how glad I am."

Something in my mother's voice triggers an alarm. I can't say what it is, because it's in the spaces, not the words, the way you hear things in families. Whatever it is, it's serious. Peggy Cage does not worry about little things.
"Mom? What's the matter?"

"Nothing. I'm just glad you're coming home."

    There is no more inept liar than someone who has spent a lifetime telling the truth. "Mom, don't try to—"

    "We'll talk when you get here. You just bring that little girl where she belongs."

    I recall Cilla's opinion that my mother was upset when she called yesterday. But there's no point in forcing the issue on the phone. I'll be face to face with her in a few hours. "We'll be there tonight. Bye."

    My hand shakes as I set the receiver in its cradle. For a prodigal son, a journey home after eighteen years is a sacred one. I've been home for a few Christmases and Thanksgivings, but this is different. Looking down at Annie, I get one of the thousand-volt shocks of recognition that has hit me so many times since the funeral. Sometimes Sarah's face peers out from Annie's as surely as if her spirit has temporarily possessed the child. But if this is a possession, it is a benign one. Annie's hazel eyes transfix mine with a look that gave me much peace when it shone from Sarah's face: This is the right thing, it says.

    "I love you, Daddy," she says softly.

    "I love you more," I reply, completing our ritual. Then I catch her under the arms and lift her high into the air. "Let's pack! We've got a plane to catch!"

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  • Posted November 29, 2010

    Great book

    I read this book as a library copy when it was first published and have not been able to get the story out of my brain all these many years later. In fact, I've been searching for a hardback copy for my library ever since. One of the best books ever-marvelous story, great Southern atmosphere, and a page-turner of the first degree. Read it!

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted November 9, 2007

    characters woven like tapistries, rich in character

    Decidedly one of the very best books I have had the pleasure of reading, and I am a voracious reader. A writer that will make you think,feel sometimes provoke you to wrath, all the while spinning an engaging tale of murder, treachery, misguided love and sometimes anguish. I cant say enough, this author will snare you into his world

    3 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 4, 2010

    Simply a Great Book

    For me, this was a no-put-down, action packed, great book! I don't think that I ever read a book so fast, even though its length (over 600 pages) was intimidating before I began. If novels with a Southern setting intrigues you, you'll simply love this book. The Entertainment Weekly review captures the essense - "This thriller grabs you fast and keeps you glued." Lots of twists and turns, keeps you guessing all the way through the novel. Masterfully written! It's close to the best book that I have ever read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted November 21, 2009

    He is one of the best authors ever!

    spellbinding.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 22, 2007

    avid reader

    This book was the first book I have read of Greg Iles. 'The Quiet Game' kept me up till hours in to the night. I will definately buy the sequel in paperback that has just come out. If you like John Grisham, you will like this book.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 23, 2010

    THE QUIET GAME

    I have read at least 5 of Greg Iles books and they are all great. But I think this is the best.

    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.

    1 out of 1 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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 1, 2013

    Highly recommended

    Great reading. Hard to put down. The author did a masterful job in weaving all the characters into the story. Hope to read more from him.

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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 August 25, 2013

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 13, 2013

    Anonymous

    Very good read

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 25, 2012

    Lois

    Loved this book. This is the second book i have read by this author and i cant wait to start another book by him. This book is a real page turner,once you start this book you cant put ot down. If you like a suspenseful book i highly recommened this book

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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 12, 2012

    Greg

    Pumps deeper and harder

    0 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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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 2 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 October 18, 2010

    great

    Long, but worth the read - very suspenseful

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 13, 2010

    Greg Iles is as good as they say.

    This is the first novel I've read by Greg Iles. I was very impressed with his unique writing style, historical detail regarding the Mississippi location where he grew up (in real life) as well as his intriguing plot. It was a great thriller with lots of twists and turns and guessing right until the very end. I would definitely recommend this book to avid readers. It was about 600 pages in paperback but well worth the time. I have already purchased more of his novels and look forward to another impressive book.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 14, 2009

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