The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella [NOOK Book]

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Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes an e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from his new novel, Natchez Burning.

When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying ...

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The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella

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Overview

Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes an e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from his new novel, Natchez Burning.

When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request—keeping his secrets for another day.

The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA's office known as the "death factory," which sent more killers to death row than any other in America. While Penn cares for his ailing wife, a tormented forensic technician brings him evidence of a crime lab in chaos, throwing past convictions into doubt and begging Penn to prevent an imminent travesty of justice. With the desperation of a man fighting death in his own home, Penn must find a way to bring the machinery of the death factory to a halt.

Included here is an extended sneak preview of Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780062336682
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
  • Publication date: 3/18/2014
  • Series: Penn Cage Series
  • Sold by: HARPERCOLLINS
  • Format: eBook
  • Pages: 112
  • Sales rank: 1,129
  • File size: 835 KB

Meet the Author

Greg Iles

Greg Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of fourteen New York Times bestsellers, and this 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 is a member of the lit-rock group The Rock Bottom Remainders, lives in Natchez with his wife, and has two children.

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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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 16, 2014

    Depressing

    I love his books. He is a great writer. He is also NOT known as warm and fuzzy author, who has rainbows and and unicorns at the end of every novel. I like that about him. He keeps it real. This story was no different, EXCEPT for this was probably the most depressing piece of writing i have ever read. All he needed was a dead dog and a pickup truck and he could have been writing a country song. BOTTOM LINE: as good as can be expected in 70+ pages, but too much stick and not enough carrot.

    9 out of 9 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 10, 2015

    !

    Free book!? Not really. Just a rehash of the past and a brief introduction into other books. Friday free books used to be worth the wait.

    8 out of 10 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted July 30, 2014

    more from this reviewer

    You may remember me raving about Greg Iles' new book Natchez Bur

    You may remember me raving about Greg Iles' new book Natchez Burning - the first in a planned trilogy.

    I only discovered after reading the book that Iles had penned an 'in-between' Penn Cage novella called The Death Factory that is set just before the beginning of Natchez Burning.

    Before returning to Natchez, Penn worked in a DA's office that became known as The Death Factory - that office sent more people to death row than any other. But when an evidence tech still working there becomes concerned that sloppy evidence handling has put an innocent man behind bars, it is Penn he turns to - not his current employer.

    For those that haven't yet read Natchez Burning, this is a great 'opening' chapter for that book, setting the scene in so many ways. We learn of Tom Cage's illness, and wonder what it is he wanted to tell Penn, see more of Penn's brother Jack and get the full story of Penn's wife's illness and death. And for those new to this series (!!) it's a great introduction to this fantastic character and series. And, there's a great case to boot! Iles's stories are simply a joy to read or listen to. The Death Factory will only whet your appetite for the main course - Natchez Burning.

    However, that being said, I listened to The Death Factory after reading Natchez Burning, and still hugely enjoyed it. More like dessert for me.

    As I said, I did choose to listen. The reader is David LeDoux. He has a great voice with a lovely gravely undertone that just resonates. His southern accent is not overdone or affected, but is understated and just right.

    6 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 12, 2014

    GO PLAY ON FACEBOOK, CHILDREN!

    GO TWEET ON TWITTER! NOT THE PLACE FOR GAMES!

    3 out of 16 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted June 16, 2014

    Recommend

    I like Greg Iles as an author. The settings of his book are places that he has had in other books. I makes for comfortable reading.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted May 30, 2014

    Great Back Story

    I didn't know what to expect, but this short story gave us some insight on reasons he is where he is today. Greater insight on the history of the family. Great read.

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 6, 2014

    Rip-off!

    What a rip-off! Don't bother purchasing.

    2 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted April 16, 2015

    Good writing, but this is just a backstory for the following boo

    Good writing, but this is just a backstory for the following book.

    I was expecting a book, but basically received a narrative of what happened previously. There was no real tension, no real movement. Rather unsatisfying, I thought.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2015

    Very disappointed...was expecting a longer, more interesting rea

    Very disappointed...was expecting a longer, more interesting read than this! Found it boring and would not have purchased if I had realized it was mainly a "teaser" for other books. 

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 11, 2014

    Highly recommend

    Love everything me writes. This was no exception. Can't wait to read, " Natchez Burning".

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 27, 2015

    A waste of my time

    If you want suspense and action, then look somewhere else. This novella was uninteresting.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 24, 2015

    Just ok

    Just ok. A short story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 18, 2015

    Quick read

    I was hoping for something more I thought it ended quite abruptly. I thought he was a good writer, but it was lacking something.

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  • Posted May 11, 2015

    Disappointing

    This was a Free Friday Book and most of the time I am very satisfied. However, had I paid for this book, I would want a refund. It's not actually a book, it is a basically an advertisement for his next book!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 9, 2015

    Made me want to read more of Greg Iles books

    Easy read. Held my interest.

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  • Posted May 8, 2015

    Underwhelmed

    I couldn't get into it. Not for me but someone else may enjoy his writing. Worth a shot.

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  • Posted May 8, 2015

    Highly recommend

    Fast pace sets you up for reading Natchez Burning. I thoroughly enjoyed Iles' characters, and great descriptions.
    I would definitely recommend reading other books by this author. Especially Natchez Burning which is very long but offers so many areas for book club discussions.

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  • Posted April 23, 2015

    This is the first thing I have read by Greg Iles and I enjoyed h

    This is the first thing I have read by Greg Iles and I enjoyed his style of writing.  I will read more by him.  Although you can tell that this
    is part of a series, I understood what the characters were going through even without having read the previous books.  It has made 
    me interested in starting to read the series (which I presume is the point).  

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 13, 2015

    Minus stars

    This was not a book. I love Greg Isles but this was even less tan a story. It felt more like an exerpt from something else because nothing made sense and it felt like it was taken from the middle of a book from all the referrals to other storylines. At less than 60 pages it was a disappointment. Free fridays should at least be a book not a joke.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted April 12, 2015

    good but jmm44

    Wish it was longer

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