Mississippi Blood (Natchez Burning Series #3)

Mississippi Blood (Natchez Burning Series #3)

by Greg Iles

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

GoodReads Choice Award semi finalist, Amazon Best Mysteries & Thrillers of 2017 selection

The final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles

Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. 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.”
   — Stephen King

“One of the longest, most successful sustained works of popular fiction in recent memory… Prepare to be surprised. 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.”

—    Washington Post

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 Penn's 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—Penn's half-brother—who sets in motion the murder case against his father.  The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's 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. 

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 father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity 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, 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. 

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062644008
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/21/2017
Series: Penn Cage Series , #6
Edition description: Large Print
Pages: 1216
Sales rank: 494,141
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.00(h) x 2.10(d)

About the Author

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.


Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Stuttgart, Germany


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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Mississippi Blood: A Novel 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 61 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Perfect ending to the trilogy. Please continue writing Penn Cage novels.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Once again I lose sleep reading Mr. Illes book. A little slow starting, but a tense great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The painful part is waiting for another novel by this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The final book closed the story lines in Greg Iles fashion. Can't wait for the next Penn Cage story line.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another great
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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A great read and a wonderful ending to a great trilogy. Can't wait for the next book from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Relished every word
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This is a long book. There are two stories in the book with the first ending after about 300 pages and the second story continuing on for another 400 pages. Well done. Great story. Hard to put down. Read it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you've read the previous installments, you can't miss this one.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This series with Penn Cage has been truly one of my favorite reads.... i am left wanting more from these characterd.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down. Loved it.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I was harsh in my evaluation of the first two books in this series. They were ponderous, indulgent and dull - not what Greg Iles usually delivers. Not this third installment. Mississippi Blood was as good as the first two were bad. This story had an arc and momentum behind it. You actually felt like you were part of Penn's narrative where for two previous books there was good reason to wonder just why you were reading along. I said I wasn't going to buy this book, that's how disappointed I was with the first two. I was afraid there'd be more of the JFK nonsense along with another story that stalls like a backwater bayou. I bought it anyway because the alternatives in the store that day were worse. I lucked out. My recommendation? If the first two scared you off, buy this one anyway. You won't regret it. If you haven't read one and two. Don't. Just read this one. What you get will far outweigh what you miss.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't stop reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Third book in trilogy was the best, but the first was best until the second.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Another outstanding book from the very talented Greg Iles. Sorry to know that this is the end of the series. However, loved the way it ended. Look forward to many more books from him!!!. Highly recommend to all!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wow! This was a great end to the trilogy! Best book, great author. Interesting from page 1. Planning on reading all of his books. I like the Penn Cage series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This trilogy is the best thing I've read in years. It moves at breakneck speed, especially the final book. Any southerner will be fighting back tears at the historical and emotional accuracy of this wonderful piece of writing.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Couldn't put it down!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Being retired, I read quite a bit. This novel is one of the best I have read. I felt as if I was in the story and one of Penn Cage's right-hand men, traveling with him every step of the way. Outstanding courtroom scenes, deep character development and stunning twists in the plot. This 3rd book in Greg Iles trilogy is not to be missed.
Anonymous 22 days ago
Can't wait to read another Greg Isles masterpiece
Anonymous 4 months ago
An excitibvpp
Anonymous 5 months ago