Natchez Burning (Natchez Burning Series #1)

Natchez Burning (Natchez Burning Series #1)

by Greg Iles

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the first novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes The Bone Tree and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses even to speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only one thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs.

With every step costing blood and faith, Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062311092
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 03/31/2015
Series: Penn Cage Series , #4
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 880
Sales rank: 33,484
Product dimensions: 4.20(w) x 7.50(h) x 2.40(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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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
OUTSTANDING!!!!! This is one of the best "who-dunits" I have read in a very long time. I read a lot of Greg Iles, but this is by far the best he has done. I only hope we don't have to wait very long for the sequel. This is great writing. Keeps you going the entire book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am glad I read this on a Nook and didn't know how long it is, because at 850 pages, it is definitely a commitment! I usually don't read books with a lot of violence, but I was intrigued by the setting of the South during the civil rights period as well as in the present. That said, violence aside I simply could not put this book down. It switches viewpoint characters and time periods, but Penn Cage is definitely the protagonist. It left me wanting to read more about him, and though there are several "Penn Cage" novels, I couldn't figure out where NATCHEZ fit into a "trilogy." As there were several frustratingly loose strands at the end of the book, I wrote the author and learned that NATCHEZ is the FIRST in a trilogy that includes THE BONE TREE (due out next April) and UNWRITTEN LAWS (the year after that). The other Penn Cage novels, in order of release, are: The Quiet Game Turning Angel The Devil's Punchbowl The Death Factory (a novella in ebook format only) I was sad to reach the end of the book, sad that a great ride was over, if not complete.
Pslazygirl More than 1 year ago
I have read Greg Iles  books before with varying degrees of approval but with this book I was concerned with the length of the book and whether or not it would hold my interest, about half way through I tired of the subject matter and gave up.  I felt he could have written a fine book in about half the size.   One knows where the storyline is going and it just didn't hold my interest.  Good luck to the ones who do read it hopefully you will not have that problem.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love Greg Iles writing style and have purchased and read everything he has written. This was a truly great book until the last page - I invested several sleepless nights in reading this 830+ page novel, hating the need to get some sleep. Here I am at 3:30 AM reading the last page without realizing it is the last page, thinking one last chapter is going to tie everything up and the next page is - ta da! - Acknowledgements! What a letdown. Then I read this is a trilogy! I absolutely hate reading a story made into a series before all the books are finished because inevitably I have to reread the first book again because it takes so long for the books to be written. Four stars is only a reflection of my disappointment that I must wait at least a year to find resolution for a three day story that lasted 830+ pages - historical sagas taking place over decades make for great series or trilogies, like LeCarre's recent trilogy. This story would have been been better presented as a stand alone book. The story was powerful and well written enough that I would very happily have read another several hundred pages to find resolution.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Finally finished it!!! Way too long...could have been more captive with half the pages. He just went off in too many directions. But I doo like his other books very much.
SoCal_Reader More than 1 year ago
While this story was a page-turner, it was bloated by too many characters, too much gratuitous brutality and too many unbelievable scenarios.  We get the point about good guys and bad guys; don't run it into the ground.  What started as an intriguing story of 1960's era civil rights murders turns preposterous as it unfolds.  This would have been a much better story if it were about three hundred pages shorter and far less repetitive in it's themes.  I understand that the author is setting up a trilogy, but if some of the fat had been cut from this thing, I might be hungrier for the next installment when it's released. Right now, I'm not sure I'd want to commit to another long novel in the series if that outcome will be dissatisfying. 
rogueML More than 1 year ago
I like Ile's books about Natchez; but this one was too long and left too many questions unanswered at the end. For exaample, at one point Caitlin has only 4 hours before a meeting with Penn and her publication deadline; but about 100 pages of activiy occur that could not possibly have occurred in real time during that four hours. After 800+ pages, I expected closure for all the characters and subplots, at least for this story rather than wait for a sequal. It does not need a sequal, the history and storylines that might emanate from Natchez willl create opportunities for the next story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After having read many positive reviews of this book, I looked forward to reading it with eagerness. I read the tome, all 838 pages, so I obviously found it compelling...but still disappointing in the final analysis. Against the backdrop of the ugliness of the civil rights movement in Mississippi in the 60s, a much more poignant story could have been told if two of the principal characters, Penn and Caitlin, were more than caricatured, one dimensional 'super heros', and the plot involving them wasn't so totally over fabricated. The turmoils they experience are a bit far-fetched, and out of dime detective novels. The 'sins of the father' may have to be paid for by the son, but Tom Cage is a far more three-dimensional and believable character than Penn. Don't think I'll be reading the second rendering of this purported three book sequence.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I didn't think it would ever end. Totally implausible, too much killing, too much everything. And now that I  have finished it, I don't think I even like Penn, Caitlin or Tom anymore.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
  cant wait for the next book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
850 pages and he wouldn't get to a denoument for the main story line! Pretty good writer but has no respect for the reader. Obviously looking to sell more books in a soap opera series. I was seriously put off and won't read another.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book was very good, however it left me with unanswered questions,  There has to be a sequel
ShelGirl More than 1 year ago
When I first purchased this new novel by Greg Isles, I was surprised to see that it was over 800 pages. Isles is so adept at follow-through that it was a seamless transition from the last Penn Cage novel (The Devil's Punchbowl) to Natchez Burning. About that 800 page literally flies by. Can't put this one down and am really glad to know Natchez Burning is the first in a trilogy. I've read all of Mr. Isles' books and this is one great read!! Mr Isles, please don't make us wait so long for the next one...Penn Cage is a real winner!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This story is as exciting as you can get,I couldn't put it down
snoops927 More than 1 year ago
I came here to leave a complaint because the ending left so many things unsettled in the story. But now i realize it is a trilogy and all will be made clear in future books. I loved this book. It kept me hooked till the end. I will be impatirntly waiting for the next book in this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Seriously amazing. Greg Iles is to writing - as - Michael Jordan is to basketball. This book (and all of his books) remind me of any of the Pink Floyd albums. A little disturbing at first but, you are drawn in. Soon you're involved to the point of "jammin" and you think, "My God! Every ounce of this is designed by a creative 'mega-force'."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
His best book yet!  Could not put it down! Fast paced writing that keeps you in suspense! 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great read!
Anonymous 5 months ago
Gripping storyCharacters you care aboutHistory lesson
Anonymous 10 months ago
there is nothing good to read on nook.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really did not want to start a 900 page book but I flew though it! Excellent story.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Good character description but mostly very good or very bad. Drama drama! I would not recommend it to optimists.
susanc1249 More than 1 year ago
This is my first Greg Iles book and certainly won't be the last. The book held my interest all the way through and times I couldn't put it down. The story is quite believable, especially for those of us old enough to remember the turmoil of the 60's. The length of this book didn't deter me at all.... the pages just flew by. In fact I am about to start Bone tree next and I will check out some of Mr. Iles' other books
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Absolutely FANTASTIC!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a page turner, now to read The Bone Tree. Rooting for Tom Cage, Penn and Caitlin. It’s sad because there are still so many racists in this world. Greg Isles is one of my favorite authors.