The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Series #1)

The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Series #1)

by Greg Iles
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The Quiet Game (Penn Cage Series #1) by Greg Iles


From the author of Mississippi Blood comes the first intelligent, gripping thriller in the #1 New York Times bestselling Series. 

Natchez, Mississippi. Jewel of the South. City of old money and older sins. And childhood home of Houston prosecutor Penn Cage. 

In the aftermath of a personal tragedy, this is where Penn has returned for solitude. This is where he hopes to find peace. What he discovers instead is his own family trapped in a mystery buried for thirty years but never forgotten—the town’s darkest secret, now set to trap and destroy Penn as well.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781101146262
Publisher: Penguin Publishing Group
Publication date: 09/01/1999
Series: Penn Cage Series , #1
Sold by: Penguin Group
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 640
Sales rank: 4,215
File size: 1 MB
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Greg Iles was born in Germany, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. He was raised in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. Iles worked for several years as guitarist and vocalist for the band Frankly Scarlet, but after getting married in 1989, decided that a more stable lifestyle was in order.

His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1992 and became a New York Times bestseller.

Iles's second novel, Black Cross, a thriller set during the Holocaust in Germany, was awarded the Mississippi Author's Award for Fiction. Previous winners include Richard Ford, and Donna Tartt. Black Cross also received the Bertelsmann Award for New Fiction, after Iles was nominated for the prize by John Grisham.

In 1997, with his third novel, Iles shifted settings from Europe to his native South. Mortal Fear, a New York Times bestseller, traces a duel between a computer sysop running an exclusive sexual-fantasy chatroom and the serial killer who haunts it. Of Iles's next novel, Jeffery Deaver wrote: “What a compelling story! The Quiet Game takes us on an engrossing, page-turning ride into the heart of terror, past and present, in a Southern town.” Iles’ last book, 24 Hours, was hailed by critics as “a tour de force of suspense” (The Memphis Commercial Appeal), “diabolical” (People), and “brilliantly plotted bone-chilling suspense” (Publishers Weekly). Iles's writing is so immediate that we feel we know his characters personally, and that Penn Cage's search for justice becomes ours.”

Iles lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and two children, and is now at work on his sixth novel. For relaxation, he writes and records original music with a few close friends from his “former life.”


Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Stuttgart, Germany


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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The Quiet Game 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 147 reviews.
Gayle-S More than 1 year ago
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!
Guest More than 1 year ago
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
JayBird2 More than 1 year ago
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.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
mppp More than 1 year ago
I have a new author is my list of favorites!  His well developed characters keep the pages turning and enable you to see things from each of their points of view.  I've already bought another of his books and can't wait to dive in.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was a really good book. Since it was the first in a series i plan to read the next books. I could hardly put it down.
MarienicollBetaIN More than 1 year ago
Fast paced,rush too beat the clock. A book to keep you captivated. A real page turner. It doesn't get any better than having a Iles book in your hand.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
The book keeps coming up with new surprises . It is worth the read.
lvtotvl More than 1 year ago
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.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
First time I have read this writer and I am captivated by this book. Well written and very interesting. A must read!
buster1KK More than 1 year ago
Long, but worth the read - very suspenseful
catloverMJ More than 1 year ago
I have read at least 5 of Greg Iles books and they are all great. But I think this is the best.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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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The scourge of the criminals in the deep South relentlessly strikes fear in the hearts of evil but fails to rescue.......
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deep plot with many twists. A real page turner.
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Amazing book!!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed this book immensely. Kept my interested and could hardly put the book down. Characters were not that many that couldn't keep track of them and thought the book was realistic.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What a thrill ride! Taut mystery, wonderful writing.
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