Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
advanced reader's edition; 704 pages
Natchez Burning Series #3
Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles is an amazing, incredible,
extraordinary, stunning literary achievement of nail-biting suspense and
breathtaking drama. It is the very highly recommended conclusion of the
phenomenal epic Natchez Burning trilogy that explores how sins of the past haunt the present. The series includes
Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree and Mississippi Blood. This conclusion to the impressive dramatic series is a contender for my top ten books of the year.
"[W]here good people stand against evil, sooner or later fate demands a reckoning."
Set in Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage and his family are under constant
guard and it appears that their lives are not only under a constant
threat but that everything is collapsing around them as they as they
prepare themselves for the murder trial of his father, Dr. Tom Cage.
Despite the fact that Penn was a lawyer, his father has chosen to keep
him guessing about the defense strategy. Dr. Cage is on trial for
murdering his former African-American nurse, Viola Turner, who worked
for him in the 1960's. Tom Gage had an affair with Viola and fathered a
child. Viola was suffering from terminal cancer and came home to
Mississippi to die, asking Tom Cage to help her. It is their child,
Lincoln Turner, who sets into motion the murder case.
Penn is in a battle for his father's life and his family's safety, while
trying to uncover witnesses who can help Tom by testifying about the
activities of the Double Eagles. Now headed by Snake Knox, the notorious
and murderous Double Eagles, a splinter KKK group, still have a few
loyal followers around. Once you are a double Eagle, you are in it for
life. To talk and betray your brothers means death, which has been
proven time and time again. The nefarious deeds of the Double Eagles are
a huge part of the secrets from the past that haunt Viola and Tom and
threaten the safety of Penn's family still. Snake has recruited the VK, a
motorcycle gang, to assist him.
The courtroom scenes are simple excellent and provide some of the finest
scenes of drama and suspense I've read in quite awhile. There are
several twists and reveals that are heart-stopping and had me racing
through to the next scene... and the next... and the next. Let me just
admit that I stayed up way-too-late over several nights compulsively
reading Mississippi Blood right up to the concluding epilogue. This is sure to be a classic series.
The writing is excellent. The character development is excellent. Allow
me just reiterate what I said about the first book in this stunning
trilogy, Natchez Burning as it hold true for Mississippi Blood: "This
is an excellent book on all
points: great writing, check; intricate plot twists, check; complexity,
check; well-developed characters, check; suspense, check, check, check.
Forget my stuck-overnight-at-the-airport book rating. You'd miss them
calling your next flight. In fact, just save yourself the trouble and
postpone your trip to finish Natchez Burning and jump right into The
Bone Tree. Greg Iles just made another fan." Read this series ASAP.
My review copy was courtesy of HarperCollins
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