When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.
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"Complex and Good Courtroom Drama!"
Greg Iles' writing reminds me of Grisham in that the plot has many strings tugging the main character in different directions while moving forward. This story has racial issues, political intrigue and a few murders.
Like most long and drawn out novels, there is some fluff that could have been cut out. The story is slow getting started as the characters are introduced and the background on an 30 year-old unsolved murder is introduced. As the story unfolds you don't know who to trust as the good guys or who the bad guys truly are which leaves predicting the ending up in the air. As described by Frank of Pittsburg PA, this story is "like three roller coaster rides - back to back to back -" with twists and turns that keeps snapping your head around.
For me, I don't like stories this long (20 hours) because I eventually lose interest and don't care what the ending will be. But this story kept me hooked wanting to know how Greg Iles will tie the political, racial and murders together and what the outcome of the storylines will be. The court room drama was very good, mostly occurring during the last 5 or 6 hours of the story.
This is my first listen to the narrator. He's not the best but I have no complaints.
"Much better unabridged"
I prefer Dick Hill for the Greg Iles books but this narrator is much better then the one who read Natchez Burning!
This is such a good book that deserves to be listened to in it's full unabridged length. There are so many plot twists and great characters to fill the 20 hours of listening time. This book also fills in background on the characters for the other Penn Cage novels. I highly recommend The Quiet Game.
"What a Great Surprise"
I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.
What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!
I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.
Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.
"Move over Clancy, Iles is in the building!"
My first introduction to Greg Iles was a three set Abridged CD pack which included "The Quiet Game". I was hooked. I bought the Unabridged Version mistakenly thinking it was the follow up to "Natchez Burning". With no other options I listened. It literally wore me out. This book has depth. It has love, love lost then found, a love triangle, race relations, murders, conspiracies, alliances, good cops, bad cops, good Feds, bad Feds, politicians, bad guys becoming good guys and ladies and gentlemen "J. Edgar Hoover". Nothing tricks the readers, just hold on and enjoy the show.
Greg Iles is genius in being able to keep an intricate plot and complex characters moving in different directions keeping listeners on edge. He masterfully changes the action like a major league pitcher changes speed and direction. Sometimes it felt like an NFL QB artfully running a game winning two minute drill. Some of it was implausible but remember, it's a novel. The main characters as well as those on the periphery are solid and relevant. I'd love to see one minor female character return in The Penn Cage series.
I'm patiently awaiting "The Bone Tree". I hate to think Iles might end this series after the third book in his Trilogy. Stay healthy my friend and Godspeed.
"A W E S O M E ! !"
This read was like riding three roller coasters back to back to back while blindfolded! Started with a slow climb then drops and twists and turns all the way to the end. Just when you think you have it figured out, another bombshell drops.
Excellent read, plot(s) and narration. This is a must read!!
This was a great read and thrill ride to the finish! The narrator was very believable and even his female voices as well as the child's voice was very good. I am glad I used my credit for this book. I really like Greg Iles!
"Like Riding White Water Rapids"
This was not an author nor a narrator I was familiar with this one came just by seeing someone in the waiting room of my Pain Mgt. Doctor reading it. Sure glad I listened to him and that we had time to exchange some book names. I stepped into this one not knowing what to expect but by the second hour I was in for the complete ride. And what a ride it has been. Iles does a great job weaving a story of love, loss, incest, corruption in high places and a cold case murder. I listened to the first 6 hours non-stop. For me it was one of those that grabs on and wont let go. The narrator has a very smooth style of delivery.
"Good story, somewhat predictable"
Well written and nicely finished. Strong characters but somewhat stereotypical. Repetitive dialog was ignorable not bad enough to be irritating.
Narration was ok, not exceptional but didn't often distract from the story line.
Not sure I'd be willing to wade into another Mississippi bayou with Mr Iles but the book was mostly pleasurable.
"Had to Write My First Review"
I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Greg Iles. The next book is not out until April 8, 2015. The Bone Tree.
"Vacation gone left..."
I liked the fact of the judge getting what he deserves in the end. I also enjoyed the fact that Penn is with the newspaper editor. What I like least is the fact of Olivia not getting help for her deep rooted issues with the child she had. The situation is awful but it isn't the child's fault
The narrator is phenomenal. Being a southerner myself, he displayed the accents beautifully :)
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