Mississippi Blood

Mississippi Blood

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"#1 New York Times Bestselling Author 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. Tom Cage's murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. 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--a former soldier--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, New York Times bestselling author 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"--
Publisher: New York, NY :, William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers,, [2017]
Edition: First edition
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062311153
Branch Call Number: FIC ILE
Characteristics: 694 pages ; 24 cm

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Vincent2017
Jun 24, 2017

Not having read the first two of this series, took sometime to get to know the personalities. Fantastic book. Hated for it to end. Would definitely give it 5 stars

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ifhy010
Apr 26, 2017

I waited so long to read this so at the beginning I started it with a chip on my shoulder. I found out from the author that the publisher chose to hold back the book for 2 years. But I also didn't remember all the details of the previous books - but while it seemed slow at the beginning, it suddenly gathered speed and took off. I would say the best of the triology. My favorite. But now, we'll have to wait for the next one - hopefully not 2 years - and I hear that Penn, Serenity and Lincoln are in it!

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Memawrayne
Apr 26, 2017

A doubt slipped in while I was waiting for my turn. What if the author simply fell apart and the story flopped. No disappointment when I finally read the book. EXCELLENT!! The trilogy was well worth reading.

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slipperyelm
Apr 25, 2017

Superb! This author developed the court trial to perfection. At every stage there was a different twist. It was marvelous to read how well his thought process was verbally relayed. Satisfying to the end. If the trilogy is not made into a movie/series, I will be surprised.
Other comments made mention of the strong and deliberate violence that put the issues of race relations and torture such a real part of what this book was about.
I do not recommend it to those who cannot face the truth of the dark side of U.S. history. If you can get past the first chapter in Natchez Burning (book 1), then it will be worth it. I believe that men would find the trilogy breathtaking. Enjoy.

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0007548100dmw
Apr 25, 2017

Iles is a master story teller. This is a great book and a part of a great trilogy. He has the ability to describe the south in such a way that you feel you are there.

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JILLYJELLY
Apr 24, 2017

LOVE, LOVE, LOOOOOOVE this book and the series. Turn your phone off and curl up. Enjoy the ride. Great story.

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USAF1969
Apr 14, 2017

I am a Greg Iles fan. The NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy, of which MISSISSIPPI BLOOD is the last book has been a great read and this book is every bit as engaging, entertaining and thought provoking as the first two. It is a bit different though in that this is more a balanced legal thriller and mystery thriller than the other two. At the same time, for those of us who grew up in the 50s and 60s, the backdrop story of race relations compelled me to think back on those times and my own experiences - some of which were uplifting and some of which were disturbing. But I love the fact that Iles can entertain us with a great thriller, even while provoking us to think about profound issues. He is much like Leon Uris in that regard. So I loved this book and the other two. But to be frank, I did recommend Natchez Burning to a friend who was looking for a good novel. After several days, she told me she had to put the book down because it 'hurt her soul.' I get that too. It is a hard story told in stark language and full of moments of explicit violence. So in fairness, I would want potential readers to be aware of that.

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bixbyjim
Apr 11, 2017

Great trilogy. Excellent book.

Mississippi Blood the last book in Natchez Burning trilogy was worth the wait. I had a hard time putting this book down. The story gave us enough back information from Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree to help us remember back events that took place these novels although I would recommend reading the first two before reading this book. All three are page turning excitement.

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reader7176
Apr 01, 2017

This is a great book and great series of books. I have read everything Greg Iles has written and enjoyed the time I spent with his books.

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