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  1. Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)
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  2. Mississippi Blood: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

The final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles

Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down; as long as it is, I wished it were longer. . . . This is an amazing work of popular fiction.”
   — Stephen King

“One of the longest, most successful sustained works of popular fiction in recent memory… Prepare to be surprised. Iles has always been an exceptional storyteller, and he has invested these volumes with an energy and sense of personal urgency that rarely, if ever, falter.”

—    Washington Post

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. 

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 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, 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. 

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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

I've been an avid reader for over 60 years now, collecting thousands of (primarily) hard cover books written by authors who have impressed me with their story-telling skills, their intelligent plots and sub-plots, their cast of (usually unique) supporting characters, their ability to paint vivid pictures to help immerse me in their stories, their artful presentation of surprising (and sometimes shocking) twists and turns that cause me to reassess and reorganize my thoughts, and the clever use of words and phrases that can cause me to laugh out loud or shed an occasional tear. And it should be easy to see from my first long sentence that my use of "run on" sentences will always prevent me from being a writer.

There are actually very few authors whom I have read (and collected) each and every one of their books. Greg Iles is one of them, along with Dennis Lehane, Stephen King, and James Lee Burke. I have enjoyed the works of several other authors over the years... Read more
I'.ve been( patiently ?)waiting for the conclusion of this trilogy, but I believe it was worth it Iles characterizations are such that I feel like if I ran into them on the street I could start an immediate discussion. I do feel like this one ran a little long as the author took forever to peel the world's largest literary onion. Although usually very accurate about legal matters; "the trial" in this book had enough procedural errors to get any verdict overturned multiple times. I find his views of Mississippi and the south really interesting and educational. I find myself hoping to visit Natchez and The Natchez Trace before too long. This series in general and this book in particular have one of the longest and most intricate plots I have seen
I debated whether to give this book 3 or 4 stars. I liked the previous two books ( 4 1/2 stars) and couldn't wait to read this one, the last of the 3. I've also enjoyed reading most of Iles' other books. Like the two in the trilogy before it I was ready to give this one 4 to 4 1/2 stars also while reading the book. However, the ending was too abrupt especially considering that this was the end of a trilogy. I'll just say that after having had invested all the time I did in reading this trilogy that I thought the ending was something like: oh, we are out of time, let's cut it off, we don't need to explain this or that or what happened to so and so. Or if we stop here maybe we could even sell one more book relating to the other 3 even though we have told the reader this is the 3rd of 3 books in the series. Don't get me wrong. I really enjoyed all 3 of the books, including this one. Mr. Iles has given the reader a good sense of how things are and have been in a place like Natchez... Read more
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