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The Quiet Game (Penn Cage, Bk 1)
The Quiet Game - Penn Cage, Bk 1
Author: Greg Iles
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... — Natchez, Mississippi, is the jewel of...  more »
ISBN-13: 9780451180421
ISBN-10: 0451180429
Publication Date: 7/1/2000
Pages: 576
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.

4 stars, based on 352 ratings
Publisher: Signet Book
Book Type: Mass Market Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover, Audio Cassette, Audio CD
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Although it takes place in Natchez, Miss., and is flavored with the violence and seamy undertones of a Southern Gothic, this fourth thriller by Iles (Spandau Phoenix) owes just as much to a familiar parallel universe where wealthy male lawyers double as tragic heroes, women are invariably smart and attractive, and trials are by definition "high profile." After his wife's death, Penn Cage, a former Houston prosecutor and a bestselling suspense novelist, retreats to his parents' home in Natchez with his grieving young daughter. The healing process is interrupted when Cage learns that someone is blackmailing his father, a saintly family doctor who once made a lethal mistake. In tracing the source of his father's moral dilemma, Cage stumbles upon a trail of lies surrounding the unsolved murder of a black man in 1968. He determines to reopen the case, even though his antebellum hometown is smoldering with racial tension. With the assistance of Caitlin Masters, the attractive, smart and ambitious publisher of the local newspaper, Cage gradually uncovers an intricate conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the FBI.
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This is an excellent book. The protagonist, Penn Cage, is multi-dimensional and believable as a father, son, and widow. I have a few quibbles with Iles about the likeliness of some escapes and the timing of some revealed evidence. I kept reading past 10 pm and it is a rare book that I will do that for these days. I have never been to Natchez, but the descriptive power of Iles allows me to almost think I have. There is a second book with Penn Cage as protagonist (Turning Angel) and two more set in Natchez (Blood Memory, True Evil).
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Iles is one of my favorite authors! This is truly one of his best.
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Good read, keeps you on the edge of your seat.
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Natchez, Mississippi, is the jewel of the antebellum South, a city of old money and older sins, where passion, power and racial tensions seethe beneath its elegant facade.

It is here that Penn Cage, a Houston prosecutor turned novelist, returns to his childhood home, hoping to find some solace in the aftermath of his wife's death. But peace is not what he finds.

Penn is stunned to discover that his own family is trapped in a web of intrigue and danger. But as Penn tries to right the wrongs, he stumbles over the town's darkest secret-and soon learns that this haunting mystery is inextricably bound up with the highest levels of government. With the town closing ranks around him, Penn suddenly realizes that his crusade for justice may cost him his illustrious career-and his life....
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Excellent story. This story takes part before "The Devil's Punchbowl", when Penn Cage first meets Caitlin (the reporter). I couldn't put it down!
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Greg Iles is at his best with his character, Penn Cage. Keeps you going until the very end.
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great book!

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