About The Bone Tree
The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage Novels)
Greg Iles continues the electrifying story begun in his smash New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning in this highly anticipated second installment of an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.
Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.
The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him—is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree.”
The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice—now finally pushed beyond his limits.
Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?
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The Bone Tree is the second part of a trilogy begun with Iles’ fourth Penn Cage book, Natchez Burning. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend at least readiing it if not eventually all of the books featuring Cage. The reading can be hard and ugly but dealing with the south and segregation and the crimes that toomk place were hard and ugly. The good guys are kind of bad but in a good way and the bad guys are downright despicable and but sometimes surprise you by doing something good. And sometimes you just can’t tell the good guys from the bad guys. My mother, from Tennessee, always says The south doesn’t hide its crazy relatives and its old people, but puts them right out there on the front porch with their iced tea for everyone to see. And Greg Iles puts them right out there, too. His porch, or his books in this case, are filled with them and Natchez, Mississippi is no exception. I’ve been reading him for some time and he just gets better. Don’t miss The Bone Tree or Natchez Burning. And keep your eye out for the sixth of the Penn Cage books that completes this trilogy and continues where number five leaves off. That would be The Unwritten Laws. Got that? And take a look at a porch next time you’re in the South…
About Greg Iles
Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and studied the American novel under acclaimed southern writer Willie Morris at the University of Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He is a member of the lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders” and lives in Natchez with his two teenaged children.
Find out more about Greg at his website<ins http://www.gregiles.com/
Thank you to TLC Book Tours and the publisher for providing me with a copy of The Bone Tree for reviewing purposes. This did not influence my review in any way.