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The Quiet Game (1999)

de Greg Iles

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Widower Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, where, finding that his father is being blackmailed, he reopens a notorious murder case that involves powerfully dangerous town forces, the FBI, and his own past.
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Greg Iles is a gifted writer. He knows how to set the scene and carry his readers along on a journey of intrigue and action that doesn't let up until the last page. Penn Cage is a prosecutor turned writer that wants nothing more than to console himself and his daughter after the searing death of his wife, Sarah. He chooses to do that in the town he grew up in, Natchez, Mississippi, where his parents still live, and welcome him and their granddaughter with open arms. He doesn't know he's in for the roller-coaster ride of his life when he's confronted by a past love, an unsolved civil rights murder, and a newspaperwoman to be reckoned with. Iles' characters are so real they're still walking around in my living room. This riveting story of love, betrayal, murder, and racial prejudices—that reflect today's headlines just as much as it did in 1968, where the story begins, and 1999 when this book was published—is brutally raw with emotion and gripping reality. The plot is gritty and complex, with many twists and turns, but comes together nicely at the end with a courtroom scene that rivals anything Mr. Grisham has written—and who doesn't love Grisham. I will definitely look forward to reading more books about Penn Cage by Mr. Iles. ( )
  PaulaGalvan | Jul 2, 2021 |
If it wasn’t for so many characters to try and keep track of, this could have 5*. Penn wants to get back at his old girlfriend Livy’s dad. He ruined their romance, took his Dad to court, and got involved in a 1968 race killing - all because he had so much power and money. Getting help from a reporter, Caitlin, Penn uses legal and illegal ways to find evidence. His search reaches all the way to FBI director and even JEdgar Hoover’s involvement in the case. More than once, there are fighting for his life scenes. Along the way Penn gets involved with Livy emotionally and sexually now that his wife is dead. Story moved along with lots of exciting events. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
Started new series. I think I will enjoy the characters and the setting in Natchez, Mississippi. ( )
  RobertaLea | Sep 19, 2020 |
5/5 ❤️ Love the series before I knew it was a series! Such deep and solid reading! I loved this book! ( )
  Squidget | Aug 1, 2020 |
Trying to cope with the recent death of his wife, Mississippi lawyer/author Penn Cage takes his young daughter back to Natchez so his parents can help them deal with the loss. He's barely back in town when he finds himself drawn into an unsolved, racially motivated murder. Cage wants to find out who murdered Del Payton, a black man murdered in a car bomb explosion in 1968. The story is made more complex by a mayor's race in which the black candidate wants the case hushed up until after the election so it will not polarize the community and hurt his chances for election. Making it even more volatile is Caitlin Masters, a newspaper reporter who sees her opportunity to win a Pulitzer prize if she can write the story with enough sensationalism. The pressures build, the unexpected develops, and issues from the past get in the way. Penn's personal life intertwines with history in a fascinating story and he gradually uncovers an intricate conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the FBI.

I read this book many years ago and recently found an old copy and decided to give it a re-read. I loved Iles' first three books but I've just never warmed that much to the Penn Cage series. I thought in this particular case he went a little too far on some of his plot twists and his characters needed a little more development. You can't argue with his knowledge of Natchez which was richly atmospheric. I did enjoy the story and may pick up the some of the others now that I've reacquainted myself with Penn and Caitlin.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
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