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Author: Greg Iles Narrator: David Ledoux Publisher: HarperCollins Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Penn Cage Series Release Date: April 2014 ISBN: 9780062331854
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From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the first novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes The Bone Tree and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses even to speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only one thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs.

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Quotes & Awards

  • Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down…This is an amazing work of popular fiction.”

    Stephen King

  • Natchez Burning is just flat-out terrific…Its themes about race, violence, tradition, and the eternal smoldering anger of the South [bring] to mind Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner…Greg Iles is back and truly better than ever.”

    Scott Turow, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “I don’t know how Iles did it, but every single page of Natchez Burning is a cliffhanger that will keep you devouring just one more chapter before you put it down…This ambitious, unique novel is the perfect marriage of a history lesson and a thriller.”

    Jodi Picoult, #1 New York Times bestselling author

  • “After a five-year absence from the literary world, Iles returns with an impressive novel packed with tension and suspense. Set in Natchez, Mississippi, and the surrounding environs, this epic tale draws on the atmosphere of the South through some of its most troublesome times.”

    RT Book Reviews (4½ stars)

  • “Much more than a thriller, Iles’s deftly plotted fourth Penn Cage novel doesn’t flag for a moment…This superlative novel’s main strength comes from the lead’s struggle to balance family and honor.”

    Publishers Weekly (starred review)

  • “An absorbing and electrifying tale that thriller fans will be sure to devour.”

    Library Journal (starred review)

  • “This beautifully written novel represents some of the author’s finest work, with sharper characterizations and a story of especially deep emotional resonance, and we eagerly await volume two.”

    Booklist (starred review)

  • “A searing tale of racial hatreds and redemption in the modern South, courtesy of Southern storyteller extraordinaire Iles…A memorable, harrowing tale.”

    Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

  • A Publishers Weekly Pick of the Week, April 2014
  • One of Barnes & Noble's Biggest Books of April 2014
  • An iTunes Top Seller
  • An Amazon Best Book of the Month for May 2014
  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller
  • An NPR bestseller
  • A Wall Street Journal bestseller
  • A Chicago Tribune bestseller
  • A Los Angeles Times bestseller
  • A BookPage Top Pick, May 2014
  • Shortlisted for the 2014 CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger
  • A BookPage Best Book of 2014
  • Finalist for the 2015 International Thriller Writers Award
  • Winner of the 2015 Barry Award for Best Novel

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About the Author

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of more than a dozen 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. His novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries.

About the Narrator

David Ledoux has narrated a wide range of audio books, for which he was won and been nominated for several Audie and Earphones awards. He was named a 2010 Best Voice by AudioFile magazine for his narration of Jonathan Franzen’s Freedom, and he also narrated Sara Gruen’s Water for Elephants and Douglas Copeland’s Nostradamus, among many others.