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New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with the eagerly anticipated Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.

The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past—into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. With the aid of a local friend and reporter privy to some of Natchez's oldest and deadliest secrets, Penn follows a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one—black or white, young or old, brave or not—is ever truly safe.

With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves and to see justice done, once and for all.

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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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