A new day has dawned…but the darkest evils live forever in the murky depths of a Southern town.
Penn Cage was elected mayor of Natchez, Mississippi—the hometown he returned to after the death of his wife—on a tide of support for change. Two years into his term, casino gambling has proved a sure bet for bringing new jobs and fresh money to this fading jewel of the Old South. But deep inside the Magnolia Queen, a fantastical repurposed steamboat, a depraved hidden world draws high-stakes players with money to burn on their unquenchable taste for blood sport and the dark vices that go with it. When an old high school friend hands him blood-chilling evidence, Penn alone must beat the odds tracking a sophisticated killer who counters his every move, placing those nearest to him—including his young daughter, his renowned physician father, and a lover from the past—in grave danger, and all at the risk of jeopardizing forever the town he loves.
With his gift for crafting “a keep-you-engaged-to-the-very-last-page thriller” (USA Today) at full throttle, Greg Iles brings back Penn Cage, the sharply honed, unforgettable hero from his most popular novels, in this electrifying suspense masterpiece.
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"I almost didn't continue reading this book because of the subject matter. For some reason, I can tolerate reading about awful things happening to people, but not at the same level to animals. Since this book is about prostitution, gambling, and dogfighting, I was sure that I would have trouble--particularly remembering that this author holds back very little in his descriptions. However, the illusions were restrained enough that I retained my indignation at the act, but was able to continue to read the story. I do like Greg Iles and with another book coming out with this character, I look forward to the next installment."
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