As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death
row. But as mayor of his hometown—Natchez, Mississippi—Penn will face his most
dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of
the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But
in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino
gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave
market, like props from Gone with the
But one boat isn’t like the others.
Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull
the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them—on
sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night—come
pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an
unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport—and the dark vices that go with
it. When a childhood friend of Penn’s who brings him evidence of these crimes
is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the
local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden
enemy and, with his family’s lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are
those bound to him by blood or honor.
Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost
preternatural ability to anticipate—and counter—their every move. Ultimately,
victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn’s allies dead—and
Natchez changed forever.
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