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The bone tree / Greg Iles.

By: Iles, Greg [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookSeries: Iles, Greg. Natchez Burning trilogy: 1.; Iles, Greg. Penn Cage series: 5.Publisher: London : HarperCollinsPublishers, 2015Copyright date: ©2015Description: 804 pages ; 24 cm.Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 9780007384303.Subject(s): Cage, Penn (Fictitious character) -- Fiction | Public prosecutors -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- Fiction | Trials (Murder) -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- Fiction | Murder -- Investigation -- Mississippi -- Natchez -- Fiction | Nurses -- Crimes against -- Fiction | Fathers and sons -- Fiction | Natchez (Miss.) -- FictionGenre/Form: Thrillers (Fiction)DDC classification: 813/.54
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Paperback -The electrifying second installment of the NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy by No.1 New York Times bestseller, Greg Iles Picking up where NATCHEZ BURNING left off, THE BONE TREE features former prosecutor Penn Cage, and is set in Natchez, Mississippi, where the past is never truly past, and long-buried secrets turn lethal when exposed to the light of day.
Penn Cage's father, Dr. Tom Cage, stands accused of murder, and each effort to defend him unearths new, shocking secrets, leaving Penn to question whether he ever really knew his father at all. At issue is the murder of Tom's former nurse, Viola Turner. The district attorney is quick to point the finger at Tom, citing his decades-old relationship with Viola. When Tom is taken into custody, Penn must explore the dangerous territory of Tom and Viola's shared history, set squarely in the most harrowing years of civil-rights-era Mississippi. What was the relationship between Tom, Viola, and the 'Double Eagle Club, ' an ultraviolent group of hardened men who considered themselves smarter, tougher, and more elite than their peers in the FBI-infiltrated Ku Klux Klan? In Natchez, Mississippi, where the past is never truly past, long-buried secrets tend to turn lethal when exposed to the light of day. For Penn Cage, the cost of solving this case is no exception.
Summary: Former prosecutor Penn Cage faces the crisis of a lifetime. His family has been torn apart and his father made a fugitive after being accused of murdering an African-American nurse. Now, Penn has unwittingly started a war with the Double Eagles, a violent faction of the KKK who know more about Dr. Tom Cage than Penn ever did. Tracking his father through Natchez and beyond, Penn is targeted by criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches the top levels of state government - people who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out. To clear Tom's name, Penn must either make a deal with the devil or destroy him. But there are others pursuing a different mission - one which will lead them to the 'Bone Tree', a legendary killing site that conceals far more than the remains of the dead.
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The electrifying second installment of the NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy by No.1 New York Times bestseller, Greg Iles Picking up where NATCHEZ BURNING left off, THE BONE TREE features former prosecutor Penn Cage, and is set in Natchez, Mississippi, where the past is never truly past, and long-buried secrets turn lethal when exposed to the light of day. Praise for NATCHEZ BURNING: '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 'I don't know how Iles did it, but every single one of the 700+ pages of NATCHEZ BURNING is a cliffhanger that will keep you devouring just one more chapter before you put it down to eat, work, or go to bed. A mystery rooted in the real-life racial divides of the Deep South, this ambitious, unique novel is the perfect marriage of a history lesson and a thriller. Greg? You owe me some sleep!' JODI PICOULT

Paperback -The electrifying second installment of the NATCHEZ BURNING trilogy by No.1 New York Times bestseller, Greg Iles Picking up where NATCHEZ BURNING left off, THE BONE TREE features former prosecutor Penn Cage, and is set in Natchez, Mississippi, where the past is never truly past, and long-buried secrets turn lethal when exposed to the light of day.

Penn Cage's father, Dr. Tom Cage, stands accused of murder, and each effort to defend him unearths new, shocking secrets, leaving Penn to question whether he ever really knew his father at all. At issue is the murder of Tom's former nurse, Viola Turner. The district attorney is quick to point the finger at Tom, citing his decades-old relationship with Viola. When Tom is taken into custody, Penn must explore the dangerous territory of Tom and Viola's shared history, set squarely in the most harrowing years of civil-rights-era Mississippi. What was the relationship between Tom, Viola, and the 'Double Eagle Club, ' an ultraviolent group of hardened men who considered themselves smarter, tougher, and more elite than their peers in the FBI-infiltrated Ku Klux Klan? In Natchez, Mississippi, where the past is never truly past, long-buried secrets tend to turn lethal when exposed to the light of day. For Penn Cage, the cost of solving this case is no exception.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage faces the crisis of a lifetime. His family has been torn apart and his father made a fugitive after being accused of murdering an African-American nurse. Now, Penn has unwittingly started a war with the Double Eagles, a violent faction of the KKK who know more about Dr. Tom Cage than Penn ever did. Tracking his father through Natchez and beyond, Penn is targeted by criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches the top levels of state government - people who will stop at nothing to prevent the truth from coming out. To clear Tom's name, Penn must either make a deal with the devil or destroy him. But there are others pursuing a different mission - one which will lead them to the 'Bone Tree', a legendary killing site that conceals far more than the remains of the dead.

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Library Journal Review

Penn Cage and fiancée Caitlin Masters doggedly continue their search for the truth behind a series of murders from the 1960s. Past secrets have resurfaced to haunt Penn's father, Dr. Tom Cage. When Tom is accused of killing his former nurse, he jumps bail to evade the far-extending reach of the Double Eagles, a Ku Klux Klan secret cell. Frank Knox, the deceased Double Eagles leader, was rumored to have been highly involved with the assassination of John F. Kennedy. Tracking this theory, FBI special agent John Kaiser is determined to hear the truth from Cage. High-ranking state policeman Forrest Knox, Frank's son, is also hunting for Cage, using his extensive network of corrupt police and government officials. Tangible proof of the conspiracy is rumored to be in a giant cypress known as the Bone Tree, but Forrest and the rest of the Double Eagles will do anything to stop Penn, -Caitlin, and Cage. VERDICT Picking up immediately from Natchez Burning, best-selling author Iles superbly blends past and present in his swift and riveting story line. [See Prepub Alert, 10/13/14.]-Joy Gunn, Paseo Verde Lib., Henderson, NV © Copyright 2015. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Publishers Weekly Review

Iles's richly plotted fifth Penn Cage novel, the middle book of a trilogy, picks up immediately after the previous entry, 2014's Natchez Burning. Penn's physician father, Tom, is a fugitive suspected of murder. Meanwhile, an unsolved civil rights case from the 1960s may have been finally cracked, and the Double Eagles, a KKK splinter group, have been linked to the traumatic assassinations of the 1960s. Penn, a former prosecutor who's now the mayor of Natchez, Miss., and his pregnant fiancée, reporter Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives from the lair of a flamethrower-wielding sadist. The action-packed narrative moves swiftly to a surprising and moving conclusion as Penn contends with Forrest Knox, the power behind the Double Eagles, and strives to keep his loved ones safe. Some readers may feel that the link between the villains and the J.F.K. assassination is just too much, and that the tale of Penn's efforts bringing justice to those who committed horrendous crimes against African-Americans would have been enough. Ten-city author tour. Agents: Dan Conaway and Simon Lipskar, Writers House. (Apr.) © Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.

Booklist Review

*Starred Review* Picking up only days after the conclusion of Natchez Burning (2014), this ambitious novel (the second in a proposed trilogy) finds Penn Cage's world in disarray. His father, Tom, is on the run, facing charges of jumping bail and murder; his fiancée nearly died in a house fire that claimed the lives of several very bad people (and, heroically, one good man); and Penn no longer knows whom to trust. For those who know the backstory and familiarity with Natchez Burning is pretty much essential to understanding what's going on here this is an absolutely compelling sequel, one that not only continues breaking open the racially charged history of Natchez, Mississippi, but also delves into what is, for some conspiracy-minded folk, one of the biggest mysteries of the 1960s: who was responsible for the murders of John F. Kennedy, Robert F. Kennedy, and Martin Luther King Jr.? And hitting closer to home for Penn what did Tom Cage, the kindly small-town physician, know about these assassinations? Don't expect any pat answers here; there's another novel yet to come before Iles wraps up this epic-size story. Do, on the other hand, expect a beautifully constructed story, some extremely fine writing, and some hard-to-bear tragedy. There will be much interest in this title and a parallel bump in demand for Natchez Burning, as readers play catch-up. HIGH-DEMAND BACKSTORY: Everything is big about this one: its epic scale, its marketing budget, its built-in readership based on the success of its predecessor.--Pitt, David Copyright 2015 Booklist

Kirkus Book Review

The second installment of his hard-boiled Natchez trilogy finds Iles' (Natchez Burning, 2014, etc.) hero Penn Cage on even swampier, and surely deadlier, ground than before.Natchez, Mississippi, to Dallas is a far piece, but it's just a rifle bullet's trajectory away. Or so find Penn and his sidekick/fiancee, Caitlin Masters, when, surely unwisely, they poke deep into the klavernous doings of the local white-supremacy klatch. The Double Eagles were bad enough when resonantly named Brody Royal was in charge, but it seems he's on sabbatical, and a new boss even more viperous has moved into town. As ever, Iles' account of his hometown of Natchez is sure to displease local boosters, and as ever, he skillfully weaves family saga with local history (real and imagined) and world events, in this case the murders of civil rights workers and the not-coincidental assassination of a certain president half a century ago. As the evidence mounts, the prey begins to get testy: Warns one well-meaning ally, "If you push the Double Eagles too soon, or too hard, Forrest Knox could move to bury whatever evidence might remain. That might mean killing some of his own family, and I don't think he'd hesitate." Blood may be thicker than water, but in the South, it's thicker than even all that, so that's sayin' something: The bad guy is really bad. In a scenario swarming with FBI agents (one of whom, we learn early on, "had decided to use the authority granted him under the Patriot Act to take a step that under any other circumstances would have been a violation of the Constitution"), villains, reporters, and a red herring or two, Iles allows Cage and Masters plenty of room to operateand so they do, with all the missteps of ordinary people, unlike the supercops and superagents of so many other procedurals. Fans will find that the pace has picked up a touch from the first volumeand that's a good thing. We'll need to wait for the next one before toting up the body count, but it's sure to be massive. Copyright Kirkus Reviews, used with permission.