|By (author):||Iles, Greg|
|Subject:||FICTION / General|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Crime|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Legal|
|FICTION / Thrillers / Suspense|
|Size:||9.00in x 6.00in|
|From The Publisher*|
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation's capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow.
His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol-and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall's high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club.
When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson's wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court.
As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson's family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town's recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam.
Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.
|Review Quote*||"Flat-out terrific.... It brings to mind Thomas Wolfe and William Faulkner, even while its cagey plot and restless energy keeps you flying through the pages. Greg Iles is back and truly better than ever."|
|Review Quote*||"Obliterates the artificial distinction between genre and literary fiction with passion, grace and considerable style. This is Greg Iles at his formidable best. It's good to have him back."|
|Review Quote*||"It is rare when a book as impactful and daring as Natchez Burning appears . . . Its intriguing plot demands to be read from beginning to end . . . It is compelling reading that awes [and] entertains at the same time."|
|Review Quote*||"This beautifully written novel represents some of the author's finest work...we eagerly await volume two."|
|Review Quote*||"Natchez Burning excels as a contemporary thriller.... Utterly-and chillingly-believable. Epic."|
|Review Quote*||"Iles's most ambitious novel to date . . . Iles has told a deeply personal and moving tale with Natchez Burning and opened some old wounds. Readers will be spellbound . . . [A] can't-miss saga."|
|Review Quote*||"Simply put, this is Faulkner's Yoknapatawpha County for the "Breaking Bad" generation: life's rich pageant, delivered unharnessed and uncensored by a writer at the peak of his powers who is mad as hell, and just as heartbroken."|
|Review Quote*||"If you only read one thriller this year, make it Greg Iles' Natchez Burning. A barnburner of a book . . . a sure-to-be bestseller [that] is southern suspense at its finest."|
|Review Quote*||"A memorable, harrowing tale."|