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The bone tree
Iles, Greg, author.
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New York, NY : HarperLuxe, An Imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, [2015]

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1401 pages (large print) ; 23cm
A follow-up to Natchez Burning finds Southern lawyer Penn Cage desperately struggling to protect his father from false charges and corrupt officers by confronting the puppet master behind the Double Eagles terrorist group.
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Greg Iles continues the electrifying story begun in his smash New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning in this highly anticipated second installment of an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fianc#65533;e, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi's most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn't the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police's Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.

The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage--who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him--is either to make a devil's bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles' downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as "the bone tree."

The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice--now finally pushed beyond his limits.

Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?

Author Notes

Bestselling novelist Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. Iles founded the band Frankly Scarlet and played music for a living for a few years before deciding to write. He belongs to the author rock band known as The Rock Bottom Remainders.

Iles's second novel, Black Cross, was awarded the Mississippi Author's Award for Fiction in 1995. His trilogy about Natchez, Mississippi (entitled the Penn Cage Series), made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014 with the first book, Natchez Burning. He made the list again in 2015 with his title The Bone Tree.

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Reviews 3

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

Publisher's 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.

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.