Mississippi Blood

Mississippi Blood

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"Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, once a pillar of the community, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying to all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction and has frozen Penn out of the trial, preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth to his son. For decades Dr. Tom Cage has had a second son known to almost no one, the product of an affair with his African-American nurse, Viola Turner. It is this bitter son--Penn's half brother--who set in motion the case against Dr. Cage. But a murder charge may be the least of Tom's worries. In the 1960s South, Viola Turner became a nexus point between Penn's father and the Double Eagle group, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. Now, led by the psychopath Snake Knox, the surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past deeds buried, and they mean to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them or takes his secrets to an early grave. Unable to trust anyone--not even his own mother--Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a writer investigating his father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity, a former soldier, desperately battle to crack the Double Eagle group and discover the secret history of both the Cage family and the South itself, risking the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.--Publisher description.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, [2017]
Copyright Date: ©2017
ISBN: 9780062311153
9780062311184
Branch Call Number: ILES
Characteristics: 694 pages ; 24 cm

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LizzieCent
Jul 15, 2019

A pretty long, self-indulgent slog - I'm not sure it was worth it. Got pretty sick of Penn Cage before it was done.

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jontalk
Jun 10, 2019

The third installment of the Natchez Burning trilogy lives up to the rest while maintaining the family driven theme. While not quite as powerful as the first two books, we learn far more about Dr. Tom Cage whose court trial begins, the unconventional defense by Quentin Avery, and the hoops Penn Cage, his son must jump through. Skilled at building momentum, the author uses unexpected character revelations, plot twists, and explosive action balanced with heart felt emotions. The trilogy is unique in many ways, explores the severity of racism in the South especially the cruelty and monster-like behavior of former KKK members. For those who like page turners that explore new territory, this is a worthwhile trilogy in all respects.

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kaymar
Mar 03, 2019

In for a penny in for a pound. Book 3. I find the most annoying characters to be Penn Cage and his family who are the good guys. They drive me up the wall and I find myself actually rooting for the bad guys cause at least they are interesting.

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wmtlady
Jan 18, 2019

So much better than the diabolical, hate-filled book II. This concluding book of a trilogy did a decent job of tying up loose ends, but you could feel the author wanting to continue writing more books with the lead character and his family (bigger with addition of previously unknown members). I wish Iles could be dissuaded from doing that.

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Lawhorn
Nov 22, 2017

Historical and action packed. Fast read with lots of action.

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PJD
Nov 05, 2017

After I was able to dot the commas (names) I could hardly put this book down although it's almost 700 pages!

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Vincent2017
Jun 24, 2017

Not having read the first two of this series, took sometime to get to know the personalities. Fantastic book. Hated for it to end. Would definitely give it 5 stars

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ifhy010
Apr 26, 2017

I waited so long to read this so at the beginning I started it with a chip on my shoulder. I found out from the author that the publisher chose to hold back the book for 2 years. But I also didn't remember all the details of the previous books - but while it seemed slow at the beginning, it suddenly gathered speed and took off. I would say the best of the triology. My favorite. But now, we'll have to wait for the next one - hopefully not 2 years - and I hear that Penn, Serenity and Lincoln are in it!

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Memawrayne
Apr 26, 2017

A doubt slipped in while I was waiting for my turn. What if the author simply fell apart and the story flopped. No disappointment when I finally read the book. EXCELLENT!! The trilogy was well worth reading.

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0007548100dmw
Apr 25, 2017

Iles is a master story teller. This is a great book and a part of a great trilogy. He has the ability to describe the south in such a way that you feel you are there.

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