Mississippi Blood

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The #1 New York Times Bestseller

The final installment in the epic Natchez Burning trilogy by Greg Iles

“Natchez Burning is extraordinarily entertaining and fiendishly suspenseful. I defy you to start it and find a way to put it down; as long as it is, I wished it were longer. . . . This is an amazing work of popular fiction.”
   — Stephen King

“One of the longest, most successful sustained works of popular fiction in recent memory… Prepare to be surprised. Iles has always been an exceptional storyteller, and he has invested these volumes with an energy and sense of personal urgency that rarely, if ever, falter.”

—    Washington Post

The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn's experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations--preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During forty years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others.  Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of an 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner.  It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son--Penn's half-brother--who sets in motion the murder case against his father.  The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them, or takes his secrets to an early grave. 

Unable to trust anyone around him--not even his own mother--Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's case. Together, Penn and Serenity battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making--one that has kept readers on the edge of their seats. With piercing insight, narrative prowess, and a masterful ability to blend history and imagination, Greg Iles illuminates the brutal history of the American South in a highly atmospheric and suspenseful novel that delivers the shocking resolution his fans have eagerly awaited. 

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Mississippi Blood - Greg Iles Reviews

  • Closure

    By rdinga
    He has brought it all home to our doorsteps, and laid all of our weaknesses and strengths out for us to acknowledge and maybe begin to own. Thank you.
  • Mississippi Blood

    By Cgpcpa
    Great Book!
  • Awesome!

    By AprilMaeJune
    Could not put the book down!
  • Mississippi Blood

    By Bigmaconw
    Wonderful finish to an outstanding series!
  • Mississippi Blood

    By PushpushStable
    Once again the author has exceeded my expectations with this beautifully written story. Filled with poignant love and gritty details, he draws the reader in. Plan to drop out of every day activity until you finish the last satisfying page.
  • Mississippi Blood

    By Lisa Ehl Kim
    This book kept me engaged! The characters are addictive, and I hated to get to the final pages. The people are real: attempting to be noble but humanly flawed. The history is compelling and raw. I just want to sit with Iles and nurse a drink while I listen to his stories; preferably, at a bar with a view of the Mississippi River in Natchez.
  • Mississippi Blood

    By Just4Meeeeee
    Greg Iles continues to astound me. He is by far, my all time favorite author. He pieces together the highlights of all his previous writings so seamlessly. Perfectly Profound!
  • Great Story

    By Peter 14
    A great finish to the trilogy. No one writes suspense better than Iles. I have enjoyed all of the trilogy books. Didn't want this one to to end.
  • Book of the year

    By Melcgl
    Not even a close second. Character development,plot,pacing,extraordinary language command. An instant classic.
  • Excellent!

    By RiccoV
    One of the best books I've read in a long time. The courtroom sequences are spell-binding, suspenseful, and engrossing. Please read the first two books of the trilogy first.

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