Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.
From number-one New York Times best-selling author Greg Iles comes an original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from his new novel, Natchez Burning.
When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request - keeping his secrets for another day.
The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA's office known as the "death factory", which sent more killers to death row than any other in America. While Penn cares for his ailing wife, a tormented forensic technician brings him evidence of a crime lab in chaos, throwing past convictions into doubt and begging Penn to prevent an imminent travesty of justice. With the desperation of a man fighting death in his own home, Penn must find a way to bring the machinery of the death factory to a halt.
Included here is an extended sneak preview of Natchez Burning, the first installment in an epic trilogy featuring Penn Cage.
©2014 Greg Iles (P)2014 HarperCollins Publishers
I liked this one, but found it too short for the money.
Some reviewers have panned David compared to Dick Hill. I thought he held his own, and may fit the pace and style of Iles' books better.
Yes, and since it is so short, I almost did.
While this was priced at somewhat of a discount compared to full length books, it still costs a full credit. If it had cost about $5, I would have been completely satisfied.
This novella seems like just exposition for the next story. I enjoyed how clever of the story was told, through a discussion between Penn and his uncle in the car. It makes me interested in how this story that Penn tells his uncle will be woven into the next novel. The narrator is different from the other novels, and has a hard time distinguishing voices for the different characters so you really have to listen hard to keep the dialogue straight.
Give me a good mystery and I am happy!
The narrator has a pleasant enough voice, however he over acts. Nobody talks like that. The story line is still good, too bad this narrator did not edit his overly dramatic reading.
Still I wanted not to miss out on the story since I am invested in the series.
hard cold truth
The revelation that Dr Cage had a past
His realistic accent and ability to portray all the characters with their own voice
Yes, but physically impossible
For a 57 yr old woman born and raised in the South, this is very much a humbling experience. Although fictional, these things happened over and over, again and again. The shame I still feel for my family and how most people in Mississippi never realized much of their everyday language and attitudes were so destructive. But then knowing how dearly my mother loved Tissie, her Mammy. I have to agree with Oprah......some folks are just going to have to die before these deep wounds can be healed.
This was simply an attempt to generate some additional cash flow for the author. Unfortunate the other three novels were superb! 3.5 is an insult and the narrator was terrible, the same narrator follows to finish off the series so I will pass on this. I wonder if the author realizes he has self-destructed.
He was just reading words, listen to Dick Hill he made the characters come alive.
Loving the Penn Cage series. But felt taken on the price with the 3 hour length. All the other books are 20 plus hours.
The story fills some timeline gaps - which is nice but I didn't care for the reader. There's little difference from one character's voice to the other and the ONLY hint of southern accent was the pronunciation of Mississippi. "Missippi" is the true southern way to say it but it's odd to hear it in the middle of non-southern dialog.
When I learned that Greg Iles had a new novel, Natchez Burning, I eagerly purchased it, but then saw that there was a companion novella, "Penn Cage Book 3.5", and felt I would be missing out on continuity if I didn't purchase that, first. I wasted an entire credit on it, and now I have asked Audible to return that credit to me.
The narrator is blah (JUST shy of offensive), the story sad and meandering and doesn't GO ANYWHERE. As a teaser for the next novel, maybe it helps, but as another reviewer wrote, he enjoyed "Natchez Burning" just fine without it. I wasted a precious credit (waiting for that to be returned) and 3 hours that I can't get back.
I don't appreciate the cliff-hanging ending to the previous book of Penn's dying father wanting to tell him a big secret was not really addressed in this short novella book. I feel cheated!
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