But one boat isn't like the others.
Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them - on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night - come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport - and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor.
Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.
©2009 Greg Iles; (P)2009 Brilliance Audio, Inc.
I have great respect for Dick Hill's narration based upon other Audible books I have listened to, so I would not avoid him. Bad audio quality is the audio engineer's fault. Greg Iles has put me off from ever reading his demented scribbling again.
Better audio engineering would have helped and and a narrator who can do a southern accent was warranted.
This is a sick, ugly book, filled with characters that should not have been written about.
The violence and sadism are beyond off-putting. This book is little beyond pornographic violence wrapped in a Penn Cage storyline.
I found this book to be a page turner. A little tough to read at times due to the violence, but overall a great thrill ride. Highly recommended. The narration is par excellence!!!
I would read another book by Greg Isles, but I doubt I would listen to another book read by Dick Hill. Perhaps it was the recording, and the not the narrator, but I couldn't hear half of what was being read when listening to this book in the car (which is where I do about 90% of my audiobook listening), even with the volume turned all the way up. The reader's attempt at a soft southern drawl often reduced the volume below the point of hearing, as did his voicing of the female characters. I've not had this problem with other audiobooks, so I don't think it was either my hearing or my system.
I didn't enjoy this one as much as I have enjoyed others. The descriptions of human and animal abuse were far too graphic, and the plot moved a bit slowly compared to some of his other books.
Someone with a more forceful voice.
Parts of it were good - suspenseful. I always enjoy Penn Cage books, although others more than this one.
Not without carefully reading the reviews. I have read/listened to the earlier books in this series, and liked them. I think you should separate the reader from the author; one can be excellent and the other poor.
I would love a refreshing,upbeat, positive story, e.g., Alexander McCall Smith. John Grisham's books are informative in a positive sense, along with a good story line. This book has few redeeming features..
His performance is good. It is the text that is extremely disturbing.
No. If it were not for the plot line, I would have stopped listening. I did not learn anything except the depths of depravity of the author's imagination.
Retired Political Science professor from a community college. Especially like Legal Thrillers.
Greg Iles always holds my interest. This book shows the ghostly underside of life along the Mississippi. It is a compelling and engaging story. I don't agree with the negative reviews of narrator Dick Hill. Dick gives the work the depressing feel that it deserves.
Intense, intriguing, informational
Penn Cage. So much turmoil he dealt with in a short period of time, coming from all directions. Just when you think he is going to give in and fold under the pressure, he stands up and does the right thing, knowing it will be far from easy.
Jonathan Sans. Loved the Irish accent and Hill did it so well.
International drama in a small southern town.
I've read nearly all of Iles's books and enjoyed every one. This one was no exception. I'm glad to see that there are others in the pipeline. It's been a long dry spell from Iles. Also, Dick Hill is outstanding when narrating these books. I'm about to start the new short story, The Death Factory, and hope the change in narrator is not a huge mistake.
A great story with lots of twists and excitement.
The mayor, Penn Cage. He's a smart, determined, strong character who also has weaknesses and self doubts.
Nasty in Natchez
If you play Dick Hill at double speed, the novel moves along nicely and you won't fall asleep.
I love Greg Iles' books. I enjoy all of them.
shoulda been better
What has Penn Cage gotten into this time?
Sound quality not good - have to continually fine tune to hear ... sometimes talk so low can't hear anything, next thing it's too loud. Not a pleasant, easy listen. Greg Iles deserves better.
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