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The Devil's Punchbowl | [Greg Iles]

The Devil's Punchbowl

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.
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As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, like props from Gone With the Wind.

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.

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    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 02-06-10
    MB CORDOVA, TN, United States 02-06-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Too gruesome for me."

    It was hard enough listening to the parts about how the women were raped and abused, but then add in dog fighting - ugh! It was a good story just way to graphic for my taste. I have enjoyed many of Mr. Iles's other books.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 07-26-10
    Corinne Washington, DC, United States 07-26-10 Member Since 2004
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    "Not his best but Iles can't be bad"

    I prefer some of his other books (Spandau Prison, Black Cross, Blood Memory) but Iles develops his characters so fully that I found (1/2 way through the book) that I really cared about them. The story is about gambling, dog fighting, a lot of nasty evil people, and the others you care about. The people I cared about made it so that I couldn't stop listening, even though I didn't like parts of the story. I have liked Dick Hill reading other books, but didn't like the accent he assumed in this one. I don't know if it's my bias (I'm a Yankee). It did take awhile for me to get used to the accent, but eventually the story took over.

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn Temecula, CA, United States 09-14-12
    Lynn Temecula, CA, United States 09-14-12 Member Since 2008

    I listen to books on tape typically about 10 or more hours a week during my commute time. A good book makes you kind of forget your driving!

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    "Narration was horrid"
    What made the experience of listening to The Devil's Punchbowl the most enjoyable?

    I enjoyed the story but almost gave up because of the reader. The latent "s" and
    Yelling were very difficult because I listen with earphones. Also he would then start whispering and also made all the women into shrieking whimpering idiots even though the characters were strong.


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    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 09-13-12
    Cathy Carlin, NV, United States 09-13-12 Member Since 2011
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    Got off with a sluggish start. I always have to adjust to Dick Hill. (Where is George Guidall?). Too much information and graphics on the dog fights for me. I skipped past those parts. Unfortunately, it is a reality. I like long books that hold my attention and this one did with only a few places that drew out a bit much.
    Overall.....I recommend this one for those long drives or long days.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Titus Durham, NC 07-20-09
    Titus Durham, NC 07-20-09 Member Since 2002

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    "Great Story - Terrible Narration"

    This is a great story and I think that I would have enjoyed it much more had I read it. The narrator utilizes the most extreme southern accent for the lead character . I live in Mississippi and have not heard that accent for 40 years. It sounds like Foghorn Leghorn. Mr. Hill can do a good job, but he laid this one on a little too thick.

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    Michael Wells North Carolina 06-20-11
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    "Great story, terrible production"

    I love Greg Iles stories and usually like Dick Hill's reading, but the production on this one was nearly intolerable. In the interest of drama, I suppose, Hill's voice was up and down from ear piercing to unintelligible. It wasn't him as much as the modulation. I tried it on 3 different devices and then immediately listened to another book sample to be certain it wasn't my ears.

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    Nathaniel Gildersleeve Lakeshore, California United States 01-11-11
    Nathaniel Gildersleeve Lakeshore, California United States 01-11-11 Member Since 2001

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    "Great book, bad narration"

    I really enjoyed this book. However, the narration was poor. When the narrator lowers his voice, I can not understand what he says. I usually listen in the car so there is some background noise; however, I don't have this problem with other narrators. I find myself with one hand on the volume button in an attempt to hear the whole book. I would rate the book 5 stars except for the narration.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Maria Nashville, AR, United States 11-05-10
    Maria Nashville, AR, United States 11-05-10 Member Since 2005
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    I like Greg Iles and this one was pretty good as far as the novel goes but the narrator was horrid. He made the main character sound like a tired old man, or worse, a politician giving a boring speech. Pauses between many words, even pauses within the words! Just awful. It was all I could do to keep the faith and listen to the end.

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    Ruth Colorado Springs, CO, USA 07-28-09
    Ruth Colorado Springs, CO, USA 07-28-09
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    "Worst Narration/Good Story"

    This has to be the worst narration I have ever heard. I will never purchase another audible download with this narrator. The book itself was very entertaining. I stopped listening after chapter 5 and went out and purchased the book. Not as great a story as Greg Isles is famous for but entertaining and worth a listen.

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    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-01-13
    Brad Littleton, MA, United States 10-01-13 Member Since 2011
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    "Southern Thriller"

    Greg Iles writes long, complex southern mysteries long on small city customs and social stratification in the New South. His protagonist that appears in three of his novels is Penn Cage, a prosecuting attorney. This book has all of the elements of a good thriller,plus very solid character development. You care for the main players and Iles gives you time to get engaged with them as well as a murky plot. There is a lot of action, so the plot has a steady rush to the conclusion. Recommended very highly.

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