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The Quiet Game | [Greg Iles]

The Quiet Game

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.
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Publisher's Summary

When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secret - and the small town's violent past.

©1999 Greg Iles (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-28-14
    Joe lexington, KY, United States 08-28-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Move over Clancy, Iles is in the building!"

    My first introduction to Greg Iles was a three set Abridged CD pack which included "The Quiet Game". I was hooked. I bought the Unabridged Version mistakenly thinking it was the follow up to "Natchez Burning". With no other options I listened. It literally wore me out. This book has depth. It has love, love lost then found, a love triangle, race relations, murders, conspiracies, alliances, good cops, bad cops, good Feds, bad Feds, politicians, bad guys becoming good guys and ladies and gentlemen "J. Edgar Hoover". Nothing tricks the readers, just hold on and enjoy the show.

    Greg Iles is genius in being able to keep an intricate plot and complex characters moving in different directions keeping listeners on edge. He masterfully changes the action like a major league pitcher changes speed and direction. Sometimes it felt like an NFL QB artfully running a game winning two minute drill. Some of it was implausible but remember, it's a novel. The main characters as well as those on the periphery are solid and relevant. I'd love to see one minor female character return in The Penn Cage series.

    I'm patiently awaiting "The Bone Tree". I hate to think Iles might end this series after the third book in his Trilogy. Stay healthy my friend and Godspeed.

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    shelley Raleigh, NC 08-16-14
    shelley Raleigh, NC 08-16-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Much better unabridged"
    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    I prefer Dick Hill for the Greg Iles books but this narrator is much better then the one who read Natchez Burning!


    Any additional comments?

    This is such a good book that deserves to be listened to in it's full unabridged length. There are so many plot twists and great characters to fill the 20 hours of listening time. This book also fills in background on the characters for the other Penn Cage novels. I highly recommend The Quiet Game.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-14-14
    Daniel Mcafee Texas USA 11-14-14 Member Since 2005

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    "What a Great Surprise"

    I did not know who Greg Iles was prior to stumbling upon this book. I saw the good reviews, and the genre appeals to me, so I gave it a shot.

    What a terrific book!! I have not listened to a book this good in a long time. It reminded me of a good John Grisham or James Lee Burke novel. It was that good!

    I did listen to the second and third books in this series and the second one was a big let down and the third was much better, but not as good as this first effort.

    Overall, I recommend the series!! Try it, you will definitely enjoy this one if you enjoy the genre!! Tom Stechschulte does a fine job as narrator on this one.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    scheri 09-05-14
    scheri 09-05-14 Member Since 2008
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    "Had to Write My First Review"

    I would recommend this book to anyone who is a fan of Greg Iles. The next book is not out until April 8, 2015. The Bone Tree.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 12-21-14
    Kenneth Carrollton, TX, United States 12-21-14
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    "25% sex"
    What made the experience of listening to The Quiet Game the most enjoyable?

    It was a good story but impossiblr to listen to without earplugs in front of small chhildren because of unecessary sexual narration.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Anne she was a child.


    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    He is versatile.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes without the sex.


    Any additional comments?

    Books can sell without the sex adults don't need to hear it.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 12-17-14
    E. D. Kelly Muncie, IN USA 12-17-14 Member Since 2004

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    "WAY over the top"
    How would you have changed the story to make it more enjoyable?

    Cut out some of the ambushes. There were way too many of those -- requiring too much suspension of disbelief.


    What about Tom Stechschulte’s performance did you like?

    Multiple voices very effectively handled.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    When Livvy walked out of the courtroom -- but that was WAY late.


    Any additional comments?

    Too man y characters, many of them flat. Only really strong character in my opinion was the newspaper publisher. Lead character/writer had too much of an existential crisis to be very plausible as an action hero.

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    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-14
    Andrea Atlanta, GA, United States 12-13-14 Member Since 2011
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    Have you listened to any of Tom Stechschulte’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    Narration was fine.


    Any additional comments?

    This book moved along well with a good plot. I enjoyed it.

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    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-08-14
    Ken Draeger SCOTTSDALE, AZ, US 11-08-14 Member Since 2007
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    "Mystery and Surprise..Nice Combo!"
    Any additional comments?

    The main character is a lawyer turned book writer who has recently lost his wife. He has a young daughter to rear so he chooses to return to his family home in Natchez where he can reacquaint his daughter with her loving grandparents. He soon learns that his dad is in some trouble that takes the whole family on a wild ride with him reliving his high school days while he tries to untangle a messy history of corruption, prejudice, juicy lies and murder. You will likely be surprised at times as the mystery gets unraveled. My second Greg Iles book, and I will be looking forward to my next. Cheers, Ken

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Karen D. King 09-24-14
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    "Good Book"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, i would recommend this book to a friend.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    No favorite


    Which scene was your favorite?

    No favorite


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    the ending


    Any additional comments?

    No. I did like the book.

    0 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-20-14
    Laura Montgomery Village, MD, United States 08-20-14 Member Since 2010

    Why ever would I do that?

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    "Shhh ... narrator is whispering"
    Would you ever listen to anything by Greg Iles again?

    Maybe


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator should not have been stuck in a library voice. Had to stop torturing myself.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    Only that I pulled the plug.


    2 of 12 people found this review helpful
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