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
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.
I prefer Dick Hill for the Greg Iles books but this narrator is much better then the one who read Natchez Burning!
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.
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.
It was a good story but impossiblr to listen to without earplugs in front of small chhildren because of unecessary sexual narration.
Anne she was a child.
He is versatile.
Yes without the sex.
Books can sell without the sex adults don't need to hear it.
Eric Damian Kelly
Cut out some of the ambushes. There were way too many of those -- requiring too much suspension of disbelief.
Multiple voices very effectively handled.
When Livvy walked out of the courtroom -- but that was WAY late.
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.
Narration was fine.
This book moved along well with a good plot. I enjoyed it.
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
Yes, i would recommend this book to a friend.
No. I did like the book.
Why ever would I do that?
The narrator should not have been stuck in a library voice. Had to stop torturing myself.
Only that I pulled the plug.
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