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Cemetery Road

A Novel
By: Greg Iles
Narrated by: Scott Brick
Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
4.5 out of 5 stars (416 ratings)
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The number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington DC. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. 

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol - and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club. 

When archaeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands his daughter-in-law, Jet, defend him in court. 

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for 15 years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. 

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally, even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning the Poker Club has long deserved. By the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

©2019 Greg Iles (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cemetery Road comes to Life...

Well you definitely get your money's worth with this almost 24 hour book. Although it's not part of the Penn Cage series this is still an excellent book. This is a stand alone suspense that also takes place in Mississippi.
The publisher's summary gives quite a bit of information about the protagonist, Marshall McEwen and touches lightly on the story with out giving anything away. McEwen returns home after 15years when a close friend is murdered. The other key players include Jet, the woman he loved long ago and still does, her husband Paul and Father-in-law Max.

McEwan's brother drowned at 18, his son drowned at 2 and both deaths have haunted him. So do the deaths of his father's first wife and infant daughter. But in the town of Bienville not all deaths are as they appear. And at the heart of the deadly current events is a new paper mill yet to be built, capitalism, greed and the town's future.

Scott Brick narration is as always THE BEST!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Great storytelling, but leave out the politics

This is my second time writing anything after enjoying a good story. I love good stories. This is a good story, but I was put off by: 1) the political perspective (and I'm not a Trump fan), and, the gratuitous sex descriptions (I'm not a puritan). The next time Greg Iles writes anything, I will read/listen to it because I am always engaged in the story. But, I'm disappointed by the road he has taken in this novel to probably sell more copies.

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Best read in awhile

Not able to guess this mystery. It’s like several mini mysteries in one big one. Listened to it in almost one sitting as the storyline is that good. Authors political view is obvious but it doesn’t get in the way. Definitely worth the time and money.

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Ignore the bad reviews

I almost skipped over this book because of the
1 & 2 star reviews I read. But I’ve read all of his books and was never disappointed. This book was no different. It’s actually one of his best. Enjoy!

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Disappointing

I'm a big Greg Iles fan, but I just couldn't get into this one. For me it was mostly because there were really no main characters that I could really care about. It was just a bunch of random people all acting badly. I didn't really care what happened to them. There wasn't really any plot either - it felt like a weak rehash of bits and pieces of his previous books and characters but without anything to really engage the reader. I personally didn't find the political commentary to be a problem, though.

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Narration was fine , but the story was bad

Never again will I buy a Greg lles book. I did not like how political he was.

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Excellent book.

I’ve always loved Greg Iles and Scott Brick and this was one of their best. The story is compelling and Scott Brick was wonderful as always. Some of the other reviewers complained about Mr Iles injecting his politics into the book. I did not find that to be a valid complaint. While the main characters’ political leanings were mentioned from time to time, those beliefs were consistent with the characters’ roles and may or may not reflect what Mr Iles believes. In any case, the mentions were few and far between. Please don’t allow that to keep you from the best book I’ve read this year.

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So Very Surprised

After waiting a very long time, this novel was a tremendous surprise and let down. I was once told before I started reading the Iles novels that there had not been a bad book in his career. I have now read them all and would have agreed until now. This plot dragged, was just too mushy and basically went no where for almost 24 hours. I don't think I would have even finished it if I had been reading.

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  • Claire
  • tustin, CA, United States
  • 03-10-19

keep politics out of entertainment

disappointing to have current politics infused into the story, which could have been good. I turn off the Oscar's as soon as politics in included. I turn off sports when politics is included. I returned this book because politics was included. why cant entertainment be just entertainment. if I want to read about politics I'll buy a nonfiction book, not a novel.

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Another Greg Iles masterpiece

I've read every Greg Iles book published and as always I am blown away by his incredible talent and ability to completely enthrall me with his words! Can't wait for his next work of art.

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