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Mississippi Blood Audiobook

Mississippi Blood: A Novel

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The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi - Greg Iles' epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.

Shattered by grief and dreaming of vengeance, Penn Cage sees his family and his world collapsing around him. The woman he loves is gone, his principles have been irrevocably compromised, and his father, once a paragon of the community that Penn leads as mayor, is about to be tried for the murder of a former lover. Most terrifying of all, Dr. Cage seems bent on self-destruction. Despite Penn's experience as a prosecutor in major murder trials, his father has frozen him out of the trial preparations - preferring to risk dying in prison to revealing the truth of the crime to his son.

During 40 years practicing medicine, Tom Cage made himself the most respected and beloved physician in Natchez, Mississippi. But this revered Southern figure has secrets known only to himself and a handful of others. Among them, Tom has a second son, the product of a 1960s affair with his devoted African American nurse, Viola Turner. It is Viola who has been murdered, and her bitter son - Penn's half brother - who sets in motion the murder case against his father. The resulting investigation exhumes dangerous ghosts from Mississippi's violent past. In some way that Penn cannot fathom, Viola Turner was a nexus point between his father and the Double Eagles, a savage splinter cell of the KKK. More troubling still, the long-buried secrets shared by Dr. Cage and the former Klansmen may hold the key to the most devastating assassinations of the 1960s. The surviving Double Eagles will stop at nothing to keep their past crimes buried, and with the help of some of the most influential men in the state, they seek to ensure that Dr. Cage either takes the fall for them or takes his secrets to an early grave.

Tom Cage's murder trial sets a terrible clock in motion, and unless Penn can pierce the veil of the past and exonerate his father, his family will be destroyed. Unable to trust anyone around him - not even his own mother - Penn joins forces with Serenity Butler, a famous young black author who has come to Natchez to write about his father's case. Together Penn and Serenity - a former soldier - battle to crack the Double Eagles and discover the secret history of the Cage family and the South itself, a desperate move that risks the only thing they have left to gamble: their lives.

Mississippi Blood is the enthralling conclusion to a breathtaking trilogy seven years in the making - one that has kept listeners on the edges of their seats.

©2017 Greg Iles (P)2017 HarperCollins Publishers

What the Critics Say

"It takes gravitas and a quiet dignity to capture the people caught in a racial maelstrom in this concluding volume of Iles's atmospheric trilogy. Narrator Scott Brick lends both these qualities to this audiobook's central characters... Thanks to Brick's stellar narration, this lengthy production never drags, and listeners will want to visit Penn's Natchez again as a result." (AudioFile)

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    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-22-17
    shelley Raleigh, NC 03-22-17 Member Since 2010
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    "This book hooked me during the prologue ! WOW'!!!"

    This is such a good book, I almost think it's the best in this trilogy. I was completely hooked within the first few minutes of starting it with the prologue. Wow! Kaitlin has been murdered and Daniel Kelly is missing in Afghanistan. Tom Cage is going on trial and Penn is falling apart.
    The bulk of this book takes place in or around the courtroom. Quentin Avery is the attorney but not putting up much of a defense. Everyone begins thinking that he has either lost his courtroom savvy or has dementia.
    The story continues by dragging in everyone from past books to come to terms with any evils they may have perpetrated (not just this trilogy, but from prior books as well). Throw the Double Eagles in and a threat on the Cage family lives and you've got a real nail biter going on.
    I can't say more without spoiling the book or the outcome for anyone, suffice to say it is a riveting story that will keep you on the edge of your seat.
    I can't say enough about this book other than to HIGHLY RECOMMEND that you get it.
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    43 of 54 people found this review helpful
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    Calmeridian Tink 04-01-17
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    "Disappointing End to a Long Awaited Conclusion"

    *POSSIBLE SPOILERS*
    I was so incredibly excited when I saw this book in the "Featured Pre-Orders" section, having loved Natchez Burning and the Bone Tree I could not wait for it's release. To begin, I find most people love or hate Scott Brick--I love him but did find his performance in this book to be somewhat over dramatic. That being said, it wasn't intolerable to me.
    Moving on, I have to admit I was really hoping that Caitlin's death was some sort of play by the FBI to protect her as a federal witness. While her death was fitting considering her penchant towards putting herself in dangerous situations I felt as though having Penn Cage lose two women who played such a prominent role in his life was somewhat setting him up for martyrdom. Additionally, I assume making Caitlin pregnant at the time of her death was to add to Penn's grief. Yet, his ability to move so swiftly into another sexual relationship was intensely disappointing for me. He states, at one point to his sister, "I haven't been with anyone since Caitlin's death"...but Caitlin had only been dead for 3 months! Had Isles spent any time expressing some inner conflict held by Cage in entering this relationship, I may have found it more respectable. As it was, I found this aspect of the novel to do an exceptional disservice to Caitlin's memory as well as the longstanding relationship they had held.
    Next, I found the courtroom scenes unrealistic, specifically the cross examination of Dr. Cage. While it was certainly established that Avery's performance at the beginning of the trial seemed incompetent, at the time of the cross examination that had supposedly changed. And yet the DA spent more time going off on tangents that were so obviously objectionable it was ridiculous. While there was one sustained objection, it continued to play out that way through the course of the cross examination right up to the end. Additionally, Penn persistently commented on how Johnson had the jury's rapt attention, giving the "best closing argument I have ever heard". However, by the end Penn felt more than confident his father would be acquitted based on the fact that Dr. Cage stated he had the lethal drug responsible for Viola's death in his bag and didn't use it. At this information the DA was thrown into a tizzy, knocked off his game, not previously having that information. This made absolutely no sense to me. Wouldn't Dr. Cage's confession he had the drug point more to his guilt than innocence? And finally, why didn't the DA call Penn to the stand? Whether he had any revealing information or not, given their longstanding contentious relationship this would seem like an obvious move.
    I gave this novel 4 stars because I absolutely love Greg Isles and the previous two books in this series were among the best I've ever read. But I have to admit the final installment felt somewhat contrived and not very well thought out. I don't believe this is the end of the Penn Cage series and will continue to read whatever Isles puts out. However, I do hope more thought goes into creating situations that are more believable in the future.

    15 of 19 people found this review helpful
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    Ellen 04-03-17
    Ellen 04-03-17
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    "Disapppointing"
    Any additional comments?

    Penn Cage's constant doubts and fears, which almost always turn out to be incorrect, quickly become extremely tedious. I enjoyed the earlier books in this series but this latest entry is very weak.

    12 of 16 people found this review helpful
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    Christopher J. Britt 06-27-17
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    "Love the series."

    I love the series. great story. well told and narrated. lots of twists and turns.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Robert J Summerer 06-26-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Melodramatic End of Series"
    Would you try another book from Greg Iles and/or Scott Brick?

    I will avoid any more books read by Scott Brick. Mr. Brick reads like the overcompensated actor in the local community theater. I had just finished another series read by him, and was so glad to be finished with his voice. This book was the end of a series, of which I had read all the others. Imagine my horror when I had downloaded this book and once again heard Brick's voice! He has no voice for Mississippi, particularly the lead character.


    How could the performance have been better?

    The narrator needed at least a Southern accent. Seriously, it can't be that difficult.


    Any additional comments?

    I had enjoyed all the other books in this series, but was always troubled by the main character's father. He was written as a saint, but unbelievably so. This book was the culmination in this too good to be true doctor's story who took unrealistic liberties as a physician, both big and small. I wonder just how many times my eyes rolled as I listened to his story. The book became melodramatic and boring at times, especially the long drawn out courtroom saga. By the end, I no longer cared about any of the characters and happily say good-bye to the town of Nachez.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    LAJReeves 06-24-17
    LAJReeves 06-24-17 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Iles yet: Superb Characterization; Intense Action; Believable Story; Engaging Performance"

    Being a university professor who has read/listened to all of Greg Iles books, I believe I am qualified to assess this one.
    Being so adept at creating multi-dimensional and realistic characters is one of the author's greatest strengths. The familiar characters quickly engage readers eager to "catch up" on what's been happening in their lives since the previous book. Each are so well-developed, both virtuous and flawed, that we believe in them completely. You'll never exclaim in frustration, "Oh Come On!" Over the actions of an unbelievable goody-goody actor's actions.
    New characters enter the story organically so we aren't jerked back out of the work by an artificial/static writers device. No back-story per se. We become acquainted with them as with anyone we come to know well through our own experience.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Jay H. 06-19-17
    Jay H. 06-19-17 Member Since 2014
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    "Yes!"

    Though I loved the story from the very beginning, I wanted the court room drama. the first two never hit that, but this one exceeded what I was wanting. Probably one of the best trilogies I've completed. wish I would have picked up earlier in the Penn Cage series.

    Third book in the series, third narrator. Taking nothing away from away from Scott Brick, I wish the series had the same narrator. starting at one and finishing with the third changes the way you view characters from narrator to narrator.

    the first was probably the best at getting the black southern accent, but Scott is the best performer.

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    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-17-17
    Taryn Suffern, NY, United States 06-17-17 Member Since 2006
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    "Good ending to the trilogy"

    I am a bit surprised by some of the reviews of this book. I am a fan of Iles and Brick so maybe I am biased.
    I did not find Brick's narration to be tedious or overly dramatic - I think it was on-target.
    As for the storyline, this is the conclusion of a fantastic melodrama - its so far from reality you cant judge it to be believable. Pieces of the story can be somewhat believable but taken in its entirety it's crazy FICTION! Some readers were mad about Penn's sexual relationship so soon after the death of his fiance, it can be explained as grief or anger over her death or not -maybe the author just wanted to throw in another crazy relationship. The same goes for the courtroom scenes and the relationship with his 1/2 brother Lincoln. Its all a retreat into fantasy. I enjoyed it, then again, I was looking to escape and got my money's worth!

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 04-11-17
    W. Brooks Seattle, WA United States 04-11-17 Member Since 2015
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    "Great finish to the series"

    An incredibly well done series that wraps up nice and tight. This one is truly a courtroom drama and so much of the book happens in the courtroom or concerns what's going on in the trial. But there is still lots of action. The story never slows. And there is a new major character.

    Scott Brick was outstanding, as usual, as the voice. He's clearly one of the top readers out there. His quality never wavers.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Mel 03-31-17
    Mel 03-31-17 Member Since 2009
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    "The Third, But in First Place"


    The conclusion to a Penn Cage trilogy that ties up an extraordinarily complex *story* that began decades ago. It is a family saga, a piece of the old South's history, and an exposé on hatred and racism -- the degree to which evil and hatred can fuel and destroy a human being, even a whole town. Gritty, gutsy, and hard reading, but riveting. I've been a reader of Iles' novels for a long time and have the vision of better days in Natchez...a place where I've daydreamed about visiting, sitting on a porch with a sweet tea and absorbing the atmosphere of the genteel old south... then ducking a bullet. Iles' South always brings me back to his novels. As does Burke's south and other writers in this genre.

    Mississippi Blood is not a starting point if you're interested in Iles southern saga. Natchez Burning is the beginning and I'll warn readers that it was difficult for me to get through, but the series improves significantly with each volume. The back history that leads up to MB is absolutely worth the commitment, and important reading to understanding the level of evil that was prevalent.

    Regardless of a very good story that I highly recommend, I have to mention that a recurring thought as I listened to this book was *the editor.* It became obsessive.
    Iles' editor could have cut a little, could have kept track of some of those sub-plots and characters. Contrariwise, I always am a little sad when I've finished inhabiting Iles' Mississippi -- gators, deviants, redundancy, words and all. And, I've noticed a similar style (verbosity) with his peers (and bandmates: Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Sam Barry, and Roger McGuinn). I never tired of listening, which is something to say in the context of 27 hours.

    Much of Mississippi Blood takes place in the courtroom. Most plots seem satisfactorily tied up, though emotionally you want more for these characters you've been involved with for the past few years and 2300 plus pages, 96 audio hours. And though at times it's difficult to keep track of this community of characters and their antics, I'm pretty sure there were loose ends that drifted off in an overabundance of pages. (*editor*) There remains some questions possibly hinting at a new direction for Penn Cage.

    The author writes an entertaining Southern crime thriller, some of the best as far as layered storytelling, rich in history and characters. He could be accused of excessively requiring suspension of logic and reality. You know this if you've sat in on legal proceedings and wondered what courtroom really proceeds in such a manner. But reality is overrated, especially in Fiction.

    This is the first time I've had an issue with Iles separate from my own predilections of style...I noticed a definite new vibe, subtle throughout the trilogy, undeniably obvious once the author killed off Kaitlin at the end of the second book. The death of Cage's long-time fiancé marked a shift in this lawyer's libido, as written by Iles. Respectable lawyer Cage is looking lustfully at the babysitter (and she's looking back). Bad form always. It felt awkward and out of character, as did his sudden sport sex. I wasn't quite convinced or appreciative of this new romantic direction. It was lacking Cage's otherwise impeccable style. (But it is kind of funny hearing the almost stiff voice of Brick describe the in flagrante delicto encounter.) Is the author feeling his age rather than the character feeling his?

    Iles writes about Justice and Equality, shining a spotlight on the racial disgraces of our past and an undeniable and violent era, but an important and very real subject. Prepare for plenty of violence, rape, and defilement that is almost painful to read, almost gratuitous. Iles, through his Penn Cage, is conscience and it seems expanded in this novel. I'm still thinking about that fiery epilogue. Timely and political, but did it serve the story or the current pulse? Possibly both.

    *Just for fun: I mentioned his bandmates. Greg Iles is an interesting character himself, and a prolific writer with a pack of likewise gifted and prolific friends that occasionally put down their pens and pick up a musical instrument. The Rock Bottom Remainders: Stephen King, Scott Turow, Mitch Albom, Amy Tan, Matt Groening, Dave Barry, Roy Blount Jr., James McBride, Ridley Pearson, Greg Iles, Sam Barry, and Roger McGuinn. Not a bad line-up, with the claim: "The Greatest Rock Band Ever (of Authors)." After watching a video clip and reading the comments, the repartee might be better than their music.

    “We play music as well as Metallica writes novels.”-Dave Barry
    “Rock Bottom Remainders? Who the hell are they?” -Kirk Hammett, Metallica
    “There’s an audience out there, and the key is to kick it in the ass.” -Stephen King
    “Roy actually coined the term for our genre of music; ‘hard-listening music.’” -Dave Barry

    9 of 14 people found this review helpful

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