Natchez Burning - Greg Iles

Natchez Burning

By Greg Iles

  • Release Date: 2014-04-29
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 1,242 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the first novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes The Bone Tree and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Raised in the southern splendor of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned all he knows of duty from his father, Dr. Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African American nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the 1960s. Once a crusading prosecutor, Penn is determined to save his father, but Tom, stubbornly invoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses even to speak in his own defense.

Penn's quest for the truth sends him deep into his father's past, where a sexually charged secret lies. More chilling, this long-buried sin is only one thread in a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the vicious Double Eagles, an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the most powerful men in the state. Aided by a dedicated reporter privy to Natchez's oldest secrets and by his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, Penn uncovers a trail of corruption and brutality that places his family squarely in the Double Eagles' crosshairs.

With every step costing blood and faith, Penn is forced to confront the most wrenching dilemma of his life: Does a man of honor choose his father or the truth?


  • Disappointed

    By gbkcedhy
    I have enjoyed everything I’ve read by Greg Iles, which is why I chose this book. This was disappointing. To long, to much repetition and characters that could all die and no one would care. Am I supposed to want to read the next book??? Because I don’t.
  • captivating story

    By CreekNine
    while fiction, there are a whole lot of truths that most of us have never faced. Sad the hatred that can be in a person’s heart. Bill
  • Keep going

    By Burndoc901
    A slow start but then the action starts and you can’t put the book down.
  • Natchez Burning

    By Bobby Dominguez
    I have always loved Greg Isles' work. I partially liked this one too, however the end was agonizingly long and unbelievable. I needed an end 100 pages sooner. I am reluctant to read the sequel. Seems the story is told. Bob Dominguez, Universal City, TX
  • Too long tedious

    By ShamuSingh
    The worst Greg Iles book written he should have cut himself a southern deal he keeps talking about in his book.... Buried this book at Bone Tree and definitely not dug it up. Ugghhh what waste of time!
  • Excellent

    By Palerider417
    One of the best books I've read this year. Very human characters come alive. People you care about and some you hate. The added dimensions of the town and it's history add a depth that is breathtaking. Started the book yesterday. 150 pages in and I can't put it down.
  • Too long

    By Staynavytom
    Great book but about 1/4 I didn't read because it was filler.
  • What a waste of money & time

    By Mmmmom123456
    Holy cow what a disappointment. For that crappy ending, you could have cut out about half the book. Between that and all the diatribe about what crappy people we Mississippians are, I'm done with Greg Iles. Huge waste of money
  • Natchez burning

    By Ppmfl
    I'm a big Greg ills fan, but this book is 200-300 pages tooo looong ! I'm srry I wasted the time and money on this book . Wish it came with a money back garentee ! Lol
  • Excellent

    By batmack2
    I really couldn't put this book down.. It was long, hard to figure out at times, overly disturbing in its depiction of the cruelness of that time, drawn out and melodramatic with some of its characters, but I was hooked. Totally agree with comments about the ending but that's what it is supposed to be as the first in a series.....lots of loose ends still hanging out there, Hurry up and write the next one.