The Devil's Punchbowl

The Devil's Punchbowl

eBook - 2009
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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes an electrifying thriller that reveals a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town.

As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown--Natchez, Mississippi--that Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino gambling, and now five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market at Natchez like props from Gone With the Wind .

But one boat isn't like the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them--on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night--come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport--and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn's failure to protect his city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it's a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor:

-Caitlin Masters, the lover Penn found in The Quiet Can Game and lost in Turning Angel
-Danny McDavitt, the heroic helicopter pilot from Third Degree
-Tom Cage, Penn's father and legendary local family physician
-Walt Garrity, a retired Texas Ranger who served with Penn's father during the Korean War

Together they must defeat a sophisticated killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate--and counter--their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead--and Natchez changed forever.

After appearing in two of Iles's most popular novels, Penn Cage makes his triumphant return as a brilliant, honorable, and courageous hero. Rich with Southern atmosphere and marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, The Devil's Punchbowl confirms that Greg Iles is America's master of suspense.
Publisher: New York : Scribner, 2009.
ISBN: 9781416594635
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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wmtlady
Aug 28, 2017

It seemed to take the author awhile to "hit his stride." Before that I considered not finishing the book; after that it flowed at a good pace and I read it quickly. I will give his previous book a chance before I disregard his novels. He seems to build one book on top of another and the characters are developed over time so that you have to enter into his "big-picture" story and keep up with it to understand/appreciate it fully.

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Memawrayne
May 31, 2017

Another fast-paced story with many strong characters-both good and bad ones! This is not the kind of book to read just one chapter at a time. The author won't let you.

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rahmmie
Feb 05, 2015

Very good book. Iles writing is excellent as usual and he expands on old characters and creates new ones around a good plot. He manages to balance well the action with the slow-paced portions of the book. Definitely recommend this one

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erinsnest
Aug 22, 2013

Aug 22,2013...returned and recommended by A Wil***

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mary138
Mar 09, 2013

I agree with you Kodi. I bought this book the day before we were flying home from a beach vacation and by the time we were seated on the plane I had finished close to half of it. An excellent author who never fails to keep me turning pages long past my bedtime! Great book.

Dazio Mar 07, 2013

A very good read but perhaps about 100 pages too long.

kodibyrd Aug 12, 2009

Another Author who has never failed to excite me and I always want to finish a book in one night.

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