#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles continues the electrifying story he began in his smashing New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning with this highly anticipated second volume in an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice.
Southern prosecutor Penn Cage is caught in the darkest maelstrom of his life. The heartbreaking but seemingly straightforward death of his father’s African-American nurse, Viola Turner, has fractured Penn’s family and turned Dr. Tom Cage into a fugitive from justice. And in the search for his father and his reasons for running, Penn has unwittingly started a war with a violent offshoot of the KKK, the Double Eagles, whose members seem to know much more about Tom’s past than Penn or his mother ever did.
Desperately following his father’s trail, Penn finds himself in a maze of mirrors, beset on all sides by a family of criminals and corrupt police whose power reaches into the highest levels of state government. To even the odds, Penn must rely on allies whose objectives are very different from his own. FBI special agent John Kaiser sees Tom Cage as the key to closing not only countless civil rights murders, but also the ultimate cold case: the assassination of President John F. Kennedy. Penn’s fiancée, journalist Caitlin Masters, is chasing the biggest story of her career and believes Tom can lead her to evidence of America’s most secret, shameful history. In the end, all roads will lead to the mysterious Bone Tree, a legendary killing site that may conceal far more than the remains of the forgotten.
Penn now knows that the death of Viola Turner is a door to the darkest chapters of America’s past. In the civil rights battleground that was 1960s Mississippi and Louisiana, powerful men had audacious, sweeping agendas, and their violent race murders concealed a conspiracy that ran wide and deep, involving the New Orleans Mafia, a Double Eagle hit squad, and a world- altering murder in Dealey Plaza in 1963. And if the FBI can be believed, somehow Dr. Tom Cage stands at the center of it all.
Enthralling, captivating, and utterly engrossing, The Bone Tree is a masterpiece of modern suspense and the next novel in the monumental trilogy that Greg Iles was born to write.
I don’t know where to start….this series just keeps getting better and better!
This is not a beach read. This is not a normal, fast-paced Greg Iles tale. This is what I call a “smart” read. It is an intricate, sophisticated plot. If you blink you will miss something important. You can’t let your guard down for a minute. And for the life of me…I cannot figure out what Tom Cage is hiding. I have suspicions but no real proof.
Greg Iles’ characters are exceptional. They make mistakes, make wrong decisions, are judgemental. In other words, they are so real!! I think this is why his stories take on a life of their own and pull the reader in so quickly. Everyone makes mistakes in judgement and therefore, there is a true connection between the character and the reader.
The intricate details intertwined throughout this story, along with the characters, leave the reader contemplating long after the story is finished. This is not a tale soon forgotten! I cannot wait for the final installment. Sadly I must wait a year!!
I want to give this 10 stars!!! But, five will have to do!
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