The Devil’s Punchbowl: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 3)

The Devil's Punchbowl: A Novel (Penn Cage Book 3) Author Greg Iles
ISBN-10 1416594639
ISBN-13 9781416594635
Year 2009-06-19
Pages 594
Language English
Publisher Scribner
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From New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his most electrifying thriller yet The Devil s Punchbowl 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

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