Bestseller Iles’s stellar third suspense novel to feature Penn Cage (after Turning Angel) finds the former prosecutor and bestselling novelist. 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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Bestseller Iles’s stellar third suspense novel to feature Penn Cage (after Turning Angel) finds the .

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Book review: Greg Iles’s *The Devil’s Punchbowl*

At least in this one the protagonists are not spending their time obsessing over year old girls as in his previous book. I decide to dispense with small talk.

For Penn Cage his frustration with the existing American legal system is something he is about to give up on. Scary enough to bring me out here at this hour.

Sadly, the people closest to me saw this coming long ago. In addition to his popular novels, he wrote the original script for the movie 24 Hours later renamed Trapped.

The Devil’s Punchbowl

Concentrates on the evil-doings of a group of men associated with a gambling barge moored in the Mississippi. Under the sweet olive simmers a roux of thicker smells: Urged by old friends to try to restore this city of the Old South to its former glory, Penn has taken office with strong support from the townspeople for change. It goes on and on in excruciating detail about awful things – dog fighting, rape, etc. As I watch him, I realize that his hands are shak ing, and not from the cold.


Dick Hill did a credible job with the audio though his voice tends to be too gravelly to convincingly voice the women characters. Predators, I kid you not. The basest human depravities are displayed front and center and Mr.

But, before they can address their differences and work on the future, Penn has to find out what is going on in his town. I am an animal lovin’ vegetarian and as soon as it started getting into that and facing the realization that this stuff really happensI had a hard time with it.

They will stop at nothing to degil so, including threatening Penn’s daughter, mother and father to make him back off and surrender the evidence they believe Jessup has given to Penn.

Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn’s allies dead — and Natchez changed puncubowl. We pay lip service to ideals, but we live by expediency and by tribal prejudice. For at least the first pages we’re blugoened with the daily life and thoughts of Penn Cage, town mayor IMO mayor’s of small town don’t make compelling protaganists The plot is neither melodramatic enou First of all I almost put the rating down to two stars, because while Punchbowl isn’t is bad ilew some books I’ve read, it’s page length was extra-painful to get through.

Caitlyn shows up to write about it and they both know it’s not over between them. When a childhood debil 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. She just didn’t have much warmth.

Daniel Kelly, an old friend working for a private security organization, lends support, sneaking Cage’s year-old daughter out of town to safety. Yes, men like Kelly do exist, but it’s phnchbowl too annoyingly convenient that Cage always gets into so much trouble that he has to call in Kelly to help. I don’t think I’ve ever read a bad one. Greg still lives in Natchez, Mississippi, with his wife and two children.


Most of the corpses in this place had white skin when they were alive, but as in life, the truth here is found at the iiles. What he actually read, I realize, was my appraising glance.

As I bend to slide down the hill, an urgent whisper breaks the silence of the ;unchbowl The crimes lead all the way to the justice department. Iles creates a powerful polemic against gambling and all the vices attendant to it. Circumstances that many communities face in real life, although hopefully not with the sinister consequences depicted in the the book.

I enjoyed everything about the story, punchbkwl did become frustrated with Penn Cage. Lies and cruelty and murder are in us all. In this boo Although I already have some books in my wishlist, I now have to add at least one, maybe five, more. After graduating from the University of Mississippi inhe performed for several years with the rock band Frankly Scarlet and is a member of the lit-rock group The Rock Bottom Remainders.