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The Devil's Punchbowl : Where Sinners Come to Play - Greg Iles

The Devil's Punchbowl

Where Sinners Come to Play

By: Greg Iles

Paperback Published: 6th August 2009
ISBN: 9780007304844
Number Of Pages: 550

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When he was a prosecuting attorney 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 the town to its former glory, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling. Five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market like props from Gone With the Wind.

But one boat isn't like the others. Rumour has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas. And with them comes 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 this 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 life at stake, Penn realises his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honour.

About the Author

Greg Iles is the author of eleven international best-selling novels, including Turning Angel, Blood Memory and The Quiet Game. He lives in Natchez Mississippi.


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An entertaining read.


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This is a sequel of sorts to Turning Angel and The Quiet Game. It is not necessary to have read either of them but it helps for a bit of the backstory with Caitlin Masters. The book itself is a page turner with lots of twists and turns and good characterization. At times it appears to be predictable, which is exactly when it becomes least predictable. There are the odd moments of 'fortuitous' good fortune for Penn Cage but not too many to cause eye rolling. There is much gritty but not gratuitous violence in this novel including murder, sexual assault, suicide, torture, dog fighting and dogs killing humans and vice versa. This novel pulls no punches but doesn't punch for shock value. It is all contextual. Perhaps the one annoyance- the epilogue creates a lead in to the Death Factory novella that follows.



The Devil's Punchbowl

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Praise for previous Greg Iles novels 'A scorching read' John Grisham 'An incredible web of intrigue and suspense' Clive Cussler 'My favourite kind of novel...Ambitious in its scope and superbly satisfying in its execution, this story resonates long after the final page is turned' Dan Brown 'One of America's top new crime writers' Observer 'Iles is a great thriller writer' Independent 'Iles brilliantly creates opportunities for his characters to demonstrate principle and courage, both on a large and small scale, making this much more than just an exciting read.' Publisher's Weekly

ISBN: 9780007304844
ISBN-10: 0007304846
Series: Penn Cage
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 550
Published: 6th August 2009
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.6 x 13.0  x 3.6
Weight (kg): 0.34

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