Sometimes the price of justice is a good man’s soul.
The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.
“An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption… Iles’s latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment.”
— Washington Post
When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.
On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed. His family’s 150-year-old newspaper is failing; and Jet Turner, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club. To Marshall’s surprise, the Poker Club has taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill. But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.
An experienced journalist, Marshall has seen firsthand how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Joining forces with his former lover—who through her husband has access to the secrets of the Poker Club—Marshall begins digging for the truth behind those murders. But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can destroy far more than injustice. The South is a land where everyone hides truths: of blood and children, of love and shame, of hate and murder—of damnation and redemption. The Poker Club’s secret reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., and could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate. But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.
Cemetery Road book summary coming soon..
Thought the book was exceptional; couldn’t put it down. However, all of us are so tired of our national political problems and conflicts and wish both parties would grow up. Unfortunately the book had political leanings...when most of us want to just enjoy a good read. There’s a time and a place. 55
Great read as with his other books! It was hard to put down. Anxious for his next novel! 55
I wasn’t planning on buying it but after reading reviews from cry baby magats, I knew I had to read it!! Excellent, intelligent read! 55
My first Greg Iles book but not the last. Beautifully written with enough plot turns to make you dizzy. So worth the time to read it. 55
Huge fan of Greg’s work, started with Quiet Game which was great then all of the others never disappointed. Honestly could have done without the political statements contained in this read, one of the reasons I do read fiction is to escape the craziness of today. Poker Club was a bad group of dudes for sure, much like the Double Eagles, enjoyed how they got what they had coming at the end of the book. Not a bad read but not the best, bring Penn Cage back. 35
Really need to keep your political opinions out of your books. And to think I purchased this. Can I get a refund? 15
Engrossing, sometimes compelling, not predictable. Rolls right along with enough introspection to be a serious read, not a light read for lazy minds. A very good book. 55
Another great read. Deeper and even more engrossing for including the current cancer of bigotry, lies, and misogyny that threaten our country. If it offends some trumpskins , maybe it will also spur a few to eventually move out of the swamp of their rationalizations. A must read! 55
I’ve liked all of the books by the author, but I believe this is my favorite yet. 55
I’ve always been a big fan of Iles. I’ve read everyone of his novels. So I was very disappointed to find out he is a bleeding heart liberal that allows his biases into his writing. There was enough anti Trump, anti capitalism, anti Christianity and pro gay lifestyle in this book to make you wonder about his intent. Most of those topics did not add anything to the story and if removed would have changed nothing. I’m sorry to say this is the last book of his I will ever read. 25