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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The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage, book 3) by Greg Iles

For though Tim Jessup made a lifetime of bad decisions—in full knowledge of the risks—the one that set them all in train could have been, and in fact was, made by many of us. It turns out to be a decent quality thriller with a fairly satisfying conclusion, except for that tangential cliffhanger on the final page of the novel. Iles reminds us that all of humankind is a guilty participant here.

Part of that is that I no longer am satisfied with a book just because it’s a thriller with an interesting plot. In this middle of all of this, Penn’s old lover, Caitlin Masters, returns to Natchez, complicating both the widowed Penn’s life and the complex problems he now faces. Honestly, after really liking the first 10 Iles books and struggling with the last 3, I don’t know how much more I’m willing to continue, even with a cliffhanger ending and an epic two-part installment forthcoming in this series.

To write off this novel as a book about dogfighting is to call The Color Purple a movie about shaving. The Devil’s Punchbowl is hard reading, and not just because of its page length. I respect that and understand.

Cage, ex-Assistant District Attorney and ex-author, is now the mayor of his hometown Natchez. The story seemed a bit long to me. With his family’s lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those who are family or those bound to him by honor.

Penn hoped to put Natchez on the track to a better future by reinvigorating the public education system and encouraging white parents who Former Houston prosecutor Penn Cage is now the disillusioned mayor of his home town, Natchez, Mississippi.


If you take out all the parts involving the dogs, the overly abused woman in confinement, the repeated musings on the futility of being a mayor, half the page time on Caitlin and Penn’s relationship problems, and then cut another pages, it’d make an exciting novella.

Jul 16, James Thane rated it really liked it Shelves: More books from this author: But I think maybe they suspect something. They meet late at night in the town cemetery where Jessup discloses that the casino operators are involved with a number of illegal activities ranging from dog fights, prostitution of underage girls, money laundering, and tax fraud.

They will stop at nothing to do 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. Cage also brings in Walt Garrity, a former soldier and Texas Ranger, that he had fought with during the Korean War to assist his son.

When Annie’s life is threatened, Penn calls in reinforcements, and the games begin- The book deals with prostitution, money laundering, and illegal dog fighting, kidnapping and murder. Which is annoying, because I still haven’t found a DRM-free, non-geo-restricted, PayPal-welcome online bookstore that sells it.

The first person narrator is not going to know what third party characters are doing “off stage. And that leads into the faults of Iles.

Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn’s allies dead—and Revil changed forever. But it is as mayor of his hometown—Natchez, Mississippi—that Penn will face his most dangerous threat.

Shortly thereafter, Jessup is murdered and Penn finds himself locked in mortal combat with two hardcore villains who are determined to protect the gambling boat’s secrets and their own fortunes. Yes, men like Kelly do exist, but it’s just too annoyingly convenient that Cage always gets into so much trouble that he has to call in Kelly to help.

I thought the plot got overly complicated, but the action still moved at a fairly quick pace and I was sufficiently interested to keep turning pages. The book does end in a cliffhanger, setting up Penn Cage 4, but I didn’t feel cheated as I had a satisfactory resolution to the book.

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The Devil’s Punchbowl

The men he wants to expose are extremely dangerous and Penn needs to pull in reinforcements to help deal with these evil men.

His plotting is intricate. The comparisons to Michael Vicks are obvious ggeg front and center in your mind as you rip through this story.

Cage also has worked with Danny Kelly, a former army special ops in Afghanistan who brings his Blackwater type puncgbowl with him to assist the mayor of Natchez since he cannot trust his own law enforcement apparatus.

As with the dogs that Sands twisted into killers, there are urges in the blood that no amount of socialization will ever remove.

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It is his descriptions of the picturesque and slower-paced city and sur 4. The doubt comes in how will Penn solve the trouble he finds himself in with these extremely violent people. So for me, this was well researched and written.

The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) by Greg Iles

Why would the mayor of a small town though a former prosecutor, elsewhere have access to these guys? Caitlyn shows up to write about it and they both know it’s not over between them.

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