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The Bone Tree

by Greg Iles

Originally Published by William Morrow & Company in 2015 • ,

Greg Iles continues the electrifying story begun in his smash New York Times bestseller Natchez Burning in this highly anticipated second installment of an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.

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Well, I finally finished The Bone Tree by Greg Iles. Taking so long to finish it is not really an indication of quality. I really enjoyed it; it just took me a little longer to get into. However, once you get to the last 300 pages or so it really moves. The Bone Tree is the second book in a trilogy, so you must read Natchez Burning beforehand.

If you enjoy mystery/thrillers, this is a series you should definitely pick up. It is sort of difficult to review The Bone Tree without giving away spoilers from Natchez Burning. If you read the dust jacket to the book, you will pretty much know how the last one ended. Iles’ second installment is a great continuation of an amazing story but with much higher stakes. Main characters are not safe and some may not even make it to the end. Mayor Penn Cage is pushed to the limits of what he will do to protect his family and to get to the truth.

In Iles’ previous books, Cage upholds the law and everything seems to be by the book. This is still true in The Bone Tree, but the mayor has finally reached his breaking point. His war with the offshoot Ku Klux Klan group, the Double Eagles, has put his family at risk and put in motion a series of events that there is no coming back from. Personally, I cannot wait for the third book to be released to find out how all of this will end.

My general preference is usually non-fiction, but every once in a while, a fast-moving mystery is what I am in the mood for; and The Bone Tree fits the bill.

John Colvin

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