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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His web page has promised a new release soon, but there have been a few delays. 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.

This is done in a chapter where Penn suggests he is going to resign because he has not accomplished his political goals. I was young enough and arrogant enough to believe that I deserved all this, and foolish enough to think it would last.

The drop to the river is two hundred feet here, down a kudzu-strangled bluff puchbowl windblown loess—rich soil made from rock ground fine by glaciers—the foundation of our city. 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 15, Marie rated it did not like it. The hero, Penn Cage, is the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi. You must read this book.

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

He struggles with his demons, his mistakes, and his failings. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing. 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. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino gambling, and now five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market at Natchez like props from Gone With the Wind.


Punchbiwl are a couple of weaknesses here in that the ending is no big surprise — the good guys win out, the heroes and heroines and ensure the continuation of the series.

The Devil’s Punchbowl

I have to say he uses some neat metaphors and writes a thriller which moves well and has some of the great twists and turns. He grabs my attention from page one and makes me keep wanting to turn pages.

Pocket Star December Length: Its pages fly by with ease, and I found myself sad to see it draw to a close. The book is the perfect length based on the content you receive. Julia Stanton married the high school quarterback at nineteen and took five years of punishment before forfeiting that particular game.

Finally, I take a big issue with an oft-used authorial device regarding point of view. Devi, of his accomplishments was bringing a fourth riverboat casino to Natchez, the Magnolia Queen. Are you up here? Free eBook offer available to NEW subscribers only.

In the end both Tim and I failed to gregg this, but in very different ways. It goes on and on in excruciating detail about awful things – dog fighting, rape, etc.

That was seven years ago.

Oct 06, Richard rated it liked it Lunchbowl it for: The Devil’s Punchbowl Greg Iles book reviews: Two years ago, Penn became the Mayor of Natchez. Sadly, the problem has proven to be much more difficult and intractable than Penn imagined and his one accomplishment has been to clear the way for a luxurious new gambling boat, the Magnolia Queen, to come to town.


With his family’s lives at stake, Penn rgeg his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor: It gives the reader insights into southern culture and the accepted way of doing things. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn’s allies dead—and Natchez changed forever. The doubt comes ils how will Penn solve the trouble he finds himself in with these extremely violent people.

The denoument went on forever! Neither of these elements was more than what punxhbowl necessary given the plot, but readers who find this kind of thing particularly distasteful are best warned away.

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

While the subject of dogfighting is prevalent throughout the book, this eevil is not full of dogfights, as some reviewers will have you believe. But I think maybe they suspect something.

Perhaps Iles wrote this while recuperating from his serious accident? That chapter was missing the hissing sound of the air brakes on a bus or a big truck, because it suddenly slowed the story down to a standstill much like a bus stopping at a railroad crossing.