- Paperback: 816 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow (April 21 2015)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0062379380
- ISBN-13: 978-0062379382
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 4.1 x 22.9 cm
- Shipping Weight: 880 g
- Average Customer Review: 73 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #114,261 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Bone Tree Paperback – Deckle Edge, Apr 21 2015
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“Richly plotted…[and] the action-packed narrative moves swiftly to a surprising and moving conclusion.” (Publishers Weekly)
“Best-selling author Iles superbly blends past and present in his swift and riveting story line.” (Library Journal (starred review))
“The second installment of his hard-boiled Natchez trilogy finds Iles’ hero Penn Cage on even swampier, and surely deadlier, ground than before.” (Kirkus Reviews)
“Absolutely compelling… A beautifully constructed story, some extremely fine writing, and some hard-to-bear tragedy.… Everything is big about this one: its epic scale [and] its built-in readership based on the success of its predecessor.” (Booklist (starred review))
“Race relations, adultery, murder, parenthood and friendship are all smashed together to form a searing saga of remorse and revenge. . . . Better than Natchez Burning. If the third book surpasses the first two then Iles will be elevated to the highest heights of famed storytellers.” (Huffington Post)
“’Great Expectations’ transplanted to an American South laced with comparably gothic overtones. . . . Establishes Iles as this generation’s William Faulkner, usurping Pat Conroy as our preeminent Southern writer and potentially establishing him as this era’s finest American novelist, thanks to this moving and meaningful masterpiece of storytelling.” (Providence Journal)
“Filled with menace, betrayal, [and] unexpected plot twists. . . . Running through this vast enterprise is the implicit belief that crime fiction is capable of addressing - and illuminating - any aspect of human behavior, including the tragic history of race relations in 20th-century America.” (Washington Post)
From the Back Cover
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.
Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.
The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him—is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree.”
The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice—now finally pushed beyond his limits.
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As The Bone Tree continues exactly where the first book left off, although I remembered the details of the story, a list of the names and the characters main roles in Natchez Burning would be helpful in the beginning. We had already learned that in the early 1960's a group affiliated with the KuKluxKlan broke away because they did not find the KKK radical or brutal enough. They formed a new group, the Double Eagles, under the direction of a powerful,wealthy leader. In the early 60's amidst racial tension and the beginnings of the civil rights movement they abducted and tortured some young black men and some others they considered traitors to their cause. This was done at a place deep in the swamps, and the bodies placed in a giant hollowed out cypress tree which had never been found and was believed to be a legend. There was also some hints that these men may have been involved in the assassinations of JFK. RFK and MLK.
Penn Cage, the mayor of Natchez, and his future wife, Caitlin, an investigative reporter, barely escaped death at the end of the first book. Penn's father, a beloved and sickly retired doctor had been charged with the mercy killing of his former nurse and lover is on the run and has killed a deputy in self defence. Penn is obsessed with finding and exonerating him. FBI men who might help him seem more interested in solving the assassination of JFK and how Cage's father might have some knowledge of how this local group of killers were involved decades ago. This group has become even more powerful and control many aspects of law enforcement and illegal drug trade. Cage and Caitlin have postponed their wedding until his father is found and things settle down. Caitlin wants to prove that the Double Eagles committed atrocious murders many years ago and to do that she is determined to find the Bone Tree and the remains of those missing.
This is a story of how the events of the past do not remain buried in the past, and how bad things may happen to bad people but even worse things may happen to good ones. There are secrets and lies, conspiracies, sins of omission and commission, plots within plots, and very little redemption.
I felt the investigation into the assassination of JFK slowed down the plot and not sure that this traumatic event belonged in this book of fiction. There have been many books written about conspiracies: involvement of anti or pro Castro Cubans, the Mafia, the CIA, Russians, the military complex, a lone killer, etc. The one in this book makes as much sense as any, but by placing the blame on the Mafia and naming actual people already suspected and mentioned by conspiracy theorists and adding some of this books fictional characters as key players into the mix did little to propel the book for me. The real tension built up later in the book with the search for the bone tree and the surrounding events.
The entire story takes place over about 4 days, and the cliffhanger at the end makes you wonder if it was all for naught.. Looking forward to the third and final book in the series and wondering where it can go from here.
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