Part of a trilogy. Read Natchez Burning first- then Mississippi Blood
Oh boy- this was a heavy read. Details and the story line make for good suspense. Sometimes gruesome detail.
The second book in this trilogy does not disappoint, there is so much action and so much going on that it does not seem like it is 700 pages. A very credible JFK assassination theory is put forth. I appreciate the fact that Iles, expects you to have the previous book and doesn't spend a lot time recapping.
Greg Iles has a way of telling a story that it makes you want to check the facts, as you wonder if fiction is closer to the truth than what you see in the newspapers.
His trilogy has you waiting for each book and the connections between books are written so that you do not spend 2-3 chapters with repeated information.
Excellent follow-up to the first book in the trilogy. It is interesting how he shows another idea that was around at the time for JFK's killing. On the waiting list for the next book. Can hardly wait. Hope the finish continues with the good story telling.
When I read this book I presumed that all the details on the JFK assassination were fiction. I checked, and he didn't make any author's notes on that.
So I was quite surprised when I watched a documentary some time later entitled 'Did The Mob Kill Kennedy?" and realized that I knew the story. I had read a lot of it in The Bone Tree.
Also, I recognized some of the names linked to JFK assassination.
I wish I'd known at the time that a lot of what the author said about the Kennedy assassination was based on a very credible theory of the assassination, and that some of the people mentioned were real people. All the dots connect just the way he connected them in the book.
The part about the Klan being involved was not in the documentary -- I believe these are fictional characters.
However, what was mentioned, is that a lot of people believe there was a second shooter, that Oswald had back up. They didn't mention a theory that was put forward in the book -- that the rifle Oswald was using was not good enough to make the shot that killed Kennedy. That is a theory I've heard before, and I think is probably true.
I wanted to let readers know this about the JFK content in the book.
(The fifth book in the Penn Cage series)
Fabulous. Possibly better than Natchez Burning. It has a complex multi- layered plot and was intensely interesting. Do yourself a favour and read Natchez Burning First. There is so much going on in this series and it is well worth your reading time to start at the beginning.
So pleased to find this followup to Natchez Burning. Well worth the read - I couldn't put it down (and it is a huge book). It tied up some loose ends. I am now looking forward to the final in the trilogy. He's a great author.
Part 2 of a trilogy. Long at 800 pages but a engrossing read and it was done in no time. More shananigans in Natchez with racists and power abusers killing and maiming to keep control and Penn cage fighting to find the truth, keep his father alive and put the bad guys in jail. Several plot lines ongoing to keep the action flowing.
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