Cemetery Road

Cemetery Road

A Novel

Book - 2019 | First edition.
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"An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption... Iles's latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment."-- Washington Post

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

Sometimes the price of justice is a good man's soul.

When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.

On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed. His family's 150-year-old newspaper is failing; and Jet Turner, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club. To Marshall's surprise, the Poker Club has taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill. But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city's economic future.

An experienced journalist, Marshall has seen firsthand how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Joining forces with his former lover--who through her husband has access to the secrets of the Poker Club--Marshall begins digging for the truth behind those murders. But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can destroy far more than injustice. The South is a land where everyone hides truths: of blood and children, of love and shame, of hate and murder--of damnation and redemption. The Poker Club's secret reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., and could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate. But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, [2019]
Edition: First edition.
Copyright Date: ©2019
ISBN: 9780062824615
Branch Call Number: FIC Iles
Characteristics: 590 pages ; 24 cm.


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Jul 26, 2019

One of my favorite authors, but sadly, this one was very disappointing. Unlikeable characters, sophomoric romance and constant reminder that the main character owned a Ford Flex made the read tedious. Hopefully his next endeavor will be better executed.

Jul 21, 2019

Have read all of Greg Iles' books. He's one of my favorite authors. Cemetery Road is not up to his usual good work. I found it rather boring and very slow moving. He went into too much depth in developing his characters. I found most of them uninteresting and way to "woe-is-me" and whinny. However, the book was a bit exciting the last two to three chapters. Also, and unfortunately, Mr. Iles makes political comments throughout the book are totally unnecessary. At one point he equates all Republicans to the evildoers in the book. Again, his political beliefs add nothing to the book and are totally unnecessary.

Jul 16, 2019

Highly engaging story of passion, greed, murder, and family relationships in small-town Mississippi. Not a quick summer read, but you won't be able to put it away and forget it without finishing it. Satisfying endings for all threads.

Exciting story - fast paced, several plots at one time. Characters are believable and the ending is unexpected.

Jul 06, 2019

Similar in some ways to other stories written by this author, the family theme pervades much as it does in the Penn Cage books. Like a well thought out jigsaw puzzle each character and subplot will fit together as momentum builds, something Iles has mastered for years. Well written, paced nicely, this is well worth reading for those that enjoy stories of the South, its racial and other elements an important part of the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I found the Penn Cage stories more to my liking, especially "The Devil's Punchbowl" which I'm reading at this moment. Enjoy!

Jul 04, 2019

I found the plot unbelievable as he continued to add more secrets and more drama at the end. I also didn't buy that Marshall was truly in love with Jet ever. They were not star crossed lovers. pretty simplistic to pit a nearly virginal Nadine against the sexually aggressive and morally compromised Jet and wonder which one Marshall really wants. Overall I am disappointed in this novel as I have liked his previous novels but I will say he seems to not know when to end the drama in any of his books and continues to build and build until any shred of reality is gone.

Jun 21, 2019

This was a great book full of good and evil characters with a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend this book. Greg Iles is a master at his profession.

Jun 20, 2019

A good read!

Jun 19, 2019

This took a while to get into it, but the last third was a could not put down page turner. Probably too long for book club, but a good mystery.

Jun 18, 2019

A good read as are all of Greg Iles books. I always feel like I'm getting a free tour of the areas that his stories take place. In depth and good plot line.

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