- Written by: Greg Iles
- Published by William Morrow Books, April 21, 2015
- Length: 816 pages
- Source: TLC Book Tours and publisher, in exchange for an honest review.
Publisher’s Summary: 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.
Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?
My Thoughts: Picking up exactly where his previous novel Natchez Burning ended, author Greg Iles doesn’t disappoint with this second in a trilogy about Penn Cage and his search for answers about murder, murder plots and other heinous crimes committed in the name of brother hood by the notorious Double Eagles. This is a case where you really must read the first book to understand the subsequent books.
Penn Cage and his finance Caitlin are happy to be alive, but they also know things that makes them sought after by the local and state police, and the FBI. The game of who do you trust is real for them. Penn wants justice for his father, and Caitlyn wants to uncover all the corruption and bring justice to fellow journalist Henry Sexton.
It’s nearly impossible to review this book without spoilers, and I don’t want to do that. This book is riveting and full of secrets and back woods tales and mystery as Isles first tale. There are details of historic events and most of all there is the way that Greg Isles weaves a tale. It puts you right there in Mississippi and Louisiana, in the bayous and deltas and in the homes of now old men who are ready to tell their secrets.
This book did move a little slower for me than I had expected and because I knew must of the story perhaps some could have been cut shorter. The Bone Tree is an excellent book of southern fiction, but I’m not sure it lives up the love I had for Natchez Burning. I am still amazed I read two 800+ page books, not typical for me. I’m looking forward to the last of the Penn Cage trilogy, and no matter the length I’ll be there! I highly recommend this book to lovers of southern fiction, history of racism in the south and Greg Iles fans.
Thank you to TLC for asking me to participate in this book tour. The other stops along the tour are: