The Bone Tree: A Novel (Penn Cage)
- Publish Date: 2016-02-23
- Binding: Mass Market Paperback
- Author: Greg Iles
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the second novel in his Natchez Burning trilogyâwhich also includes Natchez Burning and the upcoming Mississippi Bloodâan epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.
Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancÃ©e, 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 Mississippiâs most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasnât 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 policeâs Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.
The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cageâwho is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing himâis either to make a devilâs 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 Eaglesâ 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 âthe bone tree.â
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 justiceânow finally pushed beyond his limits.
Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?