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who read Natchez Burning by Greg Iles will certainly want to
read the second novel in this southern gothic trilogy featuring Penn
Cage. The Bone Tree picks up with Cage’s father, Dr. Tom
Cage, still on the run for murder.
Double Eagles, a vicious offshoot of the KKK, continues to be a force
to deal with and a series of unsolved civil rights murders will take
the principal characters to a secret burial ground known simply as
“the bone tree deep” in the swamp. Deep in the swamp, this has
been final resting place for over 200 years of folks who just
disappear and are never heard from again.
only is Penn Cage determined to find his father, but he also wants to
find out why he has taken flight. Obvious the Double Eagles’
interest in Tom has a lot to do with it, and some of the members of
the society seem to know more about the doctor’s past than his own
family quest drops Penn right in the center of some of the most
important events of the 1960s, including the assassination of JFK.
Somehow Tom Cage is a link to not only a number of unsolved civil
rights murders but also to some of the unanswered questions left by
the president’s death.
this lengthy novel unfolds, it becomes clear that Viola Turner’s
death, she was Tom’s former nurse, holds the key to some of the
darkest chapters in American history. The more questions he asks and
the closer he comes to the truth, Penn Cage realizes that he is
getting close to exposing a group of audacious southern power brokers
who range from the New Orleans Mafia and Double Eagles to political
and financial power brokers.
just a tad over 800 pages, this is a lengthy read but, as with the
first novel in this trilogy, The Bone Tree is such an explosive
and fast action thriller that the pages will just melt away. Even if
you don’t usually tackle long books like this, you’ll be
surprised how fluid the plot is and how riveting this tale of dark
secrets and headline making events is.
don’t worry if you didn’t read Natchez Burning . That won’t
interfere with your enjoyment of The Bone Tree. This is
southern fiction at its best, so give it a try; you won’t be