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April 30, 2014
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Oxford, MS 38655 United States
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Square Books is excited to receive a limited number of signed first editions of Greg Iles’ latest,

NATCHEZ BURNING, only available at select bookstores. We are also able to offer personalized copies. If you would like your copy of NATCHEZ BURNING signed to your or a friend please fill in the ‘order comments’ box during checkout exactly how you want the inscription to read in the book. #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with his most eagerly anticipated novel yet and his first in five years–Natchez Burning–the first

installment in an epic trilogy that interweaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present in a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern lawyer and former prosecutor Penn Cage.

Growing up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage learned everything he knows about honor and duty from his father, Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor and pillar of the community is accused of murdering Violet Turner, the beautiful nurse with whom he worked in the dark days of the early 1960s. A fighter who has always stood for justice, Penn is determined to save his father, even though Tom, stubbornly evoking doctor-patient privilege, refuses to speak up in his own defense.

The quest for answers sends Penn deep into the past–into the heart of a conspiracy of greed and murder involving the Double Eagles, a vicious KKK crew headed by one of the wealthiest and most powerful men in the state. With the aid of a local friend and reporter privy to some of Natchez’s oldest and deadliest secrets, Penn follows a bloody trail that stretches back forty years, to one undeniable fact: no one–black or white, young or old, brave or not–is ever truly safe.

With everything on the line, including his own life, Penn must decide how far he will go to protect those he loves . . . and see justice done, once and for all.

Rich in Southern atmosphere and electrifying plot turns,

Natchez Burning marks the brilliant return of a genuine American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing, it is the most explosive, exciting, sexy, and ambitious story Greg Iles has written yet.

Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the U.S. Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. While attending Ole Miss, Greg lived in the cabin where William Faulkner and his brothers listened to countless stories told by “Mammy Callie,” their beloved nanny, who had been born a slave. Iles studied the novel under Willie Morris, who brought in friends William Styron, James Dickey, John Knowles and many others to enrich his classes. After several years playing in the band “Frankly Scarlet,” Iles wrote his first novel in 1993,

Spandau Phoenix, which became the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers. With his third novel, Mortal Fear, Iles began setting his novels in Mississippi, and in The Quiet Game, his fourth, he created Penn Cage and placed him in Iles’s own hometown of Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi River. In 2011, Greg sustained life-threatening injuries in a automobile accident on Highway 61 near Natchez. He remained in a medically-induced coma for eight days and ultimately lost part of his right leg. Doctors declared his survival miraculous and predicted a long recovery, yet early in his rehabilitation, Greg found comfort and motivation by re-entering the world of the character, the town, and the secrets that his fans loved most. The road into these novels proved to be the road back to life. Iles was a member of the lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders” that included authors Dave Berry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, James McBride and Roger McGuinn. Iles lives in Natchez, Mississippi, and has two teenaged children. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles (Hardcover)

By Greg Iles


Published: William Morrow & Company, 04/29/2014



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