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The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1)

4.14 of 5 stars 4.14  ·  rating details  ·  11,858 ratings  ·  641 reviews
When former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi, he doesn't find the peace he desperately craves. He finds that his own father is being blackmailed by a corrupt ex-cop. And when Penn investigates, he uncovers a murderous secretand the small town's violent past
Kindle Edition, 580 pages
Published (first published January 1st 1999)
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Janie Johnson
This is by far the best I have read from Iles so far. A very riveting tale full of lies, deceit, mistrust, and brutal honesty. The plot was brilliant, the characters even more so, so vivid that you could place yourself there among them. My favorite character would have to be Penn Cage. I can honestly say that I will not forget him for a very long time, if ever. I look forward to the other books in this series. I can only see Cage becoming even more amazing.

I loved the twists that Iles included i
This book had me trapped in the stinging closet of self-loathing for the very short time it took me to race through it. And thank goodness is was fast-paced, because oh my God did it cause some eyerolling that would have been medically marginal had it continued unabated. The characters were so incredibly stereotypical and alternately condescending/patronizing in so many ways that I audibly sighed to myself while reading this, as if to beg myself to turn back and put this book down. But I couldn' ...more
and only book I have had a chance to read by Greg. Unfortunately.

I had to read about a quarter of the book before I could really GET INTO it but after that... I was hooked!!!

The story takes place in Natchez Mississippi and I loved learning about the town. Since it is Greg's home town he does a phenomenal job of describing the type of people who live there as well as the place itself.

I also like the way he describes how a strong "southern family" keeps their bond. The love between father and so
Robert Rosenthal
A good fast-paced read, with action, mystery, and quietly compelling, tasteful sex. The local color (Natchez, on the bluffs of the Mississippi River) plays a starring role, perhaps with more verisimilitude than some of the characters. Very good plotting. Some of the best prose I've read in a thriller novel. Iles really does know how to write. Yes, there are the heart-strings twisting cliches: a lone celeb dad and his daughter recovering from the death to cancer of his wife; the good country doct ...more
How I rated this book.

All books start with 5-stars then have stars or partial stars deducted.

1. This book was not jaw-droppingly amazing in the way The Remains of the Day or Things Fall Apart were. Neither was it brilliant, ground-breaking, and thought provoking like pretty much anything by Jonathan Coe or by Denis Johnson is.

Deduct one star for non-brilliance.

Rating now at 4-stars.

2. First person. I am not particularly in love with first person. There are times when it works and times when i
This book grabs you at the beginning and holds on until you finish. I was late for school two days in a row because I tried to read a few pages before I left the house. Greg Iles can tell a story, of that I am convinced. Tapping race relations in the '60s, white trash, the wealthy and privileged, corrupt politicians, the broken human spirit, and dreams deferred, he touched on every segment of society (as well as their emotions). I blew through 559 pages like the wind. I specifically enjoyed that ...more
I only recently discovered Greg Iles (Summer of 2010). The Quiet Game is the second book of his that I have read. Yes, he is a better read than Grisham and his characters are more alive and his description of events closer to home. A little too much violence and murder to be real, but it is a thriller and that is why we are reading him. Iles is particulary adept at bringing the reader into the relationships, and creating the chemistry of Penn Cage and Livy and Penn Cage and Caitlin is nothing sh ...more
I'm going to rate this book on four things: Character development, plot, style/description and cliché. This seems to be the easiest way to break things down. I'm not going to go into detail about characters or plot. You can get that from other reviewers.

Character development: 4 stars. The main characters were well developed. I really liked the good guys and hated the bad ones. They moved through the story and I moved with them.

Plot: 5 stars. Really an excellent plot. Tons of twists and turns and
I’ve read other books by Iles that I liked so I was up for another. His books are lengthy, so I enjoy getting locked into a good mystery for a number of names. But I was disappointed in this. The protagonist, a former prosecutor, now famous crime novelist is Penn Cage. His wife has died and he is sad and inept with his daughter’s grief and moves home to Natchez, Mississippi to his doctor father and mother’s home. They are perfect and kind. Penn gives an interview to a sexy newspaper editor, Cait ...more
This is one of the best books I've read in a long time. It has found it's place on my favorites shelf in the company of only 2 other titles. I was immediately captivated and pulled into the story. It had crime, corruption, love, hate, jealousy, idealism and more. The story revolves around an unsolved 1968 murder in the deep south, a town called Natchez in Mississippi. The settings, characters, dialogue, plot, outcome all are believable. I loved the characters, even the ones I didn't like, if tha ...more
Wow, there is some craziness going on here. The story is about Penn Cage, former Houston assistant District Attorney turned best-selling author. After a family tragedy, Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi where he gets caught up in a 30-year old racially-motivated killing. Driven by both personal and moral reasons, Cage, assisted by the young and beautiful crusading newspaper editor Caitlin Masters, must find the answers to what happened before time runs out on him.

This is the f
Penn Cage is a best selling author of legal fiction and successful attorney and a man with big wounds to heal. He takes his young daughter home to Nachez, Mississippi in hopes that his own mother and father can help he and his daughter heal from the long death of his wife and her mother. Once there, he inadvertently steps into an old and still painful wound of his home town. Illes' Mortal Fear was one of the most compelling books I have ever read and I've waited a long time for his next one. The ...more
This started off great guns, but then turned 'serious' and weighed the story down. Iles can write. Pity he relies on formulaic fiction. I liked the main character, but felt like he was the stuff of male fantasies, e.g, having two beautiful women after him, being a crusader for civil rights, taking on the bad guys singlehandedly, and so on.
I thought this was a mediocre, deeply lazy, paint by the numbers waste of time. For full disclosure I listened to rather than read this book and the narrators unintentionally hilarious attempts to do female southern accents really did not help. But the real problem with this book was a plot that stunk a mile away, a love for every cliche under the book, and some very clunky dialogue.

Back to John Grisham.
Nov 30, 2012 Robby rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Readers
This was my first intro to the talent of Greg Iles. Needless to say; not the last. Big book with big rewards. 4.5 if they had one. On to the next one.
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Following his wife’s death, Penn Cage returns to his parental home in Natchez so that he and his little girl, Annie, can begin to heal. He’s been a successful prosecuting attorney in Houston for several years, and is also a best-selling author, so his arrival in town has reporters calling for interviews. He agrees and mentions a never-solved, decades-old, civil-rights murder in the course of their meeting. That mention fans the flames of racial unrest, and a sinister conspiracy of power mongers ...more
A friend of mine passed this book along to me after she finished reading it. She'd been planning to donate it to the local library but after I read the description on the back cover I asked her if I could read it first.

I decided to read this book when the others I'd begun and couldn't seem to finish weren't cutting it for me. I wanted something captivating, to hold my interest without making me do much work. Considering I finished reading this over-300 page paperback book in three days, I'd say
One of the best books you will ever read! I'm a big Greg Iles fan. While I enjoy reading a number of other authors and trying out new authors, I always come back to Greg Iles. Mr. Iles writing is strong and the cadence just right. There is nothing boring about this book. The storyline is pulled from a time and events in this country that a lot of us grew up with.

Mr. Iles works the reader; there is loss and new relationships the reader will pull for. There are family secrets and long lost loves.
Jane Stewart
3 ½ stars. Above average complicated mystery, but it’s missing rich, fascinating character development. I wasn’t pulled in enough.

This is the first book in the Penn Cage series. Penn was a prosecuting attorney in Houston. He is 38 and has written three bestselling thrillers based on cases he’s seen. His wife died of cancer seven months ago. Still grieving, he and his four-year-old daughter Annie move in with his parents in Natchez, Mississippi. Being with his parents will help both P
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Vicki Smith
I absolutely loved the Quiet Game. I couldn't put it down from start to finish. The story is about Penn Cage, a prosecutor turned fiction writer, who goes back to his home town of Natchez after the death of his wife. He feels his 4 year old daughter will heal faster surrounded by her loving Grandparents. When he arrives home, he discovers that his beloved father is being blackmailed. He successfully helps his father, but the story is just beginning. The wife of a murder victim asks Penn to help ...more
Michael Tuggle
The beginning of Greg Iles' Penn Cage character and one of my favorite reads from him. Having grown up in a small Southern town, Iles' books feel very familiar to me and I cannot get enough of his style. He's one of those writers that I buy, sit down and read the book cover to cover and then lament having to wait another year or two for the next book. Loved this one.

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Penn Cage is no stranger to death. As a Houston prosecutor he sent sixteen men to death row, and watched seven of th
WOW! That's the first thing to say about this absolutely gripping suspense/thriller novel. Penn Cage is a very popular author of legal thrillers after being a successful prosecuting attorney in Texas. He has come home to his hometown in Mississippi to help himself and his 4 year old daughter, Annie, move on after the death of Sarah, Penn's wife and Annie's mother.
What he finds is his father under a shroud of blackmail and a 30 year old unsolved murder case that possibly involves the father of P
T. Edmund
Penn Cage, successful lawyer and struggling widower decides to return to his home-town in the hopes of raising the spirits of his daughter who is still consumed by the grief of loosing her mother. Once Back Cage is pulled into conspiracy with links to his past and an old legal nemesis.

In the Quiet Game, Iles skilfully melds gun toting thrill-ride with legal/political action. The story is well paced and hard to put-down, the characters are mostly real aside from some 1-dimension (the dimension is

The quiet game is an incredible rich book and Greg Iles is a superb intelligent writer of paramount quality. He goes the distance, promising big and delivering big.
The book is very long and totally engrossing, with a neat story telling, full of stereotyped multidimensional graphic characters and vivid portraits of places and circumstances.
The gripping plot is very complex like a spider web but easy to follow at the same time. Added surprises skillfully crafted galore and key r
I must admit that I read this book for a strange reason. I read a brilliant review of Natchez Burning, and discovered that it was the 4th in the Penn Cage series. While the review was clear that it's not necessary to read the first three to appreciate Natchez Burning, I am a bit obsessive about reading mystery series in order. A long rationale, but mostly it ended up being worthwhile. I like Penn Cage. I like the setting. I liked the plot. It kept me reading to the end wondering how it would all ...more
If you like John Grisham's earlier works, you will like this novel. The Quiet Game is The story of Penn Cage, a well-known author and former prosecutor. After his wife dies, Cage returns to his parents' home in Natchez, Mississippi to help his young daughter cope with their loss. When Cage discovers that his father is being blackmailed, he decides to eliminate the blackmail threat. As he defends his father, he discovers that the blackmailer is at the center of an unsolved 30 year old murder of a ...more
A great southern novel from start to finish. This was the first Greg Iles book I read, and I was hooked from the start. Iles's imagery of the area of Natchez, MS is masterful, and I felt like I was combing through the region and living the story. His characters were rich yet believeable, intelligently conceived yet down to earth and I really felt Iles put enormous amount of thought into his character development and it was a pleasure to read his efforts. I haven't been to Natchez but I truly fel ...more
Recent widower and former State’s Attorney Penn Cage decides to take his four-year-old daughter home to Natchez to heal. While there he confronts the thirty-year-old unsolved, seemingly racist murder of a young black civil rights activist. Learning of the possible in involvement of his family’s arch enemy, Judge Leo Marston, Penn delves into the crime only to uncover a conspiracy at the highest level of government. Along the way he meets a love interest in beautiful young publisher Caitlin Maste ...more
Barbara Hale
One of the best legal thrillers I've read in a very long time. This is at least 4.5 stars. The Quiet Game is the first Iles novel in the Penn Cage series, and I look forward to reading more about this tremendous character.

Penn Cage is a former prosecutor and writer of legal thrillers who returns to his childhood home in Natchez Mississippi after his wife dies of cancer. While back in Natchez, he confronts many unanswered questions of his past surrounding the demise of his love affair with his hi
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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“I will do those things which make me happy today and which I can also live with ten years from now.” 27 likes
“Einstein said the arrow of time flies in only one direction. Faulkner, being from Mississippi, understood the matter differently. He said the past is never dead; it's not even past. All of us labor in webs spun long before we were born, webs of heredity and environment, of desire and consequence, of history and eternity. Haunted by wrong turns and roads not taken, we pursue images perceived as new but whose provenance dates to the dim dramas of childhood, which are themselves but ripples of consequence echoing down the generations. The quotidian demands of life distract from this resonance of images and events, but some of us feel it always.

And who among us, offered the chance, would not relive the day or hour in which we first knew love, or ecstasy, or made a choice that forever altered our future, negating a life we might have had? Such chances are rarely granted. Memory and grief prove Faulkner right enough, but Einstein knew the finality of action. If I cannot change what I had for lunch yesterday, I certainly cannot unmake a marriage, erase the betrayal of a friend, or board a ship that left port twenty years ago.”
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