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Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2)

4.11 of 5 stars 4.11  ·  rating details  ·  11,489 ratings  ·  689 reviews
After winning the most dangerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides to remain in his Southern hometown to raise his young daughter in a safe haven. But nowhere is truly safe -- not from long-buried secrets, or murder....When the nude body of prep school student Kate Townsend is found near the Mississippi River, Penn's best friend, Drew Elliott, is desperate f ...more
Paperback, 672 pages
Published November 21st 2006 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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Chris
Sep 20, 2007 Chris rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: Morons
This is easily the worst book I've ever read, and I've read Jewel's book of poetry. The story seems to exist only as a vehicle for Iles to create this ludicrous world in which sexy, teenage girls are unable to keep from flinging themselves at every middle-aged man that comes along. This might make for some great poker night b.s. stories for Iles and his buddies, but as a novel, it comes off as a pervert's collection of fantasties. Just creepy. Imagine if John Mark Karr rewrote Lolita, and you've ...more
Kerry
If you're just reading Greg Iles for the first time, here's his advice on the order in which to read his books:
If you have just read Turning Angel, you should next read The Quiet Game, the novel in which Penn Cage first appeared, and which many readers believe is my best book. Blood Memory was written before Turning Angel, and Penn’s father Tom Cage appears there in a supporting role, but I would read “Blood Memory” after “The Quiet Game,” not before. You will appreciate Tom much more then.



Of my
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Lori
Greg Iles has written a 500 page novel which would make any person's stomach turn when thinking of the corruption of Natchez, Mississippi or I guess Anytown USA. This was at the core a murder mystery with a fairly engaging lawyer/writer Penn Cage. He is a good core character, but what ruined it for me and I can bet lots of fans was the disgusting portrayal of the affair of the town's 40 year old physician and resident hottie with the town's 17 year old high school queen. I'm not naive I know the ...more
Nancy
Apr 03, 2010 Nancy rated it 1 of 5 stars
Recommends it for: A dumpster
I found this book disturbing on many levels not the least was the relationships between a high school girl and a doctor more than twice her age. Along with this, the doctor allows the girl to get into dangerous situations in helping him supply pain killers for his addicted wife.
Penn Cage, his friend whose life the doctor saved, is sexually tempted by his daughter's babysitter, Mia Burke. Cage also puts Mia, another high school student, in tremendous danger when she helps him unravel the myster
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Amanda
I hated this book. It's filled with completely unrealistic story lines, characters that are patently unbelievable in a small Southern town, and the dialogue is extremely preachy and contrived. Additionally, the relationships between the protaganist and his babysitter has got to be a joke, right? She's constantly having this sophisticated and ultra-intelligent, yet sensitive and seductive conversations with Penn Cage, and it literally had me rolling my eyes. Also, if you have any sort of opinions ...more
Viccy
Natchez, MS is really a small town. Everybody knows everyone. So, when Kate Townsend, Queen of the small private school where Penn Cage attended, the whole town starts looking over its shoulder. And, when it becomes apparent Drew Elliot, a highly-esteemed doctor and Penn's best fried knows far too much about Kate, he becomes the prime suspect. Teenagers in Natchez, like teens around the world, are not as innocent as their parents were. And teens at St. Stephen's know way too much about sex and d ...more
William
I disliked this book the more I read it ...I'm sure that the reason I, as a Black man, put it on my to read list is because some review must have said that it dealt with race relations in the Deep South, a murder mystery, and it had an abundance of Black characters. And it did. But I could not shake the feeling that all of the black folks were "others". None were drawn as real people but more like props...one central character..the ex-army drug dealer..hunh? was so cartoonishly drawn as to be lu ...more
solaret
When I started reading Turning Angel, I found myself arguing about reasons why I should like it.

Synopsis: In a small American town in the South called Natchez, a high school girl called Kate Townsend is found dead. Beautiful, intelligent, and popular, her death sends the town reeling. Penn Cage, for whom this book is the second in his series, finds even more surprises. Namely, that his long-time friend, Drew Elliot, admits to having sex with the deceased girl. And by the way, this isn't a spoile
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Julie
This could have been a good book. Leave out all of Mr. Iles' sexual fantasies involving underage girls and gymnastic-grade positions, and it would have been a decent mystery. (And a 350 page book instead of 644.)
Anne Hawn Smith
I read this book on CD on my trip from Virginia to Florida. It kept my interest, but I am increasingly distressed over the portrayal of supposedly intelligent, successful men who are pillars of the community falling hopelessly in love with high school girls who are beautiful, intelligent, amoral and so sexually sophisticated that they make hookers look like librarians. Real people just don't act this way unless they are deeply flawed and that is usually apparent by their lifestyle.

In reality, t
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Adam Light
Turning Angel was a superb follow up to The Quiet Game, the first book in the Penn Cage series, which had me turning pages at a fever pitch to unravel the complex and riveting plot. It kept me guessing what would happen all the way through, and the outcome was a surprise, to say the least. Greg Iles has a profound mastery of the language that I find second to none. This story is set five years after the events of The Quiet Game. Once again, Penn Cage finds himself embroiled in a mind-bending mur ...more
Kate
As a murder mystery this novel does keep you reading till the end. But that said, I did have problems with the adult men in positions of authority and respect being sexually involved with teenaged girls. This was very disturbing to me. The doctor, the high school coach and Penn as well came across as pretty sleazy and immoral, so I didn't like or care about these characters. Also, I didn't like that the author portrays the high school girls as over sexed nymphomaniacs. How demeaning and disrespe ...more
Aaron guertin
Turning Angel is a damn good book.

"After winning the most dagerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides to remain in his Southern hometown to raise his youg daughter in a safe haven. But nowhere is truly safe - from long-buried secrets, or murder... When the nude body of prep school student Kate Townsend is found ner the Mississippi River, Penn's besdt friend, Drew Elliott, is desperate for his counsel. An esteemed family physician, Drew makes a shocking confession tha could put him
...more
Candy
While this was my first book with this author (listened to it on an audiobook and thought the reader did a fabulous job), I found the beginning of it good and had high hopes for a great on-the-road "read".

After a while, I did find the story line of crazy sex-crazed teenage females (who know too much, and practice everything they know), to be a bit much. Am quite happy that I hadn't listened to this book while raising 2 teenage daughters....!

It was hard to like any of the characters, except Annie
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Jim
This audio book got us from Leemore, CA to home. While it kept my interest (I just wanted to see/hear how stupid it would actually get), it will/should not win any awards for literature. As a man, I am insulted by the characterization of men in general and their apparent lack of ability to think with their big head...not the other one...especially concerning teenage girls. Redeeming qualities? Maybe the middle aged professional(?) men of the world who live on their high school glory can come awa ...more
Scott
This is the second installment of the Penn Cage thrillers by Iles, and as with the first I found it to be a page turner. Set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi Cage gets involved in defending a childhood friend accused of a brutal murder. His investigation of the events leads him into the underbelly of the local high school and the seedy side of the Natchez drug culture. Cage has to face off against local drug dealers, Asian gangs, uncooperative law enforcement, and a District Attorney with ...more
Robert
A young lady turns up dead in Natchez, Mississippi and the town secrets are about to tear the place apart. A very fast paced page turner that ends each chapter with a teasing glance at things to come. This seems to hook the reader and pull you into reading just one mere chapter. Until I found myself losing sleep because I could not put the book down. A very good mystery that moves at a great pace.

************* Personal Note: I just had to do this. I read some very unfavorable reviews on this boo
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Michael
There’s been a lot of buzz for Greg Iles’ latest novel “Turning Angel” and after reading it, all I can say is that it deserves every bit of it.

Dr Drew Elliot seems to have it all-he’s the trusted doctor in the small town of Nachez, Mississippi. He’s successful professionally, he’s married with a family, he’s got the big house and all the trappings. But he has a dark secret-he’s been carrying on an affair with a 17-year old cheerleader and tennis phenom, who is bound for Harvard. When the girl’s
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Christopher Hivner
After the body of a beautiful 17 year old high school student is found on the banks of the river, Penn Cage's best friend Dr. Drew Elliott confesses to him that he had had a relationship with the girl. Even though Cage is no longer a practicing lawyer, he tries to advise his friend, but things quickly spiral out of control. Revelations about drug abuse and promiscuity keep Cage spinning from one direction to another. To add to the difficulties, the DA wants to be mayor and he believes convicting ...more
Tracy Terry
The body of a popular high school girl? Girl? The girl in question (Kate) may well be a few weeks short of her 18th birthday but she, along with just about every other 'girl' in the book, certainly isn't like the girl I was or indeed like any of the girls I knew. Worryingly sexually experienced, at times the author went into a few too many details for my comfort.

Though mainly about the rape and murder of Kate and the subsequent arrest of Drew, side stories also looked at the issue of drugs and
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Carl Brush
Don’t know what I’m doing in my dotage. I downloaded these guys virtually one after the other and hardly put them down till they were finished. Greg Iles is a master of the page turner, leaving you at the end of the page aching to find out what’s on the next. And he creates nice characters and super situations. Each book has a little message or group of messages to deliver. Blood Memory is about child abuse and recovered memory; Turning Angel is about high school drugs and sex and how ignorant a ...more
Josh Feinzimer
This was a waste of time, for the most part. I have to admit that I was originally captivated by the first few chapters but as I read further and realized how unrealistic the characters were, I grew increasingly skeptical of the book and its message.

I don't think it's realistic to take a disturbing adult male who is guilty of sexual battery and then immerse him back into society like the crimes he committed were excusable. I know we are a forgiving society but middle-aged men forging sexual rela
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Stacy Bearse
This is a very, very strong novel based on an uncomfortable premise. The central characters carry over from THE QUIET GAME, but this is more stand-alone than a simple sequel. Once again, Iles explores the underbelly of southern culture in a story that encompasses illicit sexual relations, drug running, murder and the cauldron of sexual tension and exploration that characterizes high-school in the twenty-first century. An intelligent thriller.
Luan
What do I think? I was disappointed. This book was filled with an over-abundance of needless, unrealistic sex. I think the author was having a...um, well I won't say it, but there were parts of the book where I thought, "is he doing this because he has to have so many pages to fulfill his contract? And really, how many times does he think a woman can, um, in one night? He's just dreaming or someone's been lying to him about that." Anyway, all that ...um, wasn't needed and it got to the point whe ...more
Teri
LOVE this author his character development is slow and methodical yet never boring. High intensity and always with a game changer!
Vicki Elia
Audiobook Review
3 3/4 Stars

Perhaps it is because I read Natchez Burning before Turning Angel that this Penn Cage novel wasn't as intense as my expectations. Turning Angel chronicles Penn Cage's career change from high-profile attorney to writer, settled back in his hometown of Natchez. A beautiful brainy high school senior Kate Townsend is murdered and Penn's life-long best friend Drew Elliott begs Penn to represent him in the case. The wheels of justice in Natchez, greased with the mud of the M
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Roger Smitter
One of the graveyards in the little river town of Natchez, Mississippi, has a statue of an angel that plays tricks with our eyes. You see her look one way and then, when you are standing in another spot, it seems she has turned and is still looking at you.

Minor spoiler alert: The title tells us something about the story.

Natchez is indeed a small town, which enables author Greg Iles to link almost everyone in the novel with everyone else in the novel. A high school girl is found dead a few week
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Aaliyah
First of all, I think it's important to say that I find it absolutely ridiculous that this book is getting bad reviews and ratings of 3 stars or less just because of the storyline. The answer is simple, you don't like the idea of an older man having sexual relations with a teenage girl... don't read the book, but don't mark the book down because of this one simple issue that you may find uncomfortable.
Without a doubt Iles grips you right from the start and from the very first novel, I personally
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John Koshak
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Margo Brooks
I don't usually like southern literature, but this complex novel laced with three-dimensional characters didn't talk about tea and southern charm. Instead, it delved into difficult subjects of racism, drugs, and economic collapse as background for a disturbing plot involving the murder of a high school girl having an affair with a much older man. It was a difficult novel to listen to, and not one that I would recommend to most people. The violence and inappropriate sex was quite graphic, but the ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

Penn Cage (6 books)
  • The Quiet Game (Penn Cage, #1)
  • The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage, #3)
  • Natchez Burning (Penn Cage, #4)
  • The Bone Tree (Penn Cage, #5)
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