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The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
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Aug 06, 2010

it was amazing
bookshelves: adult, mystery
Read in August, 2010

Penn Cage is in the middle of his term as mayor of Natchez, Mississippi and is starting to realize that the turn around of this once grand city may be beyond his capabilities. Illustrating that point is his late night meeting with childhood friend, Tim Jessup. Bringing with him stories of prostitution, dog fighting, money lanundering, and other unspeakable evils, Tim enlists Penn's assistance in ridding Natchez of the evil hiding behind its riverboat casinos.

When agreeing to help Tim, Cage had no idea the effect it would have on his life and those closest to him. Past friends including Daniel Kelly and Caitlin Masters are pulled into the swarm of lies and danger that have been closing in on the city and its inhabitants.

The book is rather lengthy and at times I thought the story should be over but there was two-thirds of the book left. It didn't feel like he was pulling the story out too much though. It was just one surprising twist after another. Another thrilling Iles book that delivered.
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