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The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles
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Jul 19, 12

Read in April, 2012

I thoroughly enjoyed this novel and the suspense that Iles builds throughout the book; it is extremely hard to put down. The violence can be very graphic, but seemed to be a part of the story, not just gratuitously thrown in. Below is a brief summary of events.

A former prosecuting attorney, Penn Cage is the mayor of his hometown -- Natchez, Mississippi. Urged by old friends to try to restore this city of the Old South to its former glory, Penn has taken office with strong support from the townspeople for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market at Natchez,

One of the boats is very different from the others.

Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them, arriving on sleek private jets,come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing a taste for blood sport and other dark vices. When a childhood friend of Penn's brings him evidence of these crimes, the full weight of Penn's failure to protect his city hits home. He begins searching for the men involved. But it's a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those who are family or those bound to him by honor.

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