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Mississippi Blood

(Penn Cage #6)

4.43  ·  Rating details ·  17,620 ratings  ·  1,829 reviews
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The endgame is at hand for Penn Cage, his family, and the enemies bent on destroying them in this revelatory volume in the epic trilogy set in modern-day Natchez, Mississippi—Greg Iles’s epic tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that explores how the sins of the past continue to haunt the present.


Kindle Edition, 704 pages
Published March 21st 2017 by William Morrow
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Alasandra Alawine If you read all the Penn Cage novels you will have a better grasp of the characters, but if you choose you can read the trilogy alone. But yes you do …moreIf you read all the Penn Cage novels you will have a better grasp of the characters, but if you choose you can read the trilogy alone. But yes you do need to read Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree before Mississippi Blood. (less)
Ellen I have that feeling too. He may be done with the trilogy, but I'm not sure he's done with Penn Cage. It's open enough to go either way.

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Susanne  Strong
5 Stars (I’d give it more if I could)!!

Mississippi Blood. It is over. This is it. The end. How can that be? I am at a loss, yet I am amazed and stunned. Mississippi Blood and the entire Natchez Burning Trilogy is a masterpiece.

“Mississippi Blood is Different. … There’s Strength in it too. Strength that’s been beat but not Broke. That’s Mississippi Blood.”

Like I said, this is it for Penn Cage. There is nothing left. And in his life he has endured a lot. More than most. He has lost almost everythi
Jan 17, 2019 rated it really liked it
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Nancy McFarlane
Nov 06, 2016 rated it it was amazing
I would give this ten stars if they were available. I couldn’t wait for the third installment of this masterfully written trilogy. And now, I’m sorry it’s over. Greg Iles is a magnificent story-teller; a genius with a pen. A history lesson, a love story, betrayal, a murder mystery, harrowing action, spectacular courtroom drama, corruption, incredible sadness… Everything one could ask for in a well-written story. Iles definitely saved the best for last. Mississippi blood is definitely thicker tha ...more
Jul 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
I started reading the Penn Cage books in 2009 and really enjoyed the characters and the setting. I felt awful when I read that Greg Iles sustained life-threatening injuries in an automobile accident in 2011, but the accident changed his outlook toward his writing and this trilogy within the series was born.

With this trilogy, Natchez Burning was a 5-star book for me, the second book was 3 stars, and this final third gets 4 stars. I applaud the author for his honest portrayal of life in Mississipp
Jul 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
AAAAAAAAHHHHHHH!!!! So good it makes me want to scream! The tension has been building throughout the series and this is a perfect culmination. Isles is a master at character development and describing action. I love that Penn is not a noble character who always does the right (lawful) thing,..he does what's necessary to protect his family. One of the best thrillers I've ever read! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Mar 24, 2017 rated it really liked it
Sometimes I catch myself about to write a review, wondering, "and just who do you think you are, Miss Never Published Anything Substantial who thinks punctuation marks can be used like crayons or Legos?" Then I read the professional writers on writing and whole books about so-you-want-to-be-a-novelist that contradict each other; well-known phrases like *kill all adjectives,* and read Faulkner; *say it simply,* then read Nabokov; and so on with the controverting. If I'm really in an contemplative ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it liked it
I have read the entire series and felt nothing was gained by this book. Almost 700 pages of rehashing the same thing (the entire series) and extremely repetitive (how many times do you threaten to take the case from someone?). All telling and the action only served to kill off or harm people. The ending was just unsatisfactory. I even figured out who Tom was protecting early on. Not a fan of Penn in this book as Caitlin's body is barely cold in the bag before he is in bed with someone.
Jun 26, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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The sixth and final book in the Penn Cage trilogy. I really think Greg Iles is among the best writers of "Southern secrets." However, I think the scope of this book was a bit too narrowly focused on the trial of Penn's father, highly respected Dr. Tom Cage, and the legal strategies of his defense lawyer and prosecutor Shadrach Johnson. In fact, I though the book was strongest away from the trial: the visiting award-winning writer, the new witness that can sink the Double Eagles, and the young re ...more
Jun 04, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Penn Cage, Natchez, Mississippi mayor, continues the fight against the "Double Eagles," a militant branch of the KKK. These villains are the worst of the worst, vilest of the vile racists who have terrorized the area for decades. Penn has surrounded himself with true friends who would die to protect his family and fight against these villains.

Penn's father, who became one of the most respected doctors in Natchez, is on trial for the death of his nurse Viola. He seems bent on self destruction. Hi
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
One star. I will try to do a book review down the road.

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May 03, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
To say it’s been difficult for me to disengage from this book over the last several days would be putting it lightly. Am I surprised by this? No. This is simply what happens when I pick up a book written by Greg Iles.

I’ve read all the full length Penn Cage novels, but this one is the culmination of a three-part story that began in Natchez Burning. It’s an extensive and intricate story that reaches back through generations into the civil rights era, exploring the hate, murder, and racial violenc
Feb 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The final chapter in Greg Iles's trilogy includes Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree and finally Mississippi Blood. I was biting my nails waiting for this superb conclusion to one of the best series I have ever read. It took over 8 years to finish and I am sure readers who have been following this have been wondering what would happen to their main characters. This series is so special that it is being adapted for a TV series by Sony Pictures. You really need to read the books in order to achieve th ...more
Jun 24, 2018 rated it really liked it
The stunning conclusion of the trilogy that began with Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree sees the trial of Dr Tom Cage get underway as son, Penn tries desperately to save his father from life imprisonment while also pursuing the Double Eagles and their hate crimes. Plenty of twists and turns that made this a satisfying edge of your seat legal thriller.

I would highly recommend this series(and yeah you need to read them in order), but they are lengthy so make sure that you clear your schedule!
Mar 09, 2018 rated it did not like it
Too long, too brutal, 2 stars of 10.
Moonlight Reader
May 19, 2017 rated it liked it
I finished the conclusion to this epic trilogy a couple of days ago, and am just now sitting down to write this review. Let me begin by saying that I found this to be the weakest book in the trilogy. In part this is because I am a prosecutor, so I spend a lot of time in courtrooms, and as a result of that, courtroom drama is most emphatically not my jam. And this is, first and foremost, a courtroom drama that returns to the question of "Who killed Viola Turner."

I liked the fact that Iles used th
Bruce Humbert
Mar 23, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Wow, not sure what book others were reading - but I found this to be a huge disappointment and waste of time - jumped ahead about 8 hours worth and found the ending very disappointing
Susan Crowe
The perfect ending to an awesome series. I feel like I've been reading the Penn Cage series forever. This book is actually part of a trilogy and can be read on their own but I highly suggest you begin with The Quiet Game, which actually begins the series about Penn Cage and his family. I must warn you though, they have extreme and graphic violence, but sadly, it's real life. These things do happen.
Goodbye Penn. I will definitely miss you.
Judy D Collins
The 30 Best Books of 2017

EPIC! 10 stars — Secrets of Mississipi’s violent past and a KKK group called Double Eagles are revealed. At the heart, the big question: Who killed Viola Turner?

Natchez Burning The first installment in an epic trilogy that weaves crimes, lies, and secrets past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring Southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage, whose quest for the truth sends him deep into his father’s past. Top Books of 2014

The Bone Tree In this sec
Glenna Pritchett
In anticipation of this, the long-awaited final book in the Natchez Burning trilogy, I did a full, back-to-back reread of the whole Penn Cage series. I am so glad I did, because there's at least a million and one details that I had forgotten. Maybe more.

I think all Greg Iles' books are wonderful, but he has outdone himself with this trilogy-within-a-series. It is impossible for me to review just this one book, so I'm going to talk about the trilogy as a whole. It's a complex story that's part f
Mar 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Friends, I am winded from the epic sprint that Greg Iles sent me on with this book. I tell you, I was already eagerly awaiting this final installment in Penn Cage's family saga. What I wasn't prepared for though, was how much Iles was going to throw at me all at once. This book is a rapid fire rush to the finish the line. It sweeps you off your feet, and all you can do is hang on for dear life as everything that you've been waiting for unfolds in this maniacally beautiful fashion. This book righ ...more
Mar 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing
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The conclusion of Greg Iles’ Natchez Burning trilogy is spectacular. He weaves a tale of destruction and revenge at the hands of the Double Eagles and it has hit the Cage family relentlessly. In order to survive they must stand strong and find the truth to what has happened not only in recent months, but also forty years ago.

Mississippi Blood is everything an exceptional southern novel should be. In-between the covers, there burns mystery, murder, deceit, racial tensions, adultery, violence, cr
This is the sixth and final book in the Penn Cage/Natchez, Mississippi series. The central character in these books, Penn, is one of my very favorite fictional heroes. Now serving as the mayor of Natchez, Penn was previously an assistant prosecutor in Houston, Texas. After the death of his wife Penn moved back to Natchez, his boyhood home, so that his parents might help him with his young daughter, Annie. Penn appears to be a younger version of his father, Tom Cage, a local physician, and one wh ...more
Steven Z.
May 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I finished reading Greg Iles’ THE BONE TREE the second volume of his Natchez Burning trilogy it was clear the third installment would be equally suspenseful and the type of book that I would not want to put down. I was not disappointed as MISSISSIPPI BLOOD drew me in, grabbed my attention, and would not release me. Iles begins the conclusion of the trilogy by using old newspaper articles as a vehicle to review or present material from the first two books. It is 2006, and Penn Cage, the mayo ...more
Luanne Ollivier
Apr 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I have been impatiently awaiting Mississippi Blood, the third book in Greg Iles' epic 'Natchez Burning' Trilogy. The last few chapters of the middle book, The Bone Tree, left me gasping, crying and re-reading to make sure what I thought happened, really happened. It did and I've been desperate to see where Iles would take the narrative. For those of you who haven't read this series (you need to) here's a quick overview from the publisher:",....tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge that expl ...more
Apr 22, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Mississippi Burning

Wow! What a truly amazing and great book! I haven't enjoyed a series the way I did this one in quite a very long time. Greg Iles has always been one of my favorite authors but he is definitely at the top of my list now. What a talented writer. This story has to be one of the best I've ever read and I'm so sorry to have it end.
Robert Scragg
Feb 05, 2017 rated it it was amazing
First thing's first - If you haven't read any of the Penn Cage series, it's worth going back to the start, even before this trilogy, and reading "The Quiet Game" then working your way through; I promise you won't regret it.

Mississippi Blood is the concluding part of one of the most compelling trilogies I've come across. Penn Cage is the mayor of Natchez, Mississippi. He returned to his hometown after a successful career as an attorney and an author, but not everyone was glad to see him come home
Tom Swift
Mar 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

Greg Iles is my favorite author, and the Penn Cage series is a wonderful ride. Do yourself a favor and read this series starting with the Quiet Game.

History, courtroom drama, racial tensions of the South are captured brilliantly by Iles. His storytelling skills come from his Mississippi roots. 6 books and 3,500 pages later, I want more. But only Iles knows if that will happen. Either way, it was worth it.

I am going to have a major book hangover for the next couple of weeks.
May 10, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: crime-mystery
I enjoy reading this author. My sister recommended him to me back in 2011, and I've read quite a few of his books since. He writes great characters into great stories. This particular series is one of those series that get better and better with each new book.

My favorite part of this book was the courtroom scenes. I kept thinking, "Well done." I could feel the tension. This one was definitely worth the listen, as I did the audio, and I happen to love Scott Brick as a narrator. So 4 stars.
Chad Malkamaki
Apr 21, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I'm conflicted about the way the third installment and the sixth overall book in the Natchez Trilogy and Penn Cage series played out. The trilogy is amazing, family honor, hidden history, heroic figures fighting the worst kind of hate. Mississippi Blood is a satisfying conclusion to the series.

Now where I have issues: (view spoiler)
Ken Fredette
Apr 19, 2017 rated it it was amazing
I've read all Greg Iles books but this one was the best yet. A lot has happened in the last few books but this one Penn has met several people who have tried to replace Caitlin as a reporter trying to follow her after her death. If you like action and action and action you've come to the right author. I was very pleased with what Greg did with the story. I like it so much I read it without stopping except to sleep. I think the people who have read Greg will like this book.
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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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