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L'albero delle ossa

(Penn Cage #5)

4.22  ·  Rating details ·  19,670 ratings  ·  2,021 reviews
Non è facile per Penn Cage essere un sindaco bianco, con un passato di avvocato e un padre accusato dell'omicidio di una donna nera, a Natchez, Mississippi, nel cuore del Sud americano dove certe ferite della Storia restano ancora aperte, e forse lo resteranno per sempre. Ferite nate dalla violenza, dal razzismo, e dall'incomprensione: quel cuore nero della storia american ...more
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Published September 27th 2016 by Piemme (first published April 21st 2015)
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Mila No, but I did not like The Bone Tree altogether. Natchez Burning was better. My only complaint for the latter was the sexual objectification and fetis…moreNo, but I did not like The Bone Tree altogether. Natchez Burning was better. My only complaint for the latter was the sexual objectification and fetishization of black women. The Bone Tree had less of that. However, the story was disjointed partly because of the focus on his absurd conspiracy theory. I can't stand Caitlin, Penn, and Tom, so it was hard for me to sympathize with them. (less)
Frankie The problem with starting with Natchez Burning is that there are several characters that are mentioned who have great back stories that you won't unde…moreThe problem with starting with Natchez Burning is that there are several characters that are mentioned who have great back stories that you won't understand. The Penn Cage series is truly one of the best series I've ever read and you're missing out if you don't read it all the way through. Although The Quiet Game is a very strong installation of this series, The Devil's Punchbowl is also a stunner. There are events referenced in Natchez Burning that you won't understand if you haven't read The Devil's Punchbowl. Don't miss out! (less)
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The Bone Tree by Greg Iles is a 2015 William Morrow Publication.

For two years, this book has languished in my TBR pile. I have started reading it on three different occasions, and abandoned it all three times, for many reasons- the main one being that these books are usually pretty dense, and I don’t mean that in a bad way. It is just not the type of book you can read on autopilot, and since the book is so long, I decided to wait until I could give it the attention it deserves.

However, now tha
Susanne  Strong
Apr 19, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorite-authors
A stellar follow up to Natchez Burning. One of the best middle installments of a trilogy I have ever come across. The heart of these books is family - not just one family - several. And the deceit and lies they tell and the lengths they will go to love and protect their own. The Cage family (one that has been prominent in several books written by the masterful Greg Iles), is revered by most in Natchez - even when their choices are not understood; while the Knox family incites fear in women and m ...more
May 04, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
This is the first time I'm reviewing any book in Goodreads. I liked the first Penn Cage book I read so continued with the series. I thought Natchez Burning was too long and had no idea it was part one of a trilogy til I was done and the story was left unresolved. I wasn't thrilled with it but decided to continue because I was interested to see how the story would end. As I read The Bone Tree, I felt completely manipulated by the author - forced to read an overwrought story just to try to get som ...more
Jun 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Bone Tree

You will never find a better writer than Greg Iles and this series proves it. This is the second book in the series that started with "Natchez Burning" and it is spell binding. I have never read anyone that can write about the South in the 1960's the way Iles can. The only thing I hate is having to wait for the third book to come out.
Jan 26, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Loved Natchez Burning But Disappointed In The Bone Tree!

I've been a big fan of Greg Iles since his first book, Spandau Phoenix, which was published over 20 years ago. One of my favorite of Iles' books is Natchez Burning, which is the massive-sized first installment of a trilogy. In my 5-star review of Natchez Burning I considered it to be a mostly captivating, richly entertaining, highly memorable book; and viewed it to be his most ambitious novel to-date in that it not only delivers the suspen
Brett Benner
Mar 18, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015-favorites
It takes immeasurable talent to follow up a massive page turner (the first of a planned trilogy) with another massive page turner that picks up immediately where the first left off and doesn't let you go until eight hundred pages later. It's exhausting to read, so I can't begin to imagine what went into writing it. -And I mean exhausting in the best possible way.
Greg Iles could have just made this book, this trilogy, about the deep seeded evil racism in the Southern town of Natchez Mississippi.
Judy D Collins
Top 30 Books of 2015 "Best Modern Southern Trilogy."

Southern storyteller, Greg Iles continues the powerful and compelling saga of Penn Cage, delivering THE BONE TREE, a hard-boiled explosive multi-layered follow up after sensational Natchez Burning which landed on my TOP 30 BOOKS OF 2014 Again, Greg does not disappoint his fans, with this complex and emotional conspiracy of greed, power, politics, civil rights, and racial injustice--spanning across history and generations.

Let me start b
Sep 24, 2015 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
After finishing Natchez Burning, I needed to take a bit of a break from this series. These books are long. I mean, really long. This one is over 800 pages.

Sometimes this can be an asset. I loved the first book. The length made it feel like an immersive experience and I got lost in the grand narrative of the characters. The detail made it seem more like history than fiction, especially as the plot was hung on significant events in America of the 1950s/60s. For the most part, the story remained f
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
3.5 stars round up to 4

The fifth book starring former prosecuter Mayor Penn Cage is a well-written, enthralling Southern drama that continues the intensity of its predecessor, Natchez Burning. Penn is still fighting to rescue his fugitive father from an eager FBI agent with Kennedy assassination theories and his fiancee Caitlin is trying to break the journalist story of the year. A lot has happened in this series and new readers might find it confusing( there are tons of characters) if they ha
Mar 21, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Jul 13, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow! Long but very intense! Cliffhanger at the end, so on to the next (last?) in the series!
Edward Lorn
1.5 stars rounded up. It was, in parts, "okay".

First and foremost, thank FUCK that is over. I started reading this on April 23 and I am just now, today, June 5, finished reading it. Considering I finished the other books in ten days or less, I gotta say my pace here is telling.

This book is a padded mess of inconsequential bullshit, and I would be the worst kind of fanboy if I ignored the hundreds of pages of filler here and five-starred this train wreck of a novel. But I think the WHY of the ma
Sep 20, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
TRIGGER WARNINGS: Hate crimes, racism, rape, racial slurs, child abuse.

If your book is over 400 pages, every bloody page should deserve to be there.

Greg Iles's The Bone Tree is just over 800 pages (Australian trade paperback edition). And I'm sorry to report that an entire plotline didn't work for me at all. This is awkward because the interesting bits are awesome, but an entire plotline bored me so much that my attention was near nil.

The bothersome (for me) subplot involves political figures fr
RM(Alwaysdaddygirl) Griffin (alwaysdaddyprincess)
One star. I will try to do a book review down the road.
Gary Branson
Somewhere in this sprawling, rambling mess is a good book. Unfortunately, I couldn't find it amongst the contrived angst and melodramatic dialog. Too long, too repetitive, as was the first in this trilogy. Never been a fan of conspiracy theory books and this one takes one the nth degree. As for the ending, way too contrived and ridiculous, somewhat anticlimactic.
Jun 22, 2017 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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The Bone Tree is the second book of the Natchez trilogy. The first book, Natchez Burning, is too long with too much going on – yet still held this reader’s interest. Unfortunately, The Bone Tree is also much too long, with a frenetic pace, and lost my interest very early on. Finishing this 800+ page book was more than a chore – the last 200 pages are rushed and anti-climactic - requiring a level of suspension of disbelief that I simply couldn't muster.

The continuing central plot – the “good” Ca
James Glass
Jul 28, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a great story. Would have given more than 5 stars if possible. Greg Isles is a masterful writer of suspense and mystery.
Penn Cage is the Mayor of Natchez, Mississipi. He's caught up in a fight for his life as well as his father's. He and his fiancée barely make it out alive from s burning mansion just before a multimillionaire is about to kill them. Before they think they're fate is sealed, the millionaire tells them a story. About how a local group named the Double Eagles were the centerp
Jun 15, 2015 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I’ll start with full disclosure – I am a Greg Iles fan. I have read or listened to most of his books. I’m slowing going back and reading or listening to the ones I have not consumed. All of his books are page turners , intelligently written and have interesting storylines. Sometimes he gets a little over dramatic or his star character survives situations or timelines that would kill a mere mortal. As with prolific writers, some books are much better than others. I also tend to read him in the su ...more
Sep 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Once again I feel completely worn out after finishing a Penn Cage book. Not only because I was stayed up way past my bedtime to do so but also because this book just takes it out of you! There is plenty of action, although not as much as in Natchez Burning. What this one does is sucker punch you. Right in the gut.

This overall story is actually being told over the course of 3 books. The first two have been ~800 pages each and I have not been bored once. That should tell you something about what
Feb 12, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
Picking up where Natchez Burning ended, Greg Iles tackles one of the great mysteries for the baby boomer generation: who really killed JFK and why? The novel starts pretty slowly, and lacks the non-stop tension and violence of its predecessor. However, the racial issues are handled expertly, and there is double-dealing and triple dealing as the book progresses. The battles between local sheriffs, the Louisiana State Police, and the FBI are top notch. The Knox family, led by LSP's Forrest and Dou ...more
May 18, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed reading this for the most part, but it's so darn long! The final 25% really held my attention.
Jun 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2016, southern-lit
Wow I can't wait for the last of this trilogy. I thought Nachetz Burning was good and I wondered if this one would measure up, I wasn't disappointed. It was a long book and I found it slow in some places and my heart pounding in others, not being able to read fast enough. Greg Iles is a new author for me, I enjoy his writing and the fact that he was raised in Mississippi. I'm an Alabamian and enjoy reading books set in the South. Great job Mr. Isles!
Dec 09, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I first came to this author with the previous book in the series to this one Natchez Burning, It was one of those books that seem to deal with a lot of big issues but wrapped up in the illusion of a thriller. Much like this book Natchez Burning was a massive book also at eight hundred and sixty-four pages long. It is not too often I pick up such books, too often I'm put off by books over five hundred pages. But having enjoyed the previous one I was hoping this would be as enjoyable as that.

Michael Adamchuk
The story of the Penn family,and the Knoxes as well as the other folks around town continues. Several plot lines carry the story: the hunt for the JFK shooter, the killers of several people during the civil rights era, the hunt for the Bone Tree, high level corruption, and small town politics. The activity and character interactions keep the reader turning the pages. I'll eventually get to the third book in the trilogy as well as to the preceding Penn novels.
Liz Barnsley
So we are getting VERY close now to the finale of the Natchez Burning Trilogy (actually containing books 4, 5 and 6 of the Penn Cage series) I have been devouring these as they come out although I've only just realised that I never reviewed this anywhere when I read it last year I simply read it. Sometimes that has to be what its about!

Onto The Bone Tree then and I’m not going to say much about it because I’m sure some people are yet to start this and I don’t want to give TOO much away. Suffice
Christine PNW
May 15, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wow. This was one of the most intense books I've ever read.

I have come to believe that the United States was founded in atrocity, and that we bear a scar that can never be healed without a full reckoning of the horror of slavery, Jim Crow, the Klan, lynchings, and the tremendous injustices that have been perpetrated on the black community. As Faulkner said:

"The past is never dead. It isn't even past."

Corruption has two meanings. In the first, it refers to government corruption - where the govern
Feb 05, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller
"The past isn't dead. It isn't even past." William Faulkner

At the heart of Greg Iles Bone Tree lies a mythic old-growth cypress tree, deep in the swamps of Mississippi. Those who believe in its existence are mostly African Americans who have heard stories of atrocities perpetrated there in the 1960s by the vicious KKK offshoot called the Double Eagles. However, Henry Sexton, a local journalist has been quietly researching the Bone Tree and the Double Eagles, and it's as if he's disturbed a nest
Feb 10, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A chilling and thrilling middle book in the trilogy with a great set up for the finale. Some things I didn't see coming happened and for me at least it was unputdownable.
Tom Mathews
Attention! The Bone Tree is the second book of a trilogy within a series* and should not be read if you haven’t first read Natchez Burning, the previous book in the Penn Cage series by Greg Iles. The Bone Tree begins immediately where Natchez Burning leaves off, with the flames from the last chapter of that book still burning and the sound of approaching sirens heard in the distance.

Review: 3 ½ stars

Readers who have read Natchez Burning will know that Penn and his fiancée, Caitlin Masters, have
Aug 13, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: crime-mystery
I liked this. It was long, but even considering its length, it was a page turner for me. I have read a lot of Greg Iles' books and have really enjoyed them. He creates great characters and adds enough details so that they are clearly seen and understood.

The story moved along at a great pace. It was both gripping and suspenseful. Now I will say, it got a little political at times (more than I like because I tend to mentally check out) but it was all wrapped around this conspiracy theory that see
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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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