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The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3)

4.05  ·  Rating details ·  13,787 Ratings  ·  1,079 Reviews
From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes an electrifying thriller that reveals a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town.

As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown—Natchez, Mississippi—that Penn will face his most dangerous threat.
Paperback, 736 pages
Published December 29th 2009 by Pocket Star (first published July 7th 2009)
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Ross Rawnsley Erica, Kelley has parts in both of Iles earlier novels (Quiet Game and Turning Angel). Not to spoil anything, but he also is in Natchez Burning.

I do…more
Erica, Kelley has parts in both of Iles earlier novels (Quiet Game and Turning Angel). Not to spoil anything, but he also is in Natchez Burning.

I do agree that it would be nice to see him in his own book or even series!(less)
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Edward Lorn
Jul 07, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone with a brain, a pulse, and enough oxygen intake to run both at maximum input/output
Shelves: paperbacks
I've written this review three different ways: satirically, derisively, and in the style which you are about to read. There are numerous reviews for this book wherein the reviewer flat out lies about the content for whatever reason. I wanted to focus on the dishonest nature of these reviews, but that would be break my own code of conduct. They are not my reviews. These other reviews are those reviewers' subjective opinions, even if they are utter bullshit. Suffice it to say, most of the negative ...more
Jul 15, 2009 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Although a huge fan of Greg Iles, and especially enjoying the previous novels with the character of Penn Cage, had I known this book was about dogfighting I would never have bothered to pick it up. I found this book to be disturbing, disgusting and stomach churning. I had to skim over several passages because I knew if I had read them, these invoked images would have haunted me for a very long time. An avid animal lover, I just found this subject far to revolting to ever be able to consider it e ...more
Tricia-Lynn Harter
Nov 11, 2008 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: EVERYONE -- michael vick supporters
I could not put this book down. I enjoyed everything about the story, however did become frustrated with Penn Cage.

Truly a recommended read for a Vick supporter. Read the dog fighting scenes, the logic and true character of a person who actually makes it part of their overall moral character and it truly will change, IMHO, your belief in "he's done his time and all is forgiven policy," when it comes to the brutailty that Vick obviously has deep within his gene pool. All is not forgiven or forgo
James Thane
Jul 16, 2011 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Former Houston prosecutor Penn Cage is now the disillusioned mayor of his home town, Natchez, Mississippi. Cage never failed at anything in his life until now, and he took the office promising to bridge the divisions in the town which is losing jobs along with its best and brightest young people who are moving away in search of better opportunities elsewhere. Penn hoped to put Natchez on the track to a better future by reinvigorating the public education system and encouraging white parents who ...more
Thomas Edmund
First of all I almost put the rating down to two stars, because while Punchbowl isn't is bad as some books I've read, it's 550 page length was extra-painful to get through.

Whats wrong with The Devil's Punchbowl? It suffers from a severe case of average-ness and a major overdose of waffling. For at least the first 100 pages we're blugoened with the daily life and thoughts of Penn Cage, town mayor (IMO mayor's of small town don't make compelling protaganists)

The plot is neither melodramatic enou
John DeDakis
Jan 30, 2010 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I REALLY like the way this guy writes. He grabs my attention from page one and makes me keep wanting to turn pages. His characters are believable and well textured. His settings are vivid. His plotting is intricate. Each paragraph flows logically from the previous one and the writing is straightforward, not pretentious. I've only read a few of his books, beginning wth "Turning Angel," but I want to read more because he hasn't disappointed me yet.
Steven Z.
Nov 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles’ THE DEVIL’S PUNCHBOWL is the third installment of his Penn Cage novels. The first two combined suspense, mystery, and insights into the human condition and the depravity of some. Iles’ latest continues that trend as Cage, a former Houston prosecutor who returned home to Natchez, MS to raise his daughter Annie after his wife passed away from cancer. Cage turned to writing and became a successful novelist, but local demands saw him become involved in a major civil rights case, a twisted ...more
Jan 27, 2010 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Grossly disappointed in this latest from Iles. I usually enjoy his books about character, Penn Cage. But this one did not work for me. Mainly, I think I was unable to suspend belief in common sense long enough to appreciate the plot. Case in point, most of Iles' books about Penn Cage feature a character named Daniel Kelly, a former Delta commando now working as a private security contractor. Kelly is tough, former military, and amazing well-connected. He acts as a "go to" guy who helps Cage out ...more
Again, Greg Iles did not disappoint. There is something about these books that make you want to keep reading. I really like the character, Penn Cage. He is strong, moral and doesn't take crap from anyone. He's a fighter.
The major themes of this book...gambling, dog fighting, foreign immunity, prostitution, education, racism, living in the south.
The plot is focused around the gambling boats on the Mississippi and the underground activities that occur in and around these boats that attract not onl
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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)
  • Turning Angel (Penn Cage #2)
  • Natchez Burning (Penn Cage #4)
  • The Bone Tree (Penn Cage #5)
  • Mississippi Blood (Penn Cage, #6)
“When everything is at risk, good judgment, not haste, makes the difference between life and death. Panic is the enemy.” 9 likes
“Whenever life gets too good, whenever fate hands you something wonderful, something else gets taken away.” 3 likes
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