Title: The Quiet Game Author: Greg Iles Published: July 1st 2000 by Signet Format: Paperback, 580 pages Genre: Crime Fiction Series: Penn Cage #1
Way behind in getting to this series, but well worth the wait. Greg Iles draws Penn Cage with such a fine point that the reader can feel not only every word spoken, but also every breath drawn.
Penn Cage, an attorney and novelist, is recovering from the death of his wife and has decided that it is now time to leave Houston and return home with his young daughter. Modern day Natchez, Mississippi still reads like the segregated south. When Penn’s father confides in him that he is being blackmailed over a murder that occurred decades prior involving the bombing death of a black man, Penn cannot walk away. Coming to his father’s aid, Penn and newspaper publisher Caitlin Masters trek down a very rocky road angering Klansmen, a judge, the director of the FBI, the police and his old high school sweetheart who has a couple of secrets of her own.
With no one talking and the town playing their version of the quiet game, Penn has no option other than going against his own ethical code. He is going to expose the truths and in so doing will turn this Southern city inside out.