Title: Turning Angel Author: Greg Iles Published: December 27th 2005 by Scribner Format: Hardcover, 512 pages Genre: Suspense Series: Penn Cage #2
When you begin an Iles book, I certainly hope that you have no other plans because you will not be able to put it down. You are taken hold of from the beginning and with a giant exhale, you slowly sink into the atmosphere that surrounds you.
Natchez, Mississippi is divided when Harvard bound class valedictorian Kate Townsend is found dead. What was at first thought to be an accidental drowning turns more ominous when it is deemed a murder and Penn’s old friend, Dr. Drew Elliot is the main suspect. Turns out that their relationship was anything but innocent since Kate, who had a few secrets of her own, was a couple weeks pregnant.
With a book that is over five hundred pages, the reader knows that there is more to this tale than meets the eye. This is where the deep dive begins. Drew asks prosecutor now bestselling author Penn to lead his defense team. Pursuing the investigation, Penn discovers more than he wishes to about his town, the high school mindset, drugs, Kate, Drew, and just about everyone that he meets. Other than Penn’s daughter Annie, I truly wonder if there are any good people in this town.
As Penn is delivering St. Stephen's commencement address, he comes to a realization, his beloved town is in trouble and with the mayoral seat now available, maybe he is the only one that can step up and save it from itself.