Bestseller Iles’s stellar third suspense novel to feature Penn Cage (after Turning Angel) finds the former prosecutor and bestselling novelist. 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. Editorial Reviews. From Publishers Weekly. Starred Review. Bestseller Iles’s stellar third suspense novel to feature Penn Cage (after Turning Angel) finds the .

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Book review: Greg Iles’s *The Devil’s Punchbowl*

Apr 25, Beth rated it really liked it. The bad guys get everything they deserve and then some. I want just a book about him. Also he seems to like describing the brutalization of female bodies. But it’s a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. Besides the main story line, the reader gets a glimpse of a community that changes over time and how economic changes drive the need for new sources of revenue and jobs and the resulting consequences.

This is most annyoing because it makes the third party chapter seem like either dream sequences or with forced importance. Rich with Southern atmosphere and marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, The Devil’s Punchbowl confirms that Greg Iles is America’s master of suspense. He turns to his father, Dr. But I think maybe they suspect something.

Also included in our list are, of course, drugs, illegal gambling, theft, extortion, kidnap,torture, murder, rape, and any other crime against humanity you can think of. Once again, Penn Cage is at his ilez best in The Devil’s Punchbowl as he spends pages and pages agonizing over either his guilt at what his inaction has allowed to happen or his determination to not let Sands get away with what he is doing. Honestly, after really liking the first 10 Iles books and struggling with the last 3, I don’t know how much more I’m willing to continue, even with a cliffhanger ending and an epic two-part installment forthcoming in this series.

I think this novel gregg have been a lot more interesting had such an aid not been available. With a silent farewell to my wife, I turn and slip between the monuments, working my way back up toward Jewish Hill, our rendezvous point. For at least the first 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 enough hey I don’t like dog fighting or prostitution either but it doesn’t exactly get me involved in the story or compelling to really propel the book forwards.


Corruption has spread devill all official channels and Penn can trust only those closest to him. If an author choose to use the first person POV, then I feel said author should accept the narrative limitations that POV necessitates.

Aug 16, Christopher Bowron rated it it was amazing. It contains a considerable amount of very graphic violence directed both against human beings and animals. An unfamiliar sense of self-satisfaction began to creep dwvil my life, a feeling that I was one of the chosen, destined for success in whatever field I chose.

But it’s a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. Nothing in that chapter happens plot-wise that isn’t summarised later, so it’s okay to skip. They sense a threat, they react—bam! When a childhood friend of Penn’s brings him evidence of these crimes, the full weight of Penn’s failure to protect his city hits home. My feet make no sound in the dewy, manicured grass.

The Devil’s Punchbowl

With a last anxious look up Devio Road, he sits on the damp ground and leans against the mossy bricks in a corner where two walls meet. He begins searching for the men involved. View all 4 comments. 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 yreg better opportunities elsewhere.

Tim Jessup, and old boyhood friend of Penn’s contacts the mayor to let him know horrible crimes on being committed on one pnchbowl in particular. With his family’s lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those who are family or those bound to him by honor.

Lles Iles did not make a fan of me. It’s a mystery, thriller, crime novel, and a little romance greh. I really enjoyed the characters and how the bad guys were built up. This is the third book in the Penn Cage series and is by far the best one.

The crimes lead all the way to the justice department. 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.


Feb grdg, Thomas Edmund rated it it was ok. His idealism faded as the political reality set in. With his family’s lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor: I last came here to view a million dollars in damage wreaked by drunk vandals on the irreplaceable wrought iron and statuary that make this cemetery unique.

Trivia About The Devil’s Punch Pujchbowl if the rednecks aren’t enough to get upset over, we have IRA thugs and the unseen criminal mastermind from mainland China against the forces of justice. I didn’t care for the mercenaries that Penn managed to bring in. His settings are vivid. Not gfeg or uninteresting in any way, but I did find myself at one point thinking that I would be just happy if the story wrapped up here. The ilrs themes of this book So, keep your eyes and ears open for any news.

I read this book voraciously–I stayed up way too late, I ate with my fork in one hand and book in the other, and found myself even reading a few lines while at traffic lights. Included in this menagerie of criminals is Edward Po a Chinese corporate type who seems to be in charge, but is also a target of the Department ies Homeland Security as represented by Special Agent William Hull.

Also, the flaws in both an author’s style and the genre they write in begin to show themselves. Even though this is fiction, it stretched the boun 3rd in the series of the former ADA, lawyer, novelist in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

He holds in the smoke for an alarming amount of time, then speaks as he exhales. With all that said I found myself reluctantly putting the book down only in order to get a couple hours sleep before getting up for work. For months now, a sense oles failure has been accreting in my chest like fibrous punhcbowl.