Cemetery Road - Greg Iles

Cemetery Road

By Greg Iles

  • Release Date: 2019-03-05
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
  • Size: 3.25 MB
Score: 4.5
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Sometimes the price of justice is a good man’s soul.

The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

“An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption… Iles’s latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment.”
   — Washington Post

When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.

On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed.  His family’s 150-year-old newspaper is failing; and Jet Talal, the love of his youth, has married into the family of Max Matheson, one of a dozen powerful patriarchs who rule the town through the exclusive Bienville Poker Club.  To Marshall’s surprise, the Poker Club has taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill.  But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.

An experienced journalist, Marshall has seen firsthand how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Joining forces with his former lover—who through her husband has access to the secrets of the Poker Club—Marshall begins digging for the truth behind those murders.  But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can destroy far more than injustice.  The South is a land where everyone hides truths: of blood and children, of love and shame, of hate and murder—of damnation and redemption.  The Poker Club’s secret reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., and could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate.  But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.


  • If you don’t enjoy politics in your fiction, avoid.

    By getoffmyyard
    People read fiction to escape and be entertained, not for political commentary. Unfortunately I bought this book hard copy and didn’t get to read the on-line reviews. 14 bucks to be made angry and toss in the recycling.
  • Highly recommend

    By Kellie DeSoto
    This book was my absolute favorite I have ever read. It was intriguing with twists and turns from start to finish. I love his style of writing. During the race on the river, I felt the heaviness of the situation and felt as if I were actually there. I had to stop reading, close the book and take a moment before I finished that part of the story! I love this book and this author.
  • Don’t let the political reviews deter you

    By Ssl543
    It took me about 50 pages to get into this and I’m glad I did. I’m almost done with it and have really enjoyed it. It is not a narrative of Trump. So far his name has been mentioned twice, in passing. Small towns are full of politics and that is the gist of this story. The story kept me interested in what will happen next. I like this authors writing and will read more of his works.
  • Satisfying and Complex

    By kit10ly TX
    A bit of Pat Conroy’s naturalism, some 50 Shades eroticism, a lot of the common decency, manners, and familial love that I know fuels Southern small towns. I wandered in, first-time Iles reader, curious about the “anti-Trump bias” which so inflamed a couple of recent reviewers......that’s just baseless. The Great One’s raggedy morals get two factual, subdued sentences, max. And if he’s not fond of Russian oligarchs? then he’s not fond of golf or tans. So thanks, Boomers! I’ll buy more of Greg Iles’ novels. Read this if you’ve sent loved ones to fight in the Middle East, if contemplating adultery, if you’ve been a Scout or an athlete in a tiny poor community, if you’ve sat through a Sunday School debate on why Buddhists can’t go to heaven...... Seriously, if you wonder which compromises with sleazy power mongers make sense for the greater good, this is a case study. I learned a lot: about prehistoric cultures of the Mississippi Valley, about defense contractors in the Middle East (80% staffing from small-town sheriffs and cops? really? )—and Willis the Sex Coach is not to be missed! Evidently it’s much easier to portray evil than good in gripping detail—I don’t quite believe that the “cabal of Southern businessmen” could be so selfish, petty, thin-skinned AND so cohesive & enduring. I would’ve liked more interior development of the saintly smart older women. But it already sprawls, rich and imperfect and surprisingly sexual for such a morality tale. Check it out.
  • Unless you hate Trump, don’t bother!

    By Reader1958
    I have always enjoyed this author but after being subjected to his anti-Trump rants, I will never read another book he writes. When will Novelists, Celebrities and Pro-Athletes learn that people just want to be entertained, not preached at? Very disappointed in you Mr. Isles.
  • Cemetery road

    By nonsocialist
    If I wanted a political opinion and lies I would watch cnn. Keep your democratic politics out of your novel. I will never read Greg Iles again
  • Struggled through this book

    By SLM1932
    The story could have been so much better if Greg had kept Marshall as a purely fictional character. Instead he tried to input TDS, atheism and a non-Southern personality into his lead character and his father. Poorly written fiction. Keep current events out of fiction, please. You’ll lose half your readers.
  • Cemetery road

    By 75olds
    No good guys even the so called better people are despicable.Iles can’t help himself with his political bias,it’s not relevant and diminished the story
  • Complex Like The South Itself

    By HeidiAH
    Iles is one of my favorite writers; although, his stories sadden me. Being a prodigal daughter, I can related to the complexity of Pain, Hope, Love, Despair, Regret and Loss. Of realizing, as an adult, the ghostly veil of segregation beneath the surface of my childhood, of the evil men and women still do based on skin color and greed. And, yet, then and now, I see resilience and I see Hope for a better world where actions and character may once again be that we are judged upon. I see acceptance and change for the better. And, yet the darkness of hate and evil still linger at the edges, still raising its ugly head. Iles captures all those emotions and more as well as speaking the Truth about what goes on behind the curtains of Southern ‘civility’ and hospitality. Excellent as always.
  • Cemetery road opinion

    By Durtyjurdy
    Thought the book was exceptional; couldn’t put it down. However, all of us are so tired of our national political problems and conflicts and wish both parties would grow up. Unfortunately the book had political leanings...when most of us want to just enjoy a good read. There’s a time and a place.