Cemetery Road

Cemetery Road

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"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.When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation's capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol--and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall's high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club. When archeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson's wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands that his daughter-on-law, Jet, defend him in court. As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson's family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town's recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062824622
9780062824615
Characteristics: 590 pages ;,24 cm.

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nannerl
Jul 16, 2019

Highly engaging story of passion, greed, murder, and family relationships in small-town Mississippi. Not a quick summer read, but you won't be able to put it away and forget it without finishing it. Satisfying endings for all threads.

Exciting story - fast paced, several plots at one time. Characters are believable and the ending is unexpected.

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jontalk
Jul 06, 2019

Similar in some ways to other stories written by this author, the family theme pervades much as it does in the Penn Cage books. Like a well thought out jigsaw puzzle each character and subplot will fit together as momentum builds, something Iles has mastered for years. Well written, paced nicely, this is well worth reading for those that enjoy stories of the South, its racial and other elements an important part of the mix. I thoroughly enjoyed this book, though I found the Penn Cage stories more to my liking, especially "The Devil's Punchbowl" which I'm reading at this moment. Enjoy!

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Ljparker5807
Jul 04, 2019

I found the plot unbelievable as he continued to add more secrets and more drama at the end. I also didn't buy that Marshall was truly in love with Jet ever. They were not star crossed lovers. pretty simplistic to pit a nearly virginal Nadine against the sexually aggressive and morally compromised Jet and wonder which one Marshall really wants. Overall I am disappointed in this novel as I have liked his previous novels but I will say he seems to not know when to end the drama in any of his books and continues to build and build until any shred of reality is gone.

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Suelogeman
Jun 21, 2019

This was a great book full of good and evil characters with a plot that kept me on the edge of my seat. I would highly recommend this book. Greg Iles is a master at his profession.

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JILLYJELLY
Jun 20, 2019

A good read!

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JANMAYS
Jun 19, 2019

This took a while to get into it, but the last third was a could not put down page turner. Probably too long for book club, but a good mystery.

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hburton2
Jun 18, 2019

A good read as are all of Greg Iles books. I always feel like I'm getting a free tour of the areas that his stories take place. In depth and good plot line.

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2126900458889
May 25, 2019

Very fifthly book -- obviously a " left wing " zealot who wrote this book -- the book was too long and too boring-- unless you want to read about a lot of loosers and stupid story lines. This is the first and last Ill ever read of his books. Should bury this book in the "Cemetery"

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nsheinbaum
May 21, 2019

This has more twists and turns than a person can imagine. A surprise right up to the end.

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