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The Devil's Punchbowl (Penn Cage) Paperback – December 29, 2009
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Cage has been mayor for two years, and was instrumental in expanding the riverboat casino industry in the city. Cage is considering resigning to spend more time with his family when a childhood friend Tim Jessup tells Cage of some horrible evils and corruption occuring on one boat, the Magnolia Queen. Jessup offers evidence of prostitution and dog fighting and promises to get more if Cage is willing to help. Cage agrees, but Jessup is murdered the next night and then his entire family is threatened by the sauve Englishman Jonathan Sands. Sands wants the evidence Jessup took, or Cage's family could be in danger.
Cage is conflicted and doesn't know if he should fight Sands, or just look for the evidence, surrender it, and ignore Sands like every one else in the town. Of course, Cage decides to fight. He enlists the help of ex-girlfriend Caitlin Masters, who left town when he decided to run for mayor. He also has the services of Danny McDavvit, a pilot, Kelly, a ruthlessly efficient soldier, a ex-marine sniper and an old Texas Ranger. With his all star team in town to fight Sands, the action scenes are numerous and exciting.
The best parts of the book are the portrayal of the dog fighting culture. It is new and fresh and enlightening.Read more ›
For those of you not familiar with Penn Cage, his kith and kin, it would be good to read The Quiet Game, which holds one of my favorite quotes ever, told by a former FBI agent Stone, "The hour of justice does not strike on the dials of this world."
This outing Iles is back in his element, the old south dealing with the new. Now there are offshore gambling boats and the money and corruption that comes with that -
Time has passed and Caitlin and Penn have gone their separate ways, and he has also broken up with another lady - Annie, his daughter, has grown into a well adjusted pre-teen, thanks to Penn's parents.
Penn's boyhood friend, Tim Jessup, a card dealer at the Magnolia Queen, has uncovered horrible things going on - not only prostitution, but dogfighting off grounds.
For those of you who haven't been familiar with dogfighting, those of us in the south who have dealt with hearing about Michael Vick's involvement however extensive, with a dogfighting ring, the horrid 'sport' is heavily written about and a large part of this book. I was sickened by the extent, but Iles shows us it is beyond any thriller book author can possibly imagine, more cruel than anyone could think up - all in the cause of money.
This is not for the feint of heart.
When Penn's friend Tim is murdered, Penn had been waffling between quitting his mayorship of Natchez and leaving, but when his friend's death happens, he goes forth full steam.Read more ›
The heroes were too superheroic. When they gathered, it was not so much the Seven Samurai as it was the X-Men.
The bad guys were too unabashedly villainous. Black hats, black hearts, not much character complexity.
Violence and sadistic sex were too prevalent and too salacious.
The story is about second tier, legalized casino gambling on the Mississippi. Easy money attracts the scum of the earth, camouflaged within regulatory loop holes, bringing with them purveyors of money laundering, prostitution, and other illegal activities: most notably, in this story, dog fighting. Their power in a small community looking to slow its economic decline is absolutely corrupting. At the casino, the house always wins. The devotees are always in debt. And when that happens, the house owns you and it is just a matter of time before the master calls on you to pay up, never on the square.
Penn Cage, the town's idealistic mayor, is frustrated. He sought elective office to help rebuild and remake the town where he grew up. But politics keeps getting in the way of progress, and he's looking longingly toward the end of his term. He's also looking longingly at media mogulette Caitlin Masters, the one who got away. She still owns the house across the street from his, and she still drops into town from time to time to oversee her interests in the local newspaper. But she's moved on. Or has she?
Against this backdrop, a childhood friend whose path through life has hit the skids seeks out Penn's help - to save the town from corruption. It seems the floating pleasure palace is a façade for unspeakably nefarious activities, and he has the goods on the evil doers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the darkest stories in the Penn Cage novels. We have an introduction to a corruption scheme involving the casino barges that goes beyond the gambling of cards and... Read morePublished 2 days ago by M. R. Randazzo
Natchez is a most magnetic city. Most of the visitors wish to know it's deepest secrets. Greg Iles tempts us with the promise of sharing a morsel of those secrets. Read morePublished 14 days ago by Judy Upton
This author is spell binding with his writing. The Penn Cage series hooked me right away and I loved The Devil's Punchbowl. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Barbara A Schmidt
I've recommended this book to many people.. I loved it!! This was my 2nd copy I "loaned" my first and locations just come aliveout and never got it back. Read morePublished 24 days ago by Trayce
One of the best books I've ever read, well written, griping absolutely adore Greg Ilea. As far as I'm concerned keep them coming!!Published 1 month ago by sharon martin
Greg Iles' Penn Cage series is hard work for this reader, not because it's difficult to follow but because of the emotional toll it takes on me. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Dragul