Cemetery Road: A Novel
“[A] page-turner [with] Iles’...intense scenes and dramatic emotions.” (Pittsburgh Post-Gazette)
“Iles… has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary Los Angeles… They will be talking about this one for a quite awhile.” (Booklist (starred review))
“It is impossible to turn away. It’s like binge-watching your favorite TV drama, and you don’t dare take your eyes off the screen for fear of missing out on another revelation. Cemetery Road is full of them.” (Bookreporter.com)
“A sweeping tale of family dysfunction [and] sexually charged secrets.” (Publishers Weekly (starred review))
“With a paralyzing twist that will leave you speechless, Iles has created a completely original and unforgettable tale.” (Iron Mountain Daily News)
“Another shocking Iles ending.” (Clarion-Ledger)
“A fast-paced book, a thrill ride of an epic.” (Valdosta Daily Times)
“A thrilling, complicated path… [A] web of lies and intrigue… Give yourself some time [and] let yourself be absorbed.” (Quad City Times (Iowa))
“[Iles is] one of my go-to storytellers, someone whose books are excellent consistently and without exception… [A] spectacular story… Iles’s pace and tone are uniquely his own, and he opens to readers a world of insight wrapped in excellent crime fiction stories that enriches our lives immeasurably.” (Crime Spree Magazine)
From the Back Cover
Greg Iles, author of the #1 New York Times bestselling Mississippi Blood, the final book in the Natchez Burning trilogy, returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and devastating secrets.
“I never meant to kill my brother. I never set out to hate my father. I never dreamed I would bury my own son. Nor could I have imagined that I would betray the childhood friend who saved my life, or win a Pulitzer Prize for telling a lie. All these things I have done, yet most people I know would call me an honorable man. I wouldn’t go that far . . .”
So begins Cemetery Road, Greg Iles’s most captivating and propulsive novel to date. Marshall McEwan is one of the most successful journalists in Washington, D.C. But as a chaotic presidential administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return to his childhood home—a place he vowed he would never go back to.
Bienville, Mississippi, is no longer the city Marshall remembers. 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 offered economic salvation to this community on the brink of extinction, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill. But on the verge of the deal’s consummation, two deaths rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.
Joining forces with his former lover—whose husband stands to inherit a seat in the Poker Club—Marshall begins digging for the truth. But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can be far more destructive than injustice. By the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history—and the woman he loves—he would give almost anything not to have to face it.
Cemetery Road is an unforgettable story of greed and desire, jealousy and murder, forgiveness and damnation—and it proves once again that Greg Iles is one of our modern masters of suspense.
About the Author
Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.