Natchez Burning is the auspicious first volume in a trilogy featuring Penn Cage. A spectacular and grand epic novel that spans 40 years and unflinchingly captures the political unrest of a nation dangling between a chaotic past and an unpredictable future. The historic town of Natchez, Mississippi, is the backdrop for this remarkable thriller, a place inextricably bound to our national identity. It is a place where fiercely held convictions about race have undergone enormous change at great cost to human life over the last decades.
As a former prosecutor and writer living in the small town of Natchez, Mississippi, where he grew up, Penn Cage has always been a fighter. He’s never been one to see injustice and do nothing about it. He learned it from his father, Tom Cage, a beloved family doctor who spent decades taking care of folks no matter their origin or circumstance, rich or poor, black or white. Penn has always thought of his dad as a sort of Atticus Finch, a man who has guts and backbone even when his friends and neighbors don’t. And the old adage couldn’t be more true: ‘Like father, like son’. Or is it?
About the Author: Born in Germany in 1960, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War, Greg Iles spent his youth in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. After several years playing in the band “Frankly Scarlet,” Iles wrote his first novel in 1993, Spandau Phoenix, which became the first of twelve New York Times bestsellers. With his third novel, Mortal Fear, Iles began setting his novels in Mississippi, and in The Quiet Game, his fourth, he created Penn Cage and placed him in Iles’s own hometown of Natchez, the oldest city on the Mississippi River.
Iles is a member of the lit-rock group “The Rock Bottom Remainders” that includes authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, Kathi Kamen Goldmark, James McBride and Roger McGuinn.
He lives in Natchez, Mississippi, and has two teenaged children. His novels have been made into films, translated into more than twenty languages, and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.
Dave Barry has written more than 30 books, including the novels Big Trouble, Lunatics, Tricky Business and, most recently, Insane City. Dave Barry is a humor columnist. For 25 years he was a syndicated columnist whose work appeared in more than 500 newspapers in the United States and abroad. In 1988 he won the Pulitzer Prize for Commentary. Barry lives in Miami with his family.