AUDIO BOOK REVIEW: The Devils Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) by Greg Iles
As a prosecuting attorney in Houston, Penn Cage sent hardened killers to
death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown—Natchez, Mississippi—that
Penn will face his most dangerous threat. Urged by old friends to try to
restore this fading jewel of the Old South, Penn has ridden into office on
a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh
money, Natchez, like other Mississippi towns, has turned to casino
gambling, and now five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside
the old slave market at Natchez like props from Gone With the Wind.
But one boat isn't like the others.
Rumor has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas to its Mississippi backwater. And with them—on sleek private jets that slip in and out of town like whispers in the night—come pro football players, rap stars, and international gamblers, all sharing an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport—and the dark vices that go with it. When a childhood friend of Penn's who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn's failure to protect his city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it's a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honor:
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