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Cemetery Road by Greg Iles

Cemetery Road (edition 2019)

by Greg Iles (Author)

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Title:Cemetery Road
Authors:Greg Iles (Author)
Info:William Morrow (2019), 608 pages
Collections:Your library, Hardback, Paperback, ARC, Signed, Lemuria FEC
Tags:crime fiction, Mississippi, family conflict, small town

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Cemetery Road: A Novel by Greg Iles



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This book pissedme off when I finished it. Not because it was badly written,but just the opposite. Greg Illes is a hell of a writer with a gift for making you care about his characters. Unfortunately he's not quite as deft with a plot.

Cementary Road is a serviceable mystery/suspence novel. While the characters are not terribly fleshed out, Illes gets you to invest in them. But that investment can't cover up the plot holes or where characters decisions exist merely to advance the plot. There were serveral times I found myself pausing and think,"huh?" only to have Illes skill as a writer push me past and continue to move forward in the tale. In a lesser writeres hands the results would be....well to be honest...an Ace Atkins book.

Illes keeps touting his books as the next great Southern Gothic and I believe he has such a book in him. This ain't it. This is a higher grade beach read with some interesting history included. Read it, enjoy it, but be careful with making too great an investment. ( )
  norinrad10 | Jun 24, 2019 |
Cemetery Road by Greg Iles is a 2019 William Morrow publication.

Small town corruption, family tragedies, betrayals, and murder-

In other words- quintessential Greg Iles.

In this standalone novel, award winning journalist, Marshall McEwan, returns home to Bienville, Mississippi to be closer to his parents after his estranged father is diagnosed with Parkinson’s. At least that’s what he tells himself. Deep in his heart, however, he acknowledges an ulterior motive- reuniting with his first love- a woman named Jet, who just happens to be married to his best friend.

But when Buck Ferris, a man who had a strong influence on Marshall, is found dead, Marshall is convinced foul play is at hand. But who would want to kill Buck and why?

Well, Buck may have made a discovery that could derail the proposed installation of a paper mill, which would breathe new life into the slowly dying town of Bienville. A lot is at stake, and the town’s powerful ‘Poker Club’ will make sure the Chinese investors aren’t scared off, which means Buck might have been collateral damage.

As Marshall digs deeper into the circumstances of Buck’s death, the Poker Club members do what they do best- make threats, intimidate, bully, and blackmail, and maybe even murder, anyone who stands in their way- and Marshall and all his dark secrets is in their crosshairs.

Cemetery Road is not just a suspenseful thriller, with all its many twists and turns, and layers of deceptions. It is also a stellar piece of southern fiction, with Gothic elements that only the south can lay claim to.

The characters are flawed- every single one of them- some more than others, and Marshall, no saint himself, is forced to stare his demons in the face, to make eye contact with them, as everything he thought he knew wavers and fades like a mirage in the desert.

Under scrutiny is the moral compromises made in the name of capitalism, the mythology of our youth, the hope of recapturing a lost opportunity, while trying to do what is right for all concerned. For Marshall, it is more personal, perhaps, as he is also coping with deeply embedded grief and carrying a heavy burden of guilt bestowed upon him by his embittered father.

However, he is also trying to save his father's newspaper, cover his own butt, and protect the women he loves.

I often found myself on the edge of my seat, as Marshall survives one major event after another by the seat of his pants, and as the shock waves reverberate relentlessly. It was hard to put the book down for any length of time.

At the end of the day, Iles proves, yet again, his intimate knowledge of the old southern realities, still prevalent and still thriving. But, at the end of the day, his characters, though bruised and bleeding, may finally shake off the ghosts of the past, each in his or her own way, while southern style justice continues to work in the most mysterious of ways. ( )
  gpangel | Jun 3, 2019 |
Wow, this was quite a novel. This is the first book I have read by Greg Iles, but I am anxious to read more of his stories. Iles weaves a tale of deceit and distrust in the deep South along the Mississippi River. His tale follows Marshall McEwen, a journalist, as he seeks to say farewell to his father who is dying. He and his father have had a tortured relationship, ever since Marshall's brother, Adam, died when he was young. Fast forward to 2018, when Marshall leaves a promising career in DC to return to Mississippi to run the newspaper his father can no longer manage. Marshall comes into contact with The Poker Club, a group of good ole boys who run the town of Bienville, with shady dealings. Once Marshall's surrogate father, Buck Ferris, is found dead, Marshall is pulled more deeply into the evil of the club. He also is betraying his best friend, Paul, by having an affair with Paul's wife, Jet. So much more lies beneath the surface of this group, leading to an explosive confrontation.
Iles writes with a knowledge of the south, its biases, and its in-bred thoughts. I liked his political commentary as well. Very enjoyable and complex story.
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  rmarcin | May 29, 2019 |
Greg Iles tells an interesting story, but drones on and on when the story should have ended. The language and the graphic scenes provide the gore and excitement that are necessary for current readers, but this reader becomes insulted with the repeated language. The main female character, Jet Turner Matheson, stands as an evil vixen, that the reader sees as the main threat for goodness for Marshall McEwan. Greg Iles shows greed and meanness of his characters, and very little goodness leaks through the holes. ( )
  delphimo | Apr 29, 2019 |
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Iles knows how to write about the South, although that's not his only talent or area of expertise. He excels at deep character development, complex plots and accurate depictions of race relations during the 1960's. He's a masterful storyteller, a literary Bo Jackson. Once again he does not disappoint. The only very small negative for me was that at some points the book was a little slow and plodding, but not enough to distract. Four and half stars. ( )
  ewhatley | Apr 18, 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-in-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"--… (more)

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