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The Devil's Punchbowl

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Greg Iles

Narrated By: Dick Hill

Publisher: Brilliance Audio

Date: July 2009

Duration: 24 hours 2 minutes

Summary:

As a prosecutor in Houston, Penn Cage sent killers to death row. But as mayor of his hometown - Natchez, Mississippi - 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 has turned to casino gambling, and now five steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market, 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, he begins a quest to find the men responsible. But the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy and, with his family's lives at stake, Penn realizes his only allies are those bound to him by blood or honor. Together they must defeat a killer who has an almost preternatural ability to anticipate - and counter - their every move. Ultimately, victory will depend on a bold stroke that will leave one of Penn's allies dead - and Natchez changed forever.

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  • Anonymous

    His books have been recommended to me by a dear friend, and as much as I love strong characters and murder mysteries, I find most of his writing too dark and violent esp in the Devils Punchbowl! It is rare I do not finish a book, but I finally got tired of the torture of people and animals, rape and murder! It may have been well written, but do I have to read this depravity for 100s of pages?

  • Anonymous

    I was lost during this slow moving book, and the reader was horrible. Maybe that's why I was lost, I couldn't understand him. He mumbled a good portion of the book.

  • psdrew

    OUTSTANDING, holds your attention...I would have given it a 5 had it not been about dog fights as I'm an animal lover and found the wonderfully explained details a bit disturbing, but not enough to stop listening to the rest of the story. I recommend.

  • Anonymous

    This book is really good. I am putting his other books on my list. It is full of twists and turns . I would give it 6 stars if I could.

  • Susie

    Amazing! - contrary to the other comments regarding the reader... I thought it was a perfect fit... I love all of Iles novels

  • CJ

    I'm a Greg Iiles fan and have enjoyed several of his books. The reader on this one and the production was terrible with constantly changing volume. The fake accents were very distracting.

  • Anonymous

    I tried to listen to The Devil's Punchbowl but the reader's overly dramatic voice was so distracting that I could not pay attention to the book. I was really disappointed because I have heard great things about the book.

  • Anonymous

    It starts out almost unintelligible. Then the reader finally gets it. I got all the way to the last few discs but then the brutality was just too much for me. Naked female sex slaves and dogs are just too much like a porn movie for my tastes.

  • tom

    Greg Iles is a top flight writer and with this epic the reluctant hero, now the mayor, fights a battle with very evil casino people. I don't ever recall characters so sadistic in his previous books. Still, it's a fine effort and will keep you entertained. Only one gripe, the narrator, while good, sometimes talks so low and gravely that you can't understand what he is saying.