Cemetery Road - Greg Iles

Cemetery Road

Author: Greg Iles

  • Publication Date: 2019-03-05
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 947 Ratings)


Sometimes the price of justice is a good man’s soul.

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.

“An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption… Iles’s latest calls to mind the late, great Southern novelist Pat Conroy. Like Conroy, Iles writes with passion, intensity and absolute commitment.”
   — Washington Post

When Marshall McEwan left his Mississippi hometown at eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington, DC. But as the ascendancy of a chaotic administration lifts him from print fame to television stardom, Marshall discovers that his father is terminally ill, and he must return home to face the unfinished business of his past.

On arrival, he finds Bienville, Mississippi very much changed.  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 taken a town on the brink of extinction and offered it salvation, in the form of a billion-dollar Chinese paper mill.  But on the verge of the deal being consummated, two murders rock Bienville to its core, threatening far more than the city’s economic future.

An experienced journalist, Marshall has seen firsthand how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Joining forces with his former lover—who through her husband has access to the secrets of the Poker Club—Marshall begins digging for the truth behind those murders.  But he and Jet soon discover that the soil of Mississippi is a minefield where explosive secrets can destroy far more than injustice.  The South is a land where everyone hides truths: of blood and children, of love and shame, of hate and murder—of damnation and redemption.  The Poker Club’s secret reaches all the way to Washington, D.C., and could shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate.  But by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth about his own history, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.


  • Cemetery road

    By nonsocialist
    If I wanted a political opinion and lies I would watch cnn. Keep your democratic politics out of your novel. I will never read Greg Iles again
  • Struggled through this book

    By SLM1932
    The story could have been so much better if Greg had kept Marshall as a purely fictional character. Instead he tried to input TDS, atheism and a non-Southern personality into his lead character and his father. Poorly written fiction. Keep current events out of fiction, please. You’ll lose half your readers.
  • Cemetery road

    By 75olds
    No good guys even the so called better people are despicable.Iles can’t help himself with his political bias,it’s not relevant and diminished the story
  • Complex Like The South Itself

    By HeidiAH
    Iles is one of my favorite writers; although, his stories sadden me. Being a prodigal daughter, I can related to the complexity of Pain, Hope, Love, Despair, Regret and Loss. Of realizing, as an adult, the ghostly veil of segregation beneath the surface of my childhood, of the evil men and women still do based on skin color and greed. And, yet, then and now, I see resilience and I see Hope for a better world where actions and character may once again be that we are judged upon. I see acceptance and change for the better. And, yet the darkness of hate and evil still linger at the edges, still raising its ugly head. Iles captures all those emotions and more as well as speaking the Truth about what goes on behind the curtains of Southern ‘civility’ and hospitality. Excellent as always.
  • Cemetery road opinion

    By Durtyjurdy
    Thought the book was exceptional; couldn’t put it down. However, all of us are so tired of our national political problems and conflicts and wish both parties would grow up. Unfortunately the book had political leanings...when most of us want to just enjoy a good read. There’s a time and a place.
  • Outstanding!

    By greyts
    Great read as with his other books! It was hard to put down. Anxious for his next novel!
  • Great book!

    By Sharkster5
    I wasn’t planning on buying it but after reading reviews from cry baby magats, I knew I had to read it!! Excellent, intelligent read!
  • Excellent read

    By ladybug 5252
    My first Greg Iles book but not the last. Beautifully written with enough plot turns to make you dizzy. So worth the time to read it.
  • Cemetery Road

    By Allrews
    Huge fan of Greg’s work, started with Quiet Game which was great then all of the others never disappointed. Honestly could have done without the political statements contained in this read, one of the reasons I do read fiction is to escape the craziness of today. Poker Club was a bad group of dudes for sure, much like the Double Eagles, enjoyed how they got what they had coming at the end of the book. Not a bad read but not the best, bring Penn Cage back.
  • Disappointed

    By Cpslak
    Really need to keep your political opinions out of your books. And to think I purchased this. Can I get a refund?