The Devil's Punchbowl - Greg Iles

The Devil's Punchbowl

Author: Greg Iles

  • Publication Date: 2009-07-07
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 260 Ratings)


From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Penn Cage series comes an electrifying thriller that reveals a world of depravity, sex, violence, and the corruption of a Southern town.

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:

-Caitlin Masters, the lover Penn found in The Quiet Can Game and lost in Turning Angel
-Danny McDavitt, the heroic helicopter pilot from Third Degree
-Tom Cage, Penn's father and legendary local family physician
-Walt Garrity, a retired Texas Ranger who served with Penn's father during the Korean War

Together they must defeat a sophisticated 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.

After appearing in two of Iles's most popular novels, Penn Cage makes his triumphant return as a brilliant, honorable, and courageous hero. Rich with Southern atmosphere and marked by one jaw-dropping plot turn after another, The Devil's Punchbowl confirms that Greg Iles is America's master of suspense.


  • Full on Iles

    By Pfs62
    Written with a mastery that IS Greg Iles. You'll feel the energy from the first words to the final twist. His talent for entwining your very soul with those of his characters will teach you more about yourself than you ever dreamed possible.
  • The Devil's Punchbowl

    By BurgandyMist
    FAB! Couldn't wait to see what the next page would bring!
  • Sensational

    By Eddeaux
    I love Iles' book because you always learn something knew. Like the coffin with the stairway and glass window in this book. Fascinating and true. Iles' books always make you feel like you are part of the action. One of my favorite authors. I've read all his books except Spandau Phoenix - which I bought but could not get into. The others I could bit out down.
  • Raves for the Punchbowl

    By BoogieMama1
    Just when I thought things just might get calmed down another crisis would appear. A new type of evil in the south is rising and Greg is there to make sure we get it.
  • Not a big reader and I enjoyed it

    By DawgPoundx19
    I can't honestly remember the last book I'd read in it's entirety since I picked up The Devils Punchbowl. I grabbed it at the airport and found it taking it every where I knew I'd have a some down time for the next month or so. It is well written, and has enough suspense to keep you reading. I will be checking out the other Penn Cage ( the main character) books in the near future thanks to my positive experience with this book. This could easily be made into a movie.
  • Excellent!

    By HSBeatdown
    If you enjoyed "The Quiet Game" you will love this one!