Turning Angel - Greg Iles

Turning Angel

Author: Greg Iles

  • Publication Date: 2005-12-27
  • Category: Mysteries & Thrillers
4.5 Score: 4.5
(From 344 Ratings)


The #1 New York Times bestselling author of Mississippi Blood, Greg Iles, keeps the secrets of the South alive in this vibrant novel of infatuation, murder, and sexual intrigue set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

Turning Angel marks the long-awaited return of Penn Cage, the lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, and introduces Drew Elliott, the highly respected doctor who saved Penn’s life in a hiking accident when they were boys. As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew and Penn sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephen’s Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shocked—but no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder.

On the surface, Kate Townsend seems the most unlikely murder victim imaginable. A star student and athlete, she’d been accepted to Harvard and carried the hope and pride of the town on her shoulders. But like her school and her town, Kate also had a secret life—one about which her adult lover knew little. When Drew begs Penn to defend him, Penn allows his sense of obligation to override his instinct and agrees. Yet before he can begin, both men are drawn into a dangerous web of blackmail and violence. Drew reacts like anything but an innocent man, and Penn finds himself doubting his friend’s motives and searching for a path out of harm’s way.

More dangerous yet is Shad Johnson, the black district attorney whose dream is to send a rich white man to death row in Mississippi. At Shad’s order, Drew is jailed, the police cease hunting Kate’s killer, and Penn realizes that only by finding Kate’s murderer himself can he save his friend’s life.

With his daughter’s babysitter as his guide, Penn penetrates the secret world of St. Stephen’s, a place that parents never see, where reality veers so radically from appearance that Penn risks losing his own moral compass. St. Stephen’s is a dark mirror of the adult world, one populated by steroid-crazed jocks, girls desperate for attention, jaded teens flirting with nihilism, and hidden among them all—one true psychopath. It is Penn’s journey into the heart of his alma mater that gives Turning Angel its hypnotic power, for on that journey he finds that the intersection of the adult and nearly adult worlds is a dangerous place indeed. By the time Penn arrives at the shattering truth behind Kate Townsend’s death, his quiet Southern town will never be the same.


  • Great story

    By Peter 14
    If you like the works of Greg Iles, then you will enjoy this book.
  • Awesome Book!!!

    By tracylynn0715
    I loved this entire book! Non-stop edge of your seat kind of book!! Highly recommend!
  • Hard to put down!

    By Papa Blue
    I very much enjoyed this book. The city of Natchez, murder, drugs, friendship, and sex, are woven into a compelling story.
  • Turning Angel

    By VLCha
    A very riveting story. Twist and turns that kept interest at the max. However, while graphic sexual events are titillating and "enjoyed" by many, they really don't add much to the story, other than take up room I guess. I've read many books by authors like Zane Grey, Clive Cussler and others, who are as riveting. They have no need to be graphic sexually. Yet they get the sense across. And, I'm not a prude. It just seems to me stories can be told without being crude. Thanks for the opportunity to comment.
  • Great book

    By Wetzzz
    I really enjoyed this book. I didn't want to put it down. I looked forward to being able to pick it up again. Worth the read for sure.
  • Loved It

    By MattPope
    This was a page turner absolutely loved it and had it finished in 5 days!
  • Good story line

    By Southern Flower
    As for me, I could have done without all the sexual imagery. I ask myself, was it absolutely necessary to the story? I don't have that answer. This was the first book I've read by this author. If the next one is as sexually charged, it will probably be my last one. Pity.
  • Outstanding

    By J David
    This is my second read of this book and it remained a page turner. The story is fiction; however the storyline is ageless. Keep them coming Greg and please don't add another author to your books, as they tend to dilute the literature as some authors have done. I appreciate the purity of your work.
  • Turning Angel

    By Rich Steck
    Another unique, spell-binding grabber from a writer who never fails to intrigue and inform. Makes me glad I graduated high school a generation ago - as the heroin of "Turning Angel" tells her graduating senior class: "Parents in every generation have been shocked when they somehow learned the truths of their children's lives." Iles offers a great insight into those lives. This is a book for adults wanting insight into their kids' lives.
  • Turning Angel

    By GoodOmans
    A visiting Yankee to Natchez, MS...this book brought me back to a fun week I spent enjoying the warmth of the south overlooking The amazing vistas of the Mississippi. I was directly across from the turning angel and only wish I had read this while I was there to view it closer ! I couldn't put this book down and am anxious to find the rest of Greg's books! An outstanding read, well written and one I would recommend to anyone! Thank you " Shreveport Ben" , for recommending it to me ! Oh, that " warmth " of Natchez not only refers to the weather, but to the kindness, spirit and enjoyment from the people of Natchez.