Natchez Burning by Greg Iles
Tom Cage has been accused of murder in the assisted suicide of his former nurse Viola Davis. His son, Penn Cage who is the mayor of Natchez, can’t believe it and starts digging into the past to help clear his father and find out who could have murdered her. He uncovers truths about the city he loves, and the people he thought he knew. Could the hatred of the KKK still be present in the city? Could an old threat of the Klan have killed Viola? Will Tom and Penn live to see justice?
This is a long book (over 780 pages) and a long listen (30 discs) but it went by quickly even though the pacing of the story was leisurely. There was enough action mixed with the history to keep the story moving. I listened to the first half of the book and read the second. The audio narration was wonderful, but the senselessness and the descriptions of the hate crimes were so much more vivid in that format, so I switched to print.
This book has an AMAZING ending that left room for the next installment, but I am still shocked at how this volume ended. A great look at a horrible time, and a great story. It’s nice to see justice being served, even all these decades later.