Friday, September 25, 2009

The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles

I started reading this book about Natchez, Mississippi this morning while eating breakfast. Not a good idea considering the amount of violence in it!
Penn Cage is a former district attorney, a writer, a widower and a father, and for the last two years, the mayor of Natchez. He has been a proponent of the riverboat casino gambling that is so popular on the Mississippi but when his best friend, former addict and current employee of the Magnolia Queen, tells him what is really going on: sexual abuse, physical abuse, and dogfighting, and then is murdered, Penn knows that he needs to find out more about the men responsible.
Lots and lots of strong foul language (including a REAALLY awful word), violence, sex, abuse, all adds up to a book I couldn't finish and can't recommend. Rated NC-17 for that word and everything else.

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