• Cemetery Road

  • A Novel
  • By: Greg Iles
  • Narrated by: Scott Brick
  • Length: 23 hrs and 43 mins
  • 4.4 out of 5 stars (8,698 ratings)

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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling 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.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington DC. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. 

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol - and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club. 

When archaeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands his daughter-in-law, Jet, defend him in court. 

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for 15 years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. 

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally, even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning the Poker Club has long deserved. By the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

©2019 Greg Iles (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers

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Cemetery Road comes to Life...

Well you definitely get your money's worth with this almost 24 hour book. Although it's not part of the Penn Cage series this is still an excellent book. This is a stand alone suspense that also takes place in Mississippi.
The publisher's summary gives quite a bit of information about the protagonist, Marshall McEwen and touches lightly on the story with out giving anything away. McEwen returns home after 15years when a close friend is murdered. The other key players include Jet, the woman he loved long ago and still does, her husband Paul and Father-in-law Max.

McEwan's brother drowned at 18, his son drowned at 2 and both deaths have haunted him. So do the deaths of his father's first wife and infant daughter. But in the town of Bienville not all deaths are as they appear. And at the heart of the deadly current events is a new paper mill yet to be built, capitalism, greed and the town's future.

Scott Brick narration is as always THE BEST!
This book has my HIGHEST RECOMMENDATION.
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Keep Politics Out - Ruins Story

Good story but could not believe the politics that were thrown in that add nothing. Author forgets not all believe as he does.

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I wanted a Thriller not a rant about Trump

I wanted a Thriller/Mystery not a rant on Trump. I read (listen to Audible) as an escape, not to hear more about the political climate.

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odd contradictions

couldn’t reconcile the various contradictions in plot. Pushing that aside, this was mostly an anti capitalist anti trump rant.

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Trump basher

I read hundreds of books and audiobooks a year. It’s rare for me to write a review. I would’ve appreciated knowing that this book was going to bash our president before I purchased it. Generally I enjoy his books, but it was disappointing to discover that this was a major topic in the story. I returned the book after getting through about 1/2 hour of the audiobook.

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Fantastic book! Who cares about the politics!

Look, everyone seems to be getting all worked up over Greg Iles' politics in the book. Give it a break. He mentions Trump a few times, and his Flex SUV. Big deal. I'm politically conservative and it didn't bother me in the least. This is a fantastic story with lots of build up, and twists and turns that you won't expect. It's classic Greg Iles, who is one of the best authors around. If you're going in for a good story, you will love this. If you get worked up over an author's' comments on politics, then you can skip this, but that will be pretty silly.

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Political nonsense

Like so many contemporary authors, Iles can’t just write an entertaining novel. He has to insert his political views in ham-handed attempts to make them seem part of the plot. If you’re a progressive, enjoy the book. All others, skip the lecture. Why an author would alienate half his audience is beyond me. Maybe he hopes you’ll buy before to realize what he’s up to. Hopefully, this review will save you some money and hit his wallet.

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I quit after 10 chapters

My first ever negative review.This was one of the free monthly offerings. I paid too much.
The performance is a bit sub par, over-acted, but that's probably a matter of opinion. The story was somewhat interesting so I tried to power through. When it got political, I gave it up. We get enough of that,yes? I know I couldn't do another 40 chapters.

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Too Bad Politics Were Included

Complex plot that moves nicely, though the handful of negative references on the POTUS added nothing to the story and lost me as a Greg Iles fan.

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Good, but

Not good enough to listen to the authors endless whining about Trump and his Russian conspiracy theories.

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