Turning Angel by Greg Iles
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New York Times bestselling author 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.

About Greg Iles

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Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Germany. He founded the band Frankly Scarlet, plays guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, and is the New York Times bestselling author of nine novels, including Blood Memory and 24 Hours. He lives in Natchez, Mississippi.
Published December 27, 2005 by Scribner. 672 pages
Genres: Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Action & Adventure, Horror, Business & Economics, Crime. Fiction

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A former prosecutor now considering a run for mayor, he’s asked to represent Drew, who confesses to an affair with Kate, which will surely place him in the vanguard of suspects if her death turns out to be foul play.

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Hill responds accordingly, with just the right mood—from the shock Cage feels when discovering that his best friend, respected and happily married Dr. Drew Elliott, had been sexually involved with a bright and beautiful 17-year-old and is now suspected of killing her to Cage's awe when he finds h...

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When they were kids, Drew saved Penn from drowning, risking his own life to get Penn out of the water.

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Their affinity for one another has endured since Drew saved Penn's life when they were kids.

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Entertainment Weekly

A short list of Kate's youthful enthusiasms includes watching gay male porn, threesomes (''I'd love to see Drew do things to a guy, and vice versa,'' Kate gushes in her journal), and erotic asphyxiation.

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USA Today

and more sex?If the answer is yes to all of these, then Turning Angel by Greg Iles should take its place on your bedside table.Iles is the best-selling author of nine other novels, but if you haven't yet discovered him, Turning Angel will have you wondering where he has been all your life.The pre...

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Reviewing the Evidence

Drew Elliott is one of the most respected physicians in the city of Natchez and he's been Penn Cage's friend ever since childhood.

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Bookmarks Magazine

Patrick Anderson New York Times 2 of 5 Stars "As the story of a Mississippi lawyer with high ideals amid a murky investigation, Turning Angel sounds like a John Grisham story that’s been left to fester in the Southern humidity.

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