Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles
My rating: 1 of 5 stars
I am totally disgusted with Penn Cage. Caitlyn isn't even cold in the ground yet and Greg Iles already has him hooking up with Tee. Who brings nothing to the plot, how many authors do you need in one book. Can't help but think the only reason Iles killed Caitlyn (reporter and Penn's fiancee) off is so he could put Tee (famous author and Penn's hookup) in the book and Tee is a horrible replacement, I can't stand her and I hope we don't see her in future books. I mean sneaking into a grieving man's bedroom and forcing yourself on him is beyond slutty behavior. Not to mention walking into the bathroom when he is in the shower and his daughter is downstairs. Thanks to Tee this has turned into one Trashy book. And if having Penn hook up with a virtual stranger while his daughter, Mia and his Mother are sleeping in the same house isn't bad enough we also learn that Penn has been fantasizing about Mia ( a girl young enough to be his daughter)
The book starts with Tom in prison fixing to go on trial for Viola's murder. On the way back from visiting him Penn is threatened by two VK bikers, who are delivering a message from Snake. Penn kills one of them and Tim (the bodyguard) kills the other. In retaliation for their deaths acid is thrown in Keisha Harvin's face (the reporter living in Caitlin's house). As a result Keisha's former teacher (Tee) comes down and moves into Penn's house.
They discover the woman, Dolores "Dee" St. Denis, the Double Eagles raped and then killed her husband in front of her. Delores is so light skinned the Double Eagles thought she was white and killed her husband because he married a white woman. She can identify Snake and after her former Mother-in-law is attacked she meets with the FBI.
Tom's trial is going badly and Quentin doesn't seem to be putting up much of a defense. Penn can't be there as he has to babysit Annie, so his friend Rusty calls him on the phone and he listens to the trail by phone and keeps up to date via Rusty's text (really dumb I don't see what the purpose is of not having Penn at the trial). Everyone also seems to have forgotten that Jimmy Revels survived. His survival was revealed in The Bone Tree when Jimmy and Swan's grandson came to Henry's funeral, along with Swan.
Eventually Penn is able to attend the trial in person. We learn of Tom Cage's service in Korea, we also learn that Viola changed her will shortly before her death and left a large sum of money to Henry Sexton. Her sister Cora Revels, witnessed it but Cora and Lincoln destroyed the will in order to get the inheritance they felt they deserved. We also learn that Sonny Thornfield and Snake were at Viola's house the night she died and Will Devine agrees to testify that they took his truck in exchange for the FBI putting him and his family into witness protection. But Snake finds a way to kill Will on the witness stand, at the one day of the trail Annie was allowed to attend.
Shaken up by Will's murder on the witness stand Penn and his family are taken by surprised when they are ambushed on the way home with the goal of kidnapping Annie. The bodyguards are taken out by the VK with nonlethal bullets, Penn is also injured and the VK manage to grab Annie. Mia jumps in the van with them in an effort to rescue Annie, but just when it looks as if the girls will be taken Walt Garrity steps into the path of the van and shoots the driver. Unfortunately he is unable to get out of the way of the van and dies.
The jury is ready to find Tom Cage not guilty when he changes his plea to guilty and goes to prison. Tom reveals to Penn that Snake knows that Peggy was at Viola's house the night she died and that if Tom doesn't take the fall for Snake he will frame Peggy. We also learn that Sheriff Billy Byrd is in contact with Snake and is helping him.
Lincoln finds Snake and talks Penn into going with him to kill Snake. Snake is killed, Lincoln is injured and Wilma Deen (the woman who threw acid in Keisha's face) is refusing to testify to her knowledge of Snake killing Viola now that she is safe.
I suspect that this is no longer a trilogy and that another book will be coming soon
View all my reviews