Cemetery Road

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4.5 Stars -This is the 10th book by Greg Iles I have read. Needless to say, if he wasn't one of the best storytellers around, I wouldn't have read 10 of his 16 novels. "Cemetery Road" is a stand alone book which doesn't star Penn Cage, Iles' most famous and well liked protagonists. It also doesn't include one courtroom scene, which makes it different from most of Iles' other books. However, despite these differences, this book does not disappoint. "Cemetery Road" tells its story through the eyes of Marshall McEwan, the publisher of a local newspaper. The book begins with McEwan's good friend being murdered and McEwan taking a personal interest in attempting to solve the case. He is met with strong opposition from a group of community power brokers nicknamed ""The Poker Club" that basically run the town and everyone in it. The Poker Club has a special interest in this case and in keeping it unsolved (as it could disrupt a huge Chinese manufacturing plant from building and operating in the city, which would cost The Poker Club millions in profits). This combined with the storyline of turmoil in Marshall's personal life (the result of him having an affair with a good friend's wife) form the plot of this 608 page novel. As always, Iles does a great job of keeping the plot moving with so many twists and turns, I can't remember them all. What makes Iles stand out among current authors, is that he writes long, character driven stories that are very well written, interesting and realistic. This book is no exception and was great from start to finish. It did not suffer from long, boring sections or chapters that many long books suffer. The critiques I have of this book mirror my critiques of Iles' other books:1) too much unnecessary cursing by all of the characters; 2)it spends an inordinate amount of time condemning and ridiculing Christianity; 3) most of the his characters are stereotypes-either white, old-south, racist powerbrokers (think Boss Hogg) or uneducated black persons who are very hard workers at menial jobs and who are of the highest character. After 10 books, Iles needs to move on from his profanity and religious hang ups and expand his character base to include different new-South type characters. But great job on this one, and I hope to see Marshall McEwan in future Iles' novels.


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