#1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town
'An ambitious stand-alone thriller that is both an absorbing crime story and an in-depth exploration of grief, betrayal and corruption in a small Southern community ... Greg Iles is back and at the top of his game.' Washington Post
Successful journalist Marshall McEwan is forced to return home. 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 archeologist 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 that his daughter-in-law, Jet, defend him in court.
Without telling a soul, Marshall joins forces with Jet 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 ...
'Iles... has made Mississippi his own in the same way that James Lee Burke has claimed Cajun country and Michael Connelly has remapped contemporary Los Angeles... They will be talking about this one for a quite awhile.' Booklist (starred review)
'[A] compulsively readable thriller... Iles once again delivers a sweeping tale of family dysfunction, sexually charged secrets, and the power of wealth, with an overlay of violence and Southern sensibility.' Publishers Weekly (starred review)
APPLE BOOKS REVIEW
In Greg Iles’ engrossing thriller, a prodigal son faces down dark secrets in his small southern hometown. When reporter Marshall McEwan moves back home to take over his father’s ailing newspaper, his neighbours are full of hope that a new paper mill will bring back jobs. But then Marshall learns that the project’s mysterious money men—and a shadowy group of local businessmen—have their own nefarious plans. As with his compelling Natchez Burning trilogy, Iles doesn’t shy away from the very real economic and cultural problems facing small towns in the Deep South, but Cemetery Road is first and foremost a briskly paced thriller with strong, believable characters.