What Am I Reading? Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

This week I want to share with you the first paragraph of a book I’m very excited about. This is the final book in the Penn Cage trilogy written by Greg Iles. The books are big (700+ pages) and only come out every two or three years. The author’s many fans are always super excited when the publishing date draws near. And here are the opening lines:


Chapter One

For the past few weeks I’ve been writing as a strategy for staying sane. Strange to admit, but there it is. Since Caitlin’s death, I’ve been having trouble with some of the basic principles of existence like time. Chronology. To be frank, I don’t have it in me to describe the events that constitute the immediate fallout of her death, and my father’s arrest for murder. You should probably read a few short articles from the Natchez Examiner, Caitlin’s old newspaper. Caitlin’s older sister Miriam — a corporate financial officer from New York — has been running the paper since she died, and she has vowed to stay on until the last of the Knoxes has been jailed and the Double Eagles smashed for all time. I’m not sure Miriam Masters realizes how long that could be.


What do you think?

Would you keep reading?


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10 Responses to What Am I Reading? Mississippi Blood by Greg Iles

  1. Well that’s an opener that begs so many questions – sounds good! I do hope you are enjoying it after the anticipation!!

  2. I read his first two books in the series and was so blown away by the candor and violence, I decided to pass on this one.

  3. Beth F says:

    Oh yes! I still need to finish book two, but I already have a copy of this one!

  4. I need to start this trilogy!

  5. Lorraine says:

    From the title, I thought it might have to do with the Freedom Fighters in the American south in the 60s but then the opening sounds like it maybe isn’t. It does intrigue me, though, and I’m adding it to my (rather extensive) TBR list. Here’s my link to the opening/teaser from a book about Queen Victoria called Becoming Queen: http://wp.me/p4DMf0-1wi

  6. I’ve heard lots of good things about this trilogy. Hope you enjoy it.

  7. I like the conversational tone of the opening…I feel as though I’m there with the narrator. Thanks for sharing…and here’s mine: “THE CUTAWAY”

  8. I like Greg Iles writing very much. I have only read one of his books, and I keep meaning to read more. The one I read Penn Cage made an appearance, but I don’t believe it was part of the series. Thank you for sharing!

  9. Diane says:

    I like this author — sounds like a good one for sure.

  10. Nise' says:

    This book is waiting for me at home and I look forward to diving in when I get there.

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