Cemetery Road

Cemetery Road

A Novel

Book - 2019
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"The #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age eighteen, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington D.C. But just as the political chaos in the nation's capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. 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-on-law, Jet, defend him in court. As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for fifteen years at the heart of Max Matheson's family, 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. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning that the Poker Club has long deserved. And by the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it"--
Publisher: New York, New York : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollinsPublishers, ©2019.
ISBN: 9780062824622
Characteristics: 590 pages ;,24 cm.


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Aug 15, 2020

Another good story by this author although not quite as great as the Natchez Burning trilogy. a lot of dysfunctional characters in dysfunctional relationships. Story dragged some with the story about Iraq and some of the sex episodes. I know publishers say sex sells, but a little less and it would have been a good story still. A little confusing at the end when most of the characters come together and it was hard to keep them straight .

Jul 04, 2020

4 stars. This was a honking big book at 590 pages but it had quite a story to tell. Marshall McEwan has left his top job as a journalist in Washington, DC to come home to Bienville, Mississippi as his Dad is facing a terminal illness and his Mom needs his help. But Marshall left Bienville for good reason and coming home just brings back all the memories he has tried to leave behind him. Bienville is diminished from the way it used to be but the local Poker Club, a group of powerful local businessmen, have plans to rejuvenate the economy with a Chinese paper mill which will bring jobs and prosperity back. These men ran the town then and continue to arrange things to their liking and Marshall runs afoul of them and finds himself with a moral dilemma and in a dangerous situation. A very good read.

Jan 01, 2020

A bit all over the place.
Racism, civil war, mob, journalism, Indian civilization, music, sports, Afghanistan, sex. Latter half of the book is better but hard to believe. Decent read but way too much going on.

Dec 21, 2019

After reading some of the reviews, I wasn't sure I had read the same book. One of my favorite authors, even though I didn't feel this was his best. Author is great at character development and story development. Could have done without the car and cell phone commercials. Also, surprised at some of the thin skinned political comments of other readers/reviewers.
Overall, a very good book.

Oct 09, 2019

2019; William Morrow/HarperCollins Canada

Wow, this is one long satisfying ride! This book is about 600+ pages, and a bit over 24 hours of audio. I decided to go with audio as it sometimes feels less intimidating. The novel hooked me right from the beginning and I was really invested in Marshall McEwan's story. Marshall is a journalist in Washington, DC and has returned home to help his mother with his ailing father. Marshall has taken over his father's newspaper office, but knows his father doesn't think he is fit to run it. Since the death of his brother, back when they were teens, his father has turned to alcohol. Marshall is having an affair with his childhood sweetheart, Jet, who is married to another hometown boy, Paul. Paul is the only son of one of the most powerful men in Bienville. Him and a small group of men are dubbed the Bienville Poker Club. When Marshall's mentor, Buck is found murdered, the town starts to close ranks. When Paul's mother ends up dead a few days later - either of murder or suicide - Buck's instigation is put on the back burner and things in Bienville start to fall apart. Could the two cases be tied together? As Marshall tries to get Buck justice and uncovers secrets and lies, he finds that he may be putting himself and those he loves in danger.

I cannot believe I attempted to even write a summary on this book...this novel is complex and anything can be a minefield of a spoiler. But I think this review needs this to show how much happens in this novel and why it needs to be so long. This is a slow burn mystery. The suspense is in the journey of how this all will unravel. If you are wanting a quick suspense thriller, this is not yet. This southern Gothic suspense is gritty, but it's more drawn out with the characters than the plot itself. The plot runs on the characterizations. I find that Iles is a cross between John Grisham and Karin Slaughter mixed with a little Harper Lee and Tennessee Williams. The first novel I read by Iles was more suspense thriller, like Harlan Coben, but since I read his Penn Cage series I have enjoyed his novels more. I would recommend this standalone novel, or any of Iles's books, to readers who enjoy falling into a story and really getting involved. Do not let the page numbers scare you, it is an easy read. I kept putting things off just so I could listen to the audio. I am so happy I went the audiobook route.

**I received an eARC from EDELWEISS***

Sep 17, 2019

Beyond belief--however Ford and Apple must be pleased at the frequent mention of their products.

Jul 26, 2019

One of my favorite authors, but sadly, this one was very disappointing. Unlikeable characters, sophomoric romance and constant reminder that the main character owned a Ford Flex made the read tedious. Hopefully his next endeavor will be better executed.

Jul 21, 2019

Have read all of Greg Iles' books. He's one of my favorite authors. Cemetery Road is not up to his usual good work. I found it rather boring and very slow moving. He went into too much depth in developing his characters. I found most of them uninteresting and way to "woe-is-me" and whinny. However, the book was a bit exciting the last two to three chapters. Also, and unfortunately, Mr. Iles makes political comments throughout the book are totally unnecessary. At one point he equates all Republicans to the evildoers in the book. Again, his political beliefs add nothing to the book and are totally unnecessary.

Jul 16, 2019

Highly engaging story of passion, greed, murder, and family relationships in small-town Mississippi. Not a quick summer read, but you won't be able to put it away and forget it without finishing it. Satisfying endings for all threads.

Exciting story - fast paced, several plots at one time. Characters are believable and the ending is unexpected.

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