The Bone Tree - Greg Iles

The Bone Tree

By Greg Iles

  • Release Date: 2015-04-21
  • Genre: Mysteries & Thrillers
Score: 4.5
From 951 Ratings


From #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes the second novel in his Natchez Burning trilogy—which also includes Natchez Burning and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—an epic trilogy of blood and race, family and justice, featuring Southern lawyer Penn Cage.

Former prosecutor Penn Cage and his fiancée, reporter and publisher Caitlin Masters, have barely escaped with their lives after being attacked by wealthy businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with ties to some of Mississippi’s most powerful men. But the real danger has only begun as FBI Special Agent John Kaiser warns Penn that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles. The puppeteer who actually controls the terrorist group is a man far more fearsome: the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, Forrest Knox.

The only way Penn can save his father, Dr. Tom Cage—who is fleeing a murder charge as well as corrupt cops bent on killing him—is either to make a devil’s bargain with Knox or destroy him. While Penn desperately pursues both options, Caitlin uncovers the real story behind a series of unsolved civil rights murders that may hold the key to the Double Eagles’ downfall. The trail leads her deep into the past, into the black backwaters of the Mississippi River, to a secret killing ground used by slave owners and the Klan for over two hundred years . . . a place of terrifying evil known only as “the bone tree.”

The Bone Tree is an explosive, action-packed thriller full of twisting intrigue and deadly secrets, a tale that explores the conflicts and casualties that result when the darkest truths of American history come to light. It puts us inside the skin of a noble man who has always fought for justice—now finally pushed beyond his limits.

Just how far will Penn Cage, the hero we thought we knew, go to protect those he loves?


  • True Southern History

    By Wizard324
    Born and raised in the SOUTH, I can identify with all the thinking, customs, and local color. If I didn’t know better, I would hold everything as total truth! And, who knows, some of it just might be real close!
  • Bone Tree

    By tapfern
    I really enjoy Mr Iles writing and have read many of his books. I find his plots and characters very inciting. However I found this book was rather hard to follow because of the Kennedy conspiracy sub-plot. I found it just confused the main point that started in “Natchez Burning”. It got to the that I just began flipping past the Kennedy rehashing that took up so many pages.
  • Bone Tree

    By Ugotbupkis
    The basic story is interesting. The book is never ending. Twice as long as it needs to be.
  • Long winded...

    I agree with the other readers who said this book was long winded. Thats exactly it. Too wordy, long, and at times it became boring. Love the plot, but the book(s) could have been way shorter and moved along much faster. I don’t think I’ve ever said this about a book before, but here it is; I could not stand Caitlyns character and nearly every single thing she did made absolutely no sense. Every action was just plain stupid to the point of irritation. See ya, Caitlyn!
  • Terrible

    By CheapReader
    Long winded
  • Wonderful read‼️

    By JG LeBlanc
    Simply put: this book is absolutely amazing. Well written and filled with twists and turns. I can't wait to read book three in this triolgy😀
  • The Bone Tree

    By Romar 69
    Everything I expected from Greg. The twists and turns are great reading. I've read all of his books and can't wait for the final in this trilogy. Kudos to my favorite author.
  • Bone tree

    By Bloom,in meadows
    Best. Book ever!!!!!!!!!! Can't wait for next illes next book
  • The Bone Tree

    By Follow up?
    Excellent series, but I want the story to continue! Is another book in this series planned?
  • Good but long

    By Dr_Ellis
    This is the sequel to Natchez Burning, and picks up where that left off. It follows the same characters for several more days, and based on the ending, more is to come. It’s good, exciting, but a bit overwritten. Over these 2 books, about 1600 pages in the print form, you certainly get to know the characters, and get a sense of place and time. It could have been shortened with no loss in story or atmosphere. Nevertheless, then the next Greg Iles comes out I will buy it on the first day.