The Quiet Game, Paperback Book
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


The first thriller in the New York Times No.1 bestselling series featuring Penn Cage: a prosecutor in a corrupt system, a husband whose wife has died, and a father who must protect his daughter. `An engrossing, page-turning ride' (Jeffery Deaver). Don't say a word... Natchez, Mississippi. A city of old money and older sins. A place where a thirty-year-old crime lies buried, and everyone plays the quiet game.

But on man cannot stay silent. Returning to his home town, former prosecuting attorney Penn Cage is stunned to discover that his father is being blackmailed over a decades-old murder. Negotiating the town's undercurrents of greed, corruption, and racial tension, Penn uncovers a powerful secret that reaches to the highest levels of government. And as the town closes ranks, Penn realises that his crusade for justice has taken a dangerous turn- one which could cost him his life...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 640 pages
  • Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
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  • Category: Crime & mystery
  • ISBN: 9780007545704

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The Quiet Game (Penn Cage #1) by talented Greg Iles, delivers a stellar performance with another Southern Gothic suspense thriller with juicy details, violence, scandal, conspiracy, courtroom drama, a murder mystery, and race relations in the small town of Natchez, MS.

The Quiet Game opens, with Penn Cage a prosecuting attorney turned bestselling novelist, (yummy) returns to his hometown of Natchez, MS with his four-year-old daughter, to recover from the tragedy of his wife’s death from cancer. He finds himself caught in his own past, his dad’s past, both which comes with dark secrets and risk to his family.

Penn discovers his father, a respected physician is being blackmailed by a Ray Presley, and meets intriguing sexy and beautiful, Caitlin Masters on a plane which later be finds out is a former ambitious former Boston publisher of The Natchez Examiner. (No time for grieving, now)

Caitlin and Penn (love this duo) find themselves working together in a trail of lies, a notorious race crime, the murder of Del Payton, and a black factory worker killed by a car bomb and helping Del’s widow, Althea Payton to re-investigate her husband’s murder. To make things interesting, there is much pressure and corruption and a conspiracy, with those dangerous players, protecting their past secrets and threatening those who want to uncover them, even involving the FBI.

The Payton murder case opens an old can of worms and intersects with the Cage family and the secrets of Livy Marsden, Penn’s former lover and Leo Marsden’s daughter, and of course, the former J. Edgar Hoover. (This is exciting stuff)! Forced to confront powerful Judge Leo Marston, who nearly destroyed his father in pursuing an unrelated, unfounded malpractice accusation decades before, Cage must also face Marston's daughter, Livy, his old high school sweetheart, (scandalous), who tries to persuade Cage to let things remain as is.

From the witty southern humor to the violence from Natchez to the Colorado Mountains, this legal thriller, will keep you turning well into the night to learn the fate of those involved.

An engrossing novel which can only be told by Iles, as he tackles all sorts of moral issues to protect his family, leading to redemption. I agree with the other reviews, the novel is edgy, and written brilliantly, for a satisfying thriller! Read them all – you will not be disappointed! Tom Stechschulte, narrator of the audiobook, delivered an outstanding performance!

Since I started with Iles latest, Natchez Burning #4 (5 Stars), I jumped back to #1 in the series, to The Quiet Game, as was intrigued and wanted to learn more about the characters (these two are my favorites in the series, thus far)!

“I will do those things which make me happy today and which I can also live with ten years from now.” ? Greg Iles, The Quiet Game
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Very enjoyable read.Considering what Penn Cage went through, being shot at, his house burnt to the ground and FBI on his back, I am really amazed that he survived, and made it to the courtroom.The finale was rather rushed with a lot of loose ends, but it was tense, thrilling with diverse characters.

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