New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles keeps the secrets of the South alive in this vibrant novel of infatuation, murder, and sexual intrigue set in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi. Turning Angel marks the long-awaited return of Penn Cage, the lawyer hero of The Quiet Game, and introduces Drew Elliott, the highly respected doctor who saved Pennas life in a hiking accident when they were boys. As two of the most prominent citizens of Natchez, Drew and Penn sit on the school board of their alma mater, St. Stephenas Prep. When the nude body of a young female student is found near the Mississippi River, the entire community is shockedabut no one more than Penn, who discovers that his best friend was entangled in a passionate relationship with the girl and may be accused of her murder. On the surface, Kate Townsend seems the most unlikely murder victim imaginable. A star student and athlete, shead been accepted to Harvard and carried the hope and pride of the town on her shoulders. But like her school and her town, Kate also had a secret lifeaone about which her adult lover knew little. When Drew begs Penn to defend him, Penn allows his sense of obligation to override his instinct and agrees. Yet before he can begin, both men are drawn into a dangerous web of blackmail and violence. Drew reacts like anything but an innocent man, and Penn finds himself doubting his friendas motives and searching for a path out of harmas way. More dangerous yet is Shad Johnson, the black district attorney whose dream is to send a rich white man to death row in Mississippi. At Shadas order, Drew is jailed, the police cease hunting Kateas killer, and Penn realizes that only by finding Kateas murderer himself can he save his friendas life. With his daughteras babysitter as his guide, Penn penetrates the secret world of St. Stephenas, a place that parents never see, where reality veers so radically from appearance that Penn risks losing his own moral compass. St. Stephenas is a dark mirror of the adult world, one populated by steroid-crazed jocks, girls desperate for attention, jaded teens flirting with nihilism, and hidden among them allaone true psychopath. It is Pennas journey into the heart of his alma mater that gives Turning Angel its hypnotic power, for on that journey he finds that the intersection of the adult and nearly adult worlds is a dangerous place indeed. By the time Penn arrives at the shattering truth behind Kate Townsendas death, his quiet Southern town will never be the same.Strong acid could burn through the metal lock on the door, but a cursory examination revealed dead bolts in addition to the lock in the ... I didna#39;t have enough acid to do that, and even if I did, someone outside might notice what I was doing.
|Publisher||:||Simon and Schuster - 2005-12-27|