The Bone Tree
By: Greg Iles
Greg Iles is teaching us to count with his latest works – one great author; two competing outcomes; three novels bursting with crime, conspiracy, history, and a powerful crime family; four different storylines intricately woven together; and five bright and shining stars from this book reviewer. First he hooks us with Natchez Burning and now he’s reeling readers in with The Bone Tree, the second book in his fantastic trilogy. Normally we can pull together a pretty solid and succinct review but there is so much to The Bone Tree that we feel like we could babble on for days and not do it justice. Get this – the Kennedy assassination, civil rights murders, a touch of a love story, and a brazen and outlandish crime family potentially behind it all. There’s so much here! The book was just so good. Our minds are blown. So while we are trying to piece ourselves back together over here, just do yourself a favor and go out and get a copy of both Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree.
Still here? Well we’ll give the old college try. You’ve got the mayor of Natchez as one of the main characters, his father who is a retired physician, his mother, daughter and newspaper reporter fiance. Then there is the Knox family, a brazen family running an astounding criminal enterprise, with cops on their payroll, ties the KKK and Double Eagles, investigated for but never convicted of serious crimes including lynchings and rape at the infamous Bone Tree. On yet another side of the story you have an FBI agent working in conjunction with a group of retired agents trying to prove who murdered JFK, and a couple former Texas Rangers. A series of murders are committed in which the father, and his friend are implicated. Then our Mayor and his fiance are kidnapped and about to be murdered when they are sprung free by two others who give their lives. What ensues is a crazy game of espionage, subterfuge, investigations and alliances all to bring the Knox family to justice, or to try to anyway. Its absolutely enthralling, and worth every page.