As good as The Bone Tree was, having read Natchez Burning by Greg Iles makes it make a lot more sense.
Natchez Burning is the first book in Iles’ trilogy that tackles race and civil rights issues.
In this first book, Iles sets the stage. Penn Cage, mayor of Natchez, finds everything turned upside down when his father is accused for murder. But what initially seemed like a simple case turns out to be one thread among many that all converge together.
The past gets stirred up by one reporter digging in to cold civil war cases. But as the bodies start to pile up, all the players have to consider how far they are willing to go.
Iles really lays the groundwork for what is continuing to prove to be an epic saga. Each book has twists and turns (and I have to say, I think the twists in this book would have been better had I not read he sequel first, and therefore already knew what to expect). Iles also does an excellent job at revealing information but still keeping enough secrets so as to make it interesting reading.
It’s been a while since I’ve found a series that keeps me so engrossed, with books that I don’t want to put down. Single books, sure, but not often series anymore. Iles’ series is a thrilling work of historical fiction, and I’m excited to get to the final installment.