Greg Iles – The Devil’s Punchbowl (Penn Cage #3) (Audio book)

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Grāmatas apraksts no Goodreads/Synopsis from Goodreads:

The shocking new thriller from the king of southern gothic.

When he was a prosecuting attorney Penn Cage sent hardened killers to death row. But it is as mayor of his hometown – Natchez, Mississippi – that Penn will face his most dangerous threat.

Urged by old friends to restore the town to its former glory, Penn has ridden into office on a tide of support for change. But in its quest for new jobs and fresh money, Natchez has turned to casino gambling. Five fantastical steamboats float on the river beside the old slave market like props from Gone With the Wind. But one boat isn’t like the others. Rumour has it that the Magnolia Queen has found a way to pull the big players from Las Vegas. And with them comes an unquenchable taste for one thing: blood sport, and the dark vices that go with it.

When a childhood friend of Penn’s who brings him evidence of these crimes is brutally murdered, the full weight of Penn’s failure to protect this city hits home. So begins his quest to find the men responsible. But it’s a hunt he begins alone, for the local authorities have been corrupted by the money and power of his hidden enemy. With his family’s life at stake, Penn realizes his only allies in his one-man war are those bound to him by blood or honour.

Izdevniecība/Publisher: ISIS Audio Books

Kā tiku pie šīs grāmatas?/How I got this book?

Noklausījos, izmantojot Audible sniegto izmēģinājuma iespēju.

Vērtējums/Rating: 4.25/5

Mana recenzija (pārdomas)/My (thoughts) review

Kopš otrās grāmatas beigām un drauga veiksmīgas izglābšanas minimums no ieslodzījuma ir pagājuši 2 gadi, kurus, īstenodams savu nodomu kandidēt uz pilsētas mēra amatu, Pens pavadījis kā Načezas mērs. Diemžēl šis lēmums un vēlēšanu iznākums (vismaz uz laiku) pielika punktu Pena un Keitlinas attiecībām, kurai ambīcijas un mērķi neietilpa mazajā dienvidu pilsētā. Tomēr iekš The Devil’s Punchingbowl tām lemts piedzīvot otro elpu, cerams, nu jau ne vairs kā attālinātām attiecībām.

Lai cik apjomīgs nebūtu Pena entuziasms stājoties amatā, salīdzinoši ātri iestājās sapratne, ka vienam cilvēkam ir grūti ko radikāli tik īsā laikā mainīt (bet var censties). Sajūta, ka nekas neiet uz priekšu, uz labo pusi, vēl vairāk pastiprinās, kad pie Pena pēc palīdzības griežas cits bērnības draugs Tims. Tims strādā kazino Magnolia Queen, kura atvēršanai Pens piekrita, lai palielinātu pilsētas ienākumus. Būtu pieņemami, ja tās vadītāji nodarbotos vien ar spēlētāju kabatu iztukšošanu pie spēļu galdiem un automātiem, bet tiek piekoptas arī likuma neatļautas darbības kā suņu cīņas, prostitūcija un narkotikas.

Ja kāds uztraucas, ka varētu būt pārlieku grafiski suņu cīņu apraksti, tad varu mierināt, ka cīņa kā tāda aprakstīta tikai viena pa visu grāmatu; viss veikts normas robežās, lai lasītājam rastos priekšstats par faktu, kas reāli notiek (ne tikai ar suņiem).

Atšķirībā no pirmās un otrās grāmatas, šoreiz ļaundarus būtu nepieklājīgi salīdzināt ar tiem, ar kuriem Pens spējis tikt galā līdz šim. Tāpēc palīgā jāsauc gan pārbaudītas vērtības Keitlina un Kellijs, gan jāpieaicina jauni tēli; bija interesanti. No citiem tēliem gribētos izcelt Pena tēvu, kura sakarā grāmatas beigās ar lietu nesaistīta notikuma dēļ tiku pamatīgi pārsteigts ar kārtīgu klifhengeri.

Aizraujošs trilleris un kārtīgs lapaspušu šķīrējs! :D Trešās grāmatas tēma noteikti varētu būt, rīkoties pareizi par spīti visam. : )

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Two years have gone by since the end of the second book when Penn successfully saved his friend a minimum from a jail cell. During this time Penn has spent serving his town as a mayor of Natchez. Unfortunately this decision and the outcome of the election (at least for a while) was an end for relationship between Penn and Caitlin whose ambitions and goals were too big for the small southern town. However in The Devil’s Punchbowl they are destined for a second chance, hopefully this time not as a long distance relationship.

No matter how big Penn’s enthusiasm could be taking up the position, quickly enough he realizes that alone it’s very difficult to radically change anything, but you can try. The feeling that nothing goes forward and becomes better grows even stronger when another childhood friend Tim asks Penn’s help. Tim works on a riverboat casino Magnolia Queen, to which Penn once agreed to be opened to increase the town’s income. It would be acceptable if they would restrict themselves to just making their clients poorer at the tables and slot machines, but they also practice illegal activities like dog fights, prostitution and narcotics.

If you are worried they you might be disturbed by too graphic dog fight scenes than I can reassure you that during the whole book there is only one episode with an actual dog fight; everything is within the normal range so the reader would have a notion about what sadly does happen in the world (not only with dogs).

Unlike in the first two books this time it would be rude to compare the villains in this one with those that Penn has dealt with before. That’s why he has to ask assistance not only from proven values like Caitlin and Daniel Kelly but also for us new characters are introduced; was interesting. As an honorable mention I would also like to note Penn’s father Tom Cage, and considering him I was greatly surprised at the end of the book (not related to the case) with a good cliff-hanger.

Exciting thriller and a page turner! :D. The theme of the third book definitely could be doing the right thing no matter what. : )

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