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Cemetery Road

A Novel
Written by: Greg Iles
Narrated by: Scott Brick
4.5 out of 5 stars

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Publisher's Summary

The number-one New York Times best-selling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy returns with an electrifying tale of friendship, betrayal, and shattering secrets that threaten to destroy a small Mississippi town.

When Marshall McEwan left his hometown at age 18, he vowed never to return. The trauma that drove him away ultimately spurred him to become one of the most successful journalists in Washington DC. But just as the political chaos in the nation’s capital lifts him to new heights, Marshall is forced to return home in spite of his boyhood vow. 

His father is dying, his mother is struggling to keep the family newspaper from failing, and the town is in the midst of an economic rebirth that might be built upon crimes that reach into the state capitol - and perhaps even to Washington. More disturbing still, Marshall’s high school sweetheart, Jet, has married into the family of Max Matheson, patriarch of one of the families that rule Bienville through a shadow organization called the Bienville Poker Club. 

When archaeologist Buck McKibben is murdered at a construction site, Bienville is thrown into chaos. The ensuing homicide investigation is soon derailed by a second crime that rocks the community to its core. Power broker Max Matheson’s wife has been shot dead in her own bed, and the only other person in it at the time was her husband, Max. Stranger still, Max demands his daughter-in-law, Jet, defend him in court. 

As a journalist, Marshall knows all too well how the corrosive power of money and politics can sabotage investigations. Without telling a soul, he joins forces with Jet, who has lived for 15 years at the heart of Max Matheson’s family, and begins digging into both murders. With Jet walking the dangerous road of an inside informer, they soon uncover a web of criminal schemes that undergird the town’s recent success. But these crimes pale in comparison to the secret at the heart of the Matheson family. When those who have remained silent for years dare to speak to Marshall, pressure begins to build like water against a crumbling dam. 

Marshall loses friends, family members, and finally, even Jet, for no one in Bienville seems willing to endure the reckoning the Poker Club has long deserved. By the time Marshall grasps the long-buried truth, he would give almost anything not to have to face it.

©2019 Greg Iles (P)2019 HarperCollins Publishers
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5 out of 5 stars
By Greg at 2 Book Lovers Reviews on 2019-05-08

A captivating story!

I love committing myself to big books. I crave spending hours with interesting, well-developed characters. I appreciate an author like Greg Iles, who has the patience and makes the time to create the stories that will occupy a portion of my life.

I’ve heard it said many times that an author should write what they know; Greg Iles is a southern boy, and he sets his stories, like Cemetery Road, in small-town Mississippi. I loved the closeness and smallness of Bienville, Mississippi. For all of its “southern-ness,” a person like myself, born and raised in the Northeast, was able to recognize the small-town politics and how everyone knew everyone else’s secrets. I think that when an author is so comfortable with their setting, it allows the reader to find their own familiar parts, thus allowing them to find a home in the story. Well, that’s how I felt anyway.

There were times while listening to Cemetery Road that I was a little bit annoyed or put off. At times I felt like the story was a product placement for The Ford Motor Company. But like all relationships, it’s never perfect all of the time. The story was exciting, interesting, and I always wanted to get back into it.

Cemetery Road is a commitment – six hundred and eight pages in the hardcover, or twenty-four hours in the Audible (which is what I did). Greg Iles kept my attention throughout with the twists, turns, and sometimes convoluted scenarios. I often thought that the characters’ lives seemed too intertwined, but then I remembered my own small town. Keep it real!

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7 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Robert on 2019-06-23

Over the top reading performance; mediocre story

I had forgotten just how bad this reader can be. Usually I avoid anything read by Scott Brick, but, I needed something to read for the weekend, and thought that perhaps this might be one of his better reads. I was wrong, he sounds so overwrought, why cannot he simply read the story in the clear voice which he undoubtedly has without making the listener feel that The reader is wringing his hands in anguish all the time?

The story? What story? Really found it hard to get past the reader, but when I tried hard, it was slow and featureless.

Back to the site to find something else.

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2 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Dominic G. on 2019-09-30

20+ hours of repetition & needless exposition

Interesting story but poorly written. Story could have been told in half the number of pages.

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1 person found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Mr David Gillmore on 2019-06-07

a fantastic edge of your seat novel

Scott Brick has a way of keeping you Spellbound with his narration of books and it was no different than with this one... it kept you going for the entire 24 hours that he read the book and the story was second to none with twists and turns and not knowing what happens to the very end... it's the first book by Greg Iles that I've had and he didn't disappoint... I recommend this book to everybody..Dave g. Millbrook Ontario

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3 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Paddler on 2019-06-03

Nailbiter

Prepare to put your life on hold as you witness the many twists and turns on every page, a book you wish never ends.

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3 people found this helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Amanda on 2019-04-25

Politics is a bad idea

I thought the book was interesting and normally i like this writer but putting politics in just to say Trump bad just turned my stomach. Keep the politics out if you want to keep both sides enjoying your books. Really disappointed

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5 people found this helpful

4 out of 5 stars
By Hope B. on 2019-05-09

Good listen

Filled with suspense and some interesting commentary on life
Doesn’t seem to want to end
Language and sex are bountiful

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2 people found this helpful

5 out of 5 stars
By Ed on 2020-05-26

Fantastic!

Greg Iles is a superb storyteller and Scott Brick does a amazing job of narration!

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4 out of 5 stars
By Lkitchener on 2020-05-17

Incredible read!

Greg Iles had me listening to nothing but his book for two entire weeks! The story was captivating from beginning to end, with the narrator creating an unique voice for each character making it incredibly easy to follow. I would give it 5/5 but my OCD hated that the chapters were off from the book - but that's on Audible, not the author.

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5 out of 5 stars
By Roy on 2020-05-10

Great story and presentation.

looking forward to the next book by author. Great characters and pace. Highly recommended. Loved narrator voice.

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1 out of 5 stars
By Dawn Fowler on 2019-10-29

I wanted a Thriller not a rant about Trump

I wanted a Thriller/Mystery not a rant on Trump. I read (listen to Audible) as an escape, not to hear more about the political climate.

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198 people found this helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Sue Sellers on 2019-05-08

Keep Politics Out - Ruins Story

Good story but could not believe the politics that were thrown in that add nothing. Author forgets not all believe as he does.

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241 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Tom Dluzen on 2019-11-01

I quit after 10 chapters

My first ever negative review.This was one of the free monthly offerings. I paid too much.
The performance is a bit sub par, over-acted, but that's probably a matter of opinion. The story was somewhat interesting so I tried to power through. When it got political, I gave it up. We get enough of that,yes? I know I couldn't do another 40 chapters.

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117 people found this helpful

2 out of 5 stars
By Stephen on 2019-07-20

odd contradictions

couldn’t reconcile the various contradictions in plot. Pushing that aside, this was mostly an anti capitalist anti trump rant.

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191 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Ginger L. Miller on 2019-11-02

Whiny...typical 2019 victim-hood tripe

The reader is very good at imitating the main character's pathetic story. However, at the two hour mark, it is still the main theme. Who knows how long that will go on??? This is an author I won't bother to read again.

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86 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Anonymous User on 2019-08-08

Trump basher

I read hundreds of books and audiobooks a year. It’s rare for me to write a review. I would’ve appreciated knowing that this book was going to bash our president before I purchased it. Generally I enjoy his books, but it was disappointing to discover that this was a major topic in the story. I returned the book after getting through about 1/2 hour of the audiobook.

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163 people found this helpful

3 out of 5 stars
By Cindy D. Miller on 2019-04-25

Too Bad Politics Were Included

Complex plot that moves nicely, though the handful of negative references on the POTUS added nothing to the story and lost me as a Greg Iles fan.

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140 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Robert F. VanStry on 2019-05-23

Political nonsense

Like so many contemporary authors, Iles can’t just write an entertaining novel. He has to insert his political views in ham-handed attempts to make them seem part of the plot. If you’re a progressive, enjoy the book. All others, skip the lecture. Why an author would alienate half his audience is beyond me. Maybe he hopes you’ll buy before to realize what he’s up to. Hopefully, this review will save you some money and hit his wallet.

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134 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Meatball on 2019-10-16

Good, but

Not good enough to listen to the authors endless whining about Trump and his Russian conspiracy theories.

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130 people found this helpful

1 out of 5 stars
By Wavetrader on 2019-10-19

Please, enough of this political tripe!

After three hours of listening I was sufficiently overcome with the author's politics that I gave up. My hope was that his protagonist would eventually overcome his victim-hood and further, see his Trump derangement syndrome for what it was, but clearly this wasn't going to happen. Perhaps this was intended to portray the effects of his protagonist's DC journalism experience but I've come to the conclusion that the opinions are those of the author.
Politics aside, the first three hours of this tome were so dreary that I felt I couldn't slog through the remaining 21. I'm asking for a refund as I buy Audible books for entertainment or enlightenment and this book doesn't seem to offer either.

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50 people found this helpful