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The Quiet Game

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The Quiet Game

Current Status:
In Season
Greg Iles
Mystery and Thriller, Fiction,

We gave it an A-

It’s a tribute to Iles’ flair for characterization that this capacious thriller — about a widowed Houston prosecutor who returns to his Mississippi hometown to grieve but finds himself drawn to an unsolved racially motivated murder — grabs you fast and keeps you glued. Throughout the story, Iles pushes his serpentine political conspiracy, soap opera subplots, and far-fetched action sequences to the edge of caricature, but he always manages to pull back just before any credibility is lost. Such a stunt wouldn’t be nearly as much fun if his cast of living, breathing Southerners in The Quiet Game didn’t make you care.