The Bone Tree

The Bone Tree

A Novel

Book - 2015
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Penn Cage is caught in the darkest maelstrom of his life. The death of his father's African-American nurse has fractured Penn's family and turned Dr. Tom Cage into a fugitive. Penn has inadvertently started a war with an offshoot of the KKK called the Double Eagles, and Penn's fiancee, journalist Caitlin Masters, is chasing the biggest story of her career. Both Caitlin and the Feds that Penn reluctantly teams up with believe Tom can lead them to evidence of America's most secret, shameful history, a time when powerful men committed violent race murders to conceal a conspiracy involving the Mafia, the Double Eagles, and the assassination of JFK. In the end, all roads lead to the Bone Tree, a legendary killing site that may conceal far more than the remains of the forgotten.
Publisher: New York, NY : William Morrow, an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers, 2015.
ISBN: 9780062311139
Characteristics: 860 pages ; 20 cm

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3Dogs2015
Jul 16, 2017

The second book in this trilogy does not disappoint, there is so much action and so much going on that it does not seem like it is 700 pages. A very credible JFK assassination theory is put forth. I appreciate the fact that Iles, expects you to have the previous book and doesn't spend a lot time recapping.

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fleetway
Jul 14, 2017

Greg Iles has a way of telling a story that it makes you want to check the facts, as you wonder if fiction is closer to the truth than what you see in the newspapers.
His trilogy has you waiting for each book and the connections between books are written so that you do not spend 2-3 chapters with repeated information.

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Memawrayne
Feb 19, 2017

Excellent follow-up to the first book in the trilogy. It is interesting how he shows another idea that was around at the time for JFK's killing. On the waiting list for the next book. Can hardly wait. Hope the finish continues with the good story telling.

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Spirited13
Dec 26, 2016

When I read this book I presumed that all the details on the JFK assassination were fiction. I checked, and he didn't make any author's notes on that.
So I was quite surprised when I watched a documentary some time later entitled 'Did The Mob Kill Kennedy?" and realized that I knew the story. I had read a lot of it in The Bone Tree.
Also, I recognized some of the names linked to JFK assassination.
I wish I'd known at the time that a lot of what the author said about the Kennedy assassination was based on a very credible theory of the assassination, and that some of the people mentioned were real people. All the dots connect just the way he connected them in the book.
The part about the Klan being involved was not in the documentary -- I believe these are fictional characters.
However, what was mentioned, is that a lot of people believe there was a second shooter, that Oswald had back up. They didn't mention a theory that was put forward in the book -- that the rifle Oswald was using was not good enough to make the shot that killed Kennedy. That is a theory I've heard before, and I think is probably true.
I wanted to let readers know this about the JFK content in the book.

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fatcat21
Aug 07, 2016

Fabulous. Possibly better than Natchez Burning. It has a complex multi- layered plot and was intensely interesting. Do yourself a favour and read Natchez Burning First. There is so much going on in this series and it is well worth your reading time to start at the beginning.

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nimbus13
Apr 20, 2016

So pleased to find this followup to Natchez Burning. Well worth the read - I couldn't put it down (and it is a huge book). It tied up some loose ends. I am now looking forward to the final in the trilogy. He's a great author.

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nhoj
Oct 19, 2015

Part 2 of a trilogy. Long at 800 pages but a engrossing read and it was done in no time. More shananigans in Natchez with racists and power abusers killing and maiming to keep control and Penn cage fighting to find the truth, keep his father alive and put the bad guys in jail. Several plot lines ongoing to keep the action flowing.

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0007548100dmw
Sep 02, 2015

Book 2 of a trilogy.....One of the most engaging books I have read. Terrific author...I couldn't put the book down. Important to read the 3 books in order.

Dazio Aug 26, 2015

Not as good as Natchez Burning. The JFK conspiracy is a bit far fetched to be credible. The book is a bit too long (800 pages). It would have been better if it were around 400 pages in length.

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Pageburner
Aug 10, 2015

I'm halfway through and I am a bit bored...concur with other commenters ... not as good as Natchez

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