Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Devil's Punchbowl by Greg Iles

Basic plot 

Mayor Penn Cage is disillusioned with his role, his hopes of bringing change to the town he grew up in seemed a lost cause when he realizes that being mayor does not mean he has everything under control. When his childhood friend tells him of an unspeakable evil that lurks just beneath the surface of the town, he can hardly believe it. Soon, not only is he force to take on these demons in human form but his life and those of the ones he love depend on it. A horrifying look at the dark side of blood sports and corruption, all in the name of greed and entertainment.

What I liked about this book

Once the plot started developing, the story ran at quite a good pace. The villains were suitably evil and the heroes not perfect but human and flawed. Good people that you root for to succeed. 

What I disliked about the book

Initially, it was a slow starter. The author tends to be a bit wordy, going to great lengths to describe certain things or people. Gambling, dog-fighting and prostitution is not really my cup of tea but it did open my eyes to the seedy underworld of casino towns.

A quote I liked from this book

I'm only the mayor. And no one knows better than I how little power I truly have.

Rating: 3.5/5



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