Vicki of Reading At The Beach hosts A-Z Wednesday. Today’s letter is Q.

I’m going back to one I read in 2007. I didn’t make any notes about it at the time, but did rate it 4 1/2 stars out of 5.

The Quiet Game by Greg Iles

Taking place in Natchez, Miss. The Quiet Game is flavored with the violence and seamy undertones of a Southern Gothic. After his wife’s death, Penn Cage, a former Houston prosecutor and a bestselling suspense novelist, retreats to his parents’ home in Natchez with his grieving young daughter. The healing process is interrupted when Cage learns that someone is blackmailing his father, a saintly family doctor who once made a lethal mistake. In tracing the source of his father’s moral dilemma, Cage stumbles upon a trail of lies surrounding the unsolved murder of a black man in 1968. He determines to reopen the case, even though his antebellum hometown is smoldering with racial tension. With the assistance of Caitlin Masters, the attractive, smart and ambitious publisher of the local newspaper, Cage gradually uncovers an intricate conspiracy that reaches up to the highest levels of the FBI. Forced to confront powerful Judge Leo Marston, who nearly destroyed his father in pursuing an unrelated, unfounded malpractice accusation decades before, Cage must also face Marston’s daughter, Livy, his old high school sweetheart, who tries to persuade Cage to let sleeping dogs lie. (Amazon.com)

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