The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella

The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella

by Greg Iles

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author of the Natchez Burning trilogy—Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree, and the upcoming Mississippi Blood—comes this e-original novella featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage, a story of family secrets and justice denied, plus an excerpt from Natchez Burning.

Death is the end, and if a man doesn't speak before it silences him, then his deepest secrets go with him.

When a heart attack sends Penn's father, Tom Cage, to the ER, Tom begs that his son be brought to his side to hear a dying declaration. But when Penn arrives, Tom denies ever making the request—keeping his secrets for another day.

The emergency hurls Penn back to a chilling case in Houston, where he worked in a DA's office known as the "death factory," which sent more killers to death row than any other in America. While Penn cares for his ailing wife, a tormented forensic technician brings him evidence of a crime lab in chaos, throwing past convictions into doubt and begging Penn to prevent an imminent travesty of justice. With the desperation of a man fighting death in his own home, Penn must find a way to bring the machinery of the death factory to a halt.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780062336699
Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/08/2014
Series: Penn Cage Series
Pages: 112
Sales rank: 83,250
Product dimensions: 15.00(w) x 9.50(h) x 0.40(d)

About the Author

Greg Iles spent most of his youth in Natchez, Mississippi. His first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was the first of thirteen New York Times bestsellers, and his new trilogy continues the story of Penn Cage, protagonist of The Quiet Game, Turning Angel, and #1 New York Times bestseller The Devil’s Punchbowl. Iles’s novels have been made into films and published in more than thirty-five countries. He lives in Natchez with his wife and has two children.


Natchez, Mississippi

Date of Birth:


Place of Birth:

Stuttgart, Germany


B.A., University of Mississippi, 1983

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The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella 3.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 62 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love his books. He is a great writer. He is also NOT known as warm and fuzzy author, who has rainbows and and unicorns at the end of every novel. I like that about him. He keeps it real. This story was no different, EXCEPT for this was probably the most depressing piece of writing i have ever read. All he needed was a dead dog and a pickup truck and he could have been writing a country song. BOTTOM LINE: as good as can be expected in 70+ pages, but too much stick and not enough carrot.
Twink More than 1 year ago
You may remember me raving about Greg Iles' new book Natchez Burning - the first in a planned trilogy. I only discovered after reading the book that Iles had penned an 'in-between' Penn Cage novella called The Death Factory that is set just before the beginning of Natchez Burning. Before returning to Natchez, Penn worked in a DA's office that became known as The Death Factory - that office sent more people to death row than any other. But when an evidence tech still working there becomes concerned that sloppy evidence handling has put an innocent man behind bars, it is Penn he turns to - not his current employer. For those that haven't yet read Natchez Burning, this is a great 'opening' chapter for that book, setting the scene in so many ways. We learn of Tom Cage's illness, and wonder what it is he wanted to tell Penn, see more of Penn's brother Jack and get the full story of Penn's wife's illness and death. And for those new to this series (!!) it's a great introduction to this fantastic character and series. And, there's a great case to boot! Iles's stories are simply a joy to read or listen to. The Death Factory will only whet your appetite for the main course - Natchez Burning. However, that being said, I listened to The Death Factory after reading Natchez Burning, and still hugely enjoyed it. More like dessert for me. As I said, I did choose to listen. The reader is David LeDoux. He has a great voice with a lovely gravely undertone that just resonates. His southern accent is not overdone or affected, but is understated and just right.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Free book!? Not really. Just a rehash of the past and a brief introduction into other books. Friday free books used to be worth the wait.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
If you want suspense and action, then look somewhere else. This novella was uninteresting.
MRR62 More than 1 year ago
Good writing, but this is just a backstory for the following book. I was expecting a book, but basically received a narrative of what happened previously. There was no real tension, no real movement. Rather unsatisfying, I thought.
areadergh More than 1 year ago
I like Greg Iles as an author. The settings of his book are places that he has had in other books. I makes for comfortable reading.
San42 More than 1 year ago
I didn't know what to expect, but this short story gave us some insight on reasons he is where he is today. Greater insight on the history of the family. Great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very disappointed...was expecting a longer, more interesting read than this! Found it boring and would not have purchased if I had realized it was mainly a "teaser" for other books. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Ok i reslize its going to be short bu i expected a ful120 pages instead of a sudden unresolved stop at page 60 and a forward to a teaser that they want you to buy to find out the rest of the story No thanks i do b Not appreciate being sucked in make that 0 stars
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed reading the book I read each night before going to bed and I stayed up very late for for several nights as it was hard to put the book down! I will certainly be reading more of his books ( and staying up very late) again. WB
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Why bother?
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Just ok. A short story.
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I was hoping for something more I thought it ended quite abruptly. I thought he was a good writer, but it was lacking something.
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DonnaWDW More than 1 year ago
This was a Free Friday Book and most of the time I am very satisfied. However, had I paid for this book, I would want a refund. It's not actually a book, it is a basically an advertisement for his next book!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Easy read. Held my interest.