Wednesday Reads, May 17th

Natchez Burning by Greg Iles; “The first in a trilogy from #1 New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles that weaves crimes past and present into a mesmerizing thriller featuring southern mayor and former prosecutor Penn Cage. Raised in Natchez,Mississippi,Penn Cage learned all he knows from his father,Tom Cage. But now the beloved family doctor has been accused of murdering the African-American nurse with whom he worked in the 1960s. Now Penn is determined to save his father no matter the cost. The quest for answers sends Penn deep into a dark conspiracy involving the vicious Double Eagles,an offshoot of the KKK controlled by some of the state’s most powerful men. With the aid of a local reporter and his fiancée,Penn uncovers a bloody trail stretching back forty years,and is forced to confront a wrenching dilemma: does a man of honor choose his father or justice? Rich in Southern atmosphere,Natchez Burning marks the return of an American master of suspense. Tense and disturbing,it’s the most explosive and ambitious story Greg Iles has ever written.”–P. [4] of cover.

The Orphan’s Tale by Pam Jenoff;  Sixteen-year-old Noa has been cast out in disgrace after becoming pregnant by a Nazi soldier and being forced to give up her baby. She lives above a small rail station, which she cleans in order to earn her keep&#x; When Noa discovers a boxcar containing dozens of Jewish infants bound for a concentration camp, she is reminded of the child that was taken from her. And in a moment that will change the course of her life, she snatches one of the babies and flees into the snowy night. Noa finds refuge with a German circus, but she must learn the flying trapeze act so she can blend in undetected, spurning the resentment of the lead aerialist, Astrid. At first rivals, Noa and Astrid soon forge a powerful bond. But as the facade that protects them proves increasingly tenuous, Noa and Astrid must decide whether their friendship is enough to save one another&#x;or if the secrets that burn between them will destroy everything. — from book jacket.

Star Wars:  Thrawn by Timothy Zahn; Traces the origins of Thrawn, one of the most ruthless warriors in the Galactic Empire, and the events behind his rise in the Imperial ranks.

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