“Natchez Burning” has many faces. It is a tough, brutal book, just short of sensationalistic on occasion, yet, at the same time, a well-intentioned, furious look at the legacy of Southern racism.
Greg Iles returns to many of the vivid characters from his previous books, and astute readers will even find echoes of William Faulkner and, particularly, Robert Penn Warren’s classic “All the King’s Men.”
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Steven Whitton is a professor of English at Jacksonville State University.