Greg Iles was
born in Germany in 1960, where
his father ran the US Embassy
Medical Clinic during the height
of the Cold War. He spent his
youth in Natchez, Mississippi,
and graduated from the
University of Mississippi in
1983; followed by several years
playing music in the band
The year after he was married, he gigged on the road for 50 weeks out of 52, and realized that this lifestyle was simply not sustainable with a family. He quit the band and began working eighteen hours a day on his first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess.
When Greg sold this manuscript, he left the music...