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 business to complete the book. Spandau Phoenix was published in 1993 and became the first of his eleven New York Times bestsellers to date - the latest of which is True Evil (2006).
Useful link: On his website Iles gives advice on what order to read his books; books that are likely to appeal more to male readers than female, and vice versa; and also offers a warning note regarding which of his books are particularly unsuitable for teenage readers.
This article was originally published in January 2006, and has been updated for the
November 2006 paperback release.
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