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Turning Angel

by Greg Iles

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Turning Angel by Greg Iles
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    Dec 2005, 512 pages
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    Nov 2006, 672 pages

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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 "Frankly Scarlet."

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.

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