Greg Iles

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Greg Iles
Born 1960
Stuttgart, Germany
Nationality American
Occupation Writer

Greg Iles (born 1960) is a bestselling American novelist who lives in Mississippi. He has published fourteen novels and one novella, spanning a variety of genres. His books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages and published in more than thirty-five countries worldwide.


Early life[edit]

Greg Iles was born in 1960 in Stuttgart, Germany, where his physician father ran the U.S. Embassy Medical Clinic. He was raised in Natchez, Mississippi, the setting of many of his novels. After attending Trinity Episcopal Day School, he graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983.


Iles spent several years as a guitarist, singer, and songwriter in the band Frankly Scarlet. He quit the band after he was married and began working on his first novel, Spandau Phoenix, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess. Spandau Phoenix was published in 1993 and became the first of fourteen New York Times best sellers. In 2010 The Devil's Punchbowl reached #1 on the Times list. In 2011, Iles was nearly killed in a traffic accident on Highway 61 and lost his right leg below the knee. During his three-year recovery, he wrote all three volumes of an epic trilogy set in Natchez, Mississippi, and featuring former prosecutor Penn Cage. The first volume, "Natchez Burning," debuted at #2 on the "New York Times" bestseller list in both hardcover and e-book formats. Volume two, "The Bone Tree," will be published in April 2015 by William Morrow.

In 2002, Iles wrote the script 24 Hours from his novel of the same name. It was rewritten by director Don Roos and renamed Trapped (to avoid confusion with the then-current television series, 24), which Iles then rewrote during the shoot, at the request of the producers and actors. Iles has mixed feelings about the film, but he enjoyed working with the actors, including Charlize Theron, Kevin Bacon, Courtney Love, and Dakota Fanning.

Iles is a member of the literary musical group The Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, and James McBride. In July 2013, Greg co-authored Hard Listening (2013) with the rest of the Rock Bottom Remainders.[1] The ebook combines essays, fiction, musings, candid email exchanges and conversations, compromising photographs, audio and video clips, and interactive quizzes to give readers a view into the private lives of the authors/musicians.




  • The Death Factory ((2014)


  • "Hard Listening" (2013, Coliloquy) is an interactive ebook about his participation in a writer/musician band, the Rock Bottom Remainders.


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