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Greg Iles is an American New York Times bestselling author of twelve books.

Although he was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father, a physician, ran the U.S. Embassy Medical Clinic, Greg was raised in Natchez, Mississippi, which forms the setting of many of his books.

He attended Trinity Episcopal Day School, before graduating from the University of Mississippi in 1983.

His novels have been translated into more than twenty languages, and published in over thirty-five countries across the globe.

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Genres: Mystery, Thriller

Born: 1960

United States

Website: https://www.gregiles.com

Non Series
  • Cemetery Road (2019)
Female Protagonists
  1. Dead Sleep (2001)
  2. Blood Memory (2005)
Locked-Room Thrillers
  1. 24 Hours (2000)
  2. Third Degree (2007)
Outside the Box
  1. Sleep No More (2002)
  2. The Footprints of God (2003)
The Penn Cage Novels
  1. The Quiet Game (1999)
  2. Turning Angel (2005)
  3. The Devil's Punchbowl (2009)
  4. Natchez Burning (2014)
  5. The Bone Tree (2011)
  6. Mississippi Blood (2017)
  7. The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella (2014)
Two of the Best
  1. Mortal Fear (1997)
  2. True Evil (2006)
WWII Thrillers
  1. Black Cross (1995)
  2. Spandau Phoenix (1993)
Non Series
Female Protagonists
Locked-Room Thrillers

Detailed book overview

Non Series

Cemetery Road

Driven out of his Mississippi hometown by trauma at the age of eighteen, Marshall McEwan's self-drive makes him one of the most accomplished journalists in Washington, DC.

Upon learning of his father’s terminal illness, Marshall breaks his vow and returns to his hometown which is now a shadow of its former self.

His family’s 150-year-old newspaper is collapsing; the love of his youth has married into a powerful patriarchal family, while the Poker Club has brought the town on the verge of extinction.

When two murders however rock the small town, Marshall puts his investigative skills to work. His discovery of the dark secrets will shake the foundations of the U.S. Senate.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2019
ISBN: 978-0062824684
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks

Female Protagonists

Dead Sleep

“Objects of desire…or death?”

When Jordan Glass, an award-winning photojournalist, stumbles upon a portrait by an unknown artist in Hong Kong, the last thing she expects is to see the face of her missing identical twin sister staring back at her.

The painting, which is part of a collection called ‘Sleeping Women’, comprises of portraits of women from New Orleans who have recently disappeared without a trace.

A case previously halted due to lack of bodies, the portraits spark a renewed search for the serial killer.

As she works with the FBI, Jordan becomes both the hunter and the hunted in a case that will make her go face-to-face with terrible secrets from her own past.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2001
ISBN: 978-0007546688
Publisher: Harper Collins
Blood Memory

“Some memories live deep in the soul, indelible and dangerous, waiting to be resurrected…”

It’s while undertaking investigations on a terrifying string of murders that forensic dentist “Cat” Ferry is suspended from an FBI task force, as a result of regular panic attacks and blackouts.

Upon her return to her hometown in Mississippi, the world-class expert struggles with nightmares and alcohol, on top of being entwined with a married detective.

When spilled chemicals in her childhood bedroom reveal two bloody footprints, memories of her father’s brutal killing come to haunt her.

But investigations reveal just how Cat herself could very well be having blood on her hands.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1982120672
Publisher: Scribner

Locked-Room Thrillers

24 Hours

“A perfect family is about to be caught up in a perfect crime on a perfect night...”

Will Jennings lives the perfect life. Residing in Jackson, Mississippi, he is an accomplished young doctor with a budding practice, a gorgeous wife and a beautiful five-year-old daughter whom he loves beyond words.

Will and his family are however being watched a psychopathic con man. His kidnappings are a work of genius, and his victims have never talked to the police.

But this time round, he has picked the wrong family. Will and Karen Jennings aren’t just going to watch helplessly as the psychopath terrorizes their family. They're going to fight back and he won’t get away with it!

Trapped
Director: Luis Mandoki
Cast: Charlize Theron, Courtney Love, Stuart Townsend, Kevin Bacon, Dakota Fanning, Pruitt Taylor Vince
Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2000
ISBN: 978-0007546664
Publisher: Harper Collins
Third Degree

When Laurel Shields, a thirty-five and mother of two, doesn’t find her husband, Warren, in bed upon waking up, she makes her way to the kitchen only to see him animatedly pulling books from the shelves of his study.

Making her way back to the bedroom, the wife of the prominent physician takes a pregnancy test that turns out positive. Instead of being elated, Laurel is devastated by the news, as she isn’t sure who the father is.

Later that day when she reruns home, Laurel finds her pale and untidy husband baying for blood. Forced to face the evidence of her betrayal in front of their innocent children, the most dreadful day of their marriage has only just began.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2007
ISBN: 978-1416524540
Publisher: Pocket Star Books

Outside the Box

Sleep No More

John Waters is an accomplished petroleum geologist with an admirable family. A single utterance by one Eve Sumner however takes him a decade back when he had an affair with another woman.

Mallory Candler, the smart and stunning Southern Belle, had a passionate affair with John Waters; one which John eventually had to end. But soon afterwards, her body was found raped and murdered on a New Orleans pier.

When John and Eve meet two days later at a cocktail party, her words sent a tingling feeling down his spine.

Why does Eve know a lot about his past with Mallory? Was their first meeting all a set up or a mere act of fate?

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2002
ISBN: 978-0340822715
Publisher: Hodder & Stoughton
The Footprints of God

“New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles explores the mindboggling possibility of just how the next phase of human evolution could quite rightly not be human at all...”

The government has developed a top-secret supercomputer whose intelligence far supersedes human comprehension. It’s a nightmare beyond mankind’s most dreaded fears.

Dr. David Tennant, the ethicist for Project Trinity, is at the heart of a maelstrom of limitless science and cold-hearted ambition. He also knows the secret about who killed a fellow scientist.

On the run accompanied with psychiatrist Rachel Weiss, the only way out is by revealing the shocking connection between Trinity's apocalyptic power and David's tortured mind.

He cannot afford to fail, for the price of it is extinction.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2003
ISBN: 978-1416564096
Publisher: Pocket Star

The Penn Cage Novels

The Quiet Game

A city of old money and older sins, Natchez, Mississippi is considered the jewel of the South. When hit by personal tragedy, former prosecutor Penn Cage returns to his hometown of Natchez along with his daughter—hoping to find some peace.

Instead, he finds that his own father is being blackmailed by an unscrupulous former cop; something that makes him dig up a long forgotten case in search for evidence that could cause the downfall of the judge that almost finished his father years ago.

Joined by an ambitious newspaper publisher by the name Caitlin Masters, Penn searches for answers to one of the darkest chapters of American history.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 1999
ISBN: 978-0451180421
Publisher: Berkley
Turning Angel

Having won arguably the most dangerous case of his career, prosecutor Penn Cage decides it would be best to remain in his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi which is a safe haven perfect for raising his young daughter.

Things however change quickly when Drew Elliott, Penn's best friend, runs seeking for his assistance after the naked body of a prep school student by the name Kate Townsend is discovered near the Mississippi River.

A highly respected family physician, Drew makes a damning confession that could put him on death row.

Penn however gets entwined in blackmail, betrayal, and terrible violence in the process of trying to exonerate his best friend.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2005
ISBN: 978-1982120658
Publisher: Scribner
The Devil's Punchbowl

Penn Cage may have sent the worst of killers to death row during his time as a prosecuting attorney in Houston, but the most dangerous threat will come during his tenure as mayor of his hometown of Natchez, Mississippi.

Driven by his friends to restore the once jewel of the Old South, Penn secures office with the promise and support of change.
But like many towns in Mississippi, Natchez has turned into a den of casino gambling.

In a one-man war where greedy forces aren’t afraid to leave a trail of blood, Penn will learn that his true allies are the ones bound to him by blood or honor.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2009
ISBN: 978-1416524557
Publisher: Pocket Star Books
Natchez Burning

“When it comes to greed, no one, black or white, young or old, is ever safe.”

Brought up in the rural Southern hamlet of Natchez, Mississippi, Penn Cage is an honorable man thanks to the qualities he learned from his father, Tom Cage. The adored family doctor is however being accused of killing a stunning nurse by the name Viola Turner whom he worked with in the early 1960s.

Being a true believer in justice, Penn embarks on a mission to clear his father’s name; one that sends him into a dark past of greed and violence involving the Double Eagles, a dreaded KKK crew under the leadership of one of the richest and most powerful men in the state.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2014
ISBN: 978-0062311085
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
The Bone Tree

Penn Cage, a former prosecutor, and his fiancée Caitlin Masters, a reporter and publisher, have survived by a whisker after being ambushed by rich businessman Brody Royal and his Double Eagles, a KKK sect with links to some of the most powerful men in the state of Mississippi.

Nevertheless, even worse danger lurks ahead for Penn as he is warned by FBI Special Agent John Kaiser that Brody wasn’t the true leader of the Double Eagles, but rather a puppet whose strings were being pulled by Forrest Knox—the chief of the state police’s Criminal Investigations Bureau, and the man he should really be afraid of.

And in order to save his father from corrupt cops and a murder charge, Penn must either make a devil’s bargain with Knox…or destroy him!

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2011
ISBN: 978-0062311122
Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks
Mississippi Blood
“A tale of love and honor, hatred and revenge.”

Penn Cage is a man full of grief. The love of his life is long gone, his driving principles are out the window, and his father, Dr. Tom Cage, is about to face trial for the killing of a former lover and colleague.

Even worse is that Dr. Cage seems determined to self-destruct, opting to risk dying in prison rather than admitting the truth about the crime to his son who is an experienced murder prosecutor. And as Penn’s world collapses around him, all he can think about is inflicting revenge.
Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2017
ISBN: 978-0062311184
Publisher: William Morrow
The Death Factory: A Penn Cage Novella

When Dr. Tom Cage, Penn's father, is rushed to the ER after a heart attack, he quickly sends for his son in a desperate bid to make a dying declaration.

When Penn however arrives, his father denies ever making the request, opting to save the secret for another day.

The events of the day take Penn back a disturbing case in Houston where he worked in a DA's office; a place infamously dubbed as "death factory," due to the many killers it sent to death row.

When strong evidence is presented, casting major doubts into past convictions, Penn suddenly finds himself on a mission to bring “death factory” to a halt.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2014
Ebook: B00NFNR174
Publisher: William Morrow Impulse

Two of the Best

Mortal Fear

Harper Cole is a man who leads a secret life. He trades commodities from his deserted home in the Mississippi Delta during the day, whereas during the night, he works as a systems operator for an exclusive and anonymous erotic online service meant to fulfill the insatiable needs of the rich and famous.

He however finds himself falsely accused of murder when a mysterious figure sneaks into the network's world class security before mercilessly killing six famous female clients.

Determined to clear his name, Harper puts everything on the line to catch the sharp and evasive killer.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 1997
ISBN: 978-0451180414
Publisher: Berkley
True Evil

"Only a work of genius can make you kill your spouse and get away with it.”

FBI agent Alex Morse visits Dr. Chris Shepard’s office in Natchez, Mississippi, posing undercover as a young and beautiful woman with a scarred face.

Morse is determined to catch the killer, given how a local divorce attorney strangely has a long list of clients whose spouses have all died under inexplicable circumstances.

It’s strikingly coincidental how Agent Morse's brother-in-law was one of those clients, only for her beloved sister to end up dead.

Dr. Shepard's own wife however consults the same lawyer one week earlier.

Will he be the next victim or will he help Agent Morse catch the killer?

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 2006
ISBN: 978-1439128282
Publisher: Pocket Books

WWII Thrillers

Black Cross

The year is 1944. It’s January and the Allied troops are preparing for D-Day. Meanwhile, Nazi scientists are developing a toxic nerve gas that will thwart and wipe out any invasion force.

To ensure the assault works without a glitch, two men who couldn’t be any more different, yet with the same level of motive and commitment, are sent to penetrate the secret camp unnoticed where the poison gas is being experimented on human subjects.

They have only one objective: to destroy every trace of the gas and the men who invented it, regardless of the number of lives that may be lost in the process...including their own.

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 1995
ISBN: 978-0451185198
Publisher: Berkley
Spandau Phoenix

“The greatest remaining mystery of World War II will be solved…”

They year is 1987 and Spandau Prison is being brought down in West Berlin.

From the rubble emerges the diary of the mysterious Nazi Rudolph Hess. The secret it reveals throws the world into chaos.

But what exactly is in The Spandau Diary?

Why was it the most sought after book by almost every major secret intelligence agency in the world?

Why was a beautiful and courageous woman abducted and tortured in order to retrieve it?

Why was a trail of treachery and violent death unleashed across the globe, from the survivors of the Nazi past to warriors in the new conflict now about to reach a boiling point?

Author: Greg Iles
First Release: 1993
ISBN: 978-0007546053
Publisher: Harper Collins