La prima volta che aveva visto Eve Sumner era stato in un giorno d'autunno, l'aria fresca che lo riportava in vita dopo un'estate troppo calda. Fin da quel primo istante John aveva percepito in lei qualcosa di magnetico e inevitabile, che l'aveva turbato e attratto allo stesso tempo. Come se fosse bastato uno sguardo di quella donna per fargli presagire la rovina che avrebbe portato nella sua vita. Eppure in quegli occhi, in quel sorriso c'è qualcosa che gli è familiare, e che ora lo trascina nel buio di un ...
La prima volta che aveva visto Eve Sumner era stato in un giorno d'autunno, l'aria fresca che lo riportava in vita dopo un'estate troppo calda. Fin da quel primo istante John aveva percepito in lei qualcosa di magnetico e inevitabile, che l'aveva turbato e attratto allo stesso tempo. Come se fosse bastato uno sguardo di quella donna per fargli presagire la rovina che avrebbe portato nella sua vita. Eppure in quegli occhi, in quel sorriso c'è qualcosa che gli è familiare, e che ora lo trascina nel buio di un incubo che si era lasciato alle spalle. Vent'anni prima John aveva avuto conosciuto Mallory, la cui straordinaria bellezza l'aveva invischiato in un rapporto passionale e ossessivo di cui si era liberato solo dopo la tragica morte di lei. Ora Eve conduce un gioco sleale e, per attrarlo a sé, si serve di gesti e parole che erano di Mallory, parla di cose che solo lei poteva conoscere. Perché, sostiene, lo spirito di Mallory vive in lei. Travolto dalle emozioni, John si aggrappa con le unghie a una spiegazione che sia razionale per salvare se stesso dalla pazzia. E dall'accusa di un omicidio che non ricorda di avere commesso.
Greg Iles gained notice for his smart, what-if storylines based on World War II scenarios; but when he turned to his own territory to write suspenseful, modern crime stories set in the American South, that's when readers really sat up and took notice.
Greg Iles has led a sort of double life as a novelist. His first books, based on extrapolations from real events in World War II, earned him an initial following, but his very modern crime novels are what currently hold his -- and his readers' -- focus. His tight pacing and chilling, innovative concepts have made him especially attractive to Hollywood, which has optioned and/or expressed interest in several of his books.
Iles's first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was about the secret escape of a Nazi soldier and the chilling plot related in his discovered diaries. It was a mixed success critically, earning praise for its premise but low marks on style. Since then, Iles has clearly developed as a novelist, and branched out in themes too.
With his second novel, Black Cross, Iles displayed more of a voice and more streamlined plotting in his story of a conspiracy to use the Nazi's own weapons against them. Those first two titles did become bestsellers; but by the time Iles shifted gears to write crime thrillers set in his native Mississippi, he found himself getting even more attention -- and better reviews. His next two books, Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game, remain his personal favorites. Iles was born in Stuttgart, Germany, where his father was in charge of the medical clinic at the U.S. Embassy, in 1961. He graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983 and played guitar in a rock band for several years before trying his hand at writing novels.
Moving from screenplays to thrillers to speculative historical fiction, Iles continues to stretch as a writer. He also indulges his love for music (he once played guitar in the band Frankly Scarlet) by performing with the Rock Bottom Remainders, an author side project that includes writers Stephen King, Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, and Amy Tan
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After graduation from college, Iles worked as an x-ray and lab technician for his father, dug ditches, and worked as a professional guitarist and singer.
Iles has the ability to be gloomily prophetic, but not intentionally. In an online chat in 1997, a fan pointed out that some real-life Internet-related murders had followed his Mortal Fear. Iles responded: "A lot of my books have been that way. My World War II thriller about Sarin gas [Black Cross] was published two months before the Sarin attack in the Japanese subway. There are very weird coincidences out there. And I do have one surefire plot I have not and probably never will write, because of my fear someone will carry it out."
Iles's wife is a high-school sweetheart whom he married when he was 29.