Greg Iles is the internationally bestselling author of five earlier highly acclaimed thrillers, Spandau Phoenix, Black Cross, Mortal Fear, 24 Hours and The Quiet Game. He lives with his family in Mississippi, USA.
Going over old territory hot-and-bothered small-town Mississippi Iles tells the story of an obsessive love that seems literally to haunt John Waters. Waters has just encountered an enticing stranger who reveals something known only to his former flame, supposedly long dead. Dare we say that when the stranger is murdered, our protagonist finds himself in hot water? Copyright 2001 Cahners Business Information.
Greg Iles's new novel, SLEEP NO MORE, should come with a red wrapper marked DANGER, HIGH EXPLOSIVES. It is that rarity, a thriller that really thrills, a shocker that really shocks. You'll find yourself afraid to turn off the light after seven chapters, and after eleven, you may find yourself wondering if the person lying next to you when you do darken the room is someone you really know or a dangerous stranger. This one gets under your skin, and then burrows deep. Imagine what Rebecca might have been if it had been written by a man. That'll give you the idea of how successful this novel is. -- Stephen King 'Greg Iles is a phenomenal writer' -- Independent on Sunday on DEAD SLEEP 'A thriller that really thrills, a shocker that really shocks' -- Stephen King 'This one bounds along keeping you turning the pages long after sleep beckons' -- Independent on Sunday on DEAD SLEEP 'Terrifying' -- The Mirror 20020803 'Iles is a master storyteller' -- Bolton Evening News 20020803 'Fast-paced and action-packed' -- Irish Independent 20020803
Iles has written some solid, beautifully constructed thrillers (24 Hours; Dead Sleep), so when his latest seems for page after page to have no logical explanation for its central mystery, we hold on, bide our time and wait for the moment of revelation that will make everything fall into place. Unfortunately, that moment never comes. The puzzle of how a woman who has been dead for 10 years can suddenly appear in the body of another woman turns out not to be a mystery at all. It's a whole other genre horror or fantasy or science fiction. Iles fans will certainly enjoy the way he once again brings to piquant life his home turf Natchez and the Mississippi Delta and creates a character with an actual job. John Waters is a petroleum geologist, and the details of his work are carefully rendered. He's a happily married man of 41 with a bright eight-year-old daughter, although his sex life has all but disappeared in the wake of several disastrous pregnancies. So he's ready to be pushed over the edge by the sudden appearance of Eve Sumner, a 32-year-old real estate agent who seems to know every intimate detail of Waters's youthful affair with the late Mallory Candler a mentally fragile beauty queen who was subsequently raped and murdered in New Orleans. The game gets really serious when Eve is also murdered. Possibilities abound: John's weak and financially reckless partner might be behind the whole thing, and even Waters's embittered wife could be a suspect. Readers will probably stick around to see how Iles gets himself off the hook, but it's hard to imagine many of them coming away completely satisfied. (July) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.