Celebrity Picks: Greg Iles

Erin Kodicek on March 14, 2017

Greg_ilesWriter and Rock Bottom Remainders member Greg Iles has written 17 works of fiction, including the bestselling Natchez Burning trilogy, which concludes with the release of Mississippi Blood (March 21). In it, Penn Cage's father is accused of a heinous crime, but efforts to prove his innocence are thwarted by secrets many want to keep buried, including the KKK...The German-born Iles wrote the trilogy, set in his adopted hometown, while recuperating from a horrific car accident that cost him part of his right leg. What inspired it? Iles revealed this when we asked him what's he's been reading lately.

See what he had to say below, and look here for more celebrity favorites.

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Sanctuary by Ken Bruen
Bruen is the Irish John D. MacDonald, writing a terrific series about an ex-policeman who “finds things” for people. In other hands, these stories might be commonplace genre novels, but Bruen brings sharp, world-weary insight to everything protagonist Jack Taylor casts his eye on.

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The Reverse of the Medal by Patrick O’Brian
I re-read the Aubrey/Maturin novels every three years or so. They’re a tour de force of writing technique, and The Reverse of the Medal contains the greatest scene in all twenty books. Surprisingly, it occurs on dry land!

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Devils Walking by Stanley Nelson
This is the true account of the real civil rights cold case investigations that inspired my Natchez Burning trilogy, authored by the heroic small-town reporter who became a Pulitzer finalist for his determined investigative reporting. Long before this world-changing year, Stanley was proving that fearless reporters are an essential component of a just democracy.


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