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Subject: Greg Iles recommendations?
Date Posted: 12/9/2007 11:11 PM ET
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I have several Greg Iles' books in my TBR and I've never read any of his books.  I'm wondering about a couple of things.  Is there one you would start with?   Are his sort of supernatural / paranormal?  Are they page-turners?  I'd love to hear some opinions and recommendations.

Thanks!

Sharon

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 9:31 AM ET
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 I really  love Greg Iles---although I have to admit, I did not read his WW2 "alternative histories." But his murder mystery-thrillers are terrific. They are NOT paranormal or supernatural; just really good, intelligent mysteries. I think just about all are set in the deep old south, MIssissippi and Louisiana, and as a southerner myself, he does a great job with the locales. Maybe there is a touch of the gothic in the settings, but absolutely not in the way most people consider it. They are not spooky or scary, but they are intense. I definitely thought they were page turners--I'd stay awake WAY too late reading them! He is one of my top five authors.

  I'm not sure it makes any difference which one you start with, and I'd have to go find copies to cite titles, but I know that after I read one, I was hooked, and went on to get every single one he's written. I try to read continuing series in order, but his books all have different characters in each one, as I remember, so it did not seem to matter so much.

He does have a new one out now in hardback, out maybe a month, that I do not have yet; am waiting now for Christmas! But I think all others are in paperback.

 

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 1:08 PM ET
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Some of his books are a series, but lots are stand alones.  His series character is Penn Cage.  I don't remember the first one with him in it though.  They are not paranormal, and are just really good, solid thrillers.

ETA:  It looks like The Quiet Game and Turning Angel are the only ones that have Penn Cage as a main character.  I really liked him and thought there were more with him in them.  He also makes a very minor appearance in True Evil.



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Date Posted: 12/10/2007 6:28 PM ET
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I thought the Quiet Game was as good as John Grisham's first novels.... 

Date Posted: 12/10/2007 8:41 PM ET
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I enjoyed Footprints of God.

review: http://yourehistory.wordpress.com/2007/11/22/thrilllers-the-footprints-of-god-by-greg-iles/

 

Date Posted: 12/12/2007 6:56 PM ET
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without a doubt quite game. maybe in my top 10 of all time.  the whole paranormal thing I didn't like.  My dad loved the black cross