Greg Iles is the internationally bestselling author of four earlier highly acclaimed thrillers, Spandau Phoenix, Black Cross, Mortal Fear and The Quiet Game. He lives with his family in Mississippi, USA.
With this new novel, Iles has once again proven himself master of the suspense genre. Returning to the quiet Natchez, MS, setting he employed in The Quiet Game, he has crafted a compelling psychological thriller. John Waters is a successful petroleum geologist and family man whose worst troubles are an ongoing EPA investigation and bringing in his next oil well until he meets Eve Sumner. As Eve insinuates herself into his life, all the while revealing intimate details of John's past, she begins to take on the persona of Mallory Denton, John's first lover, who was murdered in New Orleans ten years earlier. Scam? Spiritual transference? Only John and his wife know the truth, and that may not help him avoid standing trial for murder. This work offers surprise after surprise as reality is challenged by a phenomenon that no rational police officer or jury will believe. Characters introduced in an earlier novel enhance the plot and theme. Recommended for public libraries. [Previewed in Prepub Alert, LJ 3/1/02.] Thomas L. Kilpatrick, Southern Illinois Univ. Lib., Carbondale Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
This one bounds along keeping you turning the pages long after sleep beckons - Independent on Sunday about Dead SleepGreg 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 KingGreg Iles is a phenomenal writer - Independent on Sunday on DEAD SLEEP
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.