Greg Iles was born in Germany, where his father ran the US Embassy Medical Clinic during the height of the Cold War. He was reared in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He worked for several years as guitarist and vocalist for the band Frankly Scarlet, but after getting married in 1989, decided that a more stable lifestyle was in order. Greg's first novel, Spandau Phoeniz, a thriller about Nazi war criminal Rudolf Hess, was published in 1993 and became a New York Times bestseller.
Six of the author's seven novels have become New York Times bestsellers. Unlike most novelists, Greg does not write the same genre book every time out, but explores new territory with each effort. His novel 24 Hours was recently made into a feature film called Trapped, starring Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon, and Greg wrote the screenplay himself. His thriller Dead Sleep is in development with Team Todd, the producers of the Austin Powers franchise. His novels have been translated into more than a dozen languages. For relaxation, he writes and records original music with a few close friends from "his former life."