Thriller and crime novelist Greg Iles found himself at a crossroads, literally and figuratively. He was at a stop-sign in Mississippi thinking about which direction to take his next novel when he pulled onto the highway and got hit by another car going 70 mph.
Iles lost his leg and says he came pretty close to dying. After extensive rehab and soul-searching, Iles finished Natchez Burning, the first in a trilogy about unsolved civil rights murders.
In an interview with Book Page, Iles said he is not pulling any punchs in this book. “Life’s too short; I’m not going to play that game. I’m just going to put it down.”
In his first published novel in five years, Iles features former prosecutor Penn Cage in rural Mississippi trying to solve the mystery of a late night incident that may get his Atticus Finch-like father charged with murder. The trail points to a group of secretive KK members who call themselves the “Double Eagles” and may have been responsible for a string of unsolved murders in the 1960s.