Greg Iles was born in Germany, but grew up in Natchez, Mississippi. Following graduation from the University of Mississippi, he began playing in and touring with the band, Frankly Scarlet. After his marriage, Iles left the band and began work on his first novel, Spandau Phoenix. The book went on to become the first of Iles' 10 New York Times best sellers. His novels have been published in more than 20 countries and include Turning Angel, Third Degree and the soon-to-be released The Devil's Punchbowl. In his free time, Iles plays in the band The Rock Bottom Remainders, which includes authors Dave Barry, Stephen King, Amy Tan and Mitch Albom.