Author: Greg Iles
Rating: 2 out of 5 Stars
Both of Greg Iles first two novels, Spandau Phoenix and Black Cross were finely crafted WWII dramas that deservedly made bestseller lists and established Iles as a first rate thriller writer. Not great literature but good reads on lazy, rainy, autumn days.
When Iles switched to writing southern crime novels all centered in Natchez, I stayed with him out of loyalty and the hope that he would return to better writing. Instead he seems to have become firmly entrenched in this pot boiler genre churning out books for bucks rather that extend himself into good writing.
True Evil was my last crack at Iles. I give up. Why writers with talent succumb to the pressure to become genre writers ala the Kellerman's I do not know but life is too short to waste precious reading time on garbage.
This book may have made the New York Times Bestseller list but it is strike three with me, Greg, and you have been ejected from the game to boot.
(Originally posted to Multiply July 5, 2008)