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Greg Iles Takes on God ... and If the Almighty Wasn't Enough to Worry about, Now He's Got to Watch out for Dave Barry, Too. (Crimetime)

Magazine article Book

Greg Iles Takes on God ... and If the Almighty Wasn't Enough to Worry about, Now He's Got to Watch out for Dave Barry, Too. (Crimetime)

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BACK IN 1990, WHEN GREG ILES WAS A struggling, newly married musician, he realized that he had to make a choice. He could either commit to life on the road with his moderately successful band, Frankly Scarlet, or he could settle into a more stable career and raise a family. With some regret, he packed up his guitar and threw himself into that new role: struggling author. Fortunately for the Iles family, the struggle didn't last long. Iles' 1992 debut, Spandau Phoenix, about Nazi espionage during World War II, won quite a few fans, including Nelson DeMille and John Grisham. Since then, Iles has written a succession of fast-paced bestsellers, one of which, 24 Hours, was turned into the 2002 kidnap drama Trapped, starring Charlize Theron and Kevin Bacon. A University of Mississippi graduate who once studied with author Willie Morris--the man who helped make Donna Tartt what she is today--Iles combines well-researched drama and suspenseful plots. It's a mix that has elevated him to the top of the thriller-writing game.

But he fears his eighth book, The Footprints of God, may not be greeted with the same warmth as the others. Due in August, it takes on the inflammatory topics of artificial intelligence and the nature of divinity. "Otherwise sane, restrained people become very animated when you start talking about religion," he says.

The Footprints of God follows physician and ethicist David Tennant, who's working with a group of scientists on the development of a computer that thinks like a human, only much faster. …

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