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Publication Order of Penn Cage Books

The Quiet Game (1999)Description / Buy at Amazon
Turning Angel (2005)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Devil's Punchbowl (2009)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Death Factory (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
Natchez Burning (2014)Description / Buy at Amazon
The Bone Tree (2015)Description / Buy at Amazon
Mississippi Blood (2017)Description / Buy at Amazon
Southern Man (2024)Description / Buy at Amazon

Publication Order of Standalone Novels

Third Degree (1996)Description / Buy at Amazon
Dark Matter / The Footprints of God (2003)Description / Buy at Amazon
True Evil (2006)Description / Buy at Amazon
Cemetery Road (2019)Description / Buy at Amazon

About Greg Iles:

Greg Iles is an American writer who was born in 1960. He was actually born in Germany because his Father was a doctor and was in charge of the US Embassy Clinic. He was raised in Mississippi and managed to graduate from the University of Mississippi in 1980.

Despite his later success as a novelist, he actually started out in a rock band called Frank Scarlett. In the band, he excelled as a guitarist and a singer-songwriter. He only quit the band once he had married and needed to settle down and make more money. That is when he turned his hand to writing and began working on his first novel.

First Novel

Iles’s first novel, Spandau Phoenix, was published in 1993 and was an instant hit. It was his first book and it got on the New York Times best sellers list. This is quite an achievement for a writer who started out writing song lyrics. Spandau Phoenix was about the Nazi-war criminal Rudolph Hess.

He was prisoner number 7 and the police found his diary shortly after his death. This lead them to believe he was a spy and they were interested in a number of flights he made to the UK. The novel is filled with twists about double agents, spies and secret alliances. A young lady is badly assaulted to get the diary and readers must continue to the end of the book to see why the diary is so sought after.


Iles is a writer who has seen unmatched success. He has written 13 novels and all of them have ended up on the bestsellers list. His 2009 novel, Devil’s Punchbowl actually reached number one on the list. He is very respected among other authors and he continues to write today. His books have been translated into a number of languages and they are published in more than 35 countries, a feat that he is very proud of.

Movie Success?

In 2002, Iles wrote the script for a film called 24-Hours. It was based on his novel by the same name. By the time the movie was released it had been re-written three times and the name had been changed to Trapped.

This was something he didn’t mind since the movie was getting confused with a TV show called 24. Iles didn’t really like the finished movie, but he had enjoyed working with the actors on the set, so he came away with a positive experience from it.

The Devil’s Punchbowl

This book is his most successful, reaching number one on the New York Times best sellers list. In this novel, Penn Cage has returned to his hometown and he is set to face his most dangerous case yet.

This book introduces the readers to a town filled with depravity, sex and a lot of corruption. The level of the corruption is revealed to Cage when his best friend tries to tell him what is happening and is brutally murdered.

Car Accident

Iles was involved in a car accident in 2011 and he was badly injured. The car accident resulted in the loss of part of his right leg. It was during the recovery from this accident that he wrote a new trilogy of books. These novels are going to feature his character Penn Cage and the first book entitled, Natchez burning will be published early in 2014.

Who is Penn Cage?

Penn Cage is a prosecutor who tries his hand at writing. He first appears in Iles novel The Quiet Game and then recurs in the novels Turning Angel and the Deil’s Punchbowl. The character also makes an appearance in other novels, but he does not return until the new trilogy.

The Quiet Game

In this novel, Penn Cage is introduced when he is on holiday with his daughter. They are trying to get over the death of their Wife and Mother and they decide to spend some time with Cage’s parents in Mississippi. It is also revealed that he has made an enemy of the Deputy Director of the FBI due to a case he prosecuted and whilst he is home he gets involved with a murder case. The father of an old flame is the prime suspect.

What does the future hold for Iles?

Due to his accident, Iles did take time out from communicating with his fans so he could recover and find himself again. Readers of his webpage will know that he has returned and has started writing again. He is planning on updating his page a lot more and he has pages on Facebook and Twitter, so that he can keep in touch with everyone. He has recently moved to a new Publisher called William Morrow and they are going to be publishing his books in the future.

They are set to release an e-book that is going to be offered for a minimal price, which will set the stage for his new book and update the readers about the character Penn Cage. As mentioned above, Iles has written a new trilogy, which is slated for a 2014 release, and he has since co-authored a novel called Hard Listening with other members of his band. It was released in 2013 and gives readers an insight into the lives of him and his band members.

The Rock Bottom Remainders

The above title is the name of his band. The band is made up of 9 members, all of which are famous authors, including Stephen King and Matt Groenig. That is why they were able to join together and write a success book about their lives.

Social Media

Iles is one of the few authors who like to keep in touch with the readers. He encourages the fans to email him and stay in touch with him because he thinks writing is a very solitary profession. He has spoke about times when he felt very lonely and the fan mail was the only contact that he had with anyone.

On his webpage, he has promised his fans that he will be posting sample chapters; video messages and he might even have some music tracks available from his band. It seems like he is over the worst now and he is working hard to get his life back on track.

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29 Responses to “Greg Iles”

  1. Robin Lush: 4 months ago

    I just love your books with the historical background that your research has included within the story. I don’t know how many people I have recommended that should read your books. Just keep writing!!

  2. Joella Jones: 4 months ago

    Just about to finish Cemetery Road and couldn’t put it down. Can’t wait for the other 6 I picked up at the library. Great writing, sir.

  3. Judy Stoney: 5 months ago

    I have been waiting for your new book to come out for years. So happy it will be out in May. My husband and I love your books and have read just about all of them. We are really glad you are still writing.

  4. Judy Hutchings: 6 months ago

    Hi, I just finished Turning Angel; it kept me so interested I was unable to do anything else. Love the character Penn Cage.

  5. Bettie ivey: 1 year ago

    I love your books —-I love the penn cage thrillers cause I love misssissippi❣️❣️❣️

  6. Mary: 2 years ago

    I have read your books for several years now and am really impressed. Your descriptions of the places in Natchez are so spot on that when I took the tour in Natchez all the places they showed me were exactly like I imagined. There are very few authors that write so descriptively that you can actually see how something looked in your imagination that looked exactly like I imagined. You are very thorough in your writings and I love your books. As long as you keep writing I will keep reading. Can’t wait for the next book.

  7. John Freer: 2 years ago

    I Have an aquaintance at William Hill Sports that loves James Patterson and I drop off the books I have read when I have finished reading them. A couple of weeks back “Barbara” another Sports bet writer at William Hill was listening to Patrick and me talk about several awesome writers. You brought up the name “Greg Isles” and mentioned his Trilogy. A couple of days later she brough in the set of three. And I’m just finishing Natchez burning. Greg Isles name is officially added to my list of AWESOME AUTHOR’S”. Tomorrow I will start “The Bone Tree.”…….Thank You GREG

  8. Patti Morgan: 3 years ago

    My sister got me hooked on the author Greg Iles years ago. I have read every book written by this remarkable author & I can not wait for his next venture.

  9. Bryce: 3 years ago

    I have read all you Natchez books, now I am listening to them all again in Audio. A spectacular writer, great stories, makes you fell they are real life happenings! Will always read your book!

  10. Judy Aure: 3 years ago

    judy here from Toronto, Canada. Ive discovered your books only 3 years ago. I’ve read ALL of your books. I just can’t stop reading them. They’re so nicely written. I felt like I was there and experiencing what’s happening in the books. I’m waiting for the latest book. BTW…my friend is hooked to your books after I lent her the trilogy books. She is now an active reader of your work.

  11. Rhoda Cooper: 3 years ago

    I loved Natchez Burning & recommended it to everyone. I did read the Natchez series but I felt this book was the Best. I’m looking for Greg’s newest book. Is there a new one for 2020-2021?

    • Graeme: 3 years ago

      No not yet.

  12. Marie Sykes: 3 years ago

    Fell in love with Pen Cage series. Love the way Mr. Iles writes. He has become my very favorite author and have recommended his Natchez series to all my friends who enjoy mysteries as much as I do. My home library has so few but will order. Looking forward to spending many more hours reading his books.

  13. Amy Bonis: 4 years ago

    I have read the book Natchez burning but have not read the other Penn Cage novels. Which book should I read next? It was not until I researched the second book in the trilogy that I found there were Penn Cage books before Natchez burning. Should I continue w/ the trilogy and readh book #5 or go back to book #1?

    • Graeme: 4 years ago

      Most people I know were able to read the entire trilogy and loved it without having read the previous ones. So I would just continue to read the trilogy 🙂

  14. Joe Langenberg: 6 years ago

    Read Natchez Burning, The Bone Tree and Mississippi Blood and they ought to be required reading for all College History Majors including Phd candidates. The series was marvelous, hopefully you will continue the series or start a new one just like it.

  15. Sandi Saunders: 6 years ago

    I am so late to the game but devouring your books to make up for the lost time. Great writing, great characters, and spot-on Southern angst have me hooked! Whatever else you do, please keep writing your Southern books!

  16. Jean McKay Jarvis: 7 years ago

    Loved Natchez Burning…Bone tree not so much…really enjoyed Mississippi Burning as the conclusion to the trilogy. Can’t wait for your next book. Keep on writing as you are a terrific author. Stay well and positive.

  17. Judy Austen Welton: 7 years ago

    Just finished Mississippi Blood…….can’t you keep writing about this! Was a great book! Kept me up at night until I finished it!!

  18. Walt: 8 years ago

    I just finished Natchez Burning and The Bone Tree (both so awesome); is there a 3rd book in this series coming soon (I hope and pray)?

    • Graeme: 8 years ago

      Unfortunately nothing announced yet although there’s one planned.

  19. Lesley: 9 years ago

    I would also like to know when book 3 will be available. Loved these two

    • Graeme: 9 years ago

      Greg hasn’t finished working on it yet. The last news I heard about it was that it would be in 2016.

  20. Audrey Cantele: 9 years ago

    when will the sequel to the Bone Tree be out?l

    • Graeme: 9 years ago

      Unfortunately Greg hasn’t finished working on it yet. The last news I heard about it was that it would be in 2016.

      • Audrey Cantele: 9 years ago

        What will the name of it be?

        • Graeme: 9 years ago

          Unwritten laws.

          • Audrey Cantele: 9 years ago

            Thank you

  21. Charlie Kennedy: 10 years ago

    “The car accident resulted in the loss of part of his write leg.”


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