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True Evil

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  11,129 ratings  ·  683 reviews
"If you wanted to kill your spouse and get away with it, you had to do something truly ingenious: something that wouldn't even be perceived as murder. And that was the service that Andrew Rusk had found a way to provide. Like any quality product, it did not come cheap. Nor did it come quickly. And perhaps most important of all, it was not for those with weak constitutions. ...more
Paperback, 637 pages
Published September 25th 2007 by Pocket Books (first published 2006)
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People kept telling me to read Greg Iles because I like good crime mystery books. It didn't take long to see that his books are in the same class as James Patterson who I stopped reading long ago after he became a book factory.
This book has too many improbable plot tangents going on along with totally unbelieveable characters (a rogue FBI agent, a divorce lawyer offering murder as a way to simplify divorce, and a maniacal virologist conspiring with the government to develop a selective cancer ca
WOW. What a great psychological thriller, and I have to admit to being totally engrossed in the book. So much so that what I was meant to do didn't get done until after the final page. Greg Iles paints a masterful landscape, which he peoples with care and attention. There are even cameo appearances from some familiar characters from the Penn Cage series of books.
The principal character is an FBI Agent, Alex Morse, supposedly destined for great things until her career takes a turn for the worse.
Kasia S.
Hands down this was one of the best books I have read in a long time. Greg Iles does a brilliant job of writing a book that reads like a movie, the plot and scenery so realistic that I had a hard time tearing myself away from the story, reading it in three sittings despite the 500 plus page span. I would suggest not reading too much of the dust jacket as it tells the reader a lot about the story and I found to be a bit of a spoiler so I waited until the book was over to read it and realized that ...more
Jun 03, 2010 Karen rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who likes action, suspense
This is one of the most intelligent and entertaining reads I have had in a long time--difficult to find both in one book. It was full of excitement, fast-moving, and I kept thinking, this would make a great movie! This was my first Greg Iles book and I'll be reading his others, this book was obviously well-researched. The momentum never seemed to let up. Usually, I do much research on various websites and read review after review on books before I select just the right one. With True Evil, I jus ...more
True Evil by Greg Iles is a modern, psychological thriller blending elements of smooth yet relentless FBI detective work with what at least passes for a well researched biological terrorism plot.

Iles is also fairly adept at characterization as this Natchez, MS based novel teams with three dimensional, very real protagonists and antagonists. One of the selling points of this book is the great detail to which Iles addresses almost every subplot and character interaction.

Also refreshing is not on
I bought this on impulse one day at Powell's. It had been over ten years since I last reads a Greg Iles book, Black Cross I think, and I really enjoyed that, as well as Spandau Phoenix. I figured I couldn't go wrong and I was right.

This book is a taut page turner with a complex plot. The characters are well fleshed out. The good guys are likable and the bad guys are assholes.

I couldn't put this one down.
Aug 26, 2008 Karen rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone and everyone
I really like this author. He basically writes suspense / beach reads, but he's so smart that you don't feel like you're doing guilty pleasure reading. This book is about an FBI agent whose sister suddenly dies under mysterious circumstances. After doing some digging she comes to believe that her sister's husband had her murdered, but not by any conventional means. Her investigation uncovers system where spouses of the rich are being murdered by being given cancer and other deadly diseases. Afte ...more
Adam Light
Ok. It took me three attempts over the course of two years to finally finish this potboiler.
It was the first Greg Iles paperback I ever bought. In the interim, I have read at least a half-dozen of his other books, including the downright amazing Penn Cage series. I ended up loving the end of this book, and thus gave the four star rating.

This book was extremely dense, and I (obviously) found it hard to get into.
My wife read it about a month ago, and ripped through it in less than a week,
This is the first book I've read by Greg Iles and it will not be the last. It's exciting, a real page turner and thought provoking. Viruses scare me a lot more than nuclear bombs, snakes, terrorism and just about anything else you can name. I think it far more likely that the world will be brought to its knees by viruses either accidentally or with malice aforethought than any other candidate. Twelve years ago, in the prime of my life, healthy and with good genes, I caught a flu. I had had the f ...more
I lost SO much sleep reading this book! I kept telling myself "one more page, then I'm done." Didn't happen. This book was great, and a real page-turner and I hated to see it end because I enjoyed it so much.
a ridiculous amount of research had to have gone into this book because its a topic that not many people would think of right off the top of their head...i guess that's why he's the writer and i'm just in love with his books (because i'm not as creative as he is). a crazy genius and a crazy topic. i read this at work, and because of the title people thought i was crazy and, well..evil. if only they would have opened it to the first page. they never would have given it a second thought...they wou ...more
So now I really like this author...this is the second book of his that I've read and this one is good too. He can write a great action packed thriller! Outrageous, unbelievable, crazy even - but on the other hand it really could happen. Superhuman good guys, truly evil bad guys,lots of action and a little love interest. Good stuff. I'm gonna need to read more Greg Iles.
This book was so real, so scientific that I caught myself hoping that this could not happen in real life. I just couldn't put it down. I HAD to know what was going to happen next. Lots of twists, great character development, good scene descriptions all abound.
This is my first time reading Greg Iles but not my last. I thought this book was just how a thriller should be- likeable good gal/guy, diabolical bad guys, and an intriguing,fast paced plot. This book is longer than the average thriller but I was hooked from the first chapter and there were no lulls in the story. The ending was a bit overly dramatic but that is par for the course with this genre and it didn't take away from my enjoyment of the story. My only real complaint was despite the fact t ...more
Kerry Derouen
Great Read! Captured my attention from the 1st chapter and I could not put it down until the end.
Expectations matter. If Turning Angel and Quiet game hadn't been two of the best books I read this year, I would go easier on this novel.* Oh well. For starters, while the entire setup isn't exactly unplausible, the actual scientific mechanics behind the Sinister Plot are pretty awfully convenient. Without spoiling too much, let's just say that I doubt even someone as supposedly brilliant as the villian could get produce something biological that was anywhere near as precise as it is presented i ...more
Tons of action, fast-paced, a thrilling ride of twists and turns and, as the title says - a story that shows what true evil really is. Iles' books are always fun. This one is dark, and it's over the top, but Iles makes it all work. Dr. Chris Shepard had no idea how his life would change when he married his dream wife. Lucky for him FBI agent Alex Morse enters his life - then roller coast ride begins. Fun, it's lots of fun.
I read this one at the recommendation of my sister - who claimed it was fantastic. Remind me to kick her next time I see her. ;) At almost page 200 I was still waiting for something - anything - to happen. It did finally pick up but was still a bit sluggish. From page 400 on the action/suspense kicked into high gear and was truly interesting. So out of a 637 page book... roughly a third was truly engaging. Not much of a recommendation. Iles could have easily chopped a couple hundred pages and th ...more
Matt Marvan
Easily one of the best thrillers i've read in a while, the writing is terrific, Greg Isles clearly put a lot of thought into building the characters and world. The characters show genuine overcoming struggles with loss, the villain(s) are great and Alex Morse is, at least according to this y chromosome here, a wonderfully strong female lead. She is extremely tough and capable and all that comes from a genuine place and not "she wants to impress some guy so she turn into a badass". I think what t ...more
I have enjoyed many of Greg Iles books, so I am going back to some of his early books. It is fun to see how some reoccurring characters enter the Iles world. It is also interesting to see how he has refined his craft and storytelling over the years.

I enjoyed this book. It is a little far-fetched and pushing the boundaries of possible, but so what. I listened to this book and it kept me entertained in rush hour traffic. Sometimes that is all I need.
This is a truly preposterous tale of a psychopath, genius virologist who had worked for the government to create a virus that caused cancer. Alex Morse, FBI agent, is told by her sister that her husband killed her as she dies as a seemingly naturally caused stroke. Researching, she finds an attorney who meets with clients who would be hurt financially by divorce, but who spouses die of cancer and other natural diseases. The lawyer is working with the genius psychopath, and Alex finds his next vi ...more
Ellen Keim
I normally love Greg Iles, but this was not his best work. I think he made a tactical error when he revealed up front how the lawyer and the "evil scientist/doctor" were able to cause people's deaths without being caught. It would have been better if it had taken the main character a while to figure it out so that the reader could have the fun of trying to figure it out, too.

Another reason why I didn't like it that well is because I just couldn't identify with the main character, Alex. She was
Dr. Chris Shepard has never seen his new patient before. But the attractive young woman with the scarred face knows him all too well. An FBI agent working undercover, Alex Morse has come to Dr. Shepard's office in Natchez, Mississippi, to unmask a killer. A local divorce attorney has a cluster of clients whose spouses have all died under mysterious circumstances. Agent Morse's own brother-in-law was one of those clients, and now her beloved sister is dead. Then comes Morse's bombshell: Dr. Shepa ...more
I don't know what it is, but when I pick up a Greg Iles book I cannot put it down. This is the 3rd book of his I've read and I already know I need to read the rest of his books. This has got it all: mystery, thriller, action/adventure, and science.Alex Morse's sister confesses, on her deathbed, that her husband is to blame. Alex, being an FBI agent, goes rogue and discover there is way more to the case than she imagined. More people are involved, including a crooked lawyer and a research doctor. ...more
A medical thriller with a truly sinister plot--a lawyer and doctor partnership that will ensure your spouse dies unsuspectingly of a blood cancer that cant be traced to you..Talk about a hassle free divorce and there are people in this book and in real life that pay for it. So begins the chase to find these killers, save the next victim in question and help the heroine escape old demons and fulfill a deathbed promise. All the stuff of a great book that makes you want to read and want to learn mo ...more
This is another fabulous thriller by Greg Iles, set in Mississippi. Before FBI Agent Alex Morse's sister Grace dies from a strange stroke, she informs Alex that her husband is responsible for it, and sets off a chain reaction of events. After she informs Dr. Chris Shepard that his wife is cheating on him and wants him dead, he doesn't believe her... until later. That's until there's proof of her affair and her connection to her divorce lawyer and his accomplice, who's killing people with cancer. ...more
This is a sort of murder mystery/thriller. FBI agent Alexandra Morse believes a divorce lawyer is helping his wealthiest clients murder their spouses instead of going through an expensive divorce, and they are getting away with it because they are arranging for their spouse to contract a terminal illness. She confronts Dr. Chris Shepard who she thinks is the next victim, and tells him his new wife is plotting his murder. He decides to help her uncover the truth, and the story goes from there. I ...more
Brian Smith
This was a great book. Crafty plot twists and keep-you-on-the-edge-of-your-seat suspense.

Alexandra Morse, an FBI hostage negotiator, is thrown into a world of deceit when her dying sister tells Alex her husband killed her. This is confusing because her sister died of cancer. With the dedication of a true FBI agent she makes it her goal to find out what is going on. This leads her to a divorce lawyer who appears to somehow be coordinating these deaths. The novel follows her journey jumping from
Golden Parsons
This is not a Christian book, but James Scott Bell recommended Greg Iles' books in a workshop at the ACFW conference. I can see why. If one likes complicated, suspense, this is a novel you will enjoy. The plot keeps you guessing from chapter to chapter; the characters are relatable; the descriptions vivid, but not overly burdensome. I did quickly scan over some of the more intricate medical and biological issues, but it didn't ruin the story. If you are offended by sex scenes, you might not like ...more
This author is new to me, but now I can't wait to get my hands on his other books! What a ride! From the 1st page to the last, this book had me firmly in its grip and never let me go. From the inside cover, " If you wanted to kill your spouse and get away with it, you had to do something truly ingenious: something that wouldn't even be perceived as murder . So it begins...

I can honestly say this book had me staying up late at night and well into the morning. I just had to find out what was goin
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Greg Iles was born in Germany in 1960. He grew up in Natchez, Mississippi, and graduated from the University of Mississippi in 1983. He was active in a band called "Frankly Scarlet", but quit after realizing that the touring lifestyle was not conducive with his family life. Once no longer busy with the band, he turned his attention to writing.

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