Greg Iles: It's grim down South

American thriller writer Greg Iles has an almost hidden talent. A former career musician, he now plays lead guitar for the Rock Bottom Remainders, a band that also stars authors Stephen King (on guitar), Scott Turow (backing vocals) and Amy Tan (vocals). The Rock Bottom Remainders play sell-out charity concerts a couple of times a year in aid of children's literacy.

"Amy Tan wears fishnet stockings and whips us all on the behind with a bullwhip as she sings 'These Boots Are Made for Walking'," insists Iles--and he doesn't appear to be making it up. "And Scott Turow wears a blonde Afro wig ...

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