Footprints of God is outstanding, and yet again proves that Iles defies any particular genre. This time it’s science (artificial intelligence, evolution) combined with religion (the nature of God, consciousness) and politics. A pet peeve of mine is whenever an author tries to stretch and gets easy details wrong… and authors writing about technology are often way out of their league. Not Iles — he’s careful not to go too far into the specifics of how the technology works, but what he writes is authentic. So rather than focus on the “that could never happen” distractions, you can get immersed in the story. (More to his credit: Mortal Fear, written in ’97, was equally clueful in writing about a killer using the Net to stalk his prey.)
And what a story Footprints of God is.
How does a guy who’s written historical fiction, spy thrillers, legal dramas, and serial killer thrillers, now turn around and do this?
And I like Iles’ style: he even gives you a list of authors who have influenced him. This will be a great reading wish list…