The Alibi: a Booked ezine

Issue 8, November 3, 2005
ISSN: 1715-9105

Watch BOOKED Investigates Greg Iles' Blood Memory (all times EST):

  • Saturday, Nov. 5, 8PM on ACCESS Television
  • Tuesday, Nov. 8, 12:30PM and 8:30PM, and Wednesday, Nov. 9, 4AM on BookTelevision
  • Friday, Nov. 11, 9PM, and Saturday, Nov. 12, 1AM, on CLT
  • Wednesday, Nov. 16, 7AM, 6PM, and 11PM on CourtTV Canada
Contest Announcement!

BOOKED Interactive and the ALIBI are giving away two advance copies of Greg Iles' new book, Turning Angel!

The first two people to send an email to with the answer to the question below will each win a copy of Turning Angel! Emails must include your full name and mailing address. Winners will be notified by email. Entering the contest automatically subscribes you to our e-zine mailing list.

THE QUESTION: What is the name of the main character in Greg Iles' The Footprints of God?

Contest Prizes: Two Advance Copies of Greg Iles' New Book, TURNING ANGEL
Writer Rap Sheet: Greg Iles

Greg Iles is often referred to as ‘the master of southern Gothic crime writing’.

Southern Gothic is characterized by dark family secrets, racial tension, violence, and a living relationship with the past. “Marshall Frady, a southern journalist, once wrote that ‘in the South, the Old Testament and the crucifixion always seemed to count for more than the New Testament and the resurrection – a dire melodrama of thorns and betrayal and midnight anguish, with nothing in the life of Jesus mattering quite so much as his suffering and his death’,” says Iles. “I love that in a nation of ever-increasing homogeneity, the South as a region stubbornly retains its unique identity, both its dark and light sides.” Iles is particularly interested in darkness, with his books constantly exploring the twin issues of human psychology and evil.

“Ideas come out of the ether,” says Iles when asked where he gets his from, “from your subconscious, from the smile on the face of a woman you saw once in your life. Sometimes you’re exorcising demons, other times you’re painting the flights of your imagination on to paper. The more fictional the idea is, the more true it’s likely to be.”

Before becoming a writer, Greg Iles was part of a band called ‘Frankly Scarlet’. He left the music business because it was interfering with his family life (the year after he was married, he was on the road for 50 of the year’s 52 weeks). He continues to spend much of his free time playing music, and is a member of the legendary group, ‘The Rock Bottom Remainders’, which includes authors Dave Barry, Ridley Pearson, Stephen King, Scott Turow, Amy Tan, James McBride, Mitch Albom, Roy Blount, Jr., Matt Groening, and Kathi Kamen Goldmark. The RBR’s motto is “We play music as well as Metallica writes novels!”

Photo of Author Greg Iles

"I am fascinated with the human propensity toward 'evil,' which some people commonly call sin. My books contain what life contains; therefore, I do not shy away from sex, profanity, violence or illness. I also include love, loyalty, sacrifice, pride, honor and heroism, some of the "old verities" that William Faulkner said would always comprise the backbone of good fiction.”

--Author Greg Iles

Booked Television: November 5-16
Graphic: BOOKED investigates Greg Iles' Blood Memory

Blood Memory by Greg Iles ISBN: 0743234707

BOOKED experts discuss Forensic Odontologist Cat Ferry’s investigation of a serial killer and examine how the field of odontology can be used to help solve crimes and identify victims.

In this episode, our host Fred Yackman is joined by:

Graphic: Booked Experts
Case Book: Dr. Ron Haines, Forensic Odontologist

“A highlight of my forensic career was the opportunity to serve with the Canadian DVI (Disaster Victim Identification) Team in Thailand, helping with the identification of the Tsunami victims.  On one trip we drove into the popular resort area of Khau Lac – what had been a resort area.  It had been annihilated . . . just flattened and washed away.  In the nearby fishing village of Ban Nam Kem I saw a two to three-story tall fishing trawler that had been washed into the middle of a traffic intersection.  We didn’t find out until after the fact that the driver of our vehicle was from that village and that he had lost many members of his family there.”

--Dr. Ron Haines

Graphic: Dr. Ron Haines, Forensic Odontologist

Dr. Ron Haines is a practicing general and family dentist, who also works as a Forensic Odontologist. “Forensic Odontology is an interesting area of work, but unfortunately there just isn’t the work load available for me to do it full-time. There are very few full-time forensic dentists in the world.”

When it comes to crime-fighting the most frequent need for forensic odontology is its use in the identification of the victim. This is done by comparing the victim’s teeth to ante mortem (before death) dental records. It is also used in bite-mark cases, in which an attempt is made to compare and match tooth marks in a victim’s skin to a suspect’s teeth. Dr. Haines explains that “what we are looking for are finer individual features in the bite mark that might have been left by the teeth of a suspect, for example, tiny discernable bruises that may be left by measurably spaced bumps found on the suspect’s incisor. In a bite mark case either the investigating police agency’s DNA experts or I will try to swab saliva from the area of the mark.”

“When I am working on a forensic case I am sometimes called in at the time of the autopsy to examine the teeth of a victim. Normally I conduct the examination as I would on a living patient, although there are times when the conditions make it difficult to do so."

Last Words

Coming up on BOOKED Television:

BOOKED investigates Dashiell Hammett's The Maltese Falcon. Expert lineup for this show: Book Reviewer, Barry Hammond; Crime Writer, Janice MacDonald; Private Investigator Mike Straiton; Writer and former Lawyer, Geo Takach
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Look for the next Alibi - we'll tell you about the colourful author, Dashiell Hammett, and Mike Straiton will talk about what it takes to be a modern-day private investigator.

Here are the upcoming books, in order, that our experts will be dissecting in the weeks ahead.
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The Maltese Falcon - Dashiell Hammett
Memory Book - Howard Engel
Shock Wave - James O. Born
Cross Bones - Kathy Reichs
He Who Fears the Wolf - Karin Fossum


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