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Third Degree

3.81  ·  Rating Details ·  8,234 Ratings  ·  647 Reviews
From New York Times bestselling author Greg Iles comes his latest tour de force thriller -- an unforgettable plunge into a world of sex, violence, marital betrayal, medical malpractice, and Southern intrigue...all of which takes place in the span of one furious, terrifying day.

In Third Degree, Greg Iles takes us to the idyllic town of Athens Point, Mississippi, to probe
Kindle Edition, 497 pages
Published November 6th 2007 by Scribner (first published October 28th 1996)
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Nov 12, 2008 June rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: not anyone
Not sure I really liked this one, but I had to finish reading it. Sometimes, however, I'm not convinced that male authors actually have any concept about what women are really like when it comes to sex and porn. I think they (male authors) tend to create women like they WISH women were. In other words, I didn't find the lead female to be especially convincing. The lead female -- school teacher secretly having an affair and watching porn on her laptop. Disgruntled husband: doctor in a practice t ...more
Mar 04, 2008 Jaime rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I’ve seen a wide range of reviews for this book, and I think I understand why. I had no respect for any of the main characters. Laurel and Danny are cheating on their respective spouses, and Warren is not only holding his family hostage, he’s been cheating the government through his business. There were frustrations, like why didn’t Laurel fight harder? Why did they insist on keeping the affair a secret, even after discovery? That’s probably the point I found most ridiculous... that as Warren fo ...more
Oct 21, 2008 Gina rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: thriller, suspense
Unforgiving ... In more ways that one.

Laurel Shields’s day turns into a nightmare from the moment she got out of bed. First, an E.P.T. Pregnancy test turns out positive, her husband had never came to bed and seems frantic while trashing the great room. Obviously, he’s looking for something. What, she doesn’t know. The problem is: she doesn’t know who the father is. Her husband Warren’s, or Danny McDavitt, the man with whom she’d had a year-long affair with that recently ended.

Even though she fee
Sep 30, 2011 Benoit rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I got through about a hundred pages of this book and realized I really didn't care what happened to this characters and I was totally uninterested in 'toughing it out' to get to the end (there are too many other good books to read to invest in something I'm not enjoying). I've enjoyed Mr. Iles books before, but this one didn't grab me at all. I even flicked forward a few hundred pages to see if there was any indication of the situation getting better only to be greeted by a story which did not s ...more
Nov 24, 2007 Corky rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Greg Iles at his best - I could NOT put this book down.

The whole story takes place in one 24 hour time period.

Warren Shields discovers, through an anonymous tip, that his wife has been cheating on him. He cannot guess the identity of her lover so he takes her hostage until either she reveals the name or he can access her Hotmail account and find out the name for himself.

While being held hostage, Laurel discovers the reason for her husband's recent bizarre behavior and it has a direct impact on
Jan 02, 2008 Keri rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Definitely not Iles's best work. I got interested in the fraud sub-plot (since I work Medicaid fraud investigations), and that's probably why I kept interested (kept hoping they'd revisit that issue). Otherwise I basically knew how the book would end about half-way through. The book takes place over 24 hours or so, which to me just made it seem even more drawn out. By the end, I was ready for it to just be over, already!
Dec 20, 2007 Maria rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A very compelling read! I couldn't put it down. Definitely a page-turner.
Jun 01, 2009 Kate rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Too long, and seemed really rushed and drawn out at the same time. Rushed bc you don't ever find out what happens to most characters, and drawn out bc there was TMI in other parts. And lots of unnecessary information, too. Like all the hoopla about porn and cracking the password...weird book.
THIRD DEGREE (Pub. 2007) by Greg Iles is one of the best stories I've read in some time. It's a good measuring stick, the way great books are enjoyable no matter when they were published. This one is an easy 5-stars because it quickly sucks the reader in, even though there isn't a lot of physical action until mid way, then it comes non-stop right up to the end.

Isles does a great job of keeping our pulses high and our fingers greedily turning the pages. The relentless pace and what's-gonna-happe
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Dec 23, 2007 Carla rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for a fast-paced crime/suspense story. Judging from the press, Iles earns at least one thumbs-up for that genre. The story has an interesting premise - a wife hiding an affair, a doctor husband finding out and holding her hostage and a backdrop of medical insurance fraud. BUT...I hated reading every nitpicking idea that a character had as he/she thought out all of the options EVERY time he/she made a move. Call me a book snob but I prefer to hash out those possibilities in my own m ...more
Feb 19, 2009 Laren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: suspense
Our main character learns she is pregnant on the same day her husband is stressed about a big audit at work. Unfortunately, she doesn't know if he's the father since she's been having an affair. Her husband has some secrets too, and all these secrets lead to a tense hostage situation in their home.

Greg Iles paints such a detailed picture of the many flawed characters that you may find yourself torn about which ones you should be actually rooting for as I did. The one complaint I would have about
Billie Davis
Jan 12, 2011 Billie Davis rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I loved this book! At first I was not sure, but then as I continued reading, I was pulled into the plot. what a twist! He was looking for clues to save himself and his business from the IRS and found a love letter addressed to his wife. Which changed the priorities in his life. Instead of trying to save his job/freedom he started looking for clues to save his marriage or to end it. I wanted her to get caught, because she was wrong for cheating on her husband. Because she should have left her hus ...more
Jan 18, 2011 Stefan rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Third Degree has lots of action, suspense and an intelligent plot. It also features strong, well-developed characters and is set in American south (as usual in Iles books). Yet, Greg Iles also uses this thriller (about a woman terrorized by her jealous, mentally unstable husband) to pose a highly relevant question: How well do we actually know the people who populate our daily lives? This question is masterfully played out in Third Degree, a book perfectly suited for evenings on the patio.
Jenn Starr
Greg Iles writes the best mysteries except this one...this one centered around Laurel who is married to a doctor named Warren. Warren finds out Laurel is having an affair and Warrens business partner has the office under investigation for Medicaid fraud. There in turn, he takes Laurel hostage in their fmaily home. There is no climax,& the ending is just as you would expect. No suprises and left me with too many questions & thinking what a waste of time.
Jan 12, 2008 Lori rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
a friend recommended this author to me-he reads alot of suspense, like me. I discussed it with him-he hadn't read it yet...we decided maybe it's "Iles done Lite"!! I found it predictable and was disappointed by the simple "happy ending". May try again-friend says earlier works are better.....
Feb 28, 2017 Naomi rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Laurel Shields takes a pregnancy test and it is positive. Only one problem, she doesn't know if the father is her husband or her lover. And everything goes downhill from there. Her husband, Dr. Warren Shields is acting strangely, too. One catastrophe after another begins to pile up and the story line stays tense through the entire novel. If you can care about any of the characters you just have to kept reading to find out what happens next. It's a thriller throughout.
Oct 01, 2012 Julia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
From the time we are little, we are courage to always tell the truth. For Laurel, a main character in Greg Iles, Third Degree, she finds out that honesty is the better choice. The actions of people and what they do or say can hurt anybody. Warren, another main character has cancer and is upset by his wife when he finds out she has been cheating on him. They find out later that Laurel is pregnant and does not know for sure who the father is. Legal issues get involved also with Warrens work when h ...more
Sep 14, 2014 David rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: completed
I like Greg Iles stuff. He manages to weave a twisted tale into the middle of simple living issues.

In this case-- the novel begins with Laurel's discovery of a pregnancy shortly after ending a year long affair. Her first concern is which man is the father, her husband. However, as the day progresses, she finds herself in a mess-- Her husband, tearing apart the house looking for something.. discovers a note from her lover and begins to hold her hostage, demanding to know the name of her lover..
Feb 14, 2010 Chanda rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This guy.... I need to find an interview that was done with Greg Iles. Each of his stories is so completely different from the next. I would like to know what he does to keep new ideas coming in so his books are completely different from one another. I listened to this one on my iPod and couldn't stop. I had my headphones on every spare moment I could find. I even started tuning in while I was getting ready for work each morning.
But if I was so enthralled with this tale, why four stars and not
B.T. Hoskins
Let me start off by saying, it was good. The fact that I read the whole book is a testament to that. The story is one that will keep you wondering what the next page holds. I give great regards in that aspect. The part that threw me off was the portrayal of women. There were two mentioned most in the book, Laurel and Starlette. It struck me that throughout this book, all of the mothers were putting their own interests ahead of their children. I'm sure there are many of those out there, but I don ...more
Jun 15, 2015 Jim rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2015
Not a typical Greg Isles book, "Third Degree", features a new set of Isles characters. Dr. Warren Shields and wife Laurel are trapped in a bad marriage. Laurel has stepped out on Warren with war hero Major Danny McDavitt. Warren and his medical practice partner Dr. Kyle Auster run a rather unique doctor's office. It's a crooked mess. Warren has frozen out his wife and children while he fumes about an IRS audit. Also as Dr. Auster is stealing from medicare / Government blind he doesn't realize th ...more
Dec 03, 2007 Pam rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
RATING: 4.5/B+
GENRE/PUB DATE/# OF PGS: Suspense-Thriller/2007/385 pgs
TIME/PLACE: Present/Athens Point, MS
CHARACTERS: Laurel Shields/Special Ed teacher, mother of 2; Warren Shields/physician;
FIRST LINES: Floating in the half-world between sleep & wakefulness, Laurel reached down & slipped her hand into the crack between the mahogany bed rail & the box springs, searching...searching for her connection to l
Stacy Alesi's
Transpiring over the course of a day, Iles has written a disturbing thriller about a family in crisis. Laurel Shields is living the American dream; her husband Warren is a doctor, they have a beautiful home and two healthy children. Yet that isn't enough, and Laurel finds herself falling in love with David, the father of one of her autistic students. Duplicitous as she is beautiful, Laurel juggles her affair for about a year before David ends it just weeks before Laurel discovers she's pregnant. ...more
Aug 28, 2012 Stacy rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I did not like Laurel. She had two kids and was having an affair with the father of her autistic student. She was angry that he hadn’t left his wife when he said he would and her pregnancy was just the icing on the cake. I did not like her husband, Warren, who was clearly off his rocker and I did not like Danny, although he was supposed to be a sympathetic figure. The fact that all three of these adults had such little regard for the kids made me angry. I think I was supposed to see all the shad ...more
Dec 02, 2015 Dolores rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I was looking for some reading material for my husband when I ran across this 2007 thriller and it caught my attention. one terrifying day, Laurel Shields, mother of two, finds out she is pregnant but she's not sure who the father is. Her physician husband is totally stressed out because his practice is being audited. More secrets are exposed, complications develop, and the result is a nerve-wracking hostage situation.

I have read other reviews of "Third Degree" and many readers did
Aug 21, 2012 Liz rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2008
My husband bought it for me for Sweetest Day, and by chance it was the only novel of his that I haven't read – not that I'm a fan, my sister in law is, and she lends to me continually.

This story was 'okay'. It wasn't particularly original, and it actually reminded me of a movie one might see on Lifetime Network. The story made me feel uncomfortable at times. The author occasionally provided entirely too much background information on characters of little relevance.

This far from the best book I'v
Jan 14, 2015 Suzanne rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I started to read this book with a bit of trepidation...I had only read one book by this author, and I wasn't sure if his others could reach my expectations. I was not disappointed! This book grabbed me from the first, and kept me anxiously turning page after page!

A very suspenseful story of a husband who is overcome with grief and anger when he discovers his wife is having an affair. Coming unhinged, he holds his wife and daughter hostage until she will confess who her lover is.

Underneath ther
Deb Mj
Apr 17, 2011 Deb Mj rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Disappointing. I have read the first two of Iles' Penn Cage books, both of which I really liked, was set to read the third (The Devil's Punchbowl) and discovered that a character from Third Degree makes an appearance in that book. Being the borderline obsessive-compulsive that I am, that meant I had to read this book first. Big mistake. None of these characters are especially likable, and I can't summon one iota of sympathy or goodwill for any of them (okay, maybe a little bit of goodwill for Ca ...more
Patrice Hoffman
Oct 12, 2011 Patrice Hoffman rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
There was just one turn after another with this book. It was an exciting ride. There were many parts I couldn't even imagine were happening. Not that the writing was unbelievable but... I was just thinking wow! Did that really just happen?! This is the second book I've read by this author but... I'm hooked. I like his style.
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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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