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12 Stunden Angst (George Barnabas #3)

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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 be

Paperback, 428 pages
Published November 2009 by Lübbe (first published October 28th 1996)
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Nov 12, 2008 June rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  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
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
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...more
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!
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...more
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.
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.....
A very compelling read! I couldn't put it down. Definitely a page-turner.
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
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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
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
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
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
Billie Davis
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
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...more
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.
Amie Gaudet

I listened to the unabridged audiobook version of THIRD DEGREE.

This is a tale of betrayal, love, greed and family.

Laurel Shields is married to a successful doctor named Warren. Warren is a great doctor and all his patients adore him.

Warren has a very structured life. He views things in black and white. Right and wrong. And he is very dedicated to his patients and his medical practice.

He spends all of his time either at the office or in training for marathon bicycle rac...more
Patrice Hoffman
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.
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.
I was plodding on by the time I have gone through a third of the book, hoping the torture would be over soon. It's hard to feel sympathy for an adulterer, or the greedy doctors, or the bumbling law men, federal and local. Now that it's over, what's the point of the story?
Amy Brewer
I know I enjoyed it, because I found myself eager to get back to my book as the work day waned...but, it wasn't as satisfying as the other Greg Iles books that I've read.
Loved this book! Everytime I thought I figured it out there was an unexpected twist. The was almost cheesy though.
Very suspenseful. I love Greg. Not as in depth as some of his others, a quick read. It's good
Rosemary Roscoe
Everything I read by Greg Iles I have enjoyed. Hopefully that remains true with Third Degree
As with most of greg iles books I found this book an easy read.Hard to put down.
Enjoyable but not as thrilling as many of others
Paul Pessolano
You will probably figure the ending out without too much trouble - but the getting there will give the ride of a lifetime. I can't tell you how many times I put this book down and immediately picked it back up again, saying that I would read just one more chapter.

Laurel Shields wakes up one morning and takes a home pregnancy test and finds she is pregnant, but there is a strong possibility that the father is not her husband, Dr. Warren Shields. The father could possibly be, Danny McDavitt, who i...more
Very different book plot ... liked it, but the husband really goes off the deep ending trying to prove his wife had an affair ... I guess this could drive one crazy ? ...

Laurel Shields, thirty-five and mother of two, awakens to find that her husband, Warren, a prominent local physician, is not in bed with her. Creeping out to the kitchen of their palatial home, she sees him through the doorway of his study, wildly pulling books from the shelves. Two weeks earlier, Warren and his partner were in...more
Hannah M.
Have you ever been watching television, reading something, or even had something happen to you that makes you think, “Damn, that’s a bad day”? I do this on a daily basis. All while reading Greg Iles’s Third Degree that is what I was thinking. That being said, I couldn’t put the book down. It was fantastic!

Laurel Sheilds wakes up one morning to find out that she is pregnant. This is just after ending an affair that she had been having for a year. While she is reeling from the news, she knows that...more
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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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